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SCUTTLEBUTT 1594 - June 1, 2004

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Argentinean yacht designer Germán Frers was presented with the 'Life of
Sailing' at a ceremony at the Teatrino di Portofino at the climax of
Italy's Zegna Trophy. It was recognition of a lifetime's work, which has
seen more than 700 drawings develop from board to berth ranging from
Nautor's Swans and Hallberg Rassy ocean cruising production yachts to
America's Cup contenders for the Il Moro di Venezia, Prada 2000, and
custom-built superyachts such as the magnificent Stealth and Rebecca.

The Life of Sailing Award is made every two years and honours outstanding
contributions to the development and popularity of sailing. Frers' first
boss Olin Stephens is the only other designer to have been honoured since
the award was introduced in 1983 but the list of recipients includes the
late Sir Peter Blake, Dennis Conner, Paul Cayard and, in 2002, Russell Coutts.

Split, Croatia - Overcoming not only a tough competitor but also difficult
sailing conditions, France's Bertrand Pacé and his Team France crew have
won the 18th annual ACI HTmobile Cup, the sixth event of the Swedish Match
Tour. Pacé and crew ­ Benoit Briand (headsails), Tanguy Caidou (mainsail),
Fabrice Levet (tactics and pit) and Romain Troublé (bow) ­ defeated Peter
Gilmour's Pizza-La Sailing Team, 3-0, in the final that was plagued by
light and extremely shifty winds. In the petit final, Holmberg defeated
Gram-Hansen 2-0. Wind shifts and patchy conditions had an impact on the

Gilmour's second place finish was enough to clinch the Swedish Match Tour
Championship for 2003-'04. Gilmour and his Pizza-La crew ­ Rod Dawson
(mainsail), Mike Mottl (headsails), Kazuhiko Sofuku (bow) and Yasuhiro Yaji
(pit) ­ have totaled 117 of a possible 150 points. In an amazing display of
consistency, they have placed in the top four at all six Swedish Match Tour
events. Gilmour has won two events, but he has placed second in the last
two events. He lost to Russell Coutts at the Toscana Elba Cup two weeks
ago. And he placed fourth at the Congressional Cup in April, after winning
the round robin. - Sean McNeill,

Final ACI HTmobile Cup Results:
1. Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France, 17-2, $12,000
2. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team, 13-8, $8,000
3. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers, 13-7, $6,000
4. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark, 10-8, $4,000
5. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing, 9-5, $2,500
6. Mathieu Richard/FRA, 7-6, $2,000
7. Mattias Rahm/SWE, Team Stena Bulk, 5-8, $1,500
8. Kelvin Harrap/NZL, Team New Zealand, 5-9, $1,000
9. Staffan Lindberg/SWE, 3-11, $750
10. Mate Arapov/CRO, 3-11, $750
11. Frano Brate/CRO, 2-12, $750

Swedish Match Tour 2003-04 Rankings after six of eight events)
1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team - 117 points
2. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers - 64 points
3. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing - 55 points
4. Jesper Radich/DEN, Team Denmark - 43 points
5. Russell Coutts/NZL, Alinghi Team - 35 points
= Bertrand Pacé /FRA, Team France - 35 points
7. Ed Baird/USA, Team Musto - 31 points
8. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark - 26 points

The Gorge - Yale University has won the 2004 ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association) Women's North American Championship - a first for the Ivy
League school. Women sailors from 18 colleges around the nation were in the
Gorge from May 26-28 for the championship that was sailed in FJs, with each
school fielding A and B-division teams. Yale's A-division team was
sophomore skipper Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.) sailing with juniors
Jenn Hoyle (Manchester, Mass.) and Julie Papanek (Woodside, Calif./Chicago,
Ill.). Yale's B-division team -- freshman Emily Hill (Miami, Fla.) and
sophomores Meghan Pearl (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Sarah Himmelfarb
(Portland, Maine).

Final Results:
1. Yale University, 80-74, 154
2. Harvard, 96- 79, 175
3. US Naval Academy, 99- 79, 178
4. U. of Hawaii, 77-105, 182
5. Dartmouth College, 109-75, 184

The Final Four in the ICSA Team Racing Championship are Hobart/ Wm. Smith,
St. Mary's College, Dartmouth, and USC. -

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Grey skies, rain that varied from drizzle to torrential and a brisk 20 knot
wind were the conditions the 37 competitors taking part in The Transat
enjoyed as the historical single-handed race the 'wrong way' across the
North Atlantic got underway Monday from Plymouth Sound. The first casualty
prior to the start was Yves Parlier's new catamaran Médiatis Région
Aquitaine who returned to port at 1230 her skipper reporting that there was
a problem with his boat's autopilot system. Some water had seeped into the
electrics, but after 20 minutes of intense work by Parlier's shore team,
the radical catamaran was heading out to the race course again. Also before
the start Alain Gautier's Foncia was forced to return to Plymouth Yacht
Haven with a broken fitting in her rudder system. This was rapidly fixed by
her shore team who sent her on her way at 1640.

Watched by a sizeable spectator fleet braving the bleak conditions, the
fleet started simultaneously, but on a line divided in three with the ORMA
60 multihulls the furthest east, the IMOCA Open 60 monohulls in the middle
and the 50s westernmost, close to Penlee Point. Marking the divide between
ORMA and IMOCA fleets was the Committee Boat, the Royal Navy's HMS Tyne.
Hot competition in the monohull fleet saw five boats over the line prior to
the start including Conrad Humphreys on Hellomoto and Nick Moloney on
Skandia. The first non-premature starter was Swiss Around Alone race winner
Bernard Stamm sailing Cheminees Poujoulat-Armor Lux. Meanwhile on the
multihull start line Marc Guillemot's Gitana X was penalized for a start
line infringement.

Multihull order at the Lizard - 1. Geant (at 1730UTC) 2. Groupama 3. Banque
Covefi. Mike Sanderson on Pindar AlphaGraphics was holding onto a 1 mile
lead over Mike Golding and Ecover as the Open 60 yachts approach The
Lizard. VMI (Sebastien Josse) and Cheminees Poujoulat-Armor Lux are only
three miles behind the leading pair. -

The ISAF Grade 1 SPA Regatta finished Sunday in Medemblik, Netherlands,
closing another phase in the build up to the Olympic Games in Athens in two
months time. The American 470 Men's Team of Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham
were able to sit out the last race after having mathematically secured
their win. Peter Bromby from Bermuda won the last race in the Star Class
and with it the Gold Medal - four points ahead of Canadian Ross MacDonald.

Final results:
- Yngling (23 boats)1. Kristin Wagner / Anna Hoell / Veronika
Lochbrunner, GER, 32; 2. Giulia Conti / Alessandra Marenzi / Angela Baroni,
ITA, 36; 3. Shirley Robertson / Sarah Ayton / Sarah Webb, GBR, 36; 5.
Barkow/Howe/Capozzi, USA, 49

- Star (33 boats); 1. Peter Bromby/ Lee White, BER, 32; 2. Ross
Macdonald/ Mike Wolfs, CAN, 36; 3. Mark Neeleman/ Peter van Niekerk, NED,
38; 7. Cayard/ Trinter, USA, 59

- Europe (63 boats): 1. Siren Sundby, NOR, 20; 2. Blandine Rouille, FRA,
38; 3. Petra Niemann, GER, 44; 8. Meg Gaillard, USA, 94; 14. Tania Elias
Calles, MEX, 115; 36. Jennifer Spalding, CAN, 156

- Mistral Men (38 boards): 1. Joeri Van Dijk, NED, 13; 2. Julien
Bontemps, FRA, 32; 3. Max Oberemko, UKR, 39; 18. Benjamin Barger, USA, 114

- Mistral Women (21 boards): 1. Faustine Merret, FRA, 15; 2. Jessica
Crisp, AUS, 22; 3. Amelie Lux, GER, 22; 9. Lanee Beashel. USA, 57

- 49er (49 boats): 1. Jonas Warrer / Peter Kruger Ander, DEN, 45; 2. Iker
Martinez / Xavier Fernandez, ESP, 45; 3. Michael Hestbek / Dennis Dengsoe,
DEN, 66; 4. Tim Wadlow Pete Spaulding, USA, 69.

- Finn (54 boats): 1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz, POL, 20; 2. Ben Ainslie,
GBR, 23; 3. Sebastien Godefroid, BEL, 40; 24. Kevin Hall. USA, 131; 31.
Christopher Cook, CAN, 170

- Laser - Gold fleet (54 boats): 1. Zbogar Vasilij, SLO, 14; 2. Karl
Suneson, SWE, 32; 3. Gareth Blanckenberg, RSA, 47; 14. Michael Leigh, CAN, 109

- Tornado (28 boats) 1. Roman Hagara/ Hans Peter Steinacher, AUT, 42;
2. Olivier Backes/ Laurent Voiron, FRA, 47; 3. Santiago Lange/ Carlos
Espinola, ARG, 53;
4. John Lovell/ Charlie Ogletree, USA, 53.

- 470 Men (31 boats): 1. Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnham, USA, 40; 2. Sven
Coster/ Kalle Coster, NED, 63; 3. Gabrio Zandona/ Andrea Trani, ITA, 73

- 470 Women (10 boats): 1. Lisa Westerhof / Margriet Matthijsse, NED, 20;
2. Sylvia Vogl / Caroline Flatscher, AUT, 35; 3. Vlada Ilienko / Natalya
Gaponovich, RUS, 38

Complete results:

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Bitez, Turkey - After the challenging - almost survival conditions of the
previous day 141 sailors at the Harken Laser Masters Championship enjoyed
close tactical racing in a 9-12 knot westerly on the final day of racing.
Only one race was completed when the north westerly backed 65 degrees
whilst the Radial and Apprentice fleet were racing forcing an abandonment
of their races and the two remaining fleets were unable to start because of
a time limit cut off.

Final overall results after 9 races and one discard
Apprentice (standard rig) Brett Beyer AUS 20pts
Master (standard rig) Colin Dibb AUS 21pts
Grand Master (standard rig) Mark Bethwaite 18pts
Apprentice (radial rig) David Early HKG 13pts
Master (radial rig) Goran Bonacic 17pts
Grand Master (radial rig) Poopy Marcon FRA 15pts
Great Grand Master (radial rig) Peter Seidenberg USA 14pts

Full results:

* In an effort to evaluate rating rules currently in use and to explore
alternative rules for handicap racing at their events, the Storm Trysail
Club is conducting a day long seminar on July 21 at Larchmont Yacht Club.
Among the presenters will be Mike Urwin of the RORC and Jim Teeters of the
Offshore Racing Club of America. Representatives from US Sailing, the
Cruising Club of America, northeast and mid-Atlantic Yacht Racing
Associations and yacht clubs will participate. Other sailing groups and
race organizers interested in attending should contact the Storm Trysail

* Team New Zealand plan to take part in the first America's Cup
pre-regatta in Marseille in September but have yet to officially enter.
Team New Zealand's managing director Grant Dalton has said the syndicate
were planning to take part in this year's events but would first weigh up
the logistics of attending as well as which teams were competing.

* GBR Challenge's America's Cup campaign could be sunk before it has left
the pontoon. Just a month remains before the expiry of the founder and
chairman Peter Harrison's deadline for sponsorship funding to arrive. The
team, who were beaten in the quarter-finals of the qualifying regatta for
the last America's Cup, launched a quest last May for a sponsor willing to
inject £3.25m a year (around €5 million). But though "significant
conversations" are under way with a number of "global brands", Harrison has
indicated he will pull the plug on the operation if funding is not secured
within five weeks. - Cup in Europe,

* Mirabella V, The world's largest single-masted yacht (247 feet) - with a
price tag of more than £30m - set out on its maiden voyage on Sunday. The
superyacht was handed over by shipbuilders VT - formerly known as Vosper
Thornycroft - to its US owner Joe Vittoria earlier this month. Mr Vittoria
was expected to take Mirabella to Naples - the home town of his wife
Luciana. The former head of car hire firm Avis then intends to charter the
yacht out at a cost of £140,000 a week. - BBC News,

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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 Rory Paton (re boats for the Olympics): How about doing away with
the 470 for men and women and going for two-boat Team Racing fully umpired
and using reasonably small boats. It could be stipulated that each team
must consist of two male and female competitors and that one of each sex
must helm. Cheaper to enter, much more entertaining to watch, no waiting
for hours to find out who's won and with two boat, close racing is more likely.

* From John Skinner: I am disappointed that the ISAF selected three
single-handed events while only selecting two keelboat events. I think the
open single-handed event will end up not being much different that either
women's or men's single-handed event, depending on the optimum weight for
the class of boat eventually selected for the event. I think it would have
been much better to assign that event to open keelboat. That would allow
the Olympics to include both a 2-man keelboat and the 3-person open
keelboat event. I know there has been a bias toward including more dinghies
in the Olympics. I think this is short-sided, doesn't recognize the skills
needed be successful in keelboat racing, and results in an
under-representation in the Olympics of the style of sailing that a large
segment of the boating population does

* From Paddy Boyd Chief Executive/Secretary General Irish Sailing
Association: One of the great things about sailing is that those of us who
want to can compete at the very highest level of the sport against the
world's greatest sailors. And we can do this at no extra cost. The World
and Continental Championships of all classes are normally open to all
entrants, albeit there may be some district or national qualifying scheme
first. So if I want and if I am fit enough I can sail in a Bacardi Cup, a
J24 Worlds, a Finn Gold Cup. In these and many other events I am going to
come across a Cayard, a Reynolds, A Percy and many others who are at the
top of their profession. To me that is a great thrill and privilege that
doesn't happen in other sports.

Can you imagine how much you would have to pay just to get in to a pro-am
with Tiger Woods or Vijay Singh! However, if your club or class decides
that it wants to keep the nature of its racing at a certain level it can do
this by opting to use the classification code. The decision is made at that
level, not by ISAF or the MNA. They have provided the option and should not
be blamed for club and class decisions. But we must make sure, for the
benefit of the sport, that we still have plenty of opportunities to sail
against the world's best and to learn form that great experience.

* From Mark Mattison: Stephanie Helms' letter on sexual reassignment
surgery comments, "To think anybody would undergo sex reassignment in order
to achieve a competitive advantage in some sporting contest is such a
ludicrous notion it hardly bears comment." Perhaps Ms. Helms is too young
to remember the hefty and eyebrow-raising physical specimens that Soviet
bloc countries put forward for international competition in the 1950's and
early 60s. A number of these, including some bulging Bulgarians and the
famed USSR Olympic medallist "sisters" Tamara and Irina Press suddenly
retired from sports competition because of "grave illness" just before the
European championships in 1966 and the introduction of chemical testing for
femaleness. On the other hand, Polish-born American sprinter Stella Walsh,
gold Medallist in '32 and world record holder for 20 years, was discovered
to be a male upon "her" death in 1980. At the 1984 Games, Canadian
grandmother Hilda Strike, who had finished second to Ms. Walsh in '32, had
her silver medal upgraded to gold. It ain't over until the fat lady is
proved to be a lady.

* From Ted Beier: Sounds like the Open 60s are suffering from one of two
instabilities seen on aircraft for many years. The keel could be exhibiting
a limited amplitude flutter which is caused when the lateral bending and
torsion frequencies of the keel get close enough to couple. The solution is
not to move the weight aft, which will make things worse. but to move it
forward, stiffen the strut in torsion, and/or add tail fins to move the
aero center aft. The other instability is an aerodynamic response
oscillation which large bodies of revolution suffer when attached by a
flexible strut, and is a single degree of freedom issue. This motion can be
stabilized by the addition of fins to the tail of the body. Small vertical
ones are best, but fins at 45 degrees have worked also. Suggest the Open
60s try some tail fins on the keel to stabilize the oscillation
hydrodynamically, or increase the torsional stiffness of the keel strut

Curmudgeon's Comment: Why didn't I think of that?

You know you're getting old when going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out
of your face.