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SCUTTLEBUTT 1601 - June 10, 2004

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ISAF MID-YEAR MEETINGS
The 2004 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings concluded on Sunday 6 June 2004, hosted by
the San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, USA. Meetings of the ISAF Executive
Committee, Events Committee and Council were held over the four days.
Here's a summary of just of the items discussed:

Olympic Windsurfing Evaluation Event -Based on the feedback and evaluation
in Torbole, the Evaluation Panel concluded that the current longboards do
not reflect the latest trends in windsurfing and do not excite the sailors,
warning that if longboards remain as the Olympic equipment then windsurfing
racing will continue to decline. Similarly, the Formula boards are not
suitable for racing in the range of wind strengths required for an Olympic
sailing event. The Evaluation Panel presentation and recommendation focused
on the new breed of "Hybrid" board - which has the light wind performance
of long boards, combined with the planning capabilities of formula boards.
The ISAF Council was advised that "Hybrid" boards excite the sailors and
meet the needs of Olympic windsurfing, although at the present time there
is not a suitable board.

The Evaluation Team proposed specifications for a box rule, with
development for two years, before identifying the specific design in 2006
which would be used for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. However, the
Events Committee and Council were uncomfortable with this proposal to delay
the specification of the equipment beyond November 2004. Therefore, in
order to propose a specific one-design at the 2004 November Conference,
ISAF will be working with manufacturers to conduct a further Evaluation
Event in September 2004 and identify a board that could be used at the 2008
Olympic Sailing Competition.

Olympic Equipment - Having determined the events for the 2008 Olympic
Sailing Competition in November 2003, the Events Committee chaired by Bjorn
UNGER (SWE) considered the equipment which has been put forward on the
slate for consideration. The route preferred by the Events Committee was to
present a specific Olympic Event and Equipment evaluation sheet which they
will use to make their recommendation on the equipment for the 2008
Olympics when they reconvene in November 2004. The criteria provide a clear
synopsis for the specific events, with the following generic equipment
guidelines for all events:
- Commonality between men's and women's equipment is beneficial when it is
also appropriate
- Suitable for racing in wind strengths from light (5 knots) to strong (25
knots)
- Not unnecessarily expensive
- Relatively easily transportable for type of equipment
- Simple to ensure equipment is fair and conforms to rules, low equipment
measurement costs at regattas
- Suitability to be supplied equipment is an advantage
- Spectator and media friendly - all events should be suitable for TV and
newspaper coverage

Moving forwards to November 2004, when the final decision on the 2008
Olympic equipment will be made, the slate remains as follows (present
equipment listed in parenthesis):
- Men's windsurfing:`Hybrid' Board, (Presently using Mistral)
- Women's windsurfing: `Hybrid' Board, (Mistral)
- Men's single-handed dinghy Finn, Laser Finn
- Open single-handed dinghy Finn, Laser (Laser)
- Women's single-handed dinghy: Byte, Europe, Flash, Laser Radial, Zoom
(Europe)
- Men's double-handed dinghy: 49er, 470, Snipe (470)
- Open double-handed dinghy: 49er, (49er)
- Women's double-handed dinghy: 49er, 470, Snipe (470)
- Men's keelboat: Soling, Star, Yngling (Star)
- Women's keelboat: Soling, Yngling (Yngling)
- Open Multihull: Hobie 16", Tornado (Tornado)

Coach Boat Rules - Continuing the desire to minimize any external
influences on the sailors' performance at the Olympic Sailing Competition,
the ISAF Events Committee considered the equipment which will be permitted
to be carried onboard the Coach Boats, supporting sailors. The overriding
principle is that coach boats shall be prohibited from carrying any
electronic devices, with the exception of:
- Any device for time keeping only;
- Hand-held devices for wind measurement;
- (electronic) compasses
- photo camera(s);
- video camera(s);
- tape/digital voice recorder(s);
- electronic stabilized binoculars;
- any electronic equipment strictly related to the safe operation of the
boat and engine.

ISAF World Match Race Rankings - ISAF has approved an overhaul to the ISAF
World Match Race Rankings, which will now include the results of the
previous America's Cup.

There is a lot more to this report posted on the ISAF website:
http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=7295

AMERICA'S CUP
One year after he unveiled the formation of a third French syndicate for
the America's Cup 2007 with Bertrand PacÚ, the French skipper Lo´ck Peyron
announced today that Team France has stopped all Americas Cup activities.
Bertrand PacÚ, who had replaced Kiwi Hamish Pepper as tactician aboard
NZL82 during the last America's Cup, has joined another syndicate and Lo´ck
said he would not continue alone. "It was a difficult decision to make and
the inciting factor was Bertrand PacÚ", Lo´ck said. "Since the beginning,
it's known that he received several requests - It was less risky for him -
and when he announced me that he leaved the team, I decided to stop". In
spite of his previous optimistic declarations, Lo´ck recognized that the
main problem for the Team France was raising funds. - Cup in Europe website,
http://www.cupineurope.com/LatestNews/2007TF-LN3.htm

UPGRADE YOUR OCKAMS
While Ockam systems installed in the 1980's are still going strong, Ockam
continues to develop new products and update existing components, firmware
and software. Backward/forward compatibility has always been Ockam's
approach to engineering, so your system can easily be brought up to 2004
spec (or ask about trade-in credit for older gear). Want to interface that
new GPS and trade-in your Loran interface? Update version 14 CPU firmware
for Unisyn V16? Or swap out your clip-in card type 005 displays for the
amazing Matryx? Unisyn CPU to Tryad T1? Contact Tom Davis (tom@ockam.com)
or view dealer listings at http://www.ockam.com

THE TRANSAT
On Tuesday night, three of the eleven 60ft trimarans racing in The Transat
2004 arrived in Boston. The top three boats - Geant (Michel Desjoyeaux),
Sodebo (Thomas Coville) and Groupama (Franck Cammas) have all trounced the
existing course record by finishing in under nine days - all taking over a
day and half of the race record set four years ago by Francis Joyon.

The Open 60 monohull fleet is also set to provide a tight finish. Mike
Golding (Ecover) has increased his lead over Mike Sanderson (Pindar
AlphaGraphics) and now leads the IMOCA yachts by just under 38 miles -
approaching the North American coast on the same latitude as Boston. Third
place Temenos (Dominique Wavre) is heading west on a similar latitude to
Golding, but Sanderson has chosen to keep further north which may benefit
him in the long run.

Competition is also intense in the 50ft monohull fleet and Americans Kip
Stone (Artforms) and Joe Harris (Wells Fargo-American Pioneer) have 7 miles
between them. Stone re-took the lead Wednesday night and with 1055 miles to
the finish line an intense match race looks set to develop. However,
typical North Atlantic weather will hamper their progress across as
long-range forecasts show a hard upwind slow to the finish.

Standings @ 0300 GMT on June 10:
ORMA 60 Multis: 1. Geant, Michel Desjoyeaux, finished; 2. Sodebo, Thomas
Coville, finished. 3. Groupama, Franck Cammas, finished

IMOCA Open 60 Monohulls: 1. ECOVER, Mike Golding, 562 miles to finish. 2.
Pindar Alphagraphics, Mike Sanderson, 38nm distance to leader; 3. Temenos,
Dominique Wavre, 56nm dtl

Open 50 Multihulls: 1. Trilogic, Eric Bruneel, 864 mtf; 2. Gifi, Dominique
Demachy, 203nm dtl

Open 50 Monohulls: 1. Artforms, Kip Stone 1055 mtf; 2. Wells Fargo -
American Pioneer, Joe Harris, 7nm dtl

Event website: http://www.thetransat.com/

Scuttlebutt Photos captures the drama as Michel Desjoyeaux and Thomas
Coville finish in Boston on Tuesday:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/04/0609transat/

SWEDISH MATCH TOUR - MATCH RACE GERMANY
Langenargen, Germany - In light conditions, Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) got off
to a fast start at the 8th annual Match Race Germany, posting a 3-0 record
in winds that hardly topped 7 knots. He's now one-third of the way to
winning the Mercedes Benz SLK 200 roadster offered to the skipper who can
win 10 straight races. Four flights were completed as the wind came and
went, and mostly went on this beautiful lake that borders Germany,
Switzerland and Austria. But the flights weren't evenly distributed. Three
were completed for Group B and one for Group A. The competitors largely
praised the new Bavaria 35 Match yachts being used at the event. They
replaced the Diamant 2000, a 24-footer. "The new boats are great. You
wouldn't have been able to get the old fleet down to Kressbronn and back
again and get this much racing completed," said Peter Gilmour. - Sean
McNeill, http://www.swedishmatchtour.com/

Round Robin Standings - Group A (After 1 of 5 flights)
1. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing, 1-0
= Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team, 1-0
= Lars Nordbjaerg/DEN, 1-0
4. Tino Ellegast/GER, 0-1
= Karol Jablonski/POL, Toscana Challenge, 0-1
= Bertrand PacÚ/FRA, Team France, 0-1

Group B (After 3 of 5 flights)
1. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark, 3-0
2. Luc Pillot/FRA, 2-1
= Michael Dunstan/AUS, OzBoyz Challenge, 2-1
4. Eric Monin/SUI, 1-2
5. Mathieu Richard (FRA), 1-2
6. Ray Davies/NZL, Team New Zealand, 0-3

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WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLDS
Annapolis, Maryland, USA -With the first round robin of 120 in the regatta
finished Tuesday, along with the first 16 matches in the second round
robin, fully 60 more matches were completed Wednesday in 8-12 knot winds
under sunny skies. With a 7-1 record Wednesday, a dark horse victory may be
brewing as 23-year-old Sally Barkow of Chenequa, Wisconsin, USA, and her
team have risen to the top of this stellar fleet, just ahead of Danish
sailor Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen. Weather permitting, race organizers expect
to complete the second round robin and start the quarterfinal round
Thursday, wherein the top eight will compete. Racing continues through
Saturday.

Standings after Round Robin 1 and 76 races of Round Robin 2 (Ties Not Broken):
- Sally Barkow (#27), USA, (11-4), (8-2), 19 pts.
- Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (#4), Denmark, (12-3), (6-4), 18 pts.
- Paula Lewin (#9), Bermuda, (9-6), (7-3), 16 pts.
- Elizabeth Kratzig (#23), USA, (6-9), (8-1), 14 pts.
- Liz Baylis (#5), USA, (8-7), (6-3), 14 pts.
- Betsy Alison (#8), USA, (9-6), (5-3), 14 pts.
- Claire Leroy (#7), France, (8-7), (6-4), 14 pts.
- Katie Spithill (#16), Australia, (8-7), (6-4), 14 pts.
- Deb Willits (#20), USA, (8-7), (5-4), 13 pts.
- Jenny Axhede (#12), Sweden, (8-7), (5-5), 13 pts.
- Christelle Philippe (#15), France, (7-8), (4-5), 11 pts.
- Carol Cronin (#18), USA), (10-5), (1-8), 11 pts.
- Sabrina Gurioli (#10), Italy, (7-8), (1-8), 8 pts.
- Nina Braestrup (#3), Denmark, (3-12), (4-6), 7 pts.
- Linda Rahm (#19), Sweden, (5-10), (2-8), 7 pts.
- Marie Faure (#6), France, (0-15), (2-8), 2 pts.

Event website: http://www.santamariacup.org/

NEWS BRIEFS
* Challenge Business and Sony announced a strategic technology partnership,
with Sony equipment being fitted onto the entire fleet of Global Challenge
race yachts. Onboard all 12, identical, 72ft race yachts will be a suite of
Sony equipment including laptop computers, TFT screens, video cameras,
digital stills cameras and audio systems, showcasing its Vaio hardware
range. In addition to running key navigational and weather software, the
systems will enable an audience of millions around the world to follow the
action, via images and journals published on the official race web site. -
http://www.challengebusiness.com/

* Frank Bohlen's second Gulf Stream update for this year's Newport Bermuda
race is now available on the event website. Frank's insights are intended
to help crews prepare for getting the most out of this current. The latest
article is at http://www.bermudarace.com/links/2004note2.php. You can read
all of Frank's articles, in addition to a useful list of Gulf Stream and
weather related web sites, at
http://www.bermudarace.com/links/streamweather.php

* The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame and the New
England Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers has
announced a "Call for Papers" from any persons interested in presenting
their classic yacht restoration project at the first Classic Yacht
Symposium, to be held at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol on April
1-3rd 2005. - http://www.herreshoff.org/

* Hayn Enterprises LLC, manufacturer of rigging, lifeline, and cable rail
fittings, announced the hiring of Don Whelan & Associates of Bonita,
California as a manufacturer's representative. Don Whelan & Associates will
be responsible for the territory of California. - http://www.hayn.com/

OLSON 30 NATIONALS - SEATTLE
74-year old retired Canadian Air Force Officer, Trevor Hayward, won his
first National Championship. Trevor won the 2004 Olson 30 National
Championship, competing against 18 competitive teams from Canada and the
West Coast of United States. Hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle,
Trevor and his crew sailing their Olson 30 "M.O.F" outfitted with their
first set of Ullman Sails, triumphed in the end to capture the title of
2004 Olson 30 National Champion. Are ready for the "Fastest Sails on the
Planet"? Contact your local Ullman Sails loft or visit us at
http://www.ullmansails.com


LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
(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 Annie Johnson: You published the names of all of the All-American
coed and women's skippers but not the crews. I realize there are 19 of them
but they work just as hard (or sometimes harder) than the skippers. All too
often the skippers get the recognition and the crew gets little or none. So
how about giving the crews a little recognition? Also, the sportsmanship
and leadership award winners deserve a bit of recognition too. I realize
space is limited but they deserve equal recognition. -
http://www.collegesailing.org/nwicsa/na/awards.htm

* From Robin Wallace: Congratulations are certainly due to Michael
Desjoyeaux for setting a new record for singlehanded TransAtlantic racing.
However, it should be remembered that the old record for the STAR was from
Plymouth to Newport Rhode Island. Having to negotiate a course around the
Nantucket Shoals at the end of the race put additional stress on the
competitors and added to the distance. Thus the two records are not for the
same course.

* From Tony Chamberlain: I must take exception to an omission in Sail
magazine's list of the 10 top places to sail. From May through October the
waters of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound are absolutely
without equal. The wind freshens nearly every afternoon, and unlike many
places on your list, in these waters one can go over the side for a swim at
any time. Temperature is perfect. The beaching and fishing is also superb,
and fog is relatively rare. -

* From Geoffrey Emanuel (In response to Ian Walker's editorial on the high
costs and increased professionalism of racing): I completely agree with him
about the impact of increased professionalism. I don't agree about the
adverse affects of costs. Look what's happening on the cruising side of
sailing. For example, there has been an unprecedented increase in the
number of custom built sailing vessels over 100 feet which cost monumental
sums of money. Money is not the primary issue, especially when one
considers the exponential increase in global wealth over the past ten years.

Racing at all levels is being impacted by the increasingly hard-core
approach of all participants, whether they be personal junior sailing
coaches training 13 year old Optimist sailors or increasingly skilled
owner/ drivers and their paid professional tacticians. This approach to
sailing was unheard of in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1960s, Ted Turner had
the same impact on what was then a Corinthian sport of ocean racing where
skippers wore coats and ties and dinner was baked in onboard ovens! The
resulting quality of the competition has been driven to a level that very
few can aspire to, regardless of how much money they can or will spend.

* Jim Kelly, ESPN: I must take issue with the bad memory of Bob Bonney who
claimed, "ESPN has never provided decent sailing coverage." Apparently he
has forgotten our ESPN preview programs on the six American challenges in
1986 before the live Cup coverage from Perth. There were all those shows on
Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes and Rod Davis and Eagle and Buddy
Melges and Heart of America and Courageous and Am 2 and, oh yes, Tom
Blackhaller and Paul Cayard out of St Francis YC ... and then there was the
challenger and defender semi's and finals and I think we were live on, oh
yes, Sunbird in '87 for the Cup finals from Fremantle, and oh yes, live
again in 2000 aboard Northstar from the Hauraki Gulf. Yep-we should give
back all those Ace Awards! ps...there were many many years we did the
Congressional Cup and the Liberty Cup and the Kennedy Cup from Annapolis
... and by the way-Gary's shows always deserve better!

* From Ken Quant: By filming the pure fun of skiing down any mountain, and
presenting it in a fast moving format with not-so-serious commentary,
Warren Miller has done more to promote recreational skiing than any of the
downhill Olympic race coverage. Who is sailing's Warren Miller?

Curmudgeon's Comment: Too bad it isn't Warren, who was also a heck of a
sailor in his day. I believe Warren's son Kurt, a 3-time College sailing
All-American ('79, '81, '82), now runs their production company. "Heh Kurt,
are you listening? Sailing needs you."

* From Mark Eustis: Nothing personal toward Steve Johnson, but where I'm
from, when we "commence yachting" we break out the rum and tonics (extra
limes, please). But when we go racing, we usually share a warm Gatorade or
a cold water with whoever's next to us on the rail. That said, I live in a
town where "gone racing" is understood as to be a classifier of the sort of
sailing you prefer, rather than the type of event in which you participate.
But hey, them's what lives nearer a NASCAR track might confuse y'all's
friends if y'all didn't specify y'alls were sailracin' 'stead of jus' racin'...

* From Skip Allen: Yachting will always be yachting and a boater will
always be a hat.

THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.