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SCUTTLEBUTT 1574 - May 3, 2004

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"I challenge the skippers and owners of 'Giant Cats' this Summer to enter
into a truly honourable fight, where fair play is the rule," proclaimed
Bruno Peyron, skipper, Orange II. "One of the lessons that has been learnt
from Geronimo's difficult trip is certainly the deep frustration caused by
attempting a record attempt in very different weather conditions from her
virtual competitors, which clearly does not allow for a fair fight. The
only way to eliminate this element of chance is to agree to a direct
confrontation and therefore to accept a truly competitive race.

"I'm thus taking advantage of the finish of the circumnavigation by the
latest Giant to throw down the gauntlet to all the G-Class boats, on the
date of their choice and on the route they decide on, between the First of
June and the 15th of August in Northern Europe or between the First and
30th of September in the Mediterranean. I hope that the first to accept
this challenge will be one of the two fastest 'Giants' in the world, so
that this duel will live up to the high ambitions of these exceptional craft."

Peyron went on to explain the specific plans and goals for the Orange II
team. "We now have a clearly defined task ahead of us for the winter of
2004-2005: that is winning back the Jules Verne Trophy and trying to beat
the absolute WSSRC record. The whole of the Orange II team is up for it and
the countdown has already begun."

After a year on the money trail, Alinghi skipper Russell Coutts is getting
back to what he does best - sailing. Following the 5-0 whitewash over Team
NZ in March last year, Coutts has spent much of the past year trying to
secure money for the defense. However, now that Alinghi's budget, estimated
to be around $190 million, is all but assured, Coutts is ready to get back
behind the helm.

In the next few months, Coutts who lives in the Swiss city of Lausanne,
will compete in several major sailing events. First up is the Elba Cup in
Italy, then the Farr 40 North American championships early next month, the
Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand in July and the Nations Cup in Trieste in July.

In between, Coutts will reacquaint himself with Alinghi's America's
Cup-winning race boat, SUI64, in the UBS Trophy in June in Newport, Rhode
Island, where Alinghi will battle Chris Dickson's Oracle BMW Racing in a
series. It is there that Alinghi will officially launch their 2007
campaign. Coutts said it had not been decided who would helm the boat in
the regatta. - Julie Ash, NZ Herald, full story:

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Gaeta, Italy - A gloves-off last race of the 102-boat Star World
Championships saw Freddy Loof and Anders Ekstrom of Sweden race Britons
Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell down the fleet. Their eventual 27th and 28th
places hurt the British pair more as they finished third overall while the
Swedes added the world title to their recent European crown. - Tim Jeffery,

Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter climbed the mountain from their dismasting in
the first race to finish a very creditable fifth, three points ahead of
Peter Bromby & Lee White from Bermuda. Unfortunately, the website does not
go deeper than 10 places in the final standings:

1. SWE8141 Frederik Lööf & Anders Ekström 3 2 7 3 8 (27) -23 points
2. SUI8085 Flavio Marazzi & Enrico De Maria 4 (56) 8 13 3 4 - 32 points
3. GBR8025 Iain Percy & Steve Mitchell 1 22 2 9 4 (28) - 38 points
4. NED8028 Mark Neeleman & Peter Van Niekerk 10 1 1 19 11 (29)- 42 points
5. USA8159 Paul Cayard & Phil Trinter (103) 8 14 15 2 3 - 42 points
6. BER7988 Peter Bromby & Lee White 16 3 5 11 10 (103\DNS) - 45 points
7. DEN8179 Stig Westergaard & Vann Neergaard 9 12 17 (36) 20 2 - 60 points
8. FRA8107 Xavier Rohart & Pascal Rambeau (103\OCS) 26 20 2 9 6 - 63 points
9. NED8170 Roy Heiner & Alex Breuseker (20) 11 13 12 13 15 - 64 points
10. IRL8110 Mark Mansfield & Killian Collins 2 16 (37) 6 19 22 - 65 points

Event website:
Some really amazing Carlo Borlenghi photos of the event have just been
posted in our gallery:

Lake Garda - Perfect sailing conditions and warm sunshine for the last
racing day of the ISAF grade 1 Garda Trentino open Match Race, organized by
the Fraglia Vela. Jesper Radich (Denmark) won the event, defeating Ed Baird
(USA) by 3-2. It was a tough and exciting duel - with shifting winds, a
change of course, gear failure and a protest against the Race Committee
discussed on the finish line. In the fourth match of the finals, Baird's
mainsail halyard broke during the first beat and Radich, ahead by one boat
length at the time, sailed to his second win. The Race Committee was forced
to re-position the course for the decisive match of the finals. Radich was
able to cross the finish line ahead of Baird, gaining ­ in theory ­ the
final victory. Baird, however, protested the Race Committee for the
starting procedure. While the crews returned to shore, the Jury and the
Committee stayed out on the water to decide the outcome of the protest.
Finally, Radich was able to celebrate with his crew - Rasmus Winston and
Michael Arnhild. - Alessandra Ghezzi

Final results: 1. Jesper Radich, DEN; 2. Ed Baird, USA; 3. Mathieu Richard,
FRA; 4. Mark Campbell-James, GBR; 5. Paolo Cian, ITA; 6. Johnie Berntsson,
SWE; 7. Ian Williams, GBR; 8. Michael Dunstan, AUS; 9. Andres Arbuzov, RUS;
10. Maxim Taranov, RUS.

* The next stop on the Match Racing circuit is the Toscana Elba Cup
(Swedish Match Tour) which starts today in Porto Azzurro, Elba Island,
Italy. The players are: Ed Baird/ USA; Gavin Brady/ NZL; Paolo Cian/ ITA;
Russell Coutts/ NZL; John Cutler/ NZL; Michael Dunstan/ AUS; Peter Gilmour/
AUS; Magnus Holmberg/ SWE; Karol Jablonski/ POL; Bertrand Pacé/ FRA;
Philippe Presti/ FRA; Jesper Radich/ DEN. -

Hyères, France - A total of 16 countries are sharing the 33 medals at the
huge Hyeres Olympic Week, including two USA teams. The Brits won a total of
five medals, one gold (Shirley Robertson - Yngling), one silver and three
bronze, and four American sailing teams finished in the top five of their
events. Top U.S. finishers: Tornado 2. Lovell/ Ogletree; Yngling: 3.
Barkow/ Howe/ Capozzi. 49er: 4. Wadlow/ Spaulding; 470 Men: 5. Foerster/
Burnham; 470 Women: 34. McDowell/ Kinsolving; Europe: 21. Gaillard; Laser:
12. Mendelblatt; Mistral Men: 10. Barger. -
Event website:

Olympic hopefuls Meg Gaillard, Mark Mendelblatt and Tim Wadlow/ Pete
Spaulding are competing in Europe this spring to train against the world's
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The 200-boat Antigua Sailing Week ended with a bang Friday. Rain and cloud
greeted the fleet but as the day wore on the clouds gave way to Caribbean
sunshine. Winds moderated slightly and averaged 23 knots but 28-knot gusts
were seen after the start. Big seas made it hard going for even the big
boats let alone the small ones.

In Big Boat Racing I, Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket took the gun today after a
week of being Morning Glory's bridesmaid. Unfortunately it was too little
too late and Dr. Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory took the class prize
leading Pyewacket by six points at the final tally. In Big Boat II, Clay
Deutsch's Swan 68 Chippewa won the class by one point over Alex Hoffmann's
Swan 86, while Robert Sturgeon's Transpac 52 Rosebud won the final race and
a one point Racing III victory over Nick Lykiardopulo's Kerr 55 Aera from
the UK. Complete results:

Curmudgeon's Comment: Professional photographers Rick Tomlinson, Thierry
Martinez and Daniel Forster have provided the 'Buttheads sixty reasons why
we should all attend Antigua Sailing Week next year. Enjoy the new
additions to this great gallery:

* More than 1,400 sailors competed this past weekend in the largest field
ever in the 17-year history of Sailing World National Offshore One Design
Regatta. Maryland sailors won 13 of the 19 classes in this three-day stop
in Annapolis with record 292 boats. Annapolis' Scott Nixon had the biggest
challenge of the local winners as he survived the J/ 22 fleet, which had
the largest field of any class with 81 boats. Nixon never relinquished his
first day lead to win his class by 13 points over David Van Cleef. Complete

* There will be 140 teams from 43 Nations racing this week at the 470 World
Championships at the S.C. Uskok, Zadar Croatia. This is the final 470 Class
Olympic Qualification regatta for 2004 with six Olympic slots to be decided
in the Men's division and five in the Women's competition.

* A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, to launch a new
project of French syndicate for the 32nd America's Cup. Christened Grand
Sud Challenge, the new team should to be leaded by Alain Fédensieu who was
member of the K-Challenge (he was head of logistics and "Sport
Consultant"). Winner of the 1994 Tour de France à la Voile (15
participations in the event), Alain Fédensieu was part of the Corum Sailing
Team (with Pierre Mas, Bertrand Pacé and Luc Gelluseau) which have
represented the French International keelboat scene for several years. -
Cup in Europe website, full story:

* The Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Colin Johnston, today
confirmed that prominent club member and successful racing yachtsman Graeme
Paul had died after falling overboard from his yacht during yesterday's
second heat of the Association Challenge Cup on Melbourne's Port Phillip.
As a mark of respect, the RYCV cancelled today's third and fourth heats of
the Association Challenge Cup. - Sail-world website, full story:

* During the month of April, the Club Library on the Scuttlebutt website
put forty-seven more books on the shelves, raising the library inventory to
207 titles. Need a good read? Check out the new entries or any of the books
listed by both title and author.

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(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 Ted Jones (former USYRU offshore director): It's "deja vu all over
again." U.S. Sailing seems bent upon recreating the 1970s when a few
establishment types were able to scuttle the IOR in the U.S. Only Olin
Stephens' prestigious chairmanship of the International Technical Committee
got the Americans to the table at all, yet the presence of a few
non-believing U.S. delegates was akin to having the fox in the hen house.

Among those expressing opposition to the obstructionist's views was Mark H.
Baxter, late father of U.S. Sailing President Janet Baxter. Mark was an ORC
committee delegate and chairman of the USYRU offshore administrative
committee. I reported to Mark, and when our views -- shared by several
other ORC committee members -- were perceived to have become a threat, I
was fired and Mark was relieved of his chairmanship. With dissent
neutralized, IOR and the (international) ORC soon were rendered impotent as
the USYRU Offshore Committee foisted IMS upon the rest of the world with
predictably disastrous results.

Here we are 30-odd years later, still looking for an internationally based
solution and the U.S. is opting out of the discussions. Please Janet, don't
let the disasters of 30 years ago be visited upon us again. Grab your
organization by the spreaders and shake some sense into it. Stay engaged
before U.S. offshore sailors find themselves, once again, on the outside
looking in.

* From Antony Barran: Over the last several weeks scuttlebutt has had
several members of the US Sailing Offshore Committee either deriding the
decision to become the US agent of IRC or IRC itself in letters to the
editor. Now we've learned that they've gone so far as to pull from the RWP.
I find this shocking.

It seems to me as though there is a vacuum that the Offshore Committee is
not filling: the demand that currently exists. Americap is now a three race
rule; and lacks a popular base of support. IRC, on the other hand has over
5,000 certificates in the UK alone. Instead of worrying which rule is
technically better, maybe we should join the rest of the world and play
using rules that are truly International. But to do that would mean a
significant change in the Offshore Committee. Frankly, they need to stop
the internal court politics and actually find out what the owners want.

I am planning on attending the Big Boat Series in the fall and am very
concerned that they are more focused on proving that their ideas are the
better than everyone else's, than they in growing measured rule racing in
general, and great sailing at one of the West Coast's premier regattas

* From John McNeill: With all this talk of the proper training regimen, the
thought occurred to me that there are some specific differences to perfect
operations under any particular point of sail, and perfect transitions from
one to another. To achieve the best possible skills in the tactics of
tacking, jibing, or surfing downwind, it would seem one could benefit from
long repetitions of the action, just to hone the 'basics'. On the other
hand, to perfect the transitions that occur in real racing, such as jibing
and rounding a downwind mark, it requires practice of a more realistic
simulative nature. As with most of life there is no room for extremes. Both
exercises are important to honing skills.

* From Andy Colloton: Practice does not make perfect, practice makes
permanent. Whichever way you practice, that is what you will learn.

* From David Munge (edited to our 250-word limit): It was very interesting
to read Dick Schmidt's article, plus the revered Gus Miller's response. Of
course Kevin Hall would not use the Miami/ Lauderdale track as training
unless he felt there was a gain to be had. Time in the boat has always been
a vital ingredient to all serious sailors, for one it is very difficult to
replicate, in a gym, the exercise that you get whilst sailing. The
immediate gain on such a long course, that I could see, would be the
constant supply of similar waves, on any given day, and in between the
waves is time for introspection/ feedback, that Dick Schmidt talks about.

Finn/ Laser sailing has always had a element of sack cloth and ashes about
it, so essential to building stamina. Top Class marathon runners apparently
will run 150/ 175 miles a week in training, a marathon a day, so that on
race day they are replicating just another day in the office.

Kevin Hall, as we now know has overcome Cancer, and it might well be that
the personal disciplines needed to overcome Cancer, and the discipline
required to work really hard on the Miami to Lauderdale track, might in
some way be similar. Lance Armstrong only started to win The Tour de France
after surviving Cancer. Just as I am sure Dick Schmidt is right, Kevin Hall
is also right, as for certain Kevin will adopt other training methods to
sharpen up other areas, tacking, and gybing for instance.

* From Simon Smith. Auckland New Zealand (edited to our 250-word limit): I
have followed the seventh race of the 1983 America's Cup commentary on
Scuttlebutt with much interest. It was a tremendous race as people have
pointed out, two divergent yachts in design, two superb crews, and three
all with the seventh and final race the decider. It had everything! However
what has not been mentioned was the interest it created for and how it
captivated the non-yachting public. The 1983 campaign created hundreds of
thousands of couch yachties who in their post race analysis argued over
each and every tack, gybe, wind-shift, kite hoist, cover etc and oh why so
and so won or lost.

The reception in Aussie Rules Melbourne after the Aussie Two victory was
absolutely unbelievable- thousands on the cities streets and in cars
celebrating.... and only one in 1000 would have had any real, sailing
knowledge and this is my point. That race and indeed the whole campaign
boosted sailing to an all time high in Australia. It really brought (in a
cliche) sailing to the forefront of a sports mad country. That can only
have been tremendous for our sport. I too saw the same reception when N.Z.
won the Americas cup and returned to Auckland. Estimates of 300-450
thousand people lining the streets of a city of 1 million people.

The two crews of the 1983 Cup campaign delivered one of the true highlights
of sailing history and showed to non believers how exciting sailing can
really be.

Curmudgeon's Comments: Those who have enjoyed this journey back to 1983
will want to see the drawings and photos and comments we've just posted on
our website:

Another Curmudgeon's Comment: I thought if I was patient enough, this
thread would simply die of natural causes … but once again I erred. So let
me correct that mistake now and declare this thread officially dead. Enjoy
the photos and drawings.

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.