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SCUTTLEBUTT 1603 - June 14, 2004

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* Team New Zealand head Grant Dalton announced a $21 million sponsorship
deal from Dubai-based Emirates Airlines that will make possible the
syndicate's challenge off Valencia, Spain, in 2007. Sports Minister Trevor
Mallard also confirmed Monday that the New Zealand government would provide
an additional $18 million that was contingent on the syndicate finding
substantial corporate sponsorship. Dalton also announced the addition of
Americans Terry Hutchinson and Kevin Hall to Team New Zealand. American Rod
Davis is a coach for the Kiwis. The design team also has members from
Britain, Italy, Spain and Japan. - Sports Illustrated, full story:

* Team Alinghi today launched its campaign for the America's Cup 2007 with
a full team presentation at Newport Shipyard, Newport, Rhode Island.
Following the formal proceedings, SUI 64, sporting new graphics, was
lowered into the water and set sail for the first time on Newport Harbor.
New members of the sailing team are Matt Mitchell (New Zealand), Mike
Drummond (New Zealand), Mark "Sting" McTeague, (Australia), Matthew Welling
(USA), Peter Holmberg (USA), Mark Newbrook (USA), Jordi Calafat (Spain),
Yann Gouniot (France), Nicolas Texier (France), and Lorenzo Mazza (Italy).
New members of the design team are Michael Richelsen (Denmark), and Kurt
Jordan (USA). - ISAF website, full story:

Key West, Fla. - The organizers of a sailboat race from Key West to Cuba
have been indicted on two counts of providing unlicensed travel services to
the Communist island nation, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.
Peter Goldsmith and Michele Geslin ran the race in violation of the Trading
With The Enemy Act, federal officials said. The most serious count of the
indictment carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Crews competing in
the Key West Sailing Club Conch Republic Cup departed May 22, 2003, for
Havana and several Cuban shore communities after receiving pre-race
warnings they would be violating U.S. Department of Commerce licensing
regulations. About 20 boats took part in the race, which was then in its
third year. Participants brought Cubans humanitarian aid, including
medicine, educational supplies, books and food.

Geslin said last year that when the sailboats returned to Key West, customs
officials confiscated crew members' cameras, trophies and paperwork. She
contended the boats were covered by a humanitarian license held by an aid
group that takes medical supplies to Cuba. - Associated Press, full story:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA - Although only four flights of the semi-final
stage and none of the final matches of the BoatU.S. 2004 ISAF Women's Match
Racing World Championship could be completed after the breeze died early in
the afternoon, the new world champion, American Sally Barkow, has been
crowned. Wisconsin native Barkow, who came into the regatta as a relative
dark horse, ranked 27th by the International Sailing Federation in women's
match racing, at the bottom of the list of the 16 top international
contenders, has sailed strongly from the beginning, and emerged from the
double round robin phase yesterday in first with scores of 11-4 in the
first round and 12-3 in the second. Sailing with Barkow were the other two
members of her Yngling team, Long Islander Debbie Capozzi and Carrie Howe
from Detroit, along with Briton Annie Lush; this team also had won last
year's Rolex International Keelboat Championship here.

Barkow went on Friday afternoon to knock out fellow American Elizabeth
Kratzig in two straight races to win her quarter-final series, then
defeated French sailor Claire Leroy in their first match of the
semi-finals. The remainder of the semi-final series was postponed until
Saturday after a member of Betsy Alison's team was hit by the boom before
the start and was rushed to the hospital late yesterday afternoon;
fortunately, she was not seriously injured and was able to rejoin the team
for more semi-final racing Saturday morning.

As the semi-final action unfolded, Alison defeated Bermuda Olympic sailor
Paula Lewin in the remaining match of the first flight. In the second
flight, Barkow again defeated Leroy, while Lewin bested Alison. In the
third and fourth flights, Barkow lost to Leroy, while Alison and Lewin
again split, leaving the scores even at two points each for all four
contenders. The series had been scheduled as a best-three-of-five; the wind
died off shortly after 2 p.m., however, and no further racing could be
completed. Final standings among the top eight skippers were determined
based on a complex series of calculations of tie-breakers and points earned
throughout the regatta, while the lower eight remained in the positions
they earned during the double round robin.

Final Standings: 1. Sally Barkow, USA; 2. Betsy Alison, USA; 3. Claire
Leroy, France; 4. Paula Lewin, Bermuda; 5. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen,
Denmark; 6. Katie Spithill, Australia; 7. Liz Baylis, USA; 8. Elizabeth
Kratzig, USA; 9. Jenny Axhede, Sweden; 10. Carol Cronin, USA; 11. Deb
Willits, USA; 12. Christelle Philippe, France; 13. Sabrina Gurioli, Italy;
14. Linda Rahm, Sweden; 15. Nina Braestrup, Denmark; 16. Marie Faure,
France. -

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US Military officials are testing a system for jamming signals from
navigational satellites - an experiment that could disable boaters' GPS
devices and force them to rely on dead reckoning. The test began Friday and
will run through June 20, as part of a NATO training exercise along the
Atlantic Coast. The Coast Guard said GPS signals will be unreliable or
unavailable in waters up to 60 miles off North Carolina and along the coast
of northern and central Florida. Officials said the testing may affect cell
phones as well as GPS navigation devices in boats, airplanes or cars. "What
we kind of foresee happening is some confusion on the mariners' end," said
Petty Officer 1st Class David Christensen. - AP,

At 04:18:08 GMT Sunday British skipper Mike Golding, on the Open 60 Ecover,
crossed the finish line of The Transat at the entrance to Boston Harbour to
claim victory in the Open 60 monohull class. Golding raced the 2800 mile
course in 12 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes and 8 seconds at an average speed
of 9.23 knots. In doing so, Golding has set a new solo transatlantic race
record taking 2 days and 43 minutes off the existing record set by
Frenchman Yves Parlier in the 1992 race on board Cacolac D'Aquitaine of 14
days, 16 hours and 1 minute. In winning this historic solo Atlantic race,
Golding has notched up the first major solo offshore race victory of his
career. He managed to protect his narrow lead of 21 miles ahead of Swiss
skipper Dominique Wavre (Temenos) right to the finish line. Wavre finished
three hours and three minutes later with Mike Sanderson from New Zealand
taking third place in Pindar AlphaGraphics just two and a half hours
further back with a broken daggerboard.

From the first day of racing, Golding lost the ability to manoeuvre his
canting keel using the hydraulics on board and had to manually cant the
keel. In the storm-force conditions of the North Atlantic this involved
laying the 60ft boat flat on its side and letting gravity swing the keel
before securing it into position.

72-year-old Canadian skipper, Mike Birch who was competed in his sixth
Transat race, officially retired from race after completing nearly 2000
miles of the course. Both his autopilots on board his 50ft multihull Nootka
have failed and Birch has been unable to repair the pilots forcing his
retirement. A total of 37 boats, included 15 IMOCA monohulls, started the
race at 1300 GMT on 31st May and to date six boats have abandoned the race.

Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm and the crew of salvage tug have located the
upturned hull of Open 60, Cheminees Poujoulat-Armor Lux. The team will now
attempt to cut away the mast before righting the boat and towing her to St
John's, Newfoundland. Plans are being made to ship the boat to France on a
cargo vessel. And at 10:45 GMT Sunday morning, The Hatherleigh spotted
Jean-Pierre Dick and his dismasted Open 60, Virbac. Two of Virbac's shore
crew were transferred by RIB to the yacht and Dick is now onboard the
converted trawler. Dick is reported to be in very good physical shape
considering what the skipper has endured since his dismasting nearly 10
days ago.

Standings @ 0300 GMT on June 14:
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, finished. 2. Temenos,
Dominique Wavre, finished; 3. Pindar Alphagraphics, Mike Sanderson, finished

Open 50 Multihulls: 1. Trilogic, Eric Bruneel, 147 mile to finish; 2. Great
American II, Richard Wilson, 219 nm to leader

Open 50 Monohulls: 1. Artforms, Kip Stone 338 mtf; 2. Wells Fargo -
American Pioneer, Joe Harris, 237nm to leader

Event website:

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Langenargen, Germany - Gilmour and the Pizza-La crew, including Mike Mottl
(AUS), Kazuhiko Sofuku (JPN), Yasuhiro Yaji (JPN) and local German sailor
Carsten Kemmling, Bertrand Pacé's French crew in the final of Match Race
Germany, the penultimate event on the Swedish Match Tour 2003-'04. (Gilmour
clinched the Swedish Match Tour Championship for 2003-'04 with his second
at Croatia a few weeks ago.) And by becoming the first skipper to win 10
straight races at Match Race Germany, he also won a Mercedes Benz SLK 200
roadster valued at Euro 40,000 (approximately $48,000). In the Petit Final,
Gavin Brady's BMW Oracle Racing crew defeated Jes Gram-Hansen's Team
Denmark 3-1 to capture third, and place Team Denmark fourth. - Sean

Match Race Germany Final Standings:
1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team - 15-2 - €4,800 ($5,700)
2. Bertrand Pacé/FRA - 10-7 - €2,800 ($3,300)
3. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing - 12-4 - €2,400 ($2,800)
4. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark - 10-6 - €2,000 ($2,400)
5. Luc Pillot/FRA - 7-6 - €2,000 ($2,400)
6. Mathieu Richard/FRA - 4-9 - €1,600 ($1,900)
7. Eric Monin/SUI - 5-8 - €1,400 ($1,600)
8. Tino Ellegast/GER - 2-11 - €1,200 ($1,400)
9. Karol Jablonski/POL, Toscana Challenge - 1-4 - €1,000 ($1,200)
10. Michael Dunstan/AUS, OzBoyz Challenge - 2-3 - €800 ($960)
11. Lars Nordbjerg/DEN - 1-4
12. Ray Davies/NZL, Team New Zealand - 0-5

Swedish Match Tour 2003-'04 Rankings (After six of eight events):
1. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team - 142 points
2. Gavin Brady/NZL, BMW Oracle Racing - 70 points
3. Magnus Holmberg/SWE, SeaLife Rangers - 64 points
4. Bertrand Pacé/FRA, Team France - 55 points
5. Jesper Radich/DEN, Team Denmark - 43 points
6. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Team Denmark - 38 points
7. Russell Coutts/NZL, Team Alinghi - 35 points
8. Ed Baird/USA, Team Musto - 31 points

Both the USA's men's and women's 470 Olympic teams picked up bronze medals
at the just concluded 470 European championships in Warnemünde, Germany.
Katherine McDowell and Isabelle Kinsolving finished just 10 points behind
regatta winners Susanne Ward and Michaela Ward from Denmark and tied with
Russia's Vladelina Ilienko and Natalia Gaponovich in the 35-boat women's
fleet. It was even tighter in the 68 boat men's fleet. American's Paul
Foerster and Kevin Burnham were just four points behind the new European
470 champions Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield (GBR) and a single point out of
second place, which was taken by Russia's Dmitri Berezkin and Mikhail
Krutikov. -

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* From Hugh Elliot: In 2001, I sat down to plan a second Paralympic
campaign. After doing the budgets for time and money, my conclusion was
that the Medal Podium in Athens would still be a neat place - but not that
neat! So I retired from top level competition. In my three year budget of
nearly $250,000, to get a three person team through the USA Trials,
equipment cost was less than $50,000 which included a new boat. The
remaining $200,000 was the cost of competition, coaching, and training. Top
level competition requires an enormous commitment of time, money, and
emotional energy. Anything less is a waste. Given that excellence is the
goal, attempts to impose controls on time and costs will be futile.

* From Robert Wilkes (Re "personal junior sailing coaches training 13 year
old Optimist sailors" -Geoffrey Emanuel Scuttlebutt 1601): Your readers may
wish to note that at Optimist international championships only one coach
per team of at least five sailors is allowed in a (shared) support boat or
the official accommodation.

* From Eric Wallischeck (Re: Jim Kelly's Comments in 'Butt 1601): I was
heartened to see a familiar name come to the defense of ESPN's sailing
coverage. The 1987 America's Cup was certainly a high point, bolstered by
America's then-fascination with the Land Down Under. It's not ESPN's fault
that "the general public" never showed more interest in our sport. To
paraphrase Joe Friday, "It's just marketing, ma'am." There's got to be
another model out there for non-traditional sports to successfully cross
over to the mainstream; we just haven't found it. While I don't know Mr.
Kelly, it is nice to see that he has stayed engaged in our sport, to the
point of becoming a fellow 'butthead.

* From Tom Cain: Back in the early to mid 70's Warren Miller made a film
called "High Speed Sailing" it featured the famous Pacific Catamaran
(P-Cat) in large outside surf off Oceanside, CA. I will never forget this
scene (probably shot from a helicopter): The 18.5 foot ultra light cat
starts it's run in the whitewater surf just off the beach and heads
directly offshore, then accelerates to over 20 knots just before reaching
an incoming 6-8 foot swell. When the cat goes over the top of the swell,
the perfectly balanced boat becomes completely airborne (more that 3-4 feet
in the air) and literally fly's parallel to the water with two crew double
trapezeed at full extension. That is Warren Miller.

* From Mark Pickard: Sailing's Warren Miller was... Warren Miller. Miller's
"Hot Yachts - Cold Water" is a masterpiece, although now rather dated, that
captures sailing the way he captured skiing. My favorite line from the film
- 'Once you hit the line at the gun at full speed for the first time,
you'll never mow your lawn again'

* From Guenter Balford-Suppemende: I'm appalled by the press reports in
Spain, that Mr Bonnefous (CEO of AC Management) is playing politics in
Spain, just 5 days before the European elections, with his reported talks
with Mr Maragall (president of Catalonia) in Barcelona. According to the
reports, Mr Bonnefous is being "seduced" by Mr Maragall to move the
America's Cup from Valencia to Barcelona, while he is putting pressure on
Mr Camps (president of the Valencia Region) and Mrs Barbera (mayor of
Valencia) in order for them to be ridiculed and lose the elections. As a
result, AC Management is being used as a pawn by the Socialist Party, Mr
Maragall and his radical ally Mr Carod-Rovira. If Mr Bonnefous decides to
switch to Barcelona, the Socialist Party would score an immense victory in
Catalonia while the Popular Party would suffer a humiliating defeat in the
Valencian Region.

I find it childish, amateurish and extremely reckless to spoil this
prestigious event by supporting the Socialist party in Madrid and Barcelona
against the local governments of the city and region of Valencia, both of
the Popular Party.If such talks did indeed take place, the only word to
describe them would be ridiculous! Even if there were organizational
reasons to move from Valencia to Barcelona couldn't AC Management see them
just a few months ago? It is all too curious that AC Management has not
officially denied these rumors.

* Curmudgeon's comment: We told AC Management that we planned to run the
story and offered them a chance to comment. They responded with, "Thanks
for the opportunity but ACM doesn't need to comment." OK. Still, I don't
think it is ever wise to believe everything you read in the news - and I
include Scuttlebutt in that admonition.

* From Doran Cushing: What's wrong with this picture? Osama's still out
there spending his Saudi wealth; Corporate executives with multi-million
dollar salaries are bankrupting companies along with thousands of employees
and investors who are dragged down in the process; consumer credit card
interest rates are at an all time high while the cost of money for the rich
is at an all time low; and the U.S. Attorney General finds time to
prosecute two sailors who organized a regatta and carried humanitarian aid
to Cuba. Peter Goldsmith and Michele Geslin are facing up to 15 years on
felony charges of "trading with the enemy" due to their role in a sailing
event from Key West to Cuba and return. The U.S. government has spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing grand jury indictments and now
criminal prosecution against Geslin, a Key West sailmaker, and her partner
Goldsmith...and they likely will spend their life savings defending
themselves against a politically-driven show of force which panders to the
wealthy extremist right wing element of Cubans living in South Florida.
Ironically, it may just be a case such as this which forces legal review of
the anti-Cuba policy and ultimately ends the failed embargo.

* From James Stevralia: I just want to pass on a memorable sailing
experience from a few years ago. We were sailing at the NOOD in Newport RI
on a Sunday afternoon - the last day of racing so we were in the charge to
the hoist at Ft. Adams. It also happened to be the Newport Jazz Fest. The
harbor around Ft. Adams was jammed with boats of all kinds, including the
QE2. Partying all around, kids, adults. Barbeques, bikinis and beer bellies
everywhere. People crawling all over Ft. Adams. We sailed into range of the
giant speakers on the bluffs of the park. There was a stage on the hill
too, with a piano. As we got closer what we heard and saw was beautiful -
America the Beautiful to be exact - performed by Ray Charles. It was
followed by Georgia. Sailing at its best.

It isn't the principle of the thing, it's the money.