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SCUTTLEBUTT 1563 - April 16, 2004

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At present Bertrand is just sailing the Etchells. He says, "My business
activities are all consuming for me. I have a television production company
in Melbourne and I'm heavily involved in the philanthropic area. I'm
Chairman of the [Australian] Prime Minister's Alannah and Madeline
Foundation which raises money for kids who suffer abuse ­ child abuse. We
are a world leader in anti-bullying methods in schools throughout
Australia. That takes up pretty much all my time, so the sailing's very
much on the side. It's a lot of fun and I enjoy it, as long as we continue
to be able to get an Etchells around the track!

"I'm 57. I keep in pretty good shape. Also racing boats like Etchells
keeps you really active. I've got fit for the Etchells for the World
Championship. I'm in the gym and doing a little bit of road work. That's
terrific. I need projects like that to get myself organised. I teamed up
with [my present crew] about twelve months ago."

For after the Etchells Worlds in Mooloolaba, Queensland, this August,
Bertrand says, "I'm going to take my wife across to Italy next year for the
Finn Gold Cup Masters Championships ­ Lake Garda in Italy. The last time I
sailed [a Finn] was the 1976 Olympic Games. That's going to be fun. Meet a
whole bunch of old mates that I haven't seen for years and have fun and
it'll be great for my wife to go along too. - Anne Hinton, full story:

It's been dubbed the drag racer of the high seas. Sailrocket is set to
blast its way into the record books this year by claiming the world speed
sailing record for Britain if the ambitious plans of a Southampton-based
designer bear fruit. The £80,000 craft ($143,000 USD), paid for by a host
of companies around the Solent (UK), is set to slice through the water at a
staggering 50 knots (57 miles per hour) - nearly twice as fast as the speed
of a competition yacht.

And if its forthcoming sea trials are successful - and designer Malcolm
Barnsley is confident they will be - the world speed sailing record could
be on its way back to Britain for the first time since the 1980s. Companies
from around the Solent including SP Systems on the Isle of Wight and sail
clothing makers, Musto have helped to pay for the construction of
Sailrocket which will be officially launched from its base at Merlin Quay
in Southampton by Lady Caroline Johnson on April 23.

From there, the super sleek craft will be taken to Weymouth for bedding in
trials expected to last for five weeks before pilot Paul Larsen makes his
world record attempt. Said Larsen, " We are trying a very new boat and
going for a very extreme speed. You have to imagine it is like a drag car
racer - purely built for speed." - David Newble, Southern Daily Echo, full

Looks like the ball continues to roll for hopeful America's Cup team the
Sausalito Challenge and their efforts to attain sponsorship via live
auction on the eBay Motors site. Within the last twenty-four hours, a
second and third bid has been submitted, now raising the ante to
$18,600,100 from the opening bid of $18 million. - eBay Motors,

To become a better sailor you've got to spend as much time on the water as
you can. Nothing beats tiller time. But when it comes to replacing one,
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Following the reunion of America's Cup Teams in Valencia last week where 18
teams from 9 countries were present, fifteen teams publicised their
attendance and three wished to stay anonymous. Much speculation surrounds
the three anonymous challengers attendees. One reputed to be a German /
Polish syndicate, another from America believed to be Stars and Stripes and
the third South/West Asian based syndicate previously known as C7 and
originally based in Australia (Melbourne)

Melbourne's C7 Syndicate Head Kristine Condell was heard saying that the C7
syndicate is now Asian based, China. "As there was some contacts thru our
other businesses that came forward when we said that we would not be doing
their regular business and we were going to be doing the next America's
Cup," Kristine said.

The fall-out of C7 in Australia saw the announcement last week of Simon
Reffold (General Manager Sailing) resigning from the syndicate.
"Unfortunately the C7 Syndicate will never be able to deliver what I
originally thought it would." said Mr Reffold "I am not sure of the C7
Syndicates current position on many areas such as Sailing, Location,
Design, Construction and Finances," he added. With C7 now in South/West
Asia (China) bidding for a spot in the line-up in 2007 only one syndicate
remains in contention for Australia. "There is certainly a place for an
Australian Team at the next America's Cup and I sincerely hope there is
one," concluded Mr Reffold. -

* (15 APRIL 16:10) Geronimo really is accumulating weather problems - it's
almost as if she was frightening the wind away. The trade winds are feeble,
and the trimaran has been forced to sail close-hauled for yet another day,
still under staysail and full main. The future holds out a faint hope that
they will be able to break out the gennaker before the Equator, but still
upwind. It's like circling the world the "wrong" way round. The crew is
regretting the absence of Orange 2, whose presence would have added a
little spice and interest in these light and unstable wind conditions. It
would also have been comforting to know that there was another boat behind
them during the storms of the Southern Ocean in waters well beyond the
reach of rescue services...

* (15 APRIL 19:10) We're off again! The wind has already strengthened to
13, 14 and even 15 knots - something we haven't seen for far too long. In
the hours ahead - during the second half of tonight - we'll be in the
permanent trades. That's not to say that the wind will be more powerful,
but we will have a beam wind, which means an end to sailing close-hauled
and should boost our average considerably from 10 knots to around 15 knots.
Between now and this time tomorrow, the aim is to carry on putting some
distance between us and the coast: to begin with, this won't necessarily
mean high speeds, but we should manage 13 to 15 knots, I suppose. Even that
will be very different to what we have now. -

* Tornado Worlds (Palma de Mallorca, Spain): A shifty NE wind, 15-18 knots
with gusts reaching 20 knots, provided the competitors with good conditions
for the 5th and 6th races on day 3 of the Worlds. Race 5 had 12 boats early
over the line including Dutch team Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen who won the
race. British McMillan/Bulkeley had to dropout during Race 6: "The main
sail split in half after a jibe. Fortunately we had a 2nd in race 5",
explained McMillan. Results after six races, one drop:
1. NED, Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen, 25 pts
2. ARG, Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola, 25 pts
3. GBR, Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley, 25 pts
4. USA, John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree, 36 pts
5. AUS, Darren Bundock/John Forbes, 36 pts
14. CAN, Oskar Johansson/John Curtis, 74 pts
Event website:

* 49er Worlds (Athens, Greece): High winds and extreme shifts forced all
the races on Day 2 to be cancelled. Results after three races:
1. ESP, Iker Martinez/Xabier Fernandez, 6 pts
2. GBR, Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks, 7 pts
3. NOR, Christoffer Sundby/Frode Bovim, 8 pts
4. GER, Markus Baur/Max Groy, 11 pts
5. SUI, Christopher Rast/Christian Steiger, 12 pts
13. USA, Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding, 18 pts
Complete results:

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(152 entrants are now signed up for this race. Here are a few excerpts from
a story on the Bang the Corner website) Mega-yachts, cutters, ketches,
yawls and sloops race for many different trophies including the Onion Patch
Series which includes inshore racing in Newport , RI and Bermuda. But the
main event is the 635-mile race to Bermuda requiring the yachts to
negotiate their way across the Gulf stream. This demanding route across one
of the oceans most powerful currents has posed navigational and sailing
challenges to racing sailors for nearly a century.

Said Race Chairman John Winder:
* Regarding the canting keel maxis: "We will not restrict the degree of
canting; however these boats must meet all ISAF Special Regulations for Cat
1 for Offshore Sailing. They must meet stability minimums set especially
for this type of boat by the ORC. If this cannot be achieved, they will
need to modify and/or restrict the latitude of their ballast transfer
range. Finally, they must be able to demonstrate a MOB recovery using the
'quick-stop' method. We are doing everything possible to make sure safety
is top of the list for all skippers in the race."

* About race tactics: "The race is typically said to be three races; 1)
Getting away from land and reaching the proper entry to the stream; 2)
making the best and avoiding the worst of the Gulf Stream, and 3) getting
from the exit of the stream to Bermuda. I would add a fourth race-- the
final 50 miles approaching Bermuda, coming around Kitchen Shoals and
finishing off St. David's Lighthouse. Light air, rain squalls and
unexpected currents on the Bermuda approach have won and lost the Bermuda
race for many sailors." - Bang the Corner, complete interview:

The 245-foot (75 metre) Mirabella V, the world's largest sloop, set her
sails at sea for the first time this week. The sail trials are stage three
of the trial programme for commissioning the yacht as she approaches the
end of her three-year construction programme. Basin trials were
successfully carried out early April, motor trials last week and sailing
trials in the Solent commenced on Tuesday.

The wind was light on both days so, when they realised they were not going
to put the yacht through her paces on this occasion, the technical team
took advantage of the calm weather to test the systems that will hoist and
lower the 3,700 square metres (40,000 square feet) of sail. Said designer
Ron Holland, "I can now envisage that her crew will easily be able to
handle this rig, even though the mainsail and UPS are by far the largest
sails ever built."

The yacht has been designed with the top end of the luxury charter market
in mind. Mirabella V's guest facilities include a 20 person Jacuzzi and a
dip pool on her foredeck, a 9 metre (29 foot) Hinckley tender, 4 Laser
dinghies, 2 remote controlled models of Mirabella V, scuba diving
equipment, and jet skis all contained in her Thunderbirds style 'garage',
or lazarette, an open air cinema and al fresco dining on her sky deck, a
gym and sauna, a 600 bottle wine cellar, a sophisticated entertainment and
Internet system - not forgetting spacious guest suites for twelve, with
baths in each of the en-suite bathrooms.

Mirabella V will continue her sea trials and fitting out in Portsmouth
before departing for the Mediterranean towards the end of May. - Ron
Holland Design, for sailing photo:

* Federal officials are investigating whether Holland America Line's
Noordam improperly discharged oily water while sailing in the Caribbean.
The line told U.S. and Netherlands authorities that ''one of its chief
engineers had admitted to improperly processing bilge water'' on the ship,
Carnival Corp., the Miami-based parent company, said in a Securities and
Exchange Commission filing last week. The incident is the latest involving
cruise lines and allegations of pollution. In June 1998, Holland America
pleaded guilty to federal pollution charges. It paid $2 million and was
placed on five years' probation for pumping oily waste into the Inside
Passage. - The Miami Herald,

* A Florida judge ruled recently that Nautical Solutions Marketing Inc. of
St. Petersburg did not infringe on copyrights held by U.S.
District Court judge Steven D. Merryday ruled that Nautical Solutions,
which runs a web site called, would be allowed to use its
software to "harvest" yacht sale information from other web sites,
including those belonging to "This has pretty broad implications
across the Internet because a lot of companies are using their own private
search engines to build databases like this," said an attorney representing
Nautical Solutions. - IBI News,

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(New Orleans, LA) Since the team of Andy Lovell/Magnus Liljedahl were
second at the US Star Olympic Trials, they continue to perform at the
highest level. After winning the tune-up regatta for the Star Spring
Championship of the Western Hemisphere with all firsts, their scores during
the first day of the Springs follow a similar theme. Results after two races:
1. Andy Lovell/Magnus Liljedahl, New Orleans Gulf, 2 pts
2. Mark Reynolds/Will Stout, San Diego, 5 pts
3. John MacCausland/Brad Nichol, Cooper River, 7 pts
4. George Szabo/Darin Jensen, San Diego, 7 pts
5. Larry Whipple/Mark Strube, Puget Sound, 13 pts
Complete results:

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* From David Redfern, Bristol, England (Re, Australia II Keel): My memory
fades with age, but I am sure I remember an article in Scientific American
that analysed the winged keel dispassionately and came to the conclusion
that the main benefit to increasing speed was through reduced drag that the
keel caused by its influence on the water flow beneath the hull and in
particular as it caused the water to flow beneath the transom. This would
have given the boat the increased percentage of speed required to win. The
same article, I think, also concluded that Stars and Stripes hull was
quicker if it was turned round, with the blunt end at the front, and the
sharp end at the back! Does anyone recall this article and maybe endorse or
correct my recollections?

* From Steve Brown: In response to Tornado Worlds International Jury
chairman Pat Healy's not understanding why some of the competitors don't
fly their protest flag on time. It's my understanding that in the world of
Tornado cats at that level, some of the sailors start the races with the
flag flying, anticipating the problem of timely display. I too have been
either relieved or disappointed when the Jury has used the flag up too
late, not to validate a protest. Making this part of the rules, the classic

* From Betsy Kulle: I really enjoyed your article this morning which talked
about Gary Jobson's continuing struggle with the disease that has plagued
him for the past year and his incredible contributions to sailing and
professional racing. There will be an opportunity, that your readers may
want to participate in, to show continuing support for Gary and have a
premier viewing of his new film 25 Years of Sailing. On May 11th at 7:00 PM
at Maryland Hall in Annapolis,MD there will be a special preview of this
film. For additional info:

* From Graham Kelly: In S'butt 1562, Jeff Stall made the following comment
regarding the 1983 America's Cup: "It should also be noted that the NYYC
had the right, under the rules, to inspect the challenger of record for '83
at the time of her measurement and certification and despite the "skirt"
hiding the keel and all the secrecy that Jones and Bond promoted, the NYYC
didn't even bother to appear."

The statement that "the NYYC didn't even bother to appear" is not true.
Johann Valentine, one of the Freedom/ Liberty Campaign's designers, was
asked to attend the measurement, which was carried out late at night in
Barrington RI. When he appeared, the manager of the Australia II syndicate
challenged his right to attend the measurement, and demanded that he
provide written authorization. Johann had not anticipated any such demand,
and was barred from attending the measurement, on the basis of that challenge.

It may be doubtful that the American defenders could have modified their
boat at that late date, but it was the Aussies' legal manuever, rather than
inattention, that made it impossible for the defenders to design wings to
imitate those on the challenger.

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