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SCUTTLEBUTT 1674 - September 23, 2004

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Athens Greece ­ As predicted, the sea breeze did kick in Wednesday
afternoon. The breeze was as usual shifty but 7 to 10 knots made for some
great sailing conditions. The USA's Sonar and 2.4 Metre sailors are
well-positioned to bring home Paralympic medals after races seven and eight
were completed today on the Saronic Gulf. Both fleets will sail the ninth
and final race of their Paralympic Regatta Thursday. Tom Brown (Northeast
Harbor, Maine) is now guaranteed a medal in the 2.4 Metre, while Sonar
sailors John Ross-Duggan (Newport Beach, Calif.), Brad Johnson (Milwaukee,
Wis.) and J.P. Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) remain in the hunt.

On finishes of 1-3 in today's races, Brown recovered the one-point between
himself and rival Damien Seguin of France. The two sailors are now tied on
points ­ at 17 apiece ­ in a virtually unbreakable tie owing to the same
number of first, second, third, fourth and fifth-place finishes thus far in
the series. Seguin holds the overall fleet lead by virtue of his finish in
the last race today ­ a second to Brown's third. Theirry Schmitter of the
Netherlands is third overall with 20 points. The three sailors are all
guaranteed medals, with the color to be determined on the outcome of
tomorrow's final race.

After an eighth place finish in the first race of the day, Ross-Duggan,
Johnson and Creignou battled back to place fifth in race eight to remain in
contention for a medal in their 15-boat Sonar fleet. The U.S. team is
fourth overall, behind Germany with whom they are tied on points at 30.
Israel leads the overall standings on 18 points, followed by The
Netherlands with 22. In Thursday's final race, the U.S. will have to finish
ahead of Germany -- and stay within seven boats of Australia -- to claim
the bronze medal. - Event website:

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced yesterday that its Executive
Committee approved the Prohibited List of Substances and Methods for 2005.
The new List will be published prior to October 1, 2004, and will go into
effect January 1, 2005. Some changes will be made from the current List in

The Executive Committee based its decisions regarding the List on the
recommendations of WADA's List Committee and Health-Medical and Research
Committee, which met in September to discuss the 2005 List. Since 2004,
WADA has been tasked with issuing the List on an annual basis, a
responsibility previously held by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC). A substance or method is added to the List if it meets two of three
criteria: it is performance enhancing, poses a danger to athletes' health,
and its use is against the spirit of sport. The 2005 Prohibited list is
effective in sport from 1 January 2005 and a copy will be published prior
to that date on the ISAF Medical microsite:

Samuel Kahn, a.k.a. "Shark," and his world-class crew of Mumm 30 neophytes
finished third, first and second in Wednesday's second day of
racing---Lewmar Day around the historic Royal Canadian Yacht Club---to
seize a six-point lead after six of 11 races in the Bell Mumm 30 World
Championship. The younger Kahn took over the lead from his father Philippe,
the California software developer who opened the day with a win, followed
by a fifth and a wind-dying 19th, settling into third place 11 points off
his son's pace and five points behind second-place Fred Sheratt, the local
hope from the host club.

The Shark's stunning performance is an even larger surprise than the
weather. On the first day of autumn, when the resident Canada geese should
be flying south and citizens donning winter woolies, the region remained in
the grip of a high-pressure system with a peak temperature Wednesday of 29
(C.), which converts to 85 (F) - probably warmer than it was in the Kahns'
second home in Hawaii. The conditions meant light to moderate winds fading
to very light and swinging 45 degrees left through the afternoon.

When Kahn and several of the same crew won the Melges 24 worlds last year a
fair share of credit was given to the other guys in the boat, particularly
professionals Richard Clarke and Mark (Crusty) Christensen. But when a
quiet lad of 14 and now 15 steps into an authentic international one-design
class like the Melges 24s and Mumm 30s and outperforms veterans as Kahn is
doing, some extraordinary forces must be at work. At least he raced the
Melges 24 a couple of years before reaching the top. Here, he and each of
his six crew members are racing a Mumm 30 for the first time in their
lives. - Rich Roberts

Standings (after 6 of 11 races):
1. Pegasus 20, Samuel Kahn, Honolulu, 27 points.
2. Steadfast, Fred Sheratt, Toronto, 33.
3. Pegasus 591, Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 38.
4. Tramp, Tom Ritter, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 29.
5. Foreign Affair, Richard Perini, Sydney, Australia, 47.

More information and photos: and

Ullman Sails congratulates our customers who won at the RH Dana Charity
Regatta. Biff Bunney on his Henderson 30 "Power Point" took Class A and was
1st overall, winning the Total Elapsed Time Trophy. Class C was won by
Brady/Bronson in their J80 "Athena". Tom and Cathy Adamson won the
non-spinnaker class on "Maxwell", a Catalina 42. In the Lido 14's Bob
Hartung on "Speed Racer" finished 1st in Fleet B. For the "Fastest Sails on
the Planet" contact an Ullman Sails loft and visit

While other experienced sailors ignored reports of bad weather and started
a race off Greenport, Long Island, Saturday morning, Chris Conradi and
Peter Harvey decided to do the smart thing and head home instead. As they
sailed Harvey's 31-foot trimaran "Andiamo" back toward Stonington, a
vicious squall enveloped them near Niantic Bay about 10:30 a.m. The
50-mile-per-hour winds and six-foot swells fueled by the remnants of
Hurricane Ivan capsized the boat and flipped it upside down. Both men were
wearing life vests but the 38-year-old Conradi was trapped underneath the
boat among the tangle of sails, rigging and other equipment.

Harvey, who is much smaller, managed to extricate the athletic,
6-foot-4-inch Conradi from underneath the boat and pulled him onto one of
the hulls. For the next hour he tried to resuscitate his close friend and
racing partner with no success. Finally, Harvey was able to get the
attention of some passing fishermen. They brought the two men into Crescent
Beach in Niantic while one the fishermen continued CPR, (unsuccessfully).
On Sunday, friends and relatives of Conradi, an experienced sailor and
skier who lived in the borough, tried to deal with his death. - By Joe
Wojtas, Day Staff Columnist, Stonington/ Mystic, full story:

According to a story posted on the Mariantic website, we should not get too
excited about rumors that PeopleSoft will sponsor John Sweeney's Sausalito
Challenge America's Cup syndicate. Although one of Sweeney's vintage ACC
boats has been seen sailing in the San Francisco Bay with PeopleSoft
signage, Mariantic revealed, "…that their 'sponsorship' from PeopleSoft is
a one week 'Sailing Billboard' promotion in San Francisco in conjunction
with PeopleSoft's annual week long symposium held at the Moscone Center.

"We feel that John Sweeney gave the impression to the world press that the
challenge had a sponsor for the 32nd America's Cup. The announcement on the
Challenge Series website will disappoint many and anger some. It will also
delight the detractors who have, from the beginning, said this challenge
was a fantasy. We have (had) a heap of goodwill for this team but, sorry,
we are losing patience. This is not the innovative, professional approach
their website claimed was what set them apart. Even if there does turn out
to be a real deal here, they have alienated at least two fans (mariantic)
and probably many more." - Full story:

On Narragansett Bay the International C-Class Catamaran Championship went
into phase two today with the start of the match racing competition with
Cogito, the Little America's Cup defenders and winners of the this event's
fleet racing first half lining up against their predecessor Patient Lady
VI. Meanwhile the Airbus team from the UK on Invictus Challenge raced the
Australians on Team Ronstan in the 'petit-finals'. Once again conditions
were light and the start of racing was delayed from 1100 until just after 1500.

Patient Lady VI tacked on to port soon after the start leaving Cogito to go
out to the left. Patient Lady then tacked back to sail up the middle of the
course and by the weather mark she held a 100-150m lead over Duncan MacLane
and Steve Clark's form boat. Although Cogito was able to eat up their lead
over the course of the next three legs, it was the Tornado hotshots Lars
Guck and Stan Schreyer who were able to take their first race off the
seemingly invincible Cogito. Unfortunately the tables turned in the next
two races which were both won by Cogito taking the points for today's racing.

For the start of the first 'petit-final' between the Brits and Aussies the
wind was around 8 knots … and for the second race the wind was still less
than 5 knots, conditions in which the British boat suffers and the
Australians took off to lead around the race course, securing the day's
result in this competition. - Excerpts from a comprehensive story on the
Daily Sail website, full story:

* Stamford YC - Skip Shumway sailed his Ideal 18 to a first place finish in
the nine race, one throw-out 2004 North American Championship that had
winds ranging from 12-35+ knots. Even Hurricane Ivan couldn't keep the
fleet of 23 boats off the course on Saturday. Sunday's conditions were
bright but with building breeze and seas which forced the Committee to
cancel the day's racing after four races were completed. Stuart Saffer
finished a very close second with Dave Perry taking third, Charles Zylstra
fourth and Gary Vogel fifth. -

* The Valencian newspaper Levante reported that the teams established in
the new customs wharf are unhappy with the pontoons, their anchorage and
the lack of water and electricity. RCNV pontoons and wharves were ready by
Sep 18 when Alinghi and Oracle returned to their existing bases but, when
K-Challenge, Le Defi and Shosholoza sailed from the Dockwise ship to the
newly extended Customs Wharf, they found the pontoons were not anchored,
lacked the necessary anchorage and moved laterally. Furthermore there was
no water or electricity. - Cup in Europe website, full story:

* A weather window is opening up for Bruno Peyron and his crew, who will
try to break the Marseilles - Carthage record. The Orange II maxi-catamaran
should cross the starting line Thursday between 1800 and 2000 hours local

* After six races of the seven race Etchells NAs at the Richmond YC, Judd
Smith has 19 points and a six point lead over Peter Vessella. Tim Wells is
in third place in the 53-boat fleet with 31 points - one point less than
Vince Brun and Great Brittan's Nils Razmiloviz. Complete standings:

Richard Waterman Besse, 83, died at his home in Skaneateles on September 17
of cancer. He was a graduate of Yale University and Commodore of the Yale
Corinthian Yacht Club. Dick spearheaded the revival of small boat racing at
the Skaneateles Country Club. In 1976, with Janet, he founded both The
Sailboat Shop and the Skaneateles Sailing Club. Dick qualified as an
alternative Finn class skipper for the 1952 Olympics, won the Rhodes Bantam
National Class Championships three times, qualified for the Laser World
Championships in 1974 and crewed in many ocean races. He designed and built
several wooden boats, including a Rhodes Bantam that is on display at the
Skaneateles Historical Society. Dick dedicated much time to the Syracuse
area community and was president of the Central New York Yacht Racing Union
and charter member of Mystic Seaport. As a retiree, Dick served on the
Board of the Skaneateles Sailing Club, spent many hours working on club
projects. A naval burial service at Lakeview Cemetery will be followed by a
1 p.m. gathering to celebrate his life on October 9 at the Skaneateles
Sailing Club.

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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 McNeill: I was just waiting for someone to pick up on this
(Shumway in #1673) Team Racing has ALL the elements for involving the
general sports viewer in our misunderstood sport. As in football or roller
derby, there are runners, blockers and occasional mayhem, not to mention
the goal line stand (chaos at the mark). Perhaps the single most exciting
regatta I have watched in recent years was just such a contest in J 105s in
San Francisco pitting the StFYC vs. NYYC in the aptly named Madcap Regatta.
This is the one sailing venue where the actions of the participants fully
determine the outcome, rather than the technology or money behind a given
yacht. It lends itself well to the featuring of the players rather than the
equipment, and the emotional content rather than the instruments. Throw in
a couple of minor collisions and a bit of cheating with appropriate
penalties and you've got the very stuff that attracts audiences. Mr.
Shumway is right that the money will follow, given viewers.

* From Bob Fisher (Re: Lisa Neuburger's comments on the candidates for
Presidency of ISAF): Certainly Goran Peterson was at the Olympic Games, but
so too were the other two candidates, Sadi Claeys and Fernando Bolin.

* From Craig McBurney: Paul Henderson is wrong by communicating to
advertisers a defeatist attitude and more than unhelpful to us who are
risking significant personal dollars to bring wind and watersports
programming to mainstream broadcast and narrowcast channels (from Butt #
1671: 'By the way, nothing sailing does will make it a high-profile Olympic
TV sport').

TV is becoming the Net and the Net is becoming the TV. Instead of being
close-minded and negative on prospects for opportunity and growth of sport
(growth comes from resources for programming, which comes from commercial
marketers, which demand ROI ­ meaning exposure) and insulting NBC's Olympic
Sailing budget expenditures and Gary Jobson by saying sailing won't work on
TV, solutions should be debated in a positive, creative way. And moving a
crashed website to a Hobie Cat site may be clever, but clearly
unprofessional and indicative of a lack of focus on an interest in
increasing exposure, the very thing marketers pay attention to when making
media buying decisions.

It's an on-demand narrow-cast world now, bringing production costs in line
with revenues for limitless niche programming, available for prime-time
viewing whatever the viewers time zone ­ get the thinking out of the box
please and good things can happen.

* From James L. Gallacher: This whole flap about making sailing more
"televisual" is ridiculous. If Mr. Wheatley has his way the sailors will be
racing Neon Transformers outfitted with giant claw hammers that could sink
your nearest competitor with a very televisual blow.

* From Chris Ericksen (In reply to Stuart Lochner in 'Butt 1672): No, sir,
one-design is not the "end-all answer" to debates among sailors about their
boats: if you want to get a group of sailors wound up, start talking to
Etchells owners about keels. And his point about the higher relative cost
of one-design boats is a good one, although the statements that they "tend
to be way over-priced" or carry a "typically obscene price tag" are not:
those of us who prefer to sail one-design keelboats will pay what it costs,
for it is our demand for these boats that bids the price up. For those who
cannot--or choose not to--pay to be in a one-design keelboat class, fine:
that is the beauty of a system that offers something for everyone

Just now, the Etchells class is contesting its North American Championship
on San Francisco Bay. There is a brand-new boat out there, skippered by a
sailmaker and past North American champion; there is also a boat built more
than a quarter-century ago, skippered by a small businessman who spends
less on his boat than most. Both had top-five finishes the first day. No
ratings arguments, no excuses, no recriminations, just doing it. That is
what one-design is about: the better sailors do better. Period.

* From Chris Upton (re Stuart Lochner, in 'Butt 1672): Buying the boat is
the easy part, its campaigning that's expensive. Current hot OD classes are
working to limit the costs: sail limitations in the form of number per year
(and in the case of the J/105 4 per boat), few pros, a regatta schedule
that fits the class and restrictions on modifications. PHRF is wide open to
these expenses. It is not financially logical to buy any boat. Race boats
are built to the edge, are raced hard and do wear out. The hot OOD in the
80's was the J/35. You could be on the line for well under $200. Now
$35-50. This is not Everyman's sport. A used J/105 with family capability
is less than $70 used and can be competitive. IOR boats were sold at 20
cents on the dollar? There is a responsibility to buy a boat that you can
afford. Just consider the the cost to campaign and maintain. Boats loose
their value over time.

Sail makers can build sails in quantity for strict OD classes. The same
with equipment manufacturers. The J/44 class owns class sails for events.
How's that for keeping your costs down? What non one design is comparable
to these OOD classes for half the cost and equal quality? The only boat
that has been known to reliably appreciate is the Hinckley Bermuda 40.

* From Dave Wilhite: I know this may go down like a lead balloon and I know
that in some cases clubs are focused differently but... how can sailing in
America expect to grow athletes for the Olympic games when the major
feature of practically every yacht club in our country is a dedicated,
often elegant, bar room, several with respected staff bartenders, while few
yacht clubs have a dedicated classroom with a respected staff teacher or
coach. No health club, gymnasium or track and field stadium has such a
feature and look at the metals we pull down in these arenas.

And what of the summer coaches hired for the youth sailing camps? Great,
but how about coaches for adolescents and adults! How about some sort of
system, or facilities for that matter, to bridge the gap during adolescence
to keep youth and adults involved? The very essence of the bar at most
yacht clubs is a natural block that keeps kids away and education at a
minimum. What about including dinghy classes during regattas of larger
yachts so that we minimize segregation? Multiple start lines and racing
areas are already used to improve the quality of class sailing and we can
apply this kind of thinking to other aspects of a fun regatta weekend. If
we can find solutions to solidify the sailing community rather than
maintain the stratification of today's current arrangements, our country
will make great strides towards improving our competitive edge.

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