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SCUTTLEBUTT 1675- September 24, 2004

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Athens Greece - The final day of competition in the Paralympic Regatta has
seen the USA win medals in the two Paralympic sailing events. Tom Brown
(Northeast Harbor, Maine) sailed to a silver medal in the 2.4 Metre class;
and the Sonar team of John Ross-Duggan (Newport Beach, Calif.), Brad
Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis./ Hollywood, Fla.) and J.P. Creignou (St.
Petersburg, Fla.) captured the bronze on the waters of the Saronic Gulf.

With the USA and German Sonar teams tied for third overall entering the
final race of the nine-race series, Duggan, Johnson and Creignou needed to
either beat Germany or have them finish no higher than ninth place. The
second scenario was the one that played out as the Germans narrowly edged
the USA at the finish line for ninth place in the race.

The Israeli team of Dror Cohen, Arnon Efrati and Benni Vexler dominated the
Sonar fleet throughout most of the series to overcome a disqualification
from race two that had toppled them from their lead position early in the
regatta. They won four races of the series, including Thursday's final
race, and secured the gold medal on 19 points. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de
Veen and Mischa Rossen of The Netherlands claimed the silver medal with 28

For 2.4 Metre sailor Tom Brown, the winds of fortune proved as fickle as
the breezes over the Saronic Gulf in determining his silver medal. The
Paralympic 2.4 Metre Bronze Medallist in Sydney, Brown entered today's
final race tied with France's Damien Seguin for the fleet lead. But after
battling Sequin bow-to-bow to the second mark, Brown dropped to 10th place
-- where he would eventually finish the race. Sequin went on to finish
third and claim the gold while Thierry Schmitter of The Netherlands earned
the bronze. -

The 11th running of the Baja Ha-Ha seems to be doing something right, as a
significant increase in entrants are aimed to begin the annual 750-mile
Cruisers' Rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas on October 25th. Said Baja
Ha-Ha president Lauren Spindler, "The 160+ entries represent a 20% increase
in entries over last year, which was the biggest ever. We have no
explanation for the dramatic increase - except, perhaps, that it's an
election year."

Believed to be the second largest distance cruising rally in the world
after the Atlantic Rally For Cruisers, the boats will make two stops on
their way to the tip of the Baha California peninsula: one in Turtle Bay,
about halfway to Cabo, and the other in Bahia Santa Maria, just 180 miles
from Cabo. Turtle Bay is a small, dusty - but charming - little fishing
village. The Ha-Ha and the people of Turtle Bay have been good friends for
years, and they always help put on a great beach party. The Ha-Ha always
arrives around Halloween, much to the delight of the kids, who have a thing
for candy. The next stop, Bahia Santa Maria, is uninhabited except for a
few fishermen in the mangroves. Its rugged natural beauty is spectacular,
however, and a few boats always drop out to spend a few extra days there.

For the last 10 years, almost all the legs of the Ha-Ha have featured very
light to moderate winds, and nothing more than moderate seas. Only once in
30 legs has it been upwind. However, all participants must realize that
they may be exposed to the full force of the Pacific Ocean. As the
participant waivers state over and over again, the Ha-Ha is a high risk
activity that involves the possibility of injury and death. To date, there
has been one death caused by a massive heart attack, and only a few minor
injuries - such as falling off a bar stool in Cabo. -

Toronto, Canada - The only race Thursday in the Bell Mumm 30 World
Championship almost didn't happen, and Philippe Kahn almost wished it
hadn't. But there it was: his own son fouled him, he protested and the
standings went inside out going into the fourth and final day Friday. The
new leader, replacing 15-year-old Samuel (Shark) Kahn, is Fred Sherratt, a
local sailor representing the host Royal Canadian Yacht Club, who finished

The younger Kahn, who led by six points after the first two days, flamed
out after the incident at the first windward mark when he and his father,
sailing Pegasus 20 and Pegasus 591, were fighting for the lead. After doing
a "720" he rejoined the parade in seventh, briefly appeared to be making a
comeback but went all the wrong ways as the wind died on the last downwind
drift and straggled in 18th, beating only two boats. Principal race officer
Mike Milner hoped to sail four races Friday to complete the 11-race
schedule. The event rules say none can start after 5 o'clock, so Milner
moved the day's starting time up an hour to 10:30 a.m.

Ironically, Thursday's race didn't start until 5:34 p.m. after four general
recalls following a day of card-playing and lawn bowling before Milner, two
miles out on Lake Ontario, decided there was finally enough wind to
race-not more than 6 or 7 knots but just enough to race twice around a
one-mile windward-leeward course. - Rich Roberts

Standings (after 7 of 11 races):
1. Steadfast, Fred Sheratt, Toronto, 36 points.
2. Tramp, Tom Ritter, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 44.
3. Pegasus 20, Samuel Kahn, Honolulu, 45.
4. Pegasus 591, Philippe Kahn, Honolulu, 47.
5. Foreign Affair, Richard Perini, Sydney, Australia, 49.

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if you happen to miss one of the programs now there's a broadband Web site
broadcasting current and past programs, 24 hours a day. A schedule is
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Swedish Match Tour programs are broadcast to 324 million households in 190
countries around the world. Tour programs are broadcast on OLN (U.S.,
Canada and Mexico), Viasat (Sweden and Denmark), Sky Sports (Australia,
England and New Zealand), and Canal+ (France), among others.. In a recent
two-month span more than 700 people in 41 countries spent more than 60
hours viewing the programs.

* After two days of match racing at the International C Class Catamaran
Championship, Cogito leads Patient Lady 2-0 in the Grand Finals, and in the
Petit Finals, Australia leads Invictus 2-0. Unless things change radically
or there is a major breakage, it looks like the series will wrap up in
three days. -

* Judd Smith has won the 53-boat Etchells North American Championship at
the Richmond YC. Great Brittan's Ante Razmiloviz tied Smith at 35 points in
the seven-race, one discard series, but Smith's pair of bullets decides the
tie-breaker. Former Etchells World Champion Vince Brun took third place,
just two points back, with Craig Healy and Nils Razmiloviz (GBR) rounding
out the top five. -

* The Sausalito Challenge has added Ashley Tobin to the team in the
position of general counsel and rules director. Tobin was with BMW-Oracle
Racing for the 2003 campaign and assisted in their transition to the 2007
campaign. John Sweeney of Sausalito Challenge has said that a sponsor
announcement is imminent, but he won't give us a clue as to who the real
sponsor is. - Alan Hugenot, The Log,

* Ex editor of BBC Grandstand and Sportsnight, Harold Anderson, has joined
the Volvo Ocean Race to head up the television team responsible for
producing and delivering the official Volvo Ocean Race weekly highlights
and seven one hour documentaries. Anderson's background is wide and varied.
Recently, Anderson was director of sport and Olympics at Channel 7 in
Australia, where he was responsible for producing the coverage of the
Sydney Olympics for the Australian audience. In his role as executive
editor he will be responsible for delivering a true reflection of the event
in an authoritative and entertaining style. -

* The strength of the wind in Marseilles is stronger than forecast and the
maxicatamaran Orange II, which is on stand-by in the Old Harbour for an
attempt at the Mediterranean crossing record, will not be able to set sail
until early Thursday morning. Skipper Bruno Peyron said, "The strong
mistral wind and the heavy swell mean that it would be dangerous to try to
leave from the Old Harbour this evening." The record to beat: Steve Fossett
(PlayStation) 18 hours, 46 minutes and 48 seconds (24 May 2002). -

* Transpac 52 Executive Director Tom Pollack reports that more than 300
entries were received for the Association's contest to pick a class logo.
The entries have now been narrowed down to 10 which will be sent to the
owners next week for their review and selection. The TP52 Association hopes
to have a logo within a month.

* The Luna Rosa America's Cup syndicate will announce their sponsors at a
press conference on Saturday, but according to a story posted on the
Mariantic website, those sponsors will be Italia Telecom with their TIM,
Alice (ADSL) and Progetto Italia brands. Prada is, of course, still on
board, and the famous red logos on the bows are expected to stay. -

* Kevin Farrar, sailmaker from New London CT has won the World Championship
of the International One Design sailboat class. With a day of racing still
to go, Farrar mathematically clinches first place by winning 3 of the 6
races held this week. The competition for the next five places is wide open
among Penny Simmons of Bermuda, Long Island sailor John McNamara, Martin
Rygh of Norway, nine-time champion Bill Widnall from Marblehead MA, Richard
Pearce from San Francisco, and defending champion Charlie Van Voorhis of
Mattapoisset MA and Fishers Island. -

* Hyannis MA - With the prospects for diminishing winds, the PRO Tom Duggan
called for an early start time in an effort to make up a race lost earlier
in the week. Eduardo Cordero earned the title of 2004 Sunfish World
Champion with finishes of 1-6-1 in the three races on Thursday. Even though
he had tough final day, Jeff Linton held on to capture second place for the
series with Paul-Jon Patin finishing strong on the final day to secure
third place. -

* The Governing Board of the International 210 Association is looking for a
builder to bid on building 5-10 boats. The 210 is a Ray Hunt design, thirty
feet in length, one design. Builders should contact Jim Robinson, 38
Fearing Road, Hingham MA 02043 781-749-3259 The website

* Today sees the official opening of the Global Challenge 2004/05 Race
Village at Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. On Sunday 3rd October, 12 identical
72ft yachts will race in some of the most extreme conditions, the wrong way
round the world. With each yacht comprised of 17 crew from all walks of
life, and one skipper - the only professional sailor on board - the fleet
will endure ten months of hard and fast racing, encountering six ports

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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 Chris Pratt (edited to our 250-word limit): Australian yachting is
about to take political correctness and duties of care to a new height of
madness by mandating the wearing of Personal Flotation Devices on keel
boats in day sailing races everywhere. Whether your sailing in a gentle
breeze across Lake Burley Griffin or on Port Phillip Bay in a northerly
buster or a beautiful sea breeze in a light chop on Moreton Bay we'll all
have PFD's on. What is also good is that the regulators forgot to ask the
sailors what they thought. I really wonder if our sailing regulators really
understand that the fundamental basis of our yachting rules is the onus on
the helmsman and their crews for the safety of themselves and their yacht.

We all see sense in saying to dinghy sailors, get a PFD on. They tend to
capsize or fall out of boats in all weathers. Why don't our regulators deal
with something really important like thermal protection, which will kill
you faster than not having a PFD on! What about skin cancer. What would the
yachting worlds say to a Rule that says if you don't wear a hat, long
sleeve shirt and sunscreen then you should be disqualified. After all with
skin cancer you might die or worse be a burden to the health system. More
sailors are dying of skin cancer than from not wearing a PFD on an Etchell,
J24, Dragon or Yngling in a club race just off the shore or in the harbour.

* From Michael Craddock: I hope in the future that we can refer to yacht
racing athletes as something other than "rock stars". This term connotes to
many a legacy of astronomic bar tabs, trashed hotel rooms and colorful
criminal records.

* From John Quigley (edited to our 250-word limit): The content of the
emails from your contributors confirms there is an element within the wider
sport who just do not get it. Amateur Yacht or Dinghy racing can be
reserved for local consumption and privately funded, but like all other
sports when you get to the Professional level racing is expensive and
requires commitment of time, funding, individual careers and intellectual
exercise in R&D. Sailing has been knocking at the door of TV Consumer Land
for many years and mostly only getting limited and off-peak airtime. The
presentation format has not altered in essence and with it the public
appeal has remained limited.

How to communicate a sport to a public audience who have never been and
never will be participants in the sport? Look at F1. Football, Rugby, Golf,
Tennis, Snooker have all achieved staggering coverage success and the tools
they use continue to be developed. To make major financial commitment to
international professional sport corporate investors need to guarantee
meaningful ROI. TV is a prime key to achieving this. Done intelligently and
imaginatively the sport does not need to prostitute itself. Schumacher is
still driving around in circles like he always did - we just see it

Welcome innovative outsiders to the table and let them show us how our
Corinthian and exciting sport can be presented to reach millions of
non-sailing TV sports consumers. Achieve that and the corporate sponsors
will become stakeholders in the sport and contribute toward growth and its

* From Fred Bieberbach (Re: One-design is not the "end-all answer" #1672 &
#1674): Not that one-design Rhodes 19, Fleet 35 needs to defend itself over
costs… there was some interesting (but short) banter in "Scuttlebutt" about
"the assertion that one-design racing is the end-all answer to the debates
over ratings and is the purest, best racing around" In support of Chris
Eriksen's rebuttal: You can be competitive and have fun racing one-design
but choose your weapon. Most of Rhodes 19 Class boats certainly meet or
exceed the "quarter-century ago" criteria. Fleet 35 spends less than the
"small businessman"… probably spends less than a small vagrant.

Stuart Lochner's comments that "hot" one-designs "tend to be way
over-priced" and "there is no way to justify their typically obscene price
tag'? If you want to be "hot"… expect to pay a "hot" price for a boat. If
you want to be just "cool"… find a one-design fleet that meets your budget
and sail one-designs competitively. Now…In defense of Stuart Lochner's (2)
comments: The recent purchase of a "quarter-century ago" Rhodes 19 for
$800… "tended (sic) to be way over-priced" Another recent purchase of a
Rhodes 19 for $300… was "obscene". I expect both of them to be extremely
competitive next season, racing in a small fleet (about 25 boats) on
Narragansett Bay. To answer Stuart Lochner's final question: "But how do
the folks who bought Farr 40's about 6 years ago feel?" Answer: They should
feel the same as I do ... old.

* From Craig Nann (In response to Dave Wilhite ):There are several
organizations that work very hard to do exactly what you're describing
without the pomp and circumstance of the yacht club bar. Look at Sail
Newport, the Martin County Sailing Center and similar "community sailing
centers". People pay a lot of money to be a member of a private yacht club
and expect and deserve the amenities that those clubs provide. The
community based sailing programs do everything they can to open doors to
the "lay" person who really wants to learn to sail and enjoy the sport.
Hats off to those outfits that bend over backwards to provide the public a
way to get on the water without it costing a fortune.

* From Antony Barran: I just wanted to take a moment to thank the St.
Francis Yacht Club for both making the bold decision of running IRC classes
and for making this years Big Boat Series one of the singularly best
regattas I 've ever had the pleasure of participating. With IRC the
attendance was up and we had a fun, large class of 16 in IRC B. But the
best part of it all, was that the overwhelming majority of the discussion,
at the dock, was focused on the awesome sailing and conditions, not the

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure." - Jack E.