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SCUTTLEBUTT 1600 - June 9, 2004

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(Following are a few excerpts from Ian Walker's excellent two part story on
The Daily Sail website about the escalating cost of campaigning at all levels.)

In all the areas of sailing that I have been involved with recently, namely
the Olympic classes, America's Cup and Farr 40s the standard of the fleet
has improved markedly in recent times. The level of commitment required to
put a competitive entry together in any of these top events has risen
hugely. The problem with all this is of course the cost.

I would estimate that over the last 16 years since I first started Olympic
sailing the cost in the more technical Olympic Classes costs have escalated
as much as tenfold. Successful teams that may have once spent 10,000 in a
year would now be spending nearer 100,000. The message is clear - If you
are not prepared to commit 100% to Olympic sailing don't bother starting.

I believe that the rising cost of sailing associated with its
professionalisation at all levels could threaten its own future success. We
are already seeing the warning signs. The Europrix collapsed due to a lack
of entries. The Volvo Ocean Race looks set to have just six to eight
entries - few for such a great event with a fantastic history, good
sponsorship and professional management. The Admiral's Cup has had to be
abandoned once and few outside of the RORC would claim the event to have
been any kind of success for many years. I believe that wherever possible
rule makers need to act to contain escalating costs that could threaten
their own class or events. - Ian Walker, The Daily Sail, full story:

Where are the best places to sail in the U.S.? In the June issue, Sail
magazine offers its selection of the country's 10 most sail-friendly towns
and harbors. Employing a criteria that includes such factors as sailing
conditions, length of season, access to cruising grounds, and strength of
the sailing community, our edit staff sifted through a seemingly endless
number of possible harbors and came up with a list sure to evoke both the
praise and ire of Sail readers. Here are the ten harbors that the editors

- Bayfield, WI
- Bristol, RI
- Camden, ME
- Charlotte Harbor, FL
- Oriental, NC
- Oxford, MD
- Port Townsend, WA
- San Diego, CA
- Sausalito, CA
- Seward, AK

To vote for your favorite from the above list or to submit your own choice:

There is every sign that the 2003 America's Cup losers, Team New Zealand,
will unveil their come-back campaign on Saturday for the 2007 cup in
Valencia. A $35 million deal with Emirates Airlines is being widely talked
about. Boss Grant Dalton is expected to name British double Olympic
medallist Ben Ainslie and American racer Terry Hutchinson as senior
sailors. - Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:

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At 2129 GMT Tuesday Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux crossed the finish line of
The Transat at the entrance to Boston Harbor to claim victory in the 60ft
ORMA multihull class of the historic solo transatlantic race. Emotional
scenes surrounded the arrival of Michel Desjoyeaux on board Geant as he set
a new transatlantic race record from Plymouth to Boston of 8 days, 8 hours,
29 minutes and 55 seconds. He raced the 2800 mile course at an average
speed of 13.61 knots. The previous record for the race was held by solo
round the world record holder Francis Joyon who set a record of 9 days, 23
hours and 21 minutes in the last race in 2000. Desjoyeaux has taken 38
hours and 52 minutes off the record. Desjoyeaux crossed the finish line
between Deer Island Light and Long Island Head Light at the entrance to
Boston Harbour, four miles from downtown Boston, at a speed of 23 knots.

At 2338 GMT Tuesday Frenchman Thomas Coville's Sodebo crossed the finish
line of to claim second place in the 60ft ORMA multihull class - two hours,
eight minutes and five seconds behind Desjoyeaux.

This classic solo race that began in 1960 is raced against the prevailing
winds and conditions of the North Atlantic and The Transat race lived up to
its reputation as the toughest transatlantic race. A total of 37 boats,
included 12 ORMA trimarans, started the race at 1300 GMT on 31st May and to
date five boats have abandoned the race. The remainder of the ORMA fleet
will finish in Boston over the next few days whilst the Open 60 monohull
class leaders are expected to arrive from Saturday (12.6.04) onwards.

Competition remains fierce among the Open 60s where, as usual, just 16
miles separates the present leader, Mike Golding on Ecover from Mike
Sanderson's Pindar AlphaGraphics. The boats have been skirting the eastern
edge of the Newfoundland Grand Banks, an area notorious for its many
fishing boats and rolling banks of fog. Sailing blind last night in the fog
Golding said he was convinced he saw an iceberg on his radar set less than
a mile away. "I had three contacts on the radar - they were all around us.
I was thinking I don't know what's going on here, because I couldn't see
anything." Sanderson is sailing even more blind as not only has his radar
stopped working, but so his ActivEcho radar detector that warns him if
there is shipping in the vicinity.

In the Open 50 Class, Joe Harris recorded his best day yet aboard Wells
Fargo-American Pioneer, covering 317 miles in one 24-hour period as he
swept past Kip Stone's Artforms to take the class lead. His average speed
over the same period was 13.21 knots. The two Americans will be faced with
a host of tactical challenges in the upcoming final days of racing, each
hoping that Neptune smiles on them with conditions that favor their boat
design and position.

Standings @ 0300 GMT on June 9:
ORMA 60 Multis: 1. Geant, Michel Desjoyeaux, finished; 2. Sodebo, Thomas
Coville, finished. 3. Groupama, Franck Cammas, 5.2 miles to finish

IMOCA Open 60 Monohulls: 1. ECOVER, Mike Golding, 803 miles to finish. 2.
Pindar Alphagraphics, Mike Sanderson, 17mi. distance to leader. 3. Temenos,
Dominique Wavre, 64 dtl

Open 50 Multihulls: 1. Trilogic, Eric Bruneel, 1078 mtf; 2. Gifi, Dominique
Demachy, 102 dtl

Open 50 Monohulls: 1. Wells Fargo - American Pioneer, Joe Harris, 1177 mtf;
2. Artforms, Kip Stone, 2.2 dtl

Event website:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA - With the first full round robin completed in the
BoatU.S. ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, race organizers from
host Eastport Yacht Club initiated a second early this afternoon, banging
off 16 new matches on top of the 35 remaining to be sailed in the first
round robin. For the second round robin, the Race Committee is using a
format in which the pairings have been set so that skippers finishing first
through eighth in the first round robin will race each other first in the
series, while skippers in the lower positions race each other. This format
provides a bit of a hedge against uncooperative wind and weather, as it can
be truncated at the half-way point if necessary before passing on to a
later stage of the event.

Standings after Round Robin 1 and 16 races of Round Robin 2
- Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (ISAF ranked #4), Denmark, 12-1, 13pts
- Sally Barkow (#27), USA, 11-1, 12
- Carol Cronin (#18), USA, 10-1, 11
- Paula Lewin (#9), Bermuda, 9-2, 11
- Betsy Alison (#8), USA, 10-0, 10
- Katie Spithill (#16), Australia, 8-2, 10
- Deb Willits (#20), USA, 8-2, 10
- Jenny Axhede (#12), Sweden, 8-2, 10
- Liz Baylis (#5), USA, 8-1, 9
- Claire Leroy (#7), France, 8-1, 9
- Sabrina Gurioli (#10), Italy, 7-1, 8
- Christelle Philippe (#15), France, 7-0, 7
- Elizabeth Kratzig (#23), USA, 6-1, 7
- Linda Rahm (#19), Sweden, 5-0, 5
- Nina Braestrup (#3), Denmark, 3-1, 4
- Marie Faure (#6), France, 0-0, 0

Event website:

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How the Transat records have tumbled from 40 days taken by Sir Francis
Chichester's stately 40ft monohull in the inaugural race in 1960. Since
then the quadrennial race has been won in 27, 25, 20, 23, 17, 16, 10, 11,
10, nine and now eight days. What is deeply impressive about Geant's
crossing is that the ORMA 60 multihulls are now a mature 10-year-old class,
yet the performance gains continue to flow. - Tim Jeffery, The Daily
Telegraph, full story:

* Peter Commette with crew Barb Evans sailed an amazingly consistent
regatta (1-1-2-2) over a wide range of breeze conditions (5-18 knots) to
win this years Snipe Atlantic Coast Championships held in Annapolis in
conjunction with the Severn Sailing Association's annual Colonial Cup. John
Manderson/ Stu Colie also sailed very consistently (1-2-3-3) to place
second while newcomer to the Snipe from the Europe dinghy class, Krysia
Pohl with Snipe National Champion crew Kathleen Tocke, beat out Augie Diaz/
Lisa Griffith by one point to take third. Lee Sackett and dad Tod from
Cleveland rounded out the top five. -

* Ken Legler, Zack Leonard, Mark Ivey and Brad Read are just four of the 14
coaches who will be working with the participants at Sail Newport's 3rd
Annual Advanced Racing Clinic which begins this Friday. Created in the mold
of the "CISA" clinic, this three-day clinic delivers personalized coaching
in two-person trapeze dinghies (C420) Laser and Laser Radial. Special Guest
Speaker is Multi Olympic Gold Medal Winner and America's Cup Winner Jochen
Schuemann, who will speak to the participants on Saturday Evening. -

* After starting out slowly, Bob Monro and his crew on Bye Bye Blues won
the final three races of the J/120 North American Championship for a nine
point regatta win over Dragon sailed by Hugh Bulloch. Five races were
sailed off Stamford Connecticut 8-22 knots of breeze and a constant drizzle
on Sunday. Final results: 1. Bye Bye Blues, Bob Monro, 10 2. Dragon, Hugh
Balloch, 19; 3. Ricochet, Thomas Lee, 21; 4. Excalibur, John Geissinger,
26; 5. Bella Notte, Charles Shumway 27. Complete results:

* Practice day at the 8th annual Match Race Germany, an event of the
Swedish Match Tour, offered the sailors competing on Lake Constance a
likely preview of the five days ahead: light and streaky winds - not always
the best for racing. The light conditions are of some comfort to event
organizer Eberhard Magg as they may prevent a skipper from winning 10
straight races. Any crew that can win 10 races in a row wins a Mercedes
Benz SLK 200 roadster, valued at approximately Euro 40,000 (approximately
$47,000), from event sponsor Wuerttembergische Versicherungsagentur Speth.

* Zana, the biggest ocean racing monohull built in New Zealand, broke the
Auckland to Noumea race record when finishing the 980 nautical mile race in
70 hours. The 30m super maxi bettered the previous record set by Hydroflow
in 2002 by more than 40 hours. With winds of up to 20 knots on the last day
of sailing, Zana not only broke the record to reach Noumea but also broke a
spinnaker pole and blew out a spinnaker and a jockey pole. Zana finished
second in last year's Sydney to Hobart. - Stuff.NZ website,,2106,2935840a1823,00.html

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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 Tripp Alyn: As the SEISA (Southeastern) rep. to the collegiate
All-America Selection Committee for nine years (1986-94) it was often that
I explained the selection process and consoled top SEISA sailors over their
non-selection. Learning from this is part of the character building process
fostered by college sailing as the young sailors learn many of the "lessons
of life" ... on and off the water. It was tough seeing the hopes & dreams
of these fine young sailors dashed, but the main message which I attempted
to convey to them was the fairness of the collegiate All-American selection

It was not the "smoke-filled room" of political machines, but how they
matched up with their contemporaries when they met in common events. This
process was greatly aided by "The Grid," originally produced by Ann
Campbell in 1987, which allowed a detailed comparison of their performances
in all of the top collegiate events of the season. Numbers don't lie and
the cumulative results greatly aided the ranking of the sailors. The agony
and pressure over the selection of the last three or four sailors from the
final group of (approx.) ten to twelve was always the toughest part, for me
at least. The key to making the final cut always seemed to boil down to a
notable performance which allowed them to break out of the pack. Readers
with concerns over the selection process should refer to:

* From Dean Brenner, SAC Chairman: The entire notion of a directly-elected
representative body at US Sailing, like the Sailor Athlete Council, is new
to the organization and to our sport. In response to the many criticisms of
US Sailing and our sport that are lodged in Scuttlebutt and elsewhere, the
Sailor Athlete Council is a new way to have your voice heard. Keep in mind
... SAC is a young organization, and we are in growth mode. We are adding
registered athletes on a daily basis. And we are getting our legs
underneath us, so to speak, both within US Sailing and in our out reach to
registered athletes.

In response to Vincent Casalaina's comments in 'Butt #1599, SAC is working
on its ability to reach out to athletes, but if there is something that
concerns you, you can reach out to us as well. The communication can run
both ways. All SAC representatives are listed on the US Sailing website,
with their email addresses. The more people who register and join SAC, and
the more those people reach out to us proactively, the more we can help
make the change within our sport that we all talk about. If you don't get
involved and register you can't benefit. No cost, little time and you will
be all set to provide input and help us make a difference within US Sailing.

* From David Shulman: I am on the crew of a boat that won the Sappho Trophy
awarded by the YRA of LIS, which is the governing body for racing on
western Long Island Sound. There are numerous USSA members from this area.
While several of our crew are USSA members, none of us is eligible for SAC.
Virtually no one I know is. Not right, it is!

* From Peter O. Allen, Sr: Francois Haussauer claims the folks on his
naturist charter cruise were just friends? I suspect he 'barely' knew them.

* From Tom Cain: I noted (with great pleasure) that, in today's Scuttlebutt
pictures of Senator Kennedy, he "appeared to be" not wearing a PFD! Maybe
the sailing community should ask him to be it's governmental advocate?

* From Vincent Casalaina: I'd like to follow up on Leslie DeMeuse's comment
on televising sailing events. I too have been producing videos of sailing
for a long time - both for broadcast and the internet. I believe to attract
an audience you need to tell a compelling story and that means doing more
than just covering the race around the track. Too often the story gets
buried under the eye candy that is a part of so much of sports television.
You've got to find some way of bringing the audience into the story that's
developing on board the boats. That means providing the audience a chance
to feel the excitement of the competitors. We all know its there. We've all
felt it when we race ourselves. To tell that story you've got to have your
cameras, and especially your microphones, on board and picking up the drama
that is there and using the announcers to explain the significance of
what's being said on board. It helps to have a close race, but it's the
little stories that go on that will really have an impact.

* From Steve Johnson: The very first thing we need to do to get broader
public appreciation of sailing as a sport is to stop calling it yachting -
everywhere and all the time. The word yacht has exceptionally negative
connotations when associated with our sport that no amount of effort -
including "yachtcams" on AC boats - is going to overcome. Talking with
non-sailing friends, I sometimes get the impression they think when the
starting gun goes off, we "commence yachting" and breakout the gin and tonics.

These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go
somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.