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SCUTTLEBUTT 1630 - July 22, 2004

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From 1988-91, Phil Trinter opened holes for and protected Indiana
University football stars Anthony Thompson, Vaughn Dunbar and Trent Green,
and the Hoosiers went to bowl games in three of those seasons. Now Trinter
is aiming for even greater athletic glory. As the crewman for the Team USA
Star class sailboat, he will try to capture an Olympic medal next month in
Athens, Greece.

The transition from football to sailing wasn't a big leap for the
35-year-old Trinter. He grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio,
and both parents sailed. "By age 9, I had my own boat and started racing,"
he said. "I was known locally as a pretty good sailor." College scouts knew
him as a pretty good football player, too. That will happen when you sprout
up to 6 feet 6 and weigh 300 pounds. He played strong tackle for IU as
football eclipsed his sailing pursuits. He stayed on campus year-round to
work out, so the only time he got on the water was an occasional outing to
Lake Lemon in Bloomington.

"My first love is football," Trinter said, "but I wasn't good enough to
play professionally or get drafted." In fact, after getting his business
degree from IU in December 1991, Trinter didn't know what to do with his
life. He returned to Lorain, OH, looked for work and made a few bucks as a
substitute teacher. In the summer of 1992, a friend asked Trinter to crew
for him at a regatta in Michigan. While there, his skills and muscular body
caught the eye of sailor Joe Londrigan, who asked Trinter to be his partner
in a two-man Star class boat. Later that year the pair won the North
American championship, and they added a world title in 1993. "The next
thing you know, I find myself living in San Diego and getting paid to
sail," Trinter said.

He and Londrigan tried unsuccessfully to make the Olympics at the U.S.
Trials in 1996. But Trinter continued to garner acclaim as a crewman, and
in 1998 he was hired to work toward sailing's crown jewel: the America's
Cup. Trinter served as a "grinder" on the America One boat, meaning he
helped adjust the sails. Because of the extreme wind pressure on the sails,
grinders must be incredibly strong, and that's where his offensive
lineman's build came in handy. "I like to consider myself someone who's
always been a good sailor," he said. "And fortunately in my case, my size
worked to my advantage."

America One made it to the 2000 challenger finals before losing to an
Italian team. Trinter also participated in the 2003 Cup with Oracle, which
also lost in the challenger finals. But those experiences led to a new
opportunity. America One skipper Paul Cayard, one of the most accomplished
sailors in U.S. history, was impressed enough with Trinter to tab him as
Star crewman in his bid to make the 2004 Olympics. "Phil is a past world
champion, so I knew he was good," Cayard said in an email interview. "Apart
from being a good and experienced Star sailor, Phil is relatively young and
fit." - Brian Bennett, Louisville Courier Journal, full story:

For professional sailors, the problem with juggling the responsibility of
sailing a 70ft yacht at the same time as filming events is that all the
best action usually happens at the busiest time. "It's usually in tough
conditions, when you are busy trying to keep the boat under control,'
explains Ray Davies, helmsman and media man on illbruck (during 2001-2002
Volvo Ocean Race).

Davies' best shots from the last Volvo Ocean Race came when the crew on
illbruck was sailing to the leeward side of a huge iceberg. "We were
weaving in and out of the growlers that had broken off and the crew were
all on deck and looking quite anxious," recalls Davies, who captured the
sequence on a hand held camera.

Davies did encounter a few technical difficulties, such as making the
camera cope with the extreme ranges in temperature. But Davies adds that
another less technical problem was the irritation that filming caused to
some crew members. "Many simply want to race the boat and are not
interested in the media side of things. But crews have to understand that,
if the sponsor is going to achieve anything out of it, they really have got
to put things on film. The whole crew has to be on board and be prepared to
give interviews. When things happen, they have to be prepared to talk
through it, and I think they are beginning to come around." - Volvo Ocean
Race, full story:

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* Lunchtime on the terrace of the ENOA sailing club in Glyfada, a coastal
suburb of Athens. Shaded by canopies from the powerful sun, nonagenarian
women sip powerful coffees while their great-grandchildren play on the
little beach. An athlete zips into view on a mountain bike. He rides across
the terrace, narrowly missing the ancient Greeks, continues straight
through the club's lounge and out of the front door. The old women shrugs.
"British," they murmur.

The regulars have become used to such sights: the ENOA have, for the past
two years, been the home away from home for the British Olympic sailing
squad, a location selected by the team manager, Stephen Park, after an
extensive tour of the area in February 2001. The club already had most of
the things he was looking for: it was located close to the Olympic course,
it had a dock, a boat storage area and catering facilities. The gym was
rudimentary, though: a problem solved by the British with some nifty
cut-price shopping on the internet.

The British team's resident weather expert has been analysing the local
conditions off the coast of Athens since the end of the previous Olympic
regatta in Sydney. Such scrupulous attention to detail is typical of the
squad, where excellence on the water is made possible by comprehensive
preparation off it. "I'm pretty confident that no other country has a
set-up as good as ours," Park said. - Excerpts from a story by Andrew
Baker, Telegraph, full story:

* Britain will become the most successful Olympic sailing nation of all
time if they win more gold medals than the United States in Athens. The
opportunity is certainly there. In this year's Olympics Britain will be
represented in all nine classes - 11 events in all - and officials believe
there is a realistic chance of a medal in at least seven of them.

Funded mainly by the national lottery via UK Sport, which provides an
annual grant of 1.3m, the depth and scope of planning are hugely
impressive and put some of the country's wealthier sports to shame. The
level of preparation even extends to having 20,000 bottles of sports drinks
shipped out from London so that team members do not subject their stomachs
to anything that might affect them.

Explained Rod Carr, the RYA's chief executive, "Britain always had a great
sailing tradition in the Olympics but before 1996 we would win one or two
medals per games. Since the introduction of lottery money that has led to
us converting the ones who finished fourth or fifth into medallists." But
Carr understands the bottom line. "If you are using public money you have
to be accountable," he said. "That means medals." - Excerpts from a story
by Duncan Mackay, The Guardian, full story:,14529,1265533,00.html

Wouldn't it be great if your dad owned a candy store? I remember that
thought from years ago, along with if he owned a movie theatre, an ice
cream store, or an amusement park. Those were the dreams many of us shared
but few realized. But what if you founded and were chairman of the world's
largest retailer of boat accessories? This would be a dream for us, and is
reality for West Marine's Randy Repass. Sailing as a family was the goal
when this project was conceived and his new, 66-foot, Tom Wiley designed
ketch rigged catboat is a dream come true. Not just owning the store but
having access to leading edge technology, experts in every field, and a
background himself in electrical engineering provided Randy with an
opportunity to create and define Convergence.

Convergence is a sailboat with a rather unusual look. Wiley catboats have
been around the San Francisco Bay Area for some time. Owners are passionate
about the ease with which they sail. Comments about not needing to reef are
rare from Bay sailors in the typical summer winds of 25-35 knots, but Wylie
Cats reef rarely if ever. The claim is that the "bendy rig" spills the air
from the top of the sail before reefing is really needed. Putting a ketch
rig on a big sailboat is not unusual; two masts without stays, jibs, or
deck hardware are an unsettling visual experience. - Diana Jessie, 48
North, full story and photos:

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International yacht racing competition returns to the waters off Cowes,
Isle of Wight this coming Monday with the first race of the Royal Ocean
Racing Club's Rolex Commodores' Cup. Held biennially, the Rolex Commodores'
Cup is a championship for teams of offshore yachts run under RORC's IRC
rule. National teams each field three boats falling into small, medium and
large categories according to their IRC rating. As in 2002, eleven teams in
total will be competing in the Rolex Commodores' Cup.

For the inshore races the crews will have to contend with the complex
navigation required while racing in the Solent. This stretch of water
between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland has one of the most
complicated tidal situations in the world. In the long distance races the
crews will have the benefit of more constant tide, but will have to tackle
variable wind conditions.

A significant change for this year's Rolex Commodores' Cup has been a
tightening up of each team's nationality requirements. This year for the
first time the RORC have stipulated that at least 50% of the crew on each
boat must comprise nationals of the country their team is representing or
had this as their principle residence for more than one year. To emphasis
the Corinthian element to the Rolex Commodores' Cup at least 50% of the
crew on each boat must be amateur sailors as defined by Group 1 of the
International Sailing Federation's Competitor Classification Code. A Group
1 sailor must also helm for all the inshore races and for the start and the
following hour of the short passage and Channel races. -

* The Bravo channel and CNBC will have highlights of the sailing events
from the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece beginning August
14-28. The team behind the production includes Geoff Mason, John Wilson and
Gary Jobson. Geoff Mason directed the last America's Cup and has produced
all of ESPN's sailing coverage since 1986, while John Wilson has been on
the production team of every America's Cup since 1992. Gary Jobson provides
the narration. The scheduling calls for lots of late night programming, so
get ready to crank up your TIVO or VCR. See Scuttlebutt website for show

* Due to light air, Wednesday's distance race of the New York Yacht Club
Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was shortened to half the distance
(10.1 miles). First across the finish line in just under two hours was
Lightwave, David Ford's Transpac 52; however, Bob Towse's Reichel/Pugh 66
Blue Yankee beat Lightwave on corrected time in IMS Class 2. Lee Dayton's
J/105 Ajax continued their first half success by winning PHRF Class 5.
Classes included one IMS, three PHRF and one for Classic yachts. The second
half of the regatta for one-design classes starts Friday. - Complete

* Because we don't read French, we are really not sure what happened at the
Tour de France la Voile on Wednesday, but standings page on the website
shows that American Deneen Demourkas' Groovederci has stretched its lead to
48 points over the 30-boat Mumm 30 fleet. -

* The search for lone yachtsman Jim Wellstead, missing in West Australian
waters for more than a week, will continue today (Tuesday) despite fading
hopes he'll be found alive. Seven aircraft, including a Customs Dash-8
plane, will attempt to search an area of more than 53,000 square kilometres
in an effort spot the 74-year-old's 7.6 metre wooden yacht Serene, which
has been at sea for 11 days. Property owners along the coast and all
vessels in the area have been asked to keep an eye out for the yacht, while
regular attempts to make radio contact continue. -The Sunday Times,

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shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Steve Travis (edited to our 250-word limit): I've just returned from
Cork Race Week and it was interesting for me to look at the boats that
raced in IRC. In Seattle, under PHRF, probably 90% of those boats in the
IRC classes would have been sitting tied up to the docks and not
participating. The fact cannot be ignored, however, that all these other
boats were on the race course and IRC is successful in Europe and
encourages participation. I did not hear one person on shore complaining
that my rating is not allowing me to win - a typical complaint at all PHRF
events! By separating into two groups (IRM and IRC), it appears to me that
you encourage participation rather than discourage it!

It is a crying shame that the US sailing community has withdrawn from any
attempt to work together with the rest of the world to develop a rule that
will allow us all to race together and encourage participation in the
sport. The people that made this decision in the US should have
participated in both IRM and IRC events to understand how working together
can only improve sailing at all levels. Come over to Cowes and sail once
around the Isle of Wight and see between 1700 and 1900 boats of every
possible type participating and tell me that they are doing something
wrong, and then come to any Seattle regatta and see the attendance steadily
dropping. Shame on us as Americans to allow this scenario to continue!

* From Bruce Thompson: The problems in the maxi world are just a continuing
manifestation of a general problem with handicap racing. The open secret is
that the fastest way to improve your season score is to buy a bigger boat.
For example, based on a section rating band of 30 sec/mile, less than 10
mile races and 5 minutes between sections; the bigger classes should not
catch the smaller ones. But experience indicates that they do. There are
many reasons why, such as surface friction reduces average wind speed for
shorter rigs. The handicap systems don't compensate adequately.

The practical consequence is the progressive growth in the length of the
average racer, and therefore reduced numbers of entries. In Chicago, a
Catalina 30 tall rig would have essentially no chance to win his section in
buoy racing. Boats less than 35 feet are few in PHRF racing, except for
port to port. Of course, the majority of boats in the harbors are less than
35 feet!

* From Peta Stuart-Hunt: In response to John Seymour's comments on 21st
July, I too was astonished at the amount of money quoted as being sought
for services rendered by Sports Impact from Tracy and her company. On the
other hand, if you are in a position to snaffle a client who is desperate
enough to even agree to pay such ludicrously inflated fees, then go for it!

* From Chuck Allen: Mikey Murison was an unbelievable kid! We hired him at
West Marine, in Sausalito, before he could drive a car. It became apparent
that he was a good hire when every person walking through the door said
"hey Mikey," not to mention his knowledge of sailboat racing - Mikey owned
Marin County. I had the good fortune of coaching him at The College of
Marin, where he developed a competitive team from the ground up - he was
awesome at motivating the others to go sailing each and everyday. He loved
sailing: living aboard in Richmond, windsurfing, Santana racing, 470's,
V-15's - just to mention a few.

* From Nancy & Pat Broderick: The 2004 Santana 22 Nationals being held this
weekend at the Encinal Yacht Club (Alameda, CA) are dedicated to Mikey
Murison's memory. He was a 3-time 'Tuna' National Champion and sailed
"Mizzen" to many victories on San Francisco Bay. His most notable victory,
however, was his personality and his willingness to share his love of sailing.

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