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SCUTTLEBUTT 1569 - April 26, 2004

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CONGRESSIONAL CUP - SWEDISH MATCH TOUR
The 40th Congressional Cup had run out of time and Terry Hutchinson had run
out of wind when Ed Baird came from behind on the last leg to win a
sudden-death championship race by 1 minute 41 seconds Saturday. Baird, at
46 the oldest competitor in the fleet, was the only semifinalist among
Hutchinson, New Zealand's Gavin Brady and Australia's Peter Gilmour who
hadn't won the event's traditional Crimson Blazer.

Baird, from St. Petersburg, Fla., took the weakest round-robin record into
the semifinals (11-7), but eliminated Brady (12-6), a two-time winner, 2-1.
Meanwhile, Gilmour (16-2) chose Hutchinson (12-6) as his semifinal opponent
after the Annapolis, Md. sailor had warned, "I wouldn't pick us." Sure
enough, Gilmour was stunned, 2-1, downgrading the anticipated title
showdown between himself and Brady to a sailoff for third place, won by
Brady by 1 minute 15 seconds.

The scheduled best-of-three final was reduced to a single race because the
Sailing Instructions said no race could be started after 1600 (4 p.m.) and
it was already past 3 o'clock. Hutchinson gained on a favorable wind shift
immediately after the start and was able to tack on Baird's nose and lead
by 53 seconds, 1:23 and 34 seconds at the three marks before sailing into
the fateful leg. With half a mile to go for the title, he did a simple
bear-away spinnaker set that took him left and into the lee of one of the
oil islands in the Long Beach outer harbor.

Baird, seeing no profit in pursuing his opponent, did a jibe set and went
to the right---and into whatever breeze remained on the course. It was the
smartest move he made all week. Soon, down in the shadow of the island,
Hutchinson's sails were sagging and his boat was dead in the water as Baird
glided on a steady course to the finish. - Rich Roberts, www.lbyc.org /
www.swedishmatchtour.com

Final Congressional Cup Standings
1. Ed Baird (USA/Team Musto) 14-8, $6,000
2. Terry Hutchinson (USA/Team Annapolis Volvo) 14-8, $3,500
3. Gavin Brady (NZL/Oracle BMW Racing) 14-8, $3,000
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS/Pizza-La Sailing Team) 17-5, $2,500
5. Kelvin Harrap (NZL/Team New Zealand) 10-8, $2,500
6. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN/Team Gram-Hansen) 10-8, $2,000
7. Scott Dickson (USA/Dickson Racing Team) 7-11, $1,750
8. Mattias Rahm (SWE) 6-12, $1,500
9. Cameron Appleton (NZL) 6-12, $1,250
10. Allan Coutts (NZL) 0-18, $1,000

Swedish Match Tour Standings
(After four of eight events, top eight qualify for tour championship)
1. Peter Gilmour (AUS/Pizza-La Sailing Team) 77 points
2. Magnus Holmberg (SWE/SeaLife Rangers) 45 points
3. Jesper Radich (DEN/Team Radich) 35 points
4. Gavin Brady (NZL/Oracle BMW Racing) 30 points
5. Ed Baird (USA/Team Musto) 25 points
6. Dean Barker (NZL/OMEGA Match Race Team) 24 points
7. Jesper Bank (DEN) 20 points
= Chris Dickson (NZL/Oracle BMW Racing) 20 points
= Terry Hutchinson (USA/Team Annapolis Volvo) 20 points
= Kelvin Harrap (NZL/Team New Zealand) 20 points

Sportshow TV is producing a half-hour highlight video of the Congressional
Cup Regatta to be aired later by the Outdoor Life Network.

Check out the full gallery of Rich Roberts photos for this event:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/04/concup/

SAILROCKET
One of the most original yachting machines created was unveiled in
Southampton Friday. If designer Malcolm Barnsley, and pilot and instigator
Paul Larsen have got their concept right, then SailRocket could be one of
the most significant vessels of all time. That is because the aim is to
break the world speed sailing record, timed over a 500m dash, currently
held by the Australian Yellow Pages team with 46.52 knots set in 1992.
Larsen hopes to break the 50 knot barrier - sailing's four minute mile -
and go beyond. This would mean 60 mph in a wind propelled machine.

"This is such a new thing there's not even a name for it," said Larsen, a
Southampton-based Australian. For two years Barnsley, Larsen, Helena
Darvalid and a small, dedicated volunteer team have created a carbon fibre
drag racer. If successful they could recapture the speed record once held
by Briton Tim Colman and Crossbow 11. - Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph,
http://tinyurl.com/332aj

Curmudgeon's Comment: You've simply must check out this hummer:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/04/0423sailrocket/

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BUYING A PIECE OF HISTORY
A French America's Cup syndicate has acquired the yachts Team New Zealand
used to successfully defend the Auld Mug in 2000. K-Challenge, in Toulouse,
has bought NZL57 and leased NZL60, the yacht that beat Prada 5-0 in the
America's Cup match. Design and engineering documentation is included in
the deal.

Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said NZL60 would be
returned after the 2007 cup. "It is a yachting icon that was at the cutting
edge of design innovation in its day," he said. "As a winning yacht, we
felt it should be retained in New Zealand." Dalton said the syndicate had
no concerns about making the 2000 yachts available to a rival syndicate.
"Team New Zealand has moved on. We have NZL81 and NZL82 from 2003 as the
base for our 2007 campaign. We have also acquired the Illbruck challenge
yacht GER68, which was built for 2003 but never raced, which we will test
against NZL82 on the Hauraki Gulf next summer." - Julie Ash, NZ Herald,
full story: http://tinyurl.com/3alq9

STAR WORLDS
The gloves came off for the first race of the Audi Star World Championships
in Gaeta, Italy with Skandia sponsored Iain Percy and Stevie Mitchell
scoring an opening race win in challenging conditions. After an
interminable delay by the race committee who were unable to set a course as
the wind banged around the Aurunci mountain range, fluctuating, dying and
then steadily rising to a heady peak of 26 knots, racing got underway after
an obligatory general recall late in the afternoon.

Very quickly it became obvious that the guys who had done their homework on
the venue were always going to be the ones to beat. When the breeze built
up to 26 knots with gusts of 28 knots, it was all Percy/Mitchell. Mark
Reynolds, Xavier Rohart and Paul Cayard all started early and were scored
OCS. Cayard also broke his rig and destroyed both his main and his jib. -
Magnus Wheatley, full story: www.yachtsandyachting.com

Standings after one race (102-boats):
1. Iain Percy/Stevie Mitchell, GBR
2. Mark Mansfield/Killian Collins, IRL
3. Freddy Loof/Anders Ekstrom, SWE
4. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De MariaSUI
5. Maxwell Treacy/Anthony Shanks, IRL.

Event website: http://www.starworld2004.com/

THE REAL BIG BOAT SERIES
Antigua Sailing Week, which started Sunday, attracted a total of 211 boats
in 16 classes. However, the spotlight is on the big boats - 28 of which are
60-feet and over. The Big Boat I Class includes the 140-foot Mari Cha IV,
two canting keel maxZ86 sleds Morning Glory and Pyewacket, Titan 12, the
Reichel Pugh 75, Farr 70 Atalanta II, Bill Alcott's Andrews 70 Equation,
and Volvo 60s Venom and Spirit. Racing in Big Boat II pits the likes of
Mike Slade's 90-foot Leopard of London against Peter Harrison's 115-foot
ketch Sojana, All Smoke, a Southernwinds 78, Starr Trail, Liara, Spirit of
Minerva and a gaggle of Swans. - www.sailingweek.com

PRETTY AMAZING
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association's Tommy Bahama Newport to Ensenada
Race likes to bill itself as the world's largest international yacht race.
OK - but they sure don't act like a major event. Even though our
distribution time is more than six hours after the prize-giving, they have
not issued a press release about what happened - about who did well and
there were no standings posted on the event website. They do have a photo
page, but the images are all from the 2003 event. Very strange priorities!

Happily we did get this information from the crew of the catamaran,
Afterburner: "The crew aboard the fastest boat on the West Coast,
Afterburner swept all six categories they were eligible for including the
coveted first to finish in the 2004 Tommy Bahama Newport to Ensenada race
held this weekend off the coast of Southern California. Afterburner
finished the course a full three hours ahead of the next boat "Alchemy" a
Transpac 80 (actually - Alchemy is Richard Compton's Andrews 77) from Santa
Barbara, CA. 452 entries from all of the West coast including Canada, the
event took place under moderate wind conditions, absolutely flat water and
clear skies. Afterburner reached speeds in excess of 25 mph during portions
of the race and finished in time for dinner Friday night in Ensenada Mexico."

For more information on Afterburner: www.sailingproshop.com/afterburner4.htm
Here's the event website - maybe something will be posted later this week:
http://www.nosa.org

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SEAN REEVES
A former Team New Zealand member at the centre of the America's Cup secrets
for sale scandal has been told to pay the money he owes. Sean Reeves was
ordered by a United States court to pay the One World syndicate more than
US$1 million after he broke his contract by handing on secrets to another
syndicate. The latest ruling comes from the High Court in New Zealand which
says Reeves must honour the American ruling. NZ Herald,
http://tinyurl.com/2le5r

Curmudgeon's Comment: Recruited by OneWorld from his role as Team NZ rules
adviser in 2000, Reeves helped the US syndicate recruit key designers and
sailors from Team NZ. After falling out with OneWorld's management, Reeves'
employment with the first time America's Cup challenger ended by mutual
consent in May 2001. In August 2001 OneWorld sued Reeves, claiming he had
tried to sell OneWorld and Team NZ design information to three members of
rival America's Cup challengers.

PHOTO GALLERY
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi caught up with Ranger during the Antigua
Classic Yacht Regatta, April 17-20, 2004, which precedes Antigua Sailing
Week. Helmed by Peter Holmberg, we've posted images of this replica yacht
may bring back many memories for those that recall the original Ranger
during the 1937 America's Cup. Important: you must click on each of the
photos posted on this page to bring up the full gallery of images:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/04/0423ranger/index-f.asp

NEWS BRIEFS
* After more than 60 days at sea, Olivier de Kersauson and his Geronimo
crew have officially lost their quest to set a new round the world sailing
record. Steve Fossett's record on Cheyenne stands at 58 days 9 hr 32 min
45. It also looks like Geronimo may need a few breaks to beat the Jules
Verne Trophy time set by Bruno Peyron on Orange in 2002 (64 days, 8 hours,
37 minutes, 24 seconds). www.trimaran-geronimo.com

* This past weekend 74 J/24 teams gathered for the 2004 Levitra US
Nationals in Annapolis MD. Tim Healy of Newport, RI, sailing with Gordon
Borges, Dave Crocker, Nick Judson, and local Nick von der Wense calling
tactics, used conservative tactics, great boatspeed and patience to win in
tough 5-8 knots conditions the first two days, and 10-12 knot conditions
the last. In avoiding the over-early and the big number, Healy and crew
quietly went about winning by nearly 40 points in the seven race, no
throwout series. Complete Results: www.j24fleet8.org/USNationals/results.htm

* Saturday, the Luna Rosa Italian syndicate for the Americas Cup - the
first AC team to set up in a base in Valencia - carried out their first
training session under the tutelage of Francesco de Angelis. The main
objective for 70-member team was to test the new sails that have been
fitted to their two yachts. These trials will continue until July. The team
will re-assemble in September, and after another trial, will decide whether
to participate in any of the pre-regattas for the Americas Cup being staged
in September and October. www.valencialife.net

IN MEMORIAM
Lynn Stedman passed away on Friday, April 23. In 1975, Lynn Stedman, then
the "dean" of yachting in Detroit became President of the North American
Yacht Racing Union. Shortly thereafter, he restructured the organization
into the United States Yacht Racing Union with a new emphasis on top racing
sailors, especially women and younger people. When Congress re-organized
the US Olympic Committee in 1978, USYRU, by then broadly-based and
well-organized, was held high as the "model" national governing body which
other NGBs were expected to emulate.

After his presidency Stedman was an internationally-respected senior
delegate to IYRU (now ISAF). He remained active as an international judge
well into his 70's, serving many major events including both Mackinacs, the
Canada's Cup, Congressional Cup and Admiral's Cup. The USYRU judges program
was initiated in 1977 during his presidency. Stedman also served on the
USYRU Appeals Committee from 1975 to 1983. In 1986 he was awarded the
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, the sport's highest service award in the USA.

Memorial gathering Thursday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Chas. Verheyden, Inc.,
16300 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe. Memorial Service Friday 10:30 a.m. at
Mariners Church, 170 E. Jefferson, Detroit. - A tribute to Lynn Stedman by
Tom Ehman is posted on the US Sailing website:
http://www.ussailing.org/news/2004/lynnstedman.htm.

BILL BIEWENGA TALK AND SLIDE SHOW
Bill Biewenga will be at Team One Newport's store on May 4th from 7 to 9
pm. He will give a terrific slide show on his record-breaking sail from New
York to Melbourne. He will share his weather expertise and how to use it
while sailing. He will sign copies of his new book "Weather for Sailors".
Don't miss this exciting show at Team One Newport. RSVP 401-848-0884 or
email Liz@team1newport.com. Have you seen our new women's gear? Visit the
Team One Newport website to view the gear and/or go to the "Catalog
Request" tab at the top. http://www.team1newport.com


LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room nor a
bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Ed Sherman: Newport '83 was probably the most dynamic AC series
since the Isle of Wight and all the sailing world was there. As much
happened at the docks as on the water. Thing I remember about Newport 83
was the sailor/fan friendliness. Walking anywhere in town, one could hear
the well-placed loudspeakers calling the on-the-water play by play. "The
Aussies just tacked to starboard. Dennis covers!" Like a baseball game.
This continued throughout the week after everyone had waved both boats off
from Castle Hill. A heartbreaker for some, but a classic victory for OZ.

* From Barry Demak: Kimball Livingston wrote "In five more months, babies
born during the 1983 match will be swaggering into saloons across America
for their first legal drink." The Aussies won something then - Australian
babies born during the 1983 match have already been drinking legally in Oz
for 2 years and 7 months!

* From Ray Tostado (re: Retaining ballast waters within the 200 mile point
of origin): Not that it cannot be done; but rather what is the point? While
agreeing that the transfer of non-native waters into other eco systems is a
legitimate EPA, or whomever, concern, what happens to the human waste that
is transported hundreds of miles through the human vector? I suppose
shipping it back is not out of the question.

As a fact, fish and amphibians in ecosystems at the lower ocean junctions
of high mountain feeder streams and rivers have suffered massive mutations
due to concentrations of female pharmaceutical agents ingested by
populations hundreds of miles up stream and deposited as human excess into
the local waters, then travel downstream in concentrated volume. These
chemical agents do not disperse and lose their effectiveness when
introduced into fresh and ocean waters. Well we all understand the top of
the food chain rule. Here is the bottom of the pit rule. This rule has been
applied to vast portions of national parks where hikers are instructed to
haul out everything they hauled in; everything.

* From Bob Kiernan (Concerning AC or high level yachting (in fact all
yachting) auction on EBay): Just tacky! Attention *Mart shoppers is what I
hear and in the ever popular words from Jim Kilroy "if you can't afford to
do it right don't show up at all." Or something in that order. I for one
would rather see this level of yachting stay at a lower level as for public
awareness. The competition of ad's for dollars (ROI) is out of this world.
Read that sentence several times. We as sailors, yacht racers, participants
and yachtspersons have a chore to do to keep this world of ours refined as
well as fine tuned at the same time drawing the others with class enough to
uphold the honor of the sport. If we continue in the present direction some
of you may just find images of the greats in our sport on tee-shirts at the
large discount stores, 2 for 5 dollars. Just too tacky!

* From Steve Killing, Canada: Your discussion on mast flotation in dinghies
is very timely. We have just spent a year going through the development of
what we call the 'floating mainsail' for the Fusion 15 dinghy. The goal was
to make a 'turtle-proof' boat for sailing schools or those who want a
little extra security. We went through all the thought processes noted in
letters from your readers. I agree the best flotation is air and a sealed
mast - if you can guarantee it is really sealed. Putting foam in the mast
adds weight and when the capsize first occurs it does nothing for you - for
the mast provides the flotation, not the foam inside. It is only when the
mast leaks that the foam is of value.

What we were striving for was more flotation than the mast could provide,
but in an unobtrusive fashion. Bottles, buoys and rigid foam would not do.
So Hans Fogh at Quantum sails worked with us to add soft flexible foam
(like you have in your PFD) above the top full length batten - it is sewn
right into the Mylar sail. The batten still controls the shape and the foam
prevents the turtle.

So far we cannot measure any performance detriment in the F15, although we
think there must be some. It seems to us like a good solution. You can see
the sail at: www.fusion15.com

THE CURMUDGEON'S OXYMORONS
Initial results