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SCUTTLEBUTT 1584 - May 17, 2004

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(The Harken website has published a very interesting interview with
Philippe Kahn. Here are a couple of brief excerpts.)

Harken/McLube: If a parent were to come to you for advice on how to best
introduce a child to sailing (recreational or competitive), what kind of
advice would you provide?

Kahn: Make it fun, teach them how to surf and windsurf and get them the
feeling of the wind, planning and of waves. Then all the rest is really
easy. It does not take a lot of resources, just a little time. Then
one-design is the way to go. They'll love the ocean the wind and the waves
and they'll be fast!

Harken/McLube: It is quite impressive how much you have accomplished in a
relatively short timeframe. Would you share with us your philosophy on
training? And perhaps you can explain how you work with Shark and your
other team members who are training as well?

Kahn: We focus on teamwork, positive attitude and performance. We focus on
developing skills and not on the results. Our goal is never to win but to
learn to sail better. We probably enjoy the training just as much as the
racing and that's fun. I'm lucky enough that by working a bit earlier in
the morning and later at night, I can often get out on the water for three
hours doing week days, right after Shark gets out of school. When we get
back he focuses on homework and I focus on LightSurf. We also work out
together five times a week.

Harken/McLube: What is it about sailing that you like to share with your

Kahn: Sailing is a great way to all share the same passion. Sailing brings
us together and fits right into our outdoors lifestyle. It goes hand in
hand with what we love to do: surfing, windsurfing, snow-boarding/skiing etc...

Harken/McLube: How do you think we can grow participation in sailing?

Kahn: When you show a kid an Optimist, they think that it's a floating
bathtub. It's a great platform to learn a certain type of sailing. But
sailing has to become more like the X-Games and that's why we must promote
windsurfing, kite-boarding, skiff sailing and capture the imagination of
the kids. Times have changed and the platforms need to change. Speed and
adrenaline will bring sailing to the masses. - Harken website, full story
and pictures:

Zadar Croatia - Time ticked slowly for some and fast for others as the
15.00hrs deadline approached here in Zadar for the final day in the 2004
Int 470 World Championships and final Olympic Qualifier. Race officials
left the club in pouring rain thismorning to be completely ready for any
chance of a start in the penultimate race of the championship. Teams
readying themselves for either a contest or packing up which ever came
first. In the end the clock won and at 14.15hrs local , AP over A was
raised to signify the end of possible racing for the Championship.

For the Australians, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page it a dream come true,
as it is so for the Swedes Therese Torgersson & Vendela Zachrisson. Nathan
and Malcolm follow the lead of 2000 Gold Medallist Tom King who won the
corresponding World Championship leading up to the Sydney games. The
women's championship was one of the closest for many years with the top 3
boats finishing within 3 points of one another. The Swedes grabbing the
overall lead from the Slovenians Dekleva/Maucec courtesy of the last race win.

ISAF will confirm Qualification in due course. But it is expected that, in
the Women: the USA, Argentina, Canada, Brazil and Italy will gain
nomination and in the Men: Turkey, Poland, Belarus, Korea, Hungary and
Austria. However there is a possibility that a number of National Olympic
Committees will fail to enter their sailors to the games, opening
opportunities for further nations to receive wild card invitations. -
Darren Dunkley-Smith

Final Results Men (101-boats)
1. AUS Nathan Wilmot/ Malcolm Page 44
2. SWE Johan Molund/ Martin Andersson 51
3. GBR Nick Rogers/ Joe Glanfield 54
14. USA Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnham, 91

Final Results Women (53-boats)
1. SWE Therese Torgersson/ Vendela Zachrisson, 55
2. SLO Vesna Dekleva/ Klara Maucec, 56
3. ISR Nike Kornecki/ Vered Bouskila, 57
8. USA Katherine McDowell/ Isabelle Kinsolving, 76
10. CAN Provan/ Jennifer Nikola Girke, 84

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Santander, Spain - Going into the final day, it looked as though any of six
crews could win the championship. With 10 knots blowing from North East on
the race course, the conditions were perfect for the show down between the
crews. But it was not only for those trying to win the championship, but
also those in their selection regattas as well as those still trying to
qualify their nation for Athens! Subject to ratification by ISAF, it is the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Canada who will join the other 12
qualified nations on the start line at Athens in three months time.

Final Results (10 races - 37 boats):
1. DEN Trine Palludan/Christina Otzen/Ida Hartvig 84 pts
2. DEN Dorte O.Jensen/Helle Jespersen/Rachel Kiel, 86 pts
3. USA Carol Cronin/Elizabeth Filter/Nancy Haberland, 90 pts
4. USA Sally Barcow/Carrie Hawe/Debbie Capozzi, 92 pts
5. GER Kristin Wagner/Anna Holl/Veronica Lochbrunner 94 pts
22. BER Paula Lewin/Christine Patton/Melissa Purdy, 163pts
25. CAN Lisa Ross/Deirdre Crampton/Chantal Leger, 171pts

Saturday 15 May 2004, Tybee Island GA - About the time that Smarty Jones
was impressing Preakness-watchers, Tybee-watchers were witnessing splashy
upsets as wind and waves intensified for the Tybee 500's grand finale. The
surprise wasn't who but how and in what order. Today it was: 1. Semp
Toshiba (Roberto Pandiani/ I-20); 2. Oz (Rick Bliss/ Nacra 6.0)- three
seconds later); 3. Tybee (Steve Lohmayer/ I-20) 4. Castrol (John Casey/
I-20) Castrol's indecorous landing, dragging the port hull the final feet
after losing control near-shore in the heavy surf, was offset by their
stellar cumulative time of 33:00:26-besting Team Tybee, who were second, by
3 min. 41 sec. Equally exciting was the race for third. Oz won it over the
Brazilian Semp Toshiba team's noteworthy bid by merely 2 seconds.
(34:19:28). And the winning cumulative time, compared to last year's
51:21:28 (posted by Team Tybee), is impressive evidence that this was a
fast and furious event. Now teams will rest and repair for Monday's start
of the first Outer Banks 500. - Diana Prentice,

Bitez, Turkey - In perfect sailing conditions the final two races of the
145-boat Harken Laser World Championship qualifying series were completed.
It was also a day when four more countries qualified for the 2004 Olympics
as they qualified for the gold fleet - Korea, Malaysia, Ireland and
Uruguay. Now the fleet is split into gold and silver there will be equal
interest in the gold fleet and silver fleet with 22 countries still trying
to qualify for the remaining four country positions in the silver fleet.
Results after six races with one discard:
1. Robert Scheidt, BRA, 9pts
2. Michael Blackburn, AUS, 15pts
3. Mark Mendelblatt, USA, 15pts
4. Karl Suneson, SWE, 20pts
5. Hamish Pepper, NZL, 23pts
33. Bernard Luttmer, CAN 88pts

The Coca Cola Hobie 16 World Championship ended Friday with marginal double
trapezing winds for the first two races of the day. There was a long
postponement before race three when the winds dipped below the five knot
class minimum. Fortunately the wind filled with a vengeance and the last
two races were sailed in about 18 knots. 47 races were run over the two
weeks of racing. The French team of Axel Silvy and Pauline Jupin had
another epic day to win the series by fifty points over Gavin Colby and
Simone Mattfield - the defending champions from Australia. Andrew Keag and
Naomi Angwin, also from Australia, took third. The next Hobie 16 Worlds
will be held in South Africa in 2006. - Bob Merrick,

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La Rochelle, France Day 4 Report - When the Black Flag came up on the
second start of the last race, it penalized 11 sailors. The third start
under the Black rule took a toll among Mateusz Kusznierewicz's opponents
for the Championship title. Ben Ainslie, Sebastien Godefroid, Emilios
Papathanasiou, Ali Enver Adakan and Gasper Vincec started aggressively
despite the risk, and were disqualified. The five countries that have
qualified for the Athens Olympic regatta are (upon ISAF approval):
Argentina (Alejandro Colla 28th), Russia (Vladimir Krutskikh, 29th),
Hungary (Balazs Hajdu, 33rd), Austria (Florian Raudaschl, 36th), Italy
(Michele Marchesini, 39th).

Final standings (9 races with one discard - 90 boats):
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) 22
2. Ben Ainslie (GBR) 58
3. Guillaume Florent (FRA) 62
4. Dean Barker (NZL) 73
5. Sébastien Godefroid (BEL) 80
6. Richard Clark (CAN) 90

After 4 days, 14 hours 43 minutes and 38 seconds at an average speed of
9.22 knots, Jean Le Cam's Lombard-designed IMOCA Open 60 Bonduelle took
victory in the first edition of the 1000 milles de Calais race after a
fearsome duel with British skipper Mike Golding on Ecover. Bonduelle made
the real break at the Fastnet with a fabulous coup on rounding the famous
halfway mark, tacking its way out of the clutches of a ridge of high
pressure that enveloped the remainder of the fleet. A coastal option
skirting along the thermals of southern England paid off against Golding's
mid-Channel course as did a move into less current late yesterday evening.
Golding's Ecover finished nearly five hours later. Final standings: 1. Jean
le Cam, Bonduelle; 2 Mike Golding, Ecover; 3 Jean-Pierre Dick, Virbac; 4
Vincent Riou, PRB; 5 Joé Seeten, Arcelor Dunkerque; Retirement: Roland
Jourdain, Sill.

* The annual Lipton Cup Regatta is Southern California's way to determine
which SoCal yacht club has the most potent racing talent. Sailed in J/105s
in conditions that ranged from 4-14 knots, the Balboa YC boat steered by
Jack Franco with Dave Ullman calling tactics overcame an 11th hour protest
to score a convincing win which will move the event out of the San Diego
area for the first time in many years. Willem Van Waay skippered the
Coronado YC team into second place, while the defender, Stewart Cannon and
Geoff Longnecker's Southwestern YC team, finished third.

* John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti gained the upper hand early in the three-day,
Cal Cup Regatta and never looked back. With Jeff Madrigali calling tactics,
Kilroy won the California Yacht Club's eight-race, no throw-out, Farr 40
event by nine points over the Scott Harris-driven Crocodile Rock. Deneen
Demourkas' Groovederci came from well back in the fleet with a pair of
second place finishes on the final day to spoil Philippe Kahn's return to
Farr 40 racing by claiming the third spot on the podium by a single point.

* We've posted the 'team photo' of the USA's Olympic and Paralympic sailing
team - 2004 on our website: Also, we'd be happy to
accommodate other nations that would like to post their Olympic Team's
photos. Just let us know:

* Seventy yachts representing ten nations are set to begin racing Monday in
the Rolex IMS Worlds, off Capri organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri. Countries represented at this
year's event include Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy,
Norway, Spain, the USA and Uruguay. Marco Birch will represent the U.S.
this year with his new 58 ft. Talisman. -

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* From Clark Chapin: I watched the now-defunct US Sailing Competitor
Classification Committee in several of their open meetings. I remember a
comment made by a noted committee member: "Sail lofts must be some of the
cleanest places in the world. They seem to hire so many highly ranked
collegiate sailors as sweepers." In my opinion, if there's a lesson to be
learned, it was that the Committee had to heed the words of Cuba Gooding
Jr. in "Jerry McGuire": "Show me the money! Let me hear you say it: 'Show
me....the money!' I can't hear you! Louder! Show me the money!" Now, of
course, the ISAF Committee has the problem of dealing with this problem. I
wish them well

* From Donal McClement, Ireland: I feel sure that both Jay Bush and David
Tabor (Butt 1583) have not read the Code properly. It may well be that Jay
was given a Group 3 Classification whilst he was at college but I believe
that Classification was granted under the old, now redundant, US Sailing
Appendix. Under the ISAF Code people under the age of 24 (normally
Students) are allowed to work, coach etc and get paid for these activities
for up to 100 days in the Classification period and still retain Group 1

David Tabor's comments are even more misleading and incorrect. What he did
20 years ago has absolutely no relevance to his current Classification
status. Equally if he was still varnishing, making sail covers etc. he,
almost certainly ,would not be Group 2 as he states. As Antony Matusch says
the Code has been accepted by almost 11,000 sailors worldwide and without
doubt there will be 1 or 2 anomalies but it is impossible to write rules
that cater for every eventuality. "Hard cases make bad law". The FAQ's in
the Classification section of the ISAF web site will answer most queries
and addresses most of the problems that people encounter. "When all else
fails read the instructions" would be a good motto to follow.

* From Joe Cochran (Related to Ralph Taylor's Rule 69 comments in item Butt
#1582): Although I strongly agree with the comment that we should not
"miseducate" Scuttlebutt readers about the rules, Rule 69 is not a simple
rule. It is invoked by the action (misconduct) of a competitor and in that
sense does control the acts of competitors. Rule 69 is an extremely
important rule in that it is a last resort to maintain fairness and
integrity in our sport.

A significant problem with Rule 69 is the identification of a rule breach,
appropriate penalties and the absence of clear procedural guidelines. For
example, it is not a protest hearing and a "party" is defined differently.
Confusion compounds in that appeals can be made to the US Sailing Appeals
Committee, the US Sailing Article 14 Review Board acts on reports and
appeals of their decision can be made to US Sailing Executive Committee.
Each committee has their own expectations and procedures that are not in
the Rule book or otherwise easily identified.

I commend ISAF for publicizing that they issued a 6 month suspension for an
offensive act. US Sailing should be encouraged to follow this example and
publicize decisions or penalties for Rule 69 (and all US Sailing appeals)
which might provide valuable precedence for club level Rule enforcement.

* From Paolo Sheaffer: Does Mr. Fishbeck really want an Olympic multihull
slower than the 49er? If IOC wants to reduce competitors, an A-cat would
serve that purpose, but this recurring Hobie 16 Olympic proposal is past
its sell-by date. Maybe the 49ers should be replaced with FJs.

* From Chris Ericksen (Regarding the observations of Richard Pope in 'Butt
1582): No, Mister Pope, it is not coincidental that the "speed limit" of
the Transpacific Yacht Race has been dialed up from ULDB 70's to turbo 70's
to 75's and to maxZ/86's at about the same time that Roy Disney has built
or created one of each. So what? Roy Disney joins such folks as Bill Lee in
Merlin, Robert Johnson in Ticonderoga and even H.H. Sinclair in Lurline,
winner of the first Los-Angeles-to-Honolulu race, in pushing the envelope
of speed in offshore racing yachts and setting new elapsed-time records.
Only by striving for more is the sport advanced; Mister Disney is just one
in a long line of such who have so striven.

And where is the "erosion within the global racing community for this
former classic" that Mister Pope reports? Cranking up the speed limit
didn't keep a total of 61 boats from entering the 2003 Transpac; surely all
but three or four of that number were unlikely to be first to finish.
Obviously winning the Barn Door is not within the reach of everyone, but
shouldn't it be the goal of someone?

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