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SCUTTLEBUTT 1711 - November 15, 2004

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Göran Peterrson from Sweden has been was elected President of the
International Sailing Federation after a run-off election with Sadi Clays
from Belgium. (The ISAF voting process requires that a candidate must have
received 50% of the ballots in order to be declared elected.) Additionally,
seven ISAF Vice-Presidents were elected: George Andreadis, (GRE), Fiona
Barron (GBR); David Irish (USA), David Kellett (AUS), Teresa Lara (VEN),
Teo Ping Low (SIN) and Nucci Novi Ceppellini (ITA).

On Friday, November 12, the world of sailing honored retiring ISAF
President Paul Henderson at an evening reception in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Attended by 300 representatives from the world of sailing and the world of
sport, the outstanding contribution Paul has given to sailing was
recognized. ISAF President of Honour, HM King Constantine read a statement
from IOC President, Dr Jacques Rogge that said in part, "Paul is leaving to
his successor a great legacy, a modern, well run, very respected
Federation." During the evening representatives from the different
constituent groups of ISAF paid tribute to Henderson. This group included
US Sailing President Janet Baxter on behalf of ISAF Member National
Authorities and Paul Cayard on behalf of Sailors. Nucci NOVI Ceppellini
spoke on behalf of the ISAF Executive Committee and presented Henderson
with a Rolex timepiece to celebrate his 70th Birthday on November 17.-

The ISAF Council has voted on the equipment to be used in the 2008 Olympic
Sailing Regatta in Qingdao. Eight classes were agreed on immediately and
shall remain as follows for the 2008 Olympic Games:
1. Multihull Open: Tornado
2. Keelboat Women: Yngling
3. Keelboat Men: Star
4. Double-handed Dinghy Open: 49er
5. Double-handed Dinghy Women: 470
6. Double-handed Dinghy Men: 470
7. Single-handed Dinghy Open: Finn
8. Single-handed Dinghy Men: Laser

Discussion then moved towards the windsurfing event, for which two options
were brought to the table: The Mistral One-design and the Neil Pryde RS:X.
The Neil Pryde RS:X was the recommended board by the ISAF Windsurfing
Equipment evaluation panel and was also recommended by the Events, Women's
Sailing and Executive Committees earlier in the week. The Council voted
26:12 in favor of the Neil Pryde RS:X board.

The tougher decision was choosing the woman's single-handed dinghy.
Initially discussion was all about the ostensible facts that the ideal
weight range for the laser radial was heavier than that required for the
Europe. It was highlighted that if the aim of the Federation was to
increase the participation of emerging nations in the Olympic Games the
availability of the Laser Radial in these nations was a huge boost to
achieving that goal.

Cory Sertl (USA), in supporting the Laser Radial represented the point of
view of the Women's Sailing Committee and noted that coming from an
established nation, she acknowledges that sailors at the top level
automatically gravitate towards whatever is selected, and that "ISAF is
making this decision for the sailors around the world who haven't had the
opportunity to participate in the Olympics. We are doing this for the best
of the sport." The voting - narrowed to rule out three other potential
candidates and focus solely on the Europe Dinghy and the Laser Radial -
went 24-12 in favor of the Laser Radial, with two abstentions. -

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On November 12 - exactly one year from the start of the next Volvo Ocean
Race - ING Real Estate announced their support of the all Australian
Premier Challenge entry for the race. This support will enable Premier
Challenge to confidently build their new Volvo Open 70. Headed by Grant
Wharington, the syndicate has an abundance of yachting experience as well
as undisputed success in the business and campaign management arena. On the
water, Wharington is flanked by world-renowned sailor Ian "Barney" Walker,
an experienced tactician and Volvo Ocean Race veteran. Barney has already
circumnavigated the world twice and is considered to be one of the most
talented offshore competitors in the world. The race-boat has been designed
by Don Jones, designer of the innovative and successful super-maxi yacht
"Skandia", Wharington's current racing yacht which he is currently using
for crew trials and training for Premier Challenge. -

We must point out Jean Le Cam's masterstroke aboard Bonduelle. He was
willing to give up a few miles to get back on track in front of his rivals.
He had to move over to the west to get in the right position to enter the
Doldrums, and this he has now achieved. He can now keep his nearest
competitors in check, just like during his finest hours in the Figaro.
These past 48 hours will remain one of the great moments of the Vendée
Globe 2004, from a tactical point of view. Also, a word on Hervé Laurent's
fine performance aboard UUDS. Apart from the fact that he managed to repair
his damaged bow stay, he managed to cover 308 miles in the 24 hours leading
up to the 7 p.m. check-in at an average speed of 12.8 knots, which was the
best performance of the entire fleet. An all the more astounding
performance considering that Hervé's boat is not the most recent in the
fleet, as it's the boat Christophe Auguin won in back in 96/97.

The good news for the skippers is that for the moment the Doldrums are not
very active. According to Richard Silvani at the French Met Office, Météo
France, "When the Doldrums are not very active, it also means that the
trades on either side are weak with winds blowing at only 10-15 knots. The
skippers should manage to keep up an average speed of 10-12 knots to reach
the convergence zone, before slowing a little, but not a lot, and then
making off on the other side at the same speed in the trades, which will be
south-easterly instead of north-easterly." -

Standings at 0400 GMT November 15:
1. Bonduelle, Jean Le Cam,
2. PRB, Vincent Riou 27.4 (distance to leader)
3. VMI, Sébastien Josse, 59.1 dtl
4. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson, 68.6 dtl
5. Sill, Véolia, Roland Jourdain, 88.1 dtl
6. Skandia, Nick Moloney, 147.3 dtl
15. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 319.0 dtl

"I got the 1.5 oz spinnaker out of the hatch and hoisted that, only to get
the sail wrapped around the forestay. I started to get it unwrapped by
climbing up the forestay but it was so badly tangled and I began to cut it
away, but then this kite also dropped in the drink and I ran over it with
the keel 3 times as well. After spending what seemed like hours manoeuvring
the boat to get rid of the sail, I finally watched my best kite drift off."
- Conrad Humphreys, Hellomoto

"My Stategy?? See where Jean is pointing and try and match it! [chuckle]" -
Nick Moloney, Skandia

In response to the recent resurgence of interest in this classic and 'much
loved' IOR class, the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club is to revive the Quarter
Ton Cup. Already several of the best known Quarter Tonners, including "Odd
Job", "Purple Haze", "Diamond", "Murphy's Law" and a number of Farr 727s,
have confirmed their intention to race. The organisers are now actively
seeking other Quarter Tonners and are particularly keen to locate past
Quarter Ton Cup winners and boats such as "Extension", "Catch",
"Needlework" and "Enigma".

The 2005 Quarter Ton Cup will be run by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
Cowes from 15 ­ 18 June and it is hoped that the regatta will culminate in
the Island Sailing Club's Round the Island Race as the "offshore race" on
Saturday 18 June. The spirit of the event will be very much about racing
the Quarter Tonners in their original format so modern carbon rigs and
other more recent and costly modifications will not be allowed. Fun
competitive racing, great partying, renewing old friendships and making new
ones will be the key elements of the regatta. -

Some reasons why the Snipe is a top international class: 1- The Snipe is
found around the World in more than 26 countries; 2- It has builders around
the world and is fairly priced; 3- The Snipe lasts a long time (15+ years).
A new Snipe easily competes at the top level for 8 years, or the equivalent
of two full Olympic campaigns; 4- Top sailors around the world sail and
cross train in the class; 5- Most of all, the Snipe class is about Serious
Sailing and Serious Fun for all ability levels. More info at

* After 24 years as US Sailing's Olympic Director, Jonathan Harley has left
to pursue other interests. Gary Bodie and Katie Richardson will now serve
as the prime contacts for US Sailing's Olympic department. Bodie will
continue to work from Hampton, and serve as the High Performance Director.
Richardson will work from the US Sailing office in Portsmouth, and serve as
the Associate Olympic Director.

* With a Mistral blowing across the Saint Maries trench in the Camargue
region of the South of France, so Sunday Irish sailboarder Finian Maynard
broke the 11 year old record for the ultimate speed under sail. Maynard
today managed to average 46.82 knots over the 500m course, beating the
previous record of 46.52 knots set by the Australian C-Class speed sailor
Yellow Pages in October 1993. Maynard's time has yet to be ratified by the
World Sailing Speed Record Council whose observer Michel Rousselet was
present today. - The Daily Sail website,

* The 2004 Snipe North Americans concluded with current world champion,
Augie Diaz, and crew, Lisa Griffith winning the competitive event. Hal
Gilreath and James Liebl finished up in second and Henry Filter and Lorie
Stout were third. 45 crews came from across the U.S., Canada and Brazil to
Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Florida. The final day's racing had to
be abandoned when the wind disappeared and the series was scored on six
races with one-discard series. For Hal Gilreath, this marks eighth time he
has finished either second or third in the North Americans or Nationals. -

* US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are
presented annually to the individuals who demonstrate excellence through
outstanding on-the-water sailing achievement during the current year. A
slate of nominees determined by US Sailing's members is presented to a
panel of sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee, and
then determine the winners by secret ballot. Members can now submit
nominations for the 2004 awards online:

* To help celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Heineken Regatta, the
Sint Maarten Yacht Club and the regatta organizing committee are publishing
a book to chronicle events. While recent years are easy to report, with
many articles and photographs from the world's top writers and snappers;
the first five years from 1981 through to 1985 are, however, more difficult
to document "We are looking for anyone who sailed in the first five years,
who took pictures or who knows someone who did," said Director Mirian
Leffers-Ebbers." To share your memories:

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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 Fred Schroth (edited to our 250-word limit): Increased participation
will come when we sincerely welcome and help newcomers to join us. There's
a rapidly growing fun group of Texas sailors who sail various boats in a
traveling handicap fleet. The sailors call themselves members of "The Fleet
With No Class." Recent regattas have had some of each of the following one
design boats: Snipe, E Scow, Mutineer, Buccaneer, MC Scow, Dolphin Senior,
Laser, Radial, Sunfish, Force Five, JY 15, Vanguard 15, Galillee 15,
Harpoon 5.2, Super Sunfish, Windmill, flying Scot, Thistle and I know there
were others.

The sailors are mostly beginning 20 to 40 year old racers who have recently
been given, found, or have purchased their first sailboat. The fleet
"members" welcome anybody who shows up with any sailboat that might float
long enough to complete a race. The sailors are supportive before, during,
and after the events and they make certain sailors are made welcome and
asked to return for more fun. As a fanatic one design sailor who has a
history of turning up his nose at and chasing off any boat which is not
part of a huge one design fleet, I have been converted. There are hundreds
of thousands of plastic boats sitting unused and in need of a new
enthusiastic owner. One way to make the sailing community grow would be to
figure out how to welcome and involve the person who shows up at our
sailing venue with a ratted out garage sale treasure.

* From Ted Beier: Peter Huston's editorial in Issue 1710 made a lot of
sense. We at our local sailing club would like to find ways to re-energize
our racing, or should I say lack of racing, fleet. What was the format at
the Scuttlebutt Series that he was recommending? And how can a group make
activities around racing more fun, other than throwing better parties
afterward? One fleet at our club has just adopted the better parties, and
skipped the racing altogether. If this starts a thread, it could provide
some valuable information.

Curmudgeon's comment: I believe Huston was referring to the recently
completed Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship at the Bitter End YC
reported in 'Butt 1705:

* From Alexander Meller: In response to Christine Hartmann and in support
of Glenn Selvin (Butt 1710): Sailing make look elitist and expensive from
inside your yacht club dining room, but it does not have to be, and
probably should not be. I belong to a one design racing association (annual
membership about $400), keep one design dinghies of two classes at that
sailing association (total storage about $500) and campaign my boats at the
local, regional, national and international level, probably for less than
it costs to keep and race a day racing keelboat locally in most venues.

Sailing does not actually need expensive yacht clubs with dining rooms and
bars (though these certainly have their place), and sailing does not need
to be about large expensive yachts. It needs more community sailing
associations, inexpensive facilities, easy access to the water, and smaller
less expensive boats.

* From Eli Slater: (RE: Chip Pitcairns comments on the America's Cup): The
America's cup was never intended to be a competition between countries. It
was actually a competition between yacht clubs, and it is still I believe.
Nationalistic pride certainly does comprise part of the viewing pleasure
for sure, and I agree that professional international teams make the event
somewhat less interesting than years past. There has also been debate on
here recently about technology as it relates to the cup and the number of
competitors. Again, the cup has never been a poor mans game, and indeed
there has never, save for a few instances in 1986, 1995 etc. where the
number of boats in the event was high. If one looks at the history of the
cup, they will find that the technology and cost debate has been raging on
since its inception.

* From Donal McClement: I am hugely amused at the comments from Americans
about IRC. If it is' not invented here it's no good 'comes to mind. The
Rule Working Party jointly sponsored by US Sailing was almost scuppered by
the unilateral decision by US Sailing to withdraw from it. What are people
supposed to do? Just sit back and do nothing seems to be the attitude of
many Luddites. For heavens sake, you Americans, give the system a chance
and I can assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised. There is
nothing worse in this life than people who decray or comment on a system
that they have not used or not even seen used elsewhere. 6,000 boat Owners
worldwide are happy with IRC and as the Chairman of the Race Committee at
Cork Week from 1986 to 2000 where we had more than 300 boats form 22' to
88' racing under IRC I can assure the readers that the system works pretty

My request is please don't knock something until you have tried it and all
credit to Barry Carroll and his group for finally taking a lead in this
matter. I am sure that within 12 months everyone in the US of A will be
saying, 'What a good system.' And I am an Irishman not a Pom.

* From Rich du Moulin, Vice Commodore, Strom Trysail Club: Those in the
"founding" group of clubs bringing IRC to America are not seeking the
perfect rule. Our goal is to provide enjoyable competition for the greatest
number of participants in fast, seaworthy boats. IRC meets these goals as
witnessed by the upcoming Sydney-Hobart. All rules can be designed/
optimized to, but with IRC such boats are powerful, fast and stable, not
IMS slab-sided with internal ballast and wooden keels. IRC compliments PHRF
which has had to cope with super-charged yachts electing PHRF over IMS,
hurting entry level racers who often quit. IRC can rate top end boats, even
canting keels and Transpac 52s who also sail in their own classes.

IRC measurement is more complex than PHRF but easier than IMS. We recently
weighed and measured ten boats (Soverel 33, J105 & 109s, Express 37s,
Beneteau 36.7 and 40.7s, Santa Cruz 52) in one day for endorsed
certificates. Unendorsed certificates are even easier. Our first of many
US-IRC Public Seminars is at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY November 20.
Someday there may be a better rule, but we are not going to wait around for
it. With the US going IRC, for the first time since the IOR days our sport
will have one universal rule around the world.

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