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SCUTTLEBUTT 1615 - June 30, 2004

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American glider pilots call their aircraft sailplanes, emphasizing the
close affinity between sailing boats and wind powered aircraft. Now the
links have moved closer as an Australian defence scientist has created the
design for a revolutionary sailing craft, based on a wing-borne hydrofoil
concept which he believes will break the world sailing speed record.
Stephen Bourn, a mathematical scientist with the Australia's Adelaide-based
Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO), claims his design will
allow the sailing craft to travel at more than twice the speed of the wind
in which it is sailing.

Bourn explains, 'I decided to take a fresh look at the principles of
sailing and the absolute limits to performance. What I came up with was a
design that results in a much higher maximum speed. With sufficient wind
and speed the hull will lift completely clear of the water surface, the
craft will fly, leaving only the submerged hydrofoil struts cutting the
surface. The air-borne hull means much lower drag. The relative positioning
of the wing, hull and hydrofoil is inherently stable and there is no risk
of capsize as sail force increases, unlike conventional craft. This allows
a much higher power-to-weight ratio, and combined with lower drag, the
result is much higher maximum speed.'

Bourn believes the new design has the potential to shatter the full range
of performance expectations set by conventional yachts, skiffs, catamarans,
sailboards and kites, and to challenge the outright speed record. The
initial design is for a sail-craft with an eight-meter wingspan. The craft
will fly at a maximum speed exceeding 30 knots whenever the wind exceeds 15
knots. It will sail upwind and downwind faster than the wind. 'We have
proved the new design concept on a number of radio-controlled models. We've
also undertaken thorough analysis and computer simulation and are now
seeking sponsorship to construct a full size craft,' Bourn stated. -
Excerpts from a story by Rob Kothe on the Sail-World website. Full story
and a photo:

Charlie Barr's will have stood for 100 years but it will be seriously
challenged next year. In 1905, Barr raced the renowned 185' schooner
Atlantic eastbound in the "Great Ocean Race," setting a monohull
transatlantic racing record of 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds.
The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005, organized by the New York Yacht
Club (NYYC) with the cooperation of the Royal Yacht Squadron, is recognized
by the World Sailing Speed Record Council as the only event in which a new
monohull transatlantic racing record for yachts unassisted by powered
winches can be posted. Boats with a length on deck of 70 feet (21.34m) or
longer are allowed to enter.

The Rolex Transatlantic fleet, expected to number 20-30 boats, will carry
out pre-race preparations at Pier 86 in New York City. Previously announced
as intending to enter the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge are such
magnificent yachts as the 140' Mari-Cha IV, which last October set the west
to east transatlantic passage record of six days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and
39 seconds; the 94' Sumurun, which finished first in her class the last
time this race was run in 1997 (Sumurun's owner A. Robert Towbin is the
current chairman of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge Committee); the 136'
Ranger, a re-creation of the J-Class yacht that won the 1937 America's Cup;
and the 230' Stad Amsterdam, a tall ship chartered by members of the Storm
Trysail Club. Among other expected entrants are the 73' (22.3m) Bolero, the
81' (24.7m) Carrera, the 134' (41m) Destination Fox Harb'r, the 89.9'
(27.4m) Genuine Risk, the 90' (27.4m) Leopard, the 75' (27.4m) Palawan, the
131' (40m) Sariyah, the 116.3' (35.4m) Whisper and the 140' (43m) Whirlaway.

The Challenge will feature two finishes: one at Lizard Point, a rocky
headland in Cornwall at the southwestern tip of Britain. The
first-to-finish times will be taken at that "gate" to determine if any
boats have bettered Atlantic's record. If so, the fastest yacht will
receive the Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry Cup. The fastest yacht in the
Classic Division to break the record will receive the Atlantic Challenge
Cup. The fleet will then continue racing another 142 nautical miles to a
finish at The Needles, the distinctive outcrop of rocks at the westernmost
tip of the Isle of Wight. - Media Pro Int'l,

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(The Daily Sail caught up with BMW Oracle Racing helmsman Gavin Brady to
find out about progress within Larry Ellison's team. Here's an excerpt.)

Key to the success of the afterguard says Brady is that they are not only
among the best in the world in their jobs, but they must cohese as a unit
and get on. It is no coincidence that Brady has sailed extensively before
with both (John) Kostecki and (Chris) Dickson. "In the America's Cup we
spend 20-30% of our time on the water and the rest of the time we are on
airplanes, in meetings, dinners ... so it really becomes a family and if
everyone is enjoying it and enjoying being around each other then
ultimately it will be a better team at the end of the day." Clearly some
lessons have been learned here following their last campaign. Brady says
that this policy will extend to the different areas of the boat - the
trimmers, the pitmen and the bow.

Obviously with a large afterguard of such strong-minded and talented
individuals there is always the possibility of disagreements on the water.
This says Brady is one of the reasons why practice will help. "It can get
like that, but at the end of the day we know what the roles are and as time
goes on the strength of the afterguard will be that things will get more
natural in our play book. There's a number of different ways to skin a cat
out there but it's important that we know what we like to do in each
situation. That can also change as you develop your yacht. - The Daily
Sail, full story:

The UBS Trophy Rhode Island gave Newport its first taste of racing in
current America's Cup boats in more than two decades. Any chance of a
repeat before the 2007 races in Valencia, Spain? The answer is somewhere
between slim and none. And slim just left town.

Actually "slim" is the word used by Ernesto Bertarelli, the billionaire
head of Team Alinghi, when asked about the possibility of another UBS
Trophy-type event in Rhode Island waters before the 32nd America's
Cup.Bertarelli acknowledged the possibility of another stateside event.
"But crossing the Atlantic with two boats, plus all the equipment and crew,
is not a cheap proposal," he said. Yes, even the very rich have spending
caps. "If we have sponsorship, we might do it," Bertarelli said. "We're in
discussion for next year. There is a lot of demand for this event." But
regarding a return to Newport, why preach to the choir? - Rick McGowan,
Newport Daily News, full story:

The (Australian) OzBoyz Challenge for the America's Cup held an information
night in Sydney last Thursday evening. Details of the challenge will not be
released until funding for the planned $58M two-boat challenge is secured.
The deadline is December 17 when a deposit of 1 million Euros has to be
paid to AC Management otherwise a substantial late penalty is applied. So
far four founding partners have come on board, Satchi and Satchi,, Sumo and JLM Recruitment. A professional marketing agency has
been engaged to find sponsors, targeting global companies and Australian
companies wanting to expand into the European market.

According to syndicate head Sebastien Destremau the OzBoyz Challenge have a
good chance of reaching the quarter finals in the Louis Vuitton Cup. BMW
Oracle, Team New Zealand and Prada are the teams with past experience and
the rest will be starting out on par with the OzBoyz. Everything hinges on
getting sufficient sponsorship by December 17 to mount a challenge. Only
then will the yacht club be announced and a designer appointed. Currently
four yacht clubs are in negotiations with OzBoyz and designers are already
testing radical new designs. Sponsors, supporters and key crew members will
also be announced at this time with the rest of the crew selections taking
place in 2005. If sufficient sponsorship is not achieved by December 17,
then Australia will not be represented at the next America's Cup unless
another challenger comes forward. - Kathy McKenzie, Editor, Boating OZ,

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The first of the smaller competitors crossed the start line of the 13th
Biennial West Marine Pacific Cup in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge
Monday. Another nine, sailed double-handed entries started earlier Tuesday
followed by eight fully-crewed yachts. Over fifty will have set sail for
Kaneohe by Friday in the biennial race to Hawaii. The staggered starts
reflect the vast difference in yacht sizes and hope to bring the bulk of
the fleet into Kaneohe between July 9, and 16. Tutto Bene, a Beneteau 38s5
from Vallejo leads the first day of the West Marine Pacific Cup, the 2070
mile race from San Francisco Bay to Kaneohe Bay. Skipper Jack Vetter and
his four man crew are credited with both the overall and Division B lead
for the race. Bravo, a Pretorian 35 from San Francisco is the leader in
Division A. - Ann McDougall,

At roll call Tuesday, the Vic-Maui fleet reported light conditions. There
have been some changes in boat positions, and crews are watching the
weather as nobody wants to get caught in the windless Pacific High they are
all skirting. The fleet is still heading south. The boats are all trying to
judge when to begin their turns towards Hawaii. While some have taken a
very close course to the high-pressure zone, the more-easterly placed
yachts have been sailing in better wind today. In Division 1, Gary
Schoenrock's Cassiopeia moved into first place, while Larry Clark's Antares
is the Division 2 leader and Jack Shannon's Swan 46 Tranquillite is not
only the leader in Division 3, but leads the entire fleet on corrected time
- Peter Bennett,

* Subject to World Sailing Speed Record Council ratification, there is a
new record for the "Transatlantic West to East, singlehanded female" -
Ellen MacArthur, "Castorama B&Q," 22.9m Trimaran, 7 days 3 hours 49 minutes
57 seconds, 17.09 kts. The existing record is held by Florence Arthaud in a
time of 9 days 22 hours 5 minutes. - John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council

* Sea Cliff YC, NY - For the first time in the history of US Sailing's U.S.
Youth Multihull Championship, a pair of siblings won the event. TJ and
Jerry Tullo, from Staten Island, NY, and representing Toms River YC in NJ,
were presented with the Arthur J. Stevens Trophy. By winning the event, the
brothers have qualified to represent the USA at the 2005 ISAF Youth World
Championship to be held in South Korea. In second place were Jack Field and
Tyler Burd representing Ram Island YC in West Mystic, CT.

*As expected by many, Bermuda won the Optimist Team Racing Championship,
followed the USA-3 team. USA-1 finished third with Japan taking fourth

* The Manhasset Bay Challenge Cup, the oldest annual sailing event in the
United States, will be hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA in Sonars
during the weekend of September 11-12. Since 1902, the Challenge Cup has
been won by 26 different clubs from places such as New York, Chicago,
Marblehead, and Bermuda. The event is open to a single representative from
any number of challenging clubs. More information is available at the
Eastern YC web site. -

* The organizers of the Maine Boats and Harbors Show have issued a call for
entries for this year's World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials to be held
Sunday, August 15, at 10:30 A.M., in Rockland's Harbor Park. Dogs and
handlers will perform feats of derring-do that could include running a
dockside obstacle course, leaping into the water from a dock to retrieve a
stick and jumping in and out of a tippy boat. Contestants will also be
asked to perform a free style event of their choosing. Entry deadline is
June 30th. For additional information:

There is lots of great racing this summer including the bi-annual 2,308
nautical mile Vic - Maui. Voodoo Child, Brian Duchin's J-130 is
professionally rigged by Chris Tutmark of Tutmark Rigging, Seattle. Chris
used WarpSpeed and Validator SK. Chris calls Samson his "Line of Choice."

(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 Bill Tripp: Olin Stephens, after such a distinguished career as a
yacht designer, must relish his newer career as yachting's Mark Twain. His
clear thinking on Racing Rules is one for the ages.

* From Laurie Fullerton: I was fortunate to be in Newport, R.I. last week
covering the UBS-regatta and along with the accessibility and excitement of
the event there were certain images that seem drawn from a time before
ours. Newport's mystical hold on the America's Cup was felt throughout the
week, from a spectator fleet made up of beautifully restored 1920s power
yachts to the 12-meters circling the IACC boats in a prideful dance. The
radio commentary gave it an old-world feel and one wondered - is it the
1930s and is that T.O.M. Sopwith at the helm of the J-boat Endeavour?

With the breaking news that Russell Coutts may leave Alinghi, the end of an
era feeling affected the mood but also allowed us to experience it through
images in a way only Newport can. During a lay day, Alinghi sailors took
some journalists aboard en route to meet the J-boat Endeavor for a photo op
­ and they perked up when Endeavour circled Alinghi under full sail -
trying to coax her into a match race. Their challenger was three-time
America's Cup helmsman Russell Coutts at the wheel - smiling from ear to
ear at his mates - before he turned the J-boat towards the open water of
Narragansett Bay.

* From Mike Stevens: Heard this morning on NPR "the only tickets that are
sold out for this Olympics are the swimming finals and all Sailing events".
This partly reflects the smaller number available but does also indicate
avid support, obliviously exceeding the organizers expectations. Please
could we see some on broadcast TV, what about Kayaking and Rowing, surely
more popular than archery say, or ribbon twirling ?

* From Michael H. Koster: In response to Mr. Messer's comments regarding
better prepped boats sailing by him in PHRF races, I would suggest that Mr.
Messer get involved with his local Race Committee and/or orgainizing
authority and set up races for the boats that are not optimally prepped.
You do not need a PHRF committee to do this. Consider the PHRF handicap as
a benchmark, and do what you want with it from there. Have racing based on
sail age, bottom paint untouched, boat age, average crew age, golf
handicaps, reefed mains, crew weight limits and minimum 3 months without
cleaning bottom. The possibilities are endless. The other option is to find
clubs with less experienced racers who are working their way up the racing
learning curve. From my observations, these 'newbies' tend to have boats
that are not optimally prepped.

* From Chris Upton: Many have written to complain about how trophies can be
purchased by expensive preparation and professional crews. How do you
handicap year old sails when one competitor was out from April to November
and the other only raced during summer vacation? Are "the boys" better at
fairing the bottom than the local shop? Is one team better than the other?
Lets not hurt the industry and suppliers by banning or penalizing
professional preparation. Not everyone has the time to wet sand with their
kids. As much as PHRF is not the venue for a full pro team, you should also
choose a program you can afford in terms of time, preparation and, yes, money.

* John C. Wade: After almost 60 years of sailing there is one thing I have
learned: If you have the fastest boat in the fleet, and go the wrong way,
your going the wrong way faster than anyone else. These folks that claim
they can't win because they can't afford the latest gear and preparation
are only fooling themselves. They are assuming that they always sail a
perfect race, both in boat speed and tactics, and its only the other guy's
money that beats them. I dare say that if Mr. Complainer swapped boats with
a really good sailor with great boat prep and sails, he'd still loose

* From Jervis Tilly: Two boats on port approach the middle of a set of
leeward gate marks that are pretty square to the breeze and racetrack. The
marks are less than four boat lengths apart. Initially there are no hails
between the boats but it becomes increasingly clear that each boat is
giving the other room for the opposite mark! That is (looking downwind),
the right-hand boat wants to go around the left-hand mark and the visa
versa. They are both inside two boat lengths on both marks and clearly
"about to round". The leeward boat (righty) now calls the left boat "up"
and off they go around the left hand mark. This is not where the left boat
wanted to go. The logic used was windward boat keeps clear but was that
correct? What if the boats had been on opposite gybes?"

* From Jason Owens: I couldn't help but to think of all of the "Letter's to
the Curmudgeon" about air time devoted to sailing, as I sat at a sports bar
watching in utter disbelief the Dart Championships. Darts on TV, what's the
world coming to? Talk about a waste of air time. If an ad sales rep can
sell airtime for the Dart Championships during prime time, it seems as if
that individual would have a field day getting ad dollars from companies
like Rolex and LV.

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