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SCUTTLEBUTT 1694 - October 21, 2004

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Most of us can come up with broad outlines of what defines "doing the right
thing" or, in other words, good sportsmanship. I think most of us don't
want to win at any cost. We wouldn't cheat even if we knew we wouldn't get
caught. We don't want to win just because our competitor broke down or was
OCS. We would rather win the race fair and square with our competitors
sailing at their best. We want the respect of our competitors. I think
being a good sport means doing your utmost to win under the rules and not
hurting anyone else's chances to sail their personal best. This doesn't
mean you won't tack on anyone; it just means that you will treat them on
and off the racecourse in the same way you'd expect to be treated.

The Racing Rules of Sailing acknowledge the importance of sportsmanship
right up front in Rule 2: Fair Sailing by saying that we "shall compete in
compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play."
Under Section C, Gross Misconduct, the penalties for committing "a gross
breach of a rule or of good manners or sportsmanship" are very serious.

Paul Elvström made the ethics of sailboat racing sound so black and white
when he said "You haven't won the race if, in winning the race, you've lost
the respect of your competitors." And I've met and had the chance to sail
with numerous people whose moral compasses never waver from doing the right
thing, people like Dave Perry, Pease Glaser, and Dave Ullman to name a few.
But for the rest of us, sportsmanship gets murky, and it's hard to know
what the right thing to do is, especially in the heat of the moment. -
Excerpts from an insightful story by one of our favorite people, JJ Isler,
posted on the Sailing World magazine website, full story:

While the likes of Mike Golding, Roland Jourdain and Jean le Cam might be
top favourites list for winning this year's Vendee Globe singlehanded
non-stop around the world race, we estimate that there are around ten boats
in total in with a chance of a podium position. Among this group is the
promising form of Gosport's finest, Alex Thomson. Since the moment Hugo
Boss came on board, Thomson's boat has been undergoing a massive refit at
JMV Industries in Cherbourg managed by former Vendee competitor and
Thomson's solo sailing mentor, Josh Hall. Hugo Boss, is Roland Jourdain's
old Sill, a Marc Lombard design complete with canting keel and rotating
wingmast with deck spreaders, that finished third in the last Vendee and
subsequently won a majority of events in Jourdain's hands in the
intervening years.

Until the new generation of boats were launched last year, Sill was
considered the fastest in the Open 60 fleet. "The main thing was to not to
change too much but to replace absolutely everything with new stuff,"
describes Thomson cryptically of the refit. "We've chucked everything off
it and just used the structure. The million dollar question is - following
the refit will Hugo Boss be competitive against the new boats? "Upwind I
would be very surprised if she isn't," says Thomson in his precise, but
matter-of-fact sounding way. "Sill and Bonduelle carry the same rig as me,
with very similar rig tension and I'll have slightly bigger boards than
them. My upwind performance should be on a par as soon as I'm powered up.
And off the wind nobody can fault the boat for speed. - Excerpts from a
major story The Daily Sail website, full story:

Hamilton Bermuda - The first day of the Championship Round at the King
Edward VII Gold Cup, the third stage of the Swedish Match Tour 2004-'05, is
one of the hardest days of match-racing at any regatta in the world. Eight
seeded skippers, who begin racing with minimal practice, are paired against
eight qualifiers, who have had up to three days of practice in the tricky
International One-Design sloops. The lack of practice for the seeds, among
the best sailors in the world, sets the stage for upsets, and today was no
exception. Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands, winner of the Cicada
International Women's Match Racing Championship last weekend, pulled off an
inconceivable upset with a 3-1 defeat American Dennis Conner, the No. 8
seed and the four-time America's Cup winner.

Anthony Kotoun of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who advanced to the championship
round with a 5-2 record, almost pulled off an equally stunning upset
against reigning Swedish Match Tour champion and event defending champion
Peter Gilmour of Australia. Kotoun stretched to a 2-0 lead before
succumbing to Gilmour, the No. 3 seed, 3-2. Another qualifier, Scott
Dickson of Long Beach, Calif., defeated Björn Hansen of Sweden.

Today's tricky wind conditions were the key factor in giving the qualifiers
a chance for victory, if not the upset. The breeze blew generally from the
southwest, but oscillated through a huge arc. When asked if it was a
50-degree range, Charlie McKee, tactician for James Spithill, said, "At
least!" The wind was also light, in the 4- to 7-knot range. - Sean McNeill

Round 1 Results (Wednesday, Oct. 20)
Ed Baird (USA) d. Chris Larson (USA), 3-0
Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) d. Dennis Conner (USA), 3-1
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) d. Brian Angel (USA), 3-0
James Spithill (AUS) d. Cameron Appleton (NZL), 3-0
Peter Gilmour (AUS) d. Anthony Kotoun (USA), 3-2
Scott Dickson (NZL) d Björn Hansen (SWE), 3-1
Russell Coutts (NZL) d. Jenny Axhede (SWE) 3-0
Mathieu Richard (FRA) d. Cameron Dunn (NZL), 3-0 /

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Light air Wednesday on Lake Pontchartrain yielded only three flights in the
quest for the 2004 International Catamaran Challenge Trophy. After a three
hour postponement, a light northerly breeze finally filled to determine the
winner of the Defender Series. New Orleans-based skipper John Lovell and
crew Charlie Ogletree bested Bob Hodges and crew W.F. Oliver in one match
to win the right to defend the title they earned last year in Newport, RI.
In the Challenger Series.

Meanwhile, the Challenger Series remains undecided, as Mitch Booth with
Herbert Dercksen from The Netherlands and Enrique Figueroa with Jorge
Hernandez from Puerto Rico stand tied on three wins apiece in the
first-to-four points series. While the Defenders can relax on their lay day
tomorrow and prepare for their next scheduled racing on Friday, competition
will resume tomorrow morning to determine who will meet Lovell and Ogletree
in the Trophy Series. -Media Pro Int'l,

Sailed in Sonar class keelboats with crews of four, next week's Rolex
Osprey Cup, an ISAF grade 1 women's match racing regatta will take place on
Tampa Bay within viewing range of the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier. Hosted
by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the event has attracted a mix of
Olympians, Volvo Ocean Race veterans and Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year.
Confirmed skippers for the October 28-31 event are:

- Liz Baylis, San Francisco, Calif., (ISAF rank: #12)
- Christine Briand, La Rochelle, France, (#14)
- Giulia Conti, Lake Garda, Italy (#24)
- Sandy Hayes, Scituate, Mass. (#18)
- Elizabeth Kratzig, Houston, Texas/Miami, Fla. (#15)
- Claire Leroy, St. Quentin, France (#3)
- Christelle Philippe Saint, Nazaire, France (#4)
- Lisa Ross, Toronto, Canada (Not Ranked)
- Rachael Silverstein, St. Petersburg, Fla. (#44)
- Klaartje Zuiderbaan, Netherlands (#25)

Event website:

Samsung has powered back into first place Wednesday afternoon and pulled
ahead by 6nm, which may not sound like a lot, but after this morning's
remarkable dead heat, the leader will welcome any clear water. After
sailing so close to Samsung this morning, Barclays Adventurer has made a
move west and lost their 2nd place spot to SAIC La Jolla. At present the
fleet stretches approximately 175nm from east to west as they line up for
their approach to the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone, also known as
the doldrums) but are still coming together. Sudden storms and squalls can
hit one team as another fights just to keep the yacht moving, so there will
still be opportunities for potentially heavy gains and losses despite their
proximity to one another.

Interestingly, Global Challenge 2004/5 still has a few crew spots open on
three legs. Due to the fact that they need to fill these spaces at very
short notice, they are dealing on the price. Prices will be quoted on a
case by case basis, dependant on previous sailing experience etc. The legs
with limited availability:
- Leg 2 Buenos Aires to Wellington (28th November 2004 - approx 6th
January 2005) for those who want to round Cape Horn, as well as spend
Christmas and New Years at sea.
- Leg 4: Sydney to Cape Town (27th February 2005 - approx 6th April 2005)
- Leg 5: Cross the Atlantic from Cape Town to Boston (1st May 2005 -
approx 6th June 2005)

Event website:

* The announcement of a new Cruising Division for the 60th Anniversary
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is ideal for a group of Western Australian sailors
who are serious about enjoying their cruising but also want to experience
the challenge of the blue water classic for the first time. Currently,
Cruising Division boats are allowed to carry a minimum of four crew, rather
than six as required by the racing boats, and have the option to seek
dispensation if not carrying an HF radio. An information sheet addressing
those issues will be issued shortly and made available via the race website

*Alfa Romeo, the 90 Australian-built and crewed super maxi yacht that has
dominated maxi racing for two years since winning the 2002 Rolex Sydney to
Hobart, has taken its 72nd line honours win with victory in the first race
the Rolex Middle of the Sea Regatta, the final major event in the northern
summer season. The race is the first of two warm-ups prior to Saturday's
Rolex Middle Sea Race proper, a 670 mile race around the Italian island of

* B&G, a Simrad company, has acquired the rights to Sailmath technology and
products. This state-of-the art technology line features the Wave
Technology Processor (WTP) and Deckman for Windows (DfW) tactical software.
The Sailmath WTP offers data rates up to 10 times faster than other
instrument processors. Its core design function is to increase accuracy of
information in even the most sophisticated systems. As such, WTP can
generally be found integrated with B&G systems on the majority of Americas
Cup yachts, Volvo Round The World boats and winning Grand Prix race boats.

* An attempt is being made to develop a sport boat racing circuit in
Southern California in 2005 comprised of Melges, Cheetahs, Martin 243,
Magic 25, Vipers, Antrim/Ultimates, ex-Ultimate 30s, and similar boats. For
more information:

Canadian and U.S. rescue forces co-operated 360 kilometres off Canada's
west coast Tuesday to pluck two sailors from their boat as it foundered in
rough seas. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was able to hoist the two sailors
to safety. "There was no indication why they activated their emergency
equipment in the first place. Probably because the weather was pretty
crappy . . . and they were concerned the boat was going to sink. At no time
did they say they were taking on water other than they'd had some hull
damage," Canadian Coast Guard officer Matt Thirkell said. "I guess their
engine had failed." The two men had set sail to Victoria from Hawaii when
their 17-metre boat became overwhelmed by gusty winds and high waves. Yahoo
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* From Chris Boome: I ran across this interesting federal tax law change
that was just signed into law this week ... if someone is thinking about
donating a boat, better to do it in 2004! Under current law, donors
generally can deduct fair market value for donating items such as cars,
boats and planes. But under the new legislation, if the donated item is
sold by the charity, the donor's deduction generally will be limited to the
gross proceeds from that sale. Taxpayers also will have to get a
"contemporaneous" written acknowledgment from the charity. The new
provision, effective for donations made after the end of the year, applies
when the claimed value exceeds $500. -

* From John Glynn: Here's an idealistic idea for those of us wanting to
watch sailing on TV (and the sponsors who bemoan the lack of coverage).
Rather than pour $100 million into the boat/team end of an America's Cup
campaign, put $50 million into the boat/team, and earmark the other $50
million for TV ad spot buying (call it the "sponsor satisfaction" part of
the budget). Then watch the networks line up to cover sailing. But the
people controlling the cup these days have the ball, and they want to play
with it. It's all about the purity of the racing. And we as sailors are
always tempted by new sails, new masts, a second hull, more carbon fiber,
you name it. Would you as a sponsor be willing to let a billionaire go play
with your money for limited return?

* From Bob Hofmann (re Mark Michaelsen comment in 'Butt 1693 comparing the
AC to F1): I don't know how many sailors are interested in auto racing, but
since Mark brought it up, his point about costs is well taken, however
there are only 10 teams in F1 not 36, and they field two cars per team plus
one backup car for each race. (If both cars happened to not be running at
the start, the team would have to decide which driver gets the spare car)

I don't remember the exact figures, but it costs in the multi-millions just
for each race and there are 18 races per year. Add in the salaries of the
teams which may go as high as 250 people with the top drivers in the 8
figure range annually, shop facilities, R&D, wind tunnel work, etc. and you
truly do have a high cost sport. It will be interesting to see how the
teams with tobacco advertising will fare when it is banned for all races
and not just in some countries as it is now.

Unfortunately for the sport, Ford is pulling their F1 Jaguar team out and
the other teams using Ford Cosworth engines are now trying to figure out
how to continue when Ford stops production. Maybe the cost is finally
getting to F1 and we may see some radical changes in the administration of
the sport to keep it alive. Perhaps the AC community should take note.

* From Bruce Thompson: I think Mark Michaelsen has it wrong about Formula
1. He seems to have missed Ford's announcement that it is dropping its
Jaguar brand F1 operation. (
When Ford can't afford it, who can? And the fans are getting bored with
Ferrari always winning. There certainly are other ways for a nation to
demonstrate its "total resources". How about developing a generation of
literate, healthy & happy children (i.e. Junior Fleet)?

* From Don Becker (Re: Charlie McLaughlin ('Butt 1692) desire for a regatta
"about the sailors" - edited to our 250-word limit): There is such a
regatta. It has been sailed for for 109 years and is said to be the second
oldest trophy in sports after the America's Cup. It is the Seawanhaka
International Cup and it was just held at it's original home the Seawanhaka
Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York. The deed and conditions of
this match race event require that the entry be a yacht club entry with
skipper and crew all members and either nationals of their representative
country of residents for at least two years. The winner of the trophy must
accept a challenge within three years, and the challenge must be open to
all nations. There is a list of boats that may be used so as to discourage
a defense in a boat that is not widely available. These include, Dragon,
Etchells, IOD, and Sonar among others. The entries must be at least 50%
from countries other than that of the holder of the trophy.

In the recently completed regatta at Seawanhaka there were five challenges
to Seawhanaka Y.C.. Southern Y.C. and Larchmont Y.C. from the US. The Royal
Thames Y.C. from England, the Royal St. Lawrence Y.C. and the Royal Nova
Scotia Y.S. from Canada. The event was sailed in Sonars over three days.
The next Seawanhaka International Cup will be held at Southern Y.C. within
three years.

* From Iain Smith: Positive vibes and good thoughts are required for
Anthony Rice, Kookaburra Crew 1987. Anthony has just been diagnosed with a
relapse of Hodgkinsons Lymphoma which he had beaten in 1991 and held at bay
until just recently. Ricey was a grinder on board Kookaburra III in the 87
Americas Cup and was classed as the strongest of all grinders at that
Regatta, which must still rate as the most difficult and physical America's
Cup series ever. Ricey is a huge man and if anyone can beat it he can. At
the America Cup regatta in Cowes a few years ago Anthony again won the best
grinder comp on the Lewmar machine with an awesome performance. To all
members of the grinders and fore deck union, all that know him and have
raced against him please spare a thought. If you get a moment drop him a
line sometime.

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