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SCUTTLEBUTT 1629 - July 21, 2004

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Tony Rey of Portsmouth, RI never has been to Greece, but he'll visit Athens
twice this summer. The 18-or-so-hour flight, he said, didn't bother him,
but he's been on several similar-length trips around the world before as a
competitive sailor. This time, though, he's making a trip as a coach: a
U.S. women's sailing team coach. Rey will coach the U.S. representatives in
the Yngling class.

That challenge involves less actual coaching than the title implies. After
all, sailors good enough to qualify for the Olympic Games don't need much
coaching in the traditional sense of the word. "Because it's the Olympics,
the team is already really good. I'm like the fourth pair of eyes, which is
what coaching Olympic sailing is all about," Rey said. "While they're
focusing on making the boat go fast, I get a bird's-eye view of what's
happening and what the other boats are doing." And after a day of doing
that, the three sailors and their coach will get together to discuss what
went right, what could have been better and what should be done differently
the next day. "We'll debrief each other every evening and structure a game
plan for the next day," Rey said.

What Rey can learn from a coaching standpoint will diminish greatly once
the actual Games begin. "The best way to practice is to go train with other
competition. The interesting thing about training is that, as a coach, I'm
allowed on the race course," he said. "Once the races begin, I'm not at all
close to the competition, so training is when I get a good part of my work
done." - Josh Krueger, Newport Daily News, full story:

(Thedailysail witnessed Paul Larsen's SailRocket speedsailer as she took to
the water in Weymouth)

The moment that those of us interested in breaking the barriers of speed
under sail arrived this weekend in Portland Harbour with the maiden voyage
of Paul Larsen's radical weapon SailRocket. However at present the team are
getting a feel for the fundamentals of the boat and the prospect of
squeezing the World Record for speed under sail, let along 50 knots out of
her is some way off.

They have been in the water for just three days, they have learned how it
manoeuvres, have worked out how to hoist and lower the rig in an orderly
fashion and have already achieved 20 knots without severely damaging the
boat or losing control. "We have a going boat and no breakages - that
pretty unheard of in radical boats like this. We are very happy - it's been
rapid progress." Much of this Larsen attributes to designer Malcolm
Barnsley who has been working on variations of this design for the best
part of 25 years.

Despite the increased publicity he is getting which is set to go through
the roof once the boat starts putting in some fast runs, SailRocket remains
without a sponsor. Larsen and chief helper, Helena Darvelid are living out
of a 40ft container, which also doubles as a workshop and storage for the
boat. With or without a sponsor Larsen remains committed to pressing on in
his quest for the world speed sailing record and we will be watching his
progress with interest. - Excerpts from a story on The Daily Sail, full

Piracy is a problem that inflicts huge expenses and losses, billions of
dollars a year. Most of the targets are commercial shipping, but the threat
to yachts is real, and there are regions where the threat to commerce and
yacht traffic overlap. Reported incidents have increased in the last year.

The Maritime Global Net, which operates a web site for commercial shipping,
says, "The first quarter of 2003 saw 103 pirate attacks worldwide, up from
87 during the same period in 2002." Indonesian waters were the most
dangerous (continuing a past pattern), MGN reports, with 28 attacks in the
quarter. Then came Bangladesh, India and Nigeria. For yachts, Indonesia and
India have also proved to be among the most risky waters, plus Japan and
Central American mainland stretches of the Caribbean.

Sail magazine contributor Colleen Ryan became familiar with the issues
while transiting the Red Sea early in 2003. She wrote: "Sensible
precautions include sailing in close company with other yachts, sometimes
running without lights, minimizing use of the VHF and using it on low power
only, and giving positions in relation to an agreed waypoint. But, as these
Red Sea attacks seem to be chance encounters, and these pirates are heavily
armed, these measures offer no guarantee of a safe passage. Red Sea Pilot
updates can be found at" - Sail Magazine, full story:

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looking and feeling cool. Remember line slippage is curable. See your
dealer to ensure a proper fit - SailNet: or (800) 234-3220; Mikes
Marine: or (586) 778-1661. Check the Harken
Sailing Gear website for other dealers:

The schedule for the sixth season of the Swedish Match Tour is finalized.
Nine events comprise the 2004-'05 Tour calendar with total prize money
exceeding $1 million, a milestone for the professional sailing series. The
2004-'05 schedule kicks off with the Portugal Match Cup, July 27-31.
Organized by the Naval Club of Cascais and the Sun Sailing Team, the new
Tour event is making a notable debut. The Portugal Match Cup offers a
150,000 Euro (approximately $186,250) prize purse with 40,000 Euro
(approximately $49,000) earmarked for the champion, making it the richest
event on the Tour. Racing is slated to be held off Cascais on the Portugese
Riviera, which was a finalist in the bidding to host America's Cup 2007,
and will be held in the Swedish Match 40, the Pelle Petterson-designed
match-racer that's making its Tour debut. - Sean McNeill,

2004-'05 Swedish Match Tour Schedule:
July 27-31, 2004: Portugal Match Cup (Cascais, Portugal)
Aug. 11-15, 2004: Danish Open (Skovshoved, Denmark)
Oct. 17-24, 2004: Bermuda Gold Cup (Hamilton, Bermuda)
Nov. 15-21, 2004: Nippon Cup (Hayama, Japan)
Apr. 11-16, 2005: Congressional Cup (Long Beach, Calif.)
May 1-8, 2005: Toscana Elba Cup (Porto Azzurro, Italy)
May 11-16, 2005: Match Race Germany (Langenargen, Germany)
May 22-28, 2005: ACI HTmobile Cup (Split, Croatia)
July 4-10, 2005: Swedish Match Cup (Marstrand, Sweden)

The ISAF Match Racing World Championship started yesterday on the
Verkh-Neyvinskiy pond near Ekaterinberg in Russia. Monday was marred by
extremely light winds and 35C (95F) heat and until 5.00 pm not a single
flight had been sailed. In the evening however, two flights were sailed,
still leaving much to catch up on today. The weather situation was much
improved Tuesday but still changeable. Flights started in an early
afternoon fresh breeze that brought with it thunderstorms and hard rain
before the wind eventually dropped off. Great conditions for a world

Williams, 4-1
Baird, 3-1
Jablonski, 3-1
Taranov, 3-1
Lindberg, 2-1
Richard, 2-2
Cian, 2-2
Berntsson, 1-3
Hansen, 1-3
Arbuzov, 1-2
Neugodnikov, 1-3
Presti, 3 0

In last week's Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race, 269 boats were entered. This
Saturday, 300 boats will start in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Despite each entrant's best intentions, not everything always goes to plan.
With that many boats, stuff just happens. Murphy's Law kind of stuff. The
kind of stuff that isn't very funny when it happens, but we can all laugh
about afterwards (maybe after all the bills are paid).

Regardless, Scuttlebutt wants to hear about it (and the 'Buttheads do too).
You might not be proud of what happened, but some press is better than none
at all. We'll post the best of them, and pass out a few Scuttlebutt caps to
the most worthy. Ready to share your story? Great - but please don't send
it to the editor. Instead, click on the link for details: -

A high-performance Colgate 26 is now touring the eastern U.S. and Great
Lakes region. Offshore Sailing School founder Steve Colgate and naval
architect Jim Taylor created this PHRF winner. Fast, responsive, stable,
durable and comfortable - you have to see this boat! Visit or call 866-842-4355 to learn more.

* In what is probably the largest world championship for under 18 year
olds, 276 sailors from 6 continents and 23 countries are racing at the
Laser 4.7 World Championship on Lake Garda in Italy. The Laser 4.7 is the
smallest of the 3 rigs in the Laser formula using the same hull, boom and
top mast as the standard rig Laser used in the Olympics. The Laser Radial,
the Laser 4.7 is proving to be popular with both developing and developed
sailing nations providing a pathway to the Olympics through a progression
of rigs.

* Four of the five crew aboard David Wagner's J/105 Gigi in the Chicago Mac
Race will be sailors with disabilities. Ricky Doerr (paraplegic - 2003 IFDS
World Championship Bronze Medalist), Richard Hughes (below knee amputee -
1998 IDFS World Championship Silver medalist), Jim Leatherman (double above
knee amputee - 1996 Paralympic Bronze Medalist) and Lee Buratti (paraplegic
- perennial Gold Fleet qualifier in the Independence Cup Single Handed
Division), along with Independence Cup supremo and SWSN Committee Member
Kevin D' Aprile, will go head to head with 16 other boats in the J/105
class. To follow their progress:

* US Sailing has hired Hart Kelley as the new Keelboat Program Quality
Assurance Manager. Kelley brings extensive sailing program management and
instructional experience to the newly created position. He was most
recently the Executive Director of the US Sailing Center of Martin County
in Stuart, Fl., and of Community Boating in Boston, Mass. The goal of the
Quality Assurance Program is to maintain and improve the Keelboat
Certification System's high standards. The program provides for a dedicated
sailing professional to travel the country to evaluate and coach US
Sailing's accredited keelboat sailing schools. -

* The Cruising Club of America is seeking nominations for the annual award
of the Rod Stephens Trophy which recognizes an act of seamanship which
significantly contributed to the safety of one or more individuals at sea.
Contact Robert Van Blaricom,

* North Sails has partnered with expert meteorologist Chris Bedford of
Sailing Weather Services to provide free weather forecast for the 2004
Sailing World Marblehead NOOD Regatta from July 22-25 and the Race to
Mackinac, which starts in Chicago on July 24. Forecasts for the Marblehead
NOOD will be emailed to subscribers each morning by 0730 and one forecast
for the Race to Mackinac will be emailed midday on Friday, July 23. Sailors
can sign up for this forecast by logging on to the North Sails Weather

* The final day of handicap racing at the New York Yacht Club Race Week at
Newport presented by Rolex - three races on two racing circles - determined
class winners in one IMS, one 12-Meter and six PHRF classes. Mark Minkus'
custom Swan 65 Falcon scored a 6 3/4 point win over Blair Brown's Taylor 45
the 12-boat PHRF Blue Class 2 - the largest class in the event, while Dan
Meyers' Farr 60 Numbers won eight of the 11 races in IMS Class. The second
half of the regatta for one-design classes starts Friday. - Complete

* Salinas, Ecuador - After races 6-8 yesterday at the Optimist World
Championship, Wei Ni (33 points) of China retains the overall lead but the
first discard and mixed results by the top sailors on a day of rather
lighter winds have closed up the points difference. World champion Filip
Matika, at 53kg one of the heavier sailors, is in forth place with 46
points behind Paul Snow-Hansen (NZL) and Erik Brockman (MEX) who are tied
at 40 points. -

After battling across the North Atlantic, Ellen MacArthur, sailing her B&Q
trimaran, missed the solo transatlantic record by just 75 minutes. Wearing
her faithful Musto's she was able to push herself and B&Q to the limits,
but after a mammoth effort didn't quite make it, although Ellen took over 2
days off the existing female transatlantic record. As always, Musto will be
standing by to support Ellen with her next project. You don't need to race
a 75ft trimaran to experience Musto. Give it a try next time: and visit for further information on
Ellen's racing projects.

(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 Craig Chamberlain: (re comments from Robbie Haines): Unfortunately,
large yacht owners seem to confuse the size of their boats with the amount
of pleasure they hope to derive from them. Sailing with and against your
pals is where it's at. A great example of a venerable one design class is
the 5.5 metre sloop. ( It is a development class that has
evolved into a boat with very similar proportional dimensions to the new AC
boats. Beautiful boats to steer and crew. The paid pro sits in the middle
allowing the check writing owner to sail his own boat. At $150k they aren't
cheap, but all things are relative. Their sailing venues are among the best
in the world and the class enjoys a level of camaraderie not found much
anymore. After a day of sailing you can still raft the boat along side your
150' Feadship for maximum affect - just need to be aware the guy you bumped
on the starting line may have a 200 footer.

* From Merritt Williams: In yesterday's 'Butt, Steve Gregory overlooked the
biggest reason why the maxZ86 class had such a short lifespan. The class
was originally conceived by Roy Disney and Bob McNeill, who hired Bill Lee
to draft the class rules. McNeill built a water-ballasted boat to that rule
(Zephyrus) and went sailing. Disney procrastinated a bit and by the time he
was ready to build his new Pyewacket, the maxZ86 class rule was 'expanded'
to allow canting ballast … which made Zephyrus instantly obsolete. In short
order, McNeill sold Zephyrus and has disappeared from the offshore racing
scene. So the only competitive maxZ86s in the world are two, very similar
canting ballast boats owned by Disney and Hasso Plattner, who apparently
aren't speaking to each other. Not a great track record on which to build a
new class.

* From Michael Lang: I was very sad to see that Mikey Murison had passed
away. I attended College Of Marin for a few years and had the privelage of
sailing with him. He was always very eager to get as many people as
possible involved in the sailing team. He will always will be remembered as
a true friend, and I will always respect his hard work and dedication in
getting the sailing team at College of Marin up and running

* From Mark Zaranski: Genuine Risk did take line honors in the Bayview Mac,
but only because the PHRF Turbo class started 10 minutes before the Open
class. The Howe's Earth Voyager completed the same 253 nautical mile course
in 30:29:57, five minutes and one second faster than did Genuine Risk.
Earth Voyager is a 60' trimaran designed by Walter Greene, built and lately
rebuilt (after it was damaged in a train derailment) by its owner(s). And
unlike the thoroughly modern and just launched Genuine Risk, Earth Voyager
has been slashing around the Great Lakes for quite a few years. EV broke
its own record for this race in 2003 finishing in less than 24 hours.

* From John Seymour, UK: Regarding the financial problems facing Tracy
Edwards, I wonder how many people decided to charge 'full' price for any
services given to Edwards' & her company believing that there was a £38
million pot already sitting in Edwards bank account? Is £75,000 not an
incredibly large fee for organizing a press conference? Tim Jeffrey states
in his article that 'Sports Impact's claim is for arranging last October's
press launch at 48 hours' notice, a photo-opportunity with HRH Prince
Andrew and other work.' Oh, and don't forget the two visits to France. Is
this a normal fee for this type of work, if so, I'm changing from being a
lawyer to working with sports impact!

I was thinking about old age and decided that it is when you still have
something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it.