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SCUTTLEBUTT 1642- August 9, 2004

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Building the fastest possible sailboats for oceanic record-breaking is the
newest game in town. And the ante just went up as Frank Pong's new 115-foot
Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed super maxi rolled out of the shed at DK Yachts
in Malaysia. The design brief specified a lightweight, high performance
monohull capable of sailing offshore and achieving speeds sufficient to
break existing oceanic records, combining innovative solutions and without
the restriction of any rule or qualification society. The following
excerpts from the information on the DK Yachts website provide insight into
this amazing project.

"The combination of soft sails and a rotating wing mast allow us to
achieve a very wide range of power without requiring a massive rig
compression with a simple, non-spreader rig. Such a rig also allows the
mast to be able to cant to windward. By doing so the gains are two-fold:
Improved stability - by shifting the center of gravity to windward. Thrust
- by turning forward the lift component of the sails, i.e.: in similarly
reducing heeling moment. But the optimal arrangement of such a rig requires
it to be attached to the boat in such a way as to minimize the compression
loads when canting - or simply when upright. This obviously means a wide
shroud base. Within a monohull concept, this translates into a wide boat,
which in turn increases the hydrodynamic drag, so reducing the speed
potential It therefore became apparent that to go forward we must combine a
narrow hull with a wide shroud base, therefore we find ourselves with giant
wings. Once the wings have been acknowledged, the next step, of filling
them with water to further increase the righting moment, becomes self-evident.

"The speed range of this sailboat is so large that it requires radically
new blends of power and resistance. Since the boat will never sail
'downwind', due to its speed (the apparent wind angle during sailing will
range from 17 deg upwind to a maximum of 92 deg downwind) the sail
combinations go from a maximum power full mainsail and gennaker to a 3-reef
mainsail with staysail. These aerodynamic combinations have to be properly
balanced under the water throughout the speed range. Here it gets tricky,
as we ask the same underwater configuration to work in equilibrium for a
full mainsail and gennaker at 10 degrees heel and 12 to 15 knots boatspeed,
and also with a keel canted 30 deg, a boat heeled 20 deg and a 3-reef
mainsail and staysail. Although a combination of canting keel and
asymmetric daggerboards has been analyzed, such solution is left for future
developments of the boat." - For complete information, and drawings:
Photos of the boat:

There were some tight tussles as Skandia Cowes Week served up a lively
second day yesterday. All classes enjoyed a cracking sail although some of
the cracks were more welcome than others; Peter Ogden's brand-new Swan 601
Spirit of Jethou sailed at high speed into a chain connecting buoys
protecting the Mary Rose wreck site off Southsea. The 21st Century hit the
16th with a crash that sounded extremely expensive to those on board the
yacht but after having the keel inspected by a diver, Ogden who paid £1.98
million for his new boat, was relieved to hear that the damage was confined
to scraped paintwork.

Yesterday the big boats started at a committee boat near the mainland shore
and although this worked well, their first tack took them straight through
a dinghy race at Stokes Bay Sailing Club. Lasers and 505s scattered like
snipe as a wall of 60-footers thundered towards them. The fact that there
were no collisions seemed entirely due to the quick reactions of the dinghy
sailors as the yachts had right of way. Conditions became difficult on the
Royal Yacht Squadron start line when a strong tide tended to carry yachts
over the line prematurely. There were a number of general recalls and some
tricky moments as helmsmen bore away sharply in an effort to stay on the
right side of the line. - Excerpts from a story by David Pelly in the Daily
Telegraph, full story:
- Check out Magnus Wheatley's coverage on the Yachts and Yachting
- Event Website:

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So you think MaxZ 86's are fast? Move over rover, because Skandia Wild
Thing, Grant Wharington's 98-foot canting-keel Super-Maxi from Australia,
is off the leash. Winner of the 2004 Sydney-Hobart Race, Skandia Wild Thing
is now turbocharged with a 12-foot canard and a 10-foot bowsprit. She's
also completely kitted out with high-performance line from New England
Ropes, including T-900 (Spectra/Technora) with HRC (Heat-Resistant Cover),
V-100 (Vectran), and the latest Coated Dyneema and Vectran/PBO creations.
Check out the Skandia Wild Thing World Tour here: - Find hot high-tech line from New
England Ropes here:

Lake Macquarie yachtsman Peter McNeill today became the seventh Australian
to win the prestigious Etchells World Championship when he outsailed a
star-studded international fleet of 85 boats off Mooloolaba on Queensland's
Sunshine Coast. The eight race series ended as it began, on a sparkling
winter's day and light winds, when McNeill and his crew of Greg Torpy and
Paul Turner sailed Tom Pepper XVIII into fourth place to comfortable take
out the series.

Going into the final heat, after an evening and morning of protests and
changing decisions by the International Jury, McNeill and former World
Champion Cameron Miles from Pittwater, sailing Pacesetter, were only two
points apart. Miles had a mediocre start in the big fleet and 5-7 knot
easterly seabreeze, but climbed back up through the huge fleet from 40th
place to finish 17th, sufficient to secure second place. Third place
overall went to Mornington sailor Glenn Collings, skippering Satu, who this
evening won a protest against the Race Committee's ruling that he had been
OCS (on course side) as a premature starter in the final race. Julian
Plante took fourth place and American Dennis Conner finished fifth. - Peter

Lysekil, Sweden - Marie Björling and her Team Panorama (Camille Dreyfus,
Julie Gerecht, Amelie Guiccam, Marie Riou and Morgane Gautier) from the
Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club defeated French Claire Leroy in Team Ideactor
3-0 in the finals of Lysekil Woman's Match - the world's largest female
match racing event. This victory came just a month after Björling won her
third consecutive Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand. In the Petit Finals, Nina
Braestrup (DEN) defeated Linda Rahm (SWE), 2-0.

Final result in Lysekil Women's Match:
1. Marie Björling, SWE/Team Panorama, $12.937
2. Claire Leroy, FRA, Team Ideactor, $8.021
3. Nina Braestrup, DEN, $6.598
4. Linda Rahm, SWE/Team Koncentra, $5.434
5. Malin Källström, SWE/Team Tuve Bygg, $4.787
6. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen, DEN/Team Gerimax, $4.140
7. Marie Fauré, FRA, $3.622
8. Christine Briand, FRA, $2.587
9. Sally Barkow, USA, $2.070
10. Katie Spithill, AUS, $1.552
11. Elizabeth Kratzig, USA
12. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, NED

Event website:

During the starting sequence, A breaks a rule of Part 2 and collides with
B, causing serious damage. B protests and retires. Before A can complete a
720 degree turns penalty, the race committee signals a general recall. A
sails and wins the restarted race but B cannot compete because of the
damage. Should A be disqualified? (Answer below.)

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* This past weekend, over 450 boats and 1500 sailors competing in 12 fleets
descended on the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA, for the 32nd running of
the Buzzards Bay Regatta. This year's regatta drew sailors from 22 states
and as far away as Newport Beach and San Francisco CA. Buzzards Bay, long
popular with racing sailors, saw outstanding sailing conditions over the
three day event and some very competitive racing. This all volunteer
managed regatta relied on 30 chair-people and over 150 volunteers. For more
information and all the results:

* Athens Update: Gary Jobson tells us, "To my eye everything looks good and
city is ready for the Games. Security is tight, but not a burden." Jobson's
Olympic sailing telecasts begin on August 14 - the schedule is posted on
the Scuttlebutt website:

* Jody Swanson (Buffalo NY) and her crew of Lauren Jones and Maddie Waldron
took top honors in the Lightning Women's North American Championships,
followed by Debbie Probst and Jenny Millar. In the Lightning Junior NAs,
John Newell and his team of Elizabeth Pope-Collins and Joe Raite finished
on top, closely followed by Ben Spiller and Megon Ruhlman. Dick Hallagan
(Newark NY) with his crew of Steve Davis and Nancy Bargar won the Master's
regatta, while Bill Neal finished second and Don Barrett finished third. -

* 41-boats turned out for the Tartan 10 North American Championships on
Put-In-Bay, Lake Erie. The races had having everything from drifters to
blown out chutes. Final results: 1. Liquor Box (Simon & Buckles) 2. Twins
(Carroll) 3. Troll (Britton) 4. Perfect (Pinkerton) 5. Us (Strilky)

* Offshore Challenges, the marketing, sponsorship and sailing event
management company owned by Ellen MacArthur MBE and Mark Turner has formed
strategic partnership with Leading Lights, the people development company
with origins in the professional sailing arena. For Offshore Challenges,
this provides the opportunity to extend their services portfolio by
offering their clients people development programmes that are linked to the
experiences of the Offshore Challenges Sailing Teams. The parallels of
their challenges and campaign management with the world of business are
numerous. The sailor's stories powerfully provide motivation, inspiration
and hard earned lessons for any business team in any sector.

* John Siegel's Wylie 42 Scorpio has won the inaugural Waikiki Offshore
Series - finishing ahead of Manabu Kodama's Farr 40, Dottoressa and Todd
and Cindy Wyrick's third place Sydney 36 Fins, which was the first Hawaii
boat. The trophy for first place in the combined offshore races went to
Dottoressa and Scorpio won the combined inshore races. An announcement of
the 2005 Waikiki Offshore Series dates and format will be made public next
week. -

Rule 36 allows A to compete in the restarted race. B is entitled to redress
under rule 62.1(b).

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(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 John Glynn: Just out of curiosity, what is it going to take to have
adjectives/modifiers like "arguably," "debatably," and "possibly" removed
from in front of the term "best skipper in America's Cup history" when
applied to Russell Coutts. Remind me again who else has won three Cups --
three in a row? Who holds the consecutive race winning streak? Dennis
Conner may have played the game exceptionally, but he lost one finals.
Charlie Barr? Coutts eclipsed him.

* From Deanna Wilson: Isn't anyone else offended by the comments made by
Grant Dalton of Team New Zealand about Dennis Conner?? He must be an
insecure individual to make that sort of attack in the press against a
respected sailor such as Conner. Sure, Dennis has created a few uproars in
his time but I don't recall ever hearing about him making cheap, personal
attacks on individuals such as the one made by Dalton. Dalton should keep
his nose to more important issues including assuring that his team can
build an AC boat that doesn't fall apart in its first race!

* From Eric Hanson (re letter from Mr. Browne about Black Flag
Disqualifications): Any recipient of a BFD can tell you it is customary for
a race committee, if they cannot inform you at the start or if the class
rules and SI's do not require radios (dinghies), to inform you at their
earliest possible effective moment...usually the windward mark. While it is
true that some race committees may not have the resources to do so, in many
events that remains the most popular means of notification.

As for "I-flags," you must remember that no matter how many times we
rewrite and adapt the rules of our sport, they are designed to sustain the
self-policing aspect of racing. The more responsibility that is placed in
the hands of committees and judges, the less and less we have as
competitors. Being one of the very few, if any, sports that is designed
that way, I believe it behooves us as individuals to maintain this
in-and-of ourselves in order to keep the sport out of the hands of the
juries and judges. Simply, if you're over...go back!

* From Noel M. Field, Jr.: Regarding Marty Browne's comments in Scuttlebutt
#1641, he should read ISAF case 34 in which a boat, that was over early and
clearly knew about it, was disqualified from the entire series when he went
out and intentionally hindered another boat to keep it from finishing in
the top three positions in the race. This appeal and a similar action by a
competitor in the Long Beach Olympic Trials in the 1980's resulted in Rule
62.1(d) in the current rule book.

* Laurie Fullerton: I watched the movie "Wind" starring Matthew Modine
recently- a good film that roughly parallels the loss of the America's Cup
by the United States in 1983 and the effort to win it back from Australia.
The sailing is great and it was filmed in Newport and Perth, Australia.
Many will recognize the faces and accents of some of the extras who appear
in it including Peter Montgomery.

Given the current climate of the America's Cup, the film is somewhat
visionary as it pits the sailors/designer against the billionaire owners -
and after losing the Cup the first time, the sailors and eccentric designer
spend much of the film out in the southwestern desert designing, building
and raising money for their own Cup boat. They recruit the disenchanted
daughter of the rich billionaire to help them raise money. At the climax of
the movie, the billionaire and his sponsors arrive to take over the boat
(claiming it is actually their money and their boat) and the billionaire
demands that the skipper leave the premises. By law, he says he will race
the last race against Australia. But the gritty, grassroots sailors
prevail, mutiny against the suits and go out and win back the Cup from Oz.
It is a Hollywood ending, of course, and as it turns out, the movie tanked.
But, it is fun to watch as perhaps the sequel "Wind 2" may be coming to
theaters near us sometime soon.

* From Barbara James: (Billionaire bashing re handcuffing of Russell
Coutts). Big picture: the billionaires have taken action that has kept
America's Cup in the forefront of sailors' minds worldwide, and on the tips
of our tongues. During downtime when there is no Cup racing to watch on TV.
If what they did was wrong there would be a rule 69 protest (bringing
disrepute upon the sport).

We get precious little sail racing coverage on TV, we will all be glued to
our sets with our VCRs running, Russell Coutts or no Russell Coutts. The
more we yap about it, the more the advertisers must be rubbing their hands
together. Things corporations and governments do sometimes don't jive with
my idea of good ethics, but this has become a tremendous coup in terms of
promotion for the sport.

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID he just whipped
out a quarter?