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SCUTTLEBUTT 1582 - May 13, 2004

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"Twenty-five years ago, most sailing yachts were built of fiberglass or
aluminum, Ted Turner was at the top of the sport of sailing, and a
fledgling cable television network named ESPN was just beginning." So
begins the press release for "25 Years Sailing". Presented by Rolex on May
19, at 9 p.m. ET, the one-hour program "celebrates 25 years of history in
the sport of sailing and ESPN's coverage of it." And who more appropriate
to produce and host the program than Gary Jobson. He has been the face of
sailing for ESPN since 1986 but has been a media crusader for sailing since
he sailed with Turner in the 1977 America's Cup. He has seen it all, knows
all the people, and it should be a great show.

When I got this press release it prompted me to harken back 25 years ago
and think about our own sailing on the Sound. IOR with little pinchy sterns
were the hot boats, the Buchan family ruled the waters, and people were
bitching about their PHRF ratings. Hmmm, well the boats have changed and
there are some new dominant faces but some things never change.

It was interesting to think about the boats then and compare them to what
we just saw at Sail Expo in Oakland, California last month. Not too many
skinny boats left. Most are extremely beamy, with some looking like a blown
up marshmallow with a stick stuck in it. All have amazing room for their
size, with all the comforts of home aboard, some in miniature, some full
size. The solid, seaworthy dinghies of old have been replaced by fiberglass
platforms that look more like paper airplanes than a boat, that fly across
the water instead of sailing through it. All in all, however, the new
technology has produced some beautiful and highly functional boats; not the
elegant swans of old but still very pleasing to the eye, with more refined
amenities and performance. The quarter-wave is becoming a thing of the past.

I'm looking forward to watching "25 Years of Sailing," and I'm sure, like
me, you'll be turning to those next to you, taking your hand out of the
popcorn to point and say, "oh, look at that...oh, yeh, that was!" And if you can get through the whole show without one
"remember that" or "I remember when," I hope someone is there to check if
you have a pulse. and answer that big question." - Excerpt from an
editorial by Richard Hazelton, 48 Degrees North, full story:

Two members of the 2004 US Sailing Team, both of whom will compete in
Athens this summer, will be among the more than 100 athletes from 26 sports
appearing in New York City this weekend as part of the U.S. Olympic
Committee's 2004 Media Summit. During the weekend, broadcast and print
media representatives will have an opportunity to meet and interview the

On Thursday, May 13, Europe sailor Meg Gaillard (Pelham, N.Y./Jamestown,
R.I.) will participate in the Opening Reception for the 2004 Media Summit
which will launch the official Olympic clothing collection by Roots. The
special event will take place at the NBC Experience in Rockefeller Center
and will feature the athletes modeling the collection. Also on May 13, Star
crew Phil Trinter (Lorain, Ohio) will be one of 10 athletes to participate
in the taping of that evening's "Late Show With David Letterman." The
athletes will each announce one item of Letterman's "Top Ten." The program
airs at 11:30 p.m. ET.

On Tuesday, May 18, Gaillard and Trinter will be joined in New York by
other members of the US Sailing Team and US Disabled Sailing Team for a
fund raising event at the New York Yacht Club. The Golden Spinnaker Gala,
organized by the Sailing Foundation of New York, will be emceed by noted
sailing commentator Gary Jobson. - Jan Harley

Ullman Sails International congratulates Pablo Soldano and his team of
world-class sailmakers in Iseo, Italy. Every year the Italian Navy
recognizes the best sailmaker, top men and women sailors, and yacht
designers at the Trofeo Accademia Navale in Livorno, Italy. Ullman Sails
Iseo was awarded the Oscar della Vela for being the best Italian sailmaker.
This is a well-deserved award for a team of sailmakers who consistently
provide fast sails and outstanding coaching to Olympic and World Class
Champions in the Tornado and other classes. Visit our website at

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico - Wednesday was the last
day of the semi-finals. Five races were completed giving each team a total
of six races in this stage of the championship. The wind conditions were a
bit more consistent today but not much different than they have been all
week. From this point the top sixty teams will advance to the final round
and sail as one fleet for the remaining two days of the World
Championships. For those who make the cut, racing will get more difficult
with all of the top sailors in one fleet. For everyone else it is time to
party. Most of those who do not qualify will remain in Mexico over the
weekend to take advantage of all that this beautiful all-inclusive resort
has to offer. The official list of qualified teams will be announced at the
"cut party" Wednesday evening, and scores will be posted shortly after the
announcement has been made. - Bob Merrick,

Santander Spain - Santander kicked up some awkward seas and 10 knot North
Westerlies for Races 5 and 6 of the Yngling Women's World Championship. A
one metre northerly swell combined with the waves created by the NW wind
made for some tricky upwind conditions and some downwind surfing prospects
for the boats racing today. For the nations looking to qualify it is still
Holland, New Zealand, Canada and Norway who look most likely to make it to
Athens. Thursday is a lay day with racing continuing on Friday and
Saturday. Standings after six races with one discard (37 boats):
1. Annalies Thies, NED, 26 pts
2. Dorte O. Jensen, DEN, 26
3. Janneke Hin NED, 33
8. Paula Lewin, BER 56
10. Sally Barkow, USA, 59
22. 24 Lisa Ross, CAN 94

Event website:

Zadar Croatia - A day of light winds greeted the sailors on the third day
of qualifying at the 470 world championships in Zadar, Croatia. The women's
fleet managed to get one race in before the wind died off preventing a
second race from getting underway. Only one out of the three men's groups
managed to finish a race in the light conditions as two of the groups races
were abandoned after a 35 degree wind-shift. - Yachts and Yachting website:

Women's Qualifications Standings (6 races with 1 discard - 53 boats)
1. Vesna Dekleva/Klara Maucec SLO 17
2. Therese Torgersson/Vendela Zachrisson SWE 17
3 Yuka Yoshisako/Mitsuko Satake, JPN, 25
17. Katherine McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving USA, 44

Event website:

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La Rochelle, France Day 3 Report - The first race started with 12 knots and
the "Olympic triangle". The Oscar flag allowing free pumping was displayed
on the top mark, giving a rest to the jury, and providing lots of fun to
the sailors. With more wind on the second race, Oscar was displayed at the
start of the triangle course. The wind had picked to 14-17 knots. After
several general recalls, the Black flag sent 8 sailors back home. The
regatta favorites were engaged in both races in an intense battle. Even if
Mateusz Kusznierewicz sailed in the forefront of the fleet to win the first
race by an unbeatable margin, the second race was fought until the last
meters by Ben Ainslie and Karlo Kuret. The Croatian who is one of the most
experienced Finn sailors of the Championship with 3 Olympics in his
portfolio, defeated the World champion within a few meters of the finish
line. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (7 pts) is leading the 90-boat Olympic
qualifying event in front of Ben Ainslie (11) and Sebastien Godefroid (17).
Guillaume Florent is 4th (27) with Emilios Papathanasiou (30) in 5th
position. -

* After days of rumour the official existence of a new French Syndicate for
the 32nd America's Cup was confirmed today in Marseille. Sud Challenge, the
fifth french challenger for the 32nd Cup is leaded by the French skipper
Alain Fédensieu, a former member of the K-Challenge (he was head of
logistics and "Sport Consultant").As the sailing world prepares for the
first 2007 America's Cup preliminary races, scheduled to begin this
September in Marseille, Sud Challenge hopes to be able to be part of it. -
Cup in Europe website, full story:

* Of the five remaining Open 60s in the 1000 Milles De Calais, Jean Le
Cam's Bonduelle has opened up nearly 25 miles on his closest opponent.
Standings at 01:40:00 GMT on May 13: 1. Bonduelle - Jean Le Cam (FRA) -
248.4 miles to finish; 2. Ecover - Mike Golding (GBR) - 273.1; 3. Virbac -
Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) - 328.7. -

* The 7th edition of the International Melges Week, 2nd regatta of the 2004
Volvo Cup, took place last weekend in Torbole on Lake Garda. 40 teams from
7 countries competed in the challenging weather conditions, unusual in May,
completing nine races (one discard) with southern winds blowing between 12
and 30 knots. Blu Moon's helmsman Flavio Favini, tactician on America's Cup
Mascalzone Latino and 2001 Melges 24 World Champion, rules the class,
winning four of the nine races. Second place for Devotissimo with skipper
Silvio Santoni and Luca Valerio took third in Altea. Full Results:

* Businessman and yachtsman Tom Dodson has been appointed President of
Auckland, NZ-based Southern Spars. Dodson is best known internationally for
his leadership of North Sails New Zealand since 1985 and for his success in
international grand-prix yacht racing. Dodson joins the Southern Spars
senior management team of Directors Mark Hauser and Steve Wilson, and Chief
Operating Officer Lou Cadman. His main focus will be to further expand
Southern Spars global business in carbon fiber spars, marine components and
rigging systems. -

* Grupo Santander, Spain's leading bank, and the second largest financial
institution in the Euro zone, will join the 32nd America's Cup as an
official partner. Its businesses throughout Europe and Latin America employ
over 100 000 people and in 2003, the group posted a Euros 2.61 billion
profit. -

* For the third leg of the Tybee 500, the wind increased and clocked
farther south, bringing rougher seas but faster times on a bit shorter leg
(78 mi). The top boat again was 500 leader John Casey/ Jay Sonnenklar
sailing Castrol. The team of Steve Lohmayer/ Kenny Pierce brought home
Tybee Island just five minutes later to remain in the runner up spot. Due
to injury, illness, and damage, the field is now 13 teams; the Nacra fleet
of four boats fanned out evenly into spots 3, 6, 9 and 11 today among the
nine remaining Inter-20's. - Diana Prentice,

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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 Richard Pope (edited to our 250-word limit): The Transpac Race has
traditionally been regarded as one of the world's great offshore races.
However, I feel that the decisions made by the board of the Transpacific
Yacht Club are quickly causing erosion within the global racing community
for this former classic.

There was a time when the upper speed limit for the Transpac race coincided
with the ULDB 70 class rating limitation. But the Transpac speed limit was
raised at the same time several owners turbo-charged their ULDB 70s to go
faster. And it was raised again for the new R/P 75s. Last year TPYC agreed
to raise the limit to include the maxZ86 boats, "if a class of three boats
would enter the event." The present maxZ86 class only has two boats, but
TPYC has again changed the rules to allow those two boats to enter - while
excluding any boat with a higher rater. Certainly one of those maxZ86s will
win the first to finish Barn Door (first to finish) Trophy and most likely
set a new course record. What a nice accommodation!

Is it any coincidence that these decisions are all somehow linked to TPYC's
long-time board member, Roy Disney, who has had boats that fit into each of
these rating revisions? While I have enormous respect for Mr. Disney and
the generous things that he has done for our sport, I'm afraid that the
Transpacific YC is not doing him or their event any favors with what could
be characterized as short-sighted decisions.

* From John E. Williams: While Mr. Fischbeck's comments about replacing the
Tornado with the Hobie 16 as the Olympic Class might be nostalgic and
heartfelt, it's simply not an idea that should be seriously contemplated.
Hobie Alter built the 16 to be durable and easy to sail. Many small
improvements have been made over the years, stretching the definition of
one-design, in recognition of active class racing throughout the world.

The Tornado has evolved too, with rules that permit open construction and
sail production. Certainly the Hobie Classes' recent decisions regarding
Hobie-only racing would suggest that opening production is not an option
that would be entertained by the fleets or the manufacturers. The 16 is
still a durable, inexpensive platform, easy to sail but difficult to sail
well. The Tornado is subject to the strictest quality control, high-tech
innovation, and as a spinnaker class, demands more teamwork and an extra
level of seamanship from both skipper and crew.

I wouldn't disagree with the notion of the 16 as a new Olympic Class in
addition to the Tornado, but I don't think any of the international Tornado
sailors, who seem to be in firm control of their class, would go for what
many would perceive as a "step backward." The 16 is, in fact, getting its
due at the current Worlds and as the US Sailing-selected youth and adult
Multihull Championships platform this year. Huzzah for the Alter Clan -
where would we be without them?

* From Genevieve Robson (edited to our 250-word limit): I think that we all
agree that it is inappropriate to class Cayard with the guy who sells rope
from the back of a truck (no offence to the rope guy but being able to do a
nice splice does not make you a world class tactician). What we have is a
problem of interpretation. The classification rule states that a sailor is
a Cat 3 if he or she:
(a) has been paid for:
(i) competing in a race,
(ii) training, practicing, tuning, testing, maintaining or otherwise
preparing a boat, its crew, sails or equipment for racing, and then
competed on that boat.

The key is "on that boat". If you don't race the boats that you design then
you are a Category 1. This doesn't help the kid who gets paid $10 to scrub
the deck after a race but is does exclude the sail loft employee who only
has to decline racing on boats that he himself made the sails for to retain
his Cat 1. I realize that the rule is not generally interpreted this way
but it should be. The ISAF is the governing body of our sport; they make
the rules. To say "move to another class" is simply wrong. With that kind
of attitude how many of us will "move to another sport?" This is a problem
for many dedicated sailors and it needs to be addressed.

* From Ralph Taylor: The item in 'Butt # 1580, regarding the suspension of
a Polish sailor contains a common misconception. The item begins: "As a
result of an infringement of ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 69.3 - Gross

In point of fact, a sailor cannot infringe any part of rule 69 because the
rule does not govern competitors' acts. It solely states the authority,
procedures, & nature of disciplinary action by a protest committee (69.1),
a national authority (69.2), or ISAF (69.3). Actions proceed, as stated in
69, for infringements of other rules -- often, rule 2 as here. Some of the
RRS govern competitors' rights & obligations; some say how races are to be
conducted; and others pertain to how the rules are enforced and govern
folks other than competitors. Rule 69 falls into Part 5, which is primarily
the latter kind.

Let's not miseducate Scuttlebutt readers about the rules. A competitor can
no more break rule 69 than rule 25 (which requires the RC to make sailing
instructions available & use specified signals). However, when rule 69 is
invoked, a sailor is in a lot of potential trouble.

* From Bruce Thompson: I would suggest C. A. Marchaj's Seaworthiness - The
Forgotten Factor for the Scuttlebutt library. Written in the aftermath of
the 1979 Fastnet, it is a qualitative assessment of the factors influencing
the seaworthiness of yachts. It is a wake up call to designers who are
sacrificing safety for all out speed. While it is technical in nature, the
last chapter alone is required reading for anyone who ventures offshore. It
provides a clear basis for deciding on what storm survival tactics will
work best based on the actual conditions present. P.S. Add Ken Read @ 204
hits to your Google contest list.

Curmudgeon's Comment: Ken Read is #18 on our list but somehow that listing
'disappeared' for a few hours after we initially posted the contest results
on-line. And we've added the book to the library:

Life is what you make of it ... kinda like Play-Doh