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SCUTTLEBUTT 1725 - December 6, 2004

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Three top US yacht clubs announced today their combined effort behind a
mid-level handicap rule initiative for the three most visible and
prestigious distance races in the US. The announcement by Rick Lillie,
Chicago-Mackinac Race Chairman, Commodore Truman Casner of the Cruising
Club of America (CCA) and Commodore Jerry Montgomery of the Transpacific
Yacht Club (TPYC) marks the formation of the Offshore Racing Association
(ORA). Working in collaboration with US Sailing, ORA will focus on the
management and development of Americap II, the VPP and measurement-based
rule currently used by those clubs. US Sailing will retain administrative
functions such as certificate issuance while ORA will undertake promotional
and developmental tasks providing an increased level of manpower not
previously directed toward the rule. In developing the midlevel rule
initiative, the ORA has reached out to include such experienced advisors as
Olin Stephens and Stan Honey. Additionally, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
(RBYC), co-organizers of the Newport-Bermuda Race with CCA are supportive
of the initiative, as are the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race organizers.

The Newport-Bermuda, Transpac Race and Chicago-Mackinac Races have been
using VPP-based rules for some years now with the intent of providing the
fairest method of handicapping available for their racing fleets which
include a wide range of existing boats designed over the past several
decades. For those presently holding Americap II certificates, improvements
will be made but the fundamentals will remain the same. In response to
requests from racers, 2005 certificates will show single number
time-on-time and time-on-distance ratings for each of the standard
course/wind mixes, allowing both simplified scoring and on-the-water
estimates of fleet position. Wind tunnel and towing tank test data, mixed
with analysis of race results, will guide another seven modifications to
the VPP for 2005.

The Chicago-Mackinac and Marion-Bermuda Races will be run once again under
Americap II in 2005. In the meantime, ORA will develop the rule to be even
more inclusive of diverse boat types and enhance its ability to handle
closed course racing. Look for the new name Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) to
replace Americap II on certificates for 2006.

The German America's Cup campaign, 'Fresh Seventeen' plans to have its new
cup yacht built by "Knierim" in Kiel in 2005/2006. The shipyard promises to
deliver state-of-the-art technology thanks to the substantial support of
stake-holder Klaus Murmann. This has been generally agreed between the
Deutsche Challenge 2007 AG (DC 2007 AG) and the traditional yacht-builders
whose premises are located on the south bank of Kiel Canal. Meanwhile DC
2007 AG has not yet decided to give its "go" to the Deutscher Challenger
Yacht Club (DCYC) for the official filing of their entry with the Société
Nautique de Genève (SNG). "We need some more time for the sponsoring
negotiations," said Alexander von Bergwelt, chairman of the DC 2007 AG
advisory board. According to von Bergwelt, the talks so far have been very
promising, and "we have no doubts that we will reach our target."

Fresh Seventeen had gone public in late summer and plans to get to the
start with a budget of 45 million Euro. The 17th December is the official
closing date for entries, but there is a prolongation rule until April 28,
2005. Never before has a German boat taken part in world's longest-standing
sporting competition so far. Not only German sailing circles have high
hopes that this is about to change. The German public broadcasting
companies ARD and ZDF are about to close their contracts for the TV rights
to cover the regatta series. "The America's Cup will be one of the most
important sport events in 2007," points out ARD sports co-ordinator Hagen

"The planning process has taken up full speed," says Willy Kuhweide,
Commodore of the DCYC. The 1964 Olympic gold medallist acts as a consultant
to the leader board in all matters of major concern from the overall public
presentation of the campaign to the building of the team. More than 120
applicants have so far asked to become part of the Fresh Seventeen team,
for the most part sailors, but also sail-makers, boat-builders and deck
hands." In the meantime, the project leaders have met with high-level
potential skippers with Cup experience, who have all confirmed their
interest in the German team, but do not want to be named until the final
start of the project. - Andreas Kling,

December 3, 2004, Doha, Qatar - Quest International Sports Events (QISE)
today confirmed that Tracy Edwards has sold the multihull Maiden II and is
repaying all her agreed outstanding personal debts with the proceeds of
this sale and additional funds she raised from a personal sponsorship deal.
Maiden II has been sold to an undisclosed owner for an undisclosed sum, but
QISE can verify that sponsorship monies received for the Oryx Quest 2005
are not linked to Tracy's debt repayment in any way.

"It goes without saying, that I am absolutely delighted and relieved that I
can now pay back all the wonderful people who have kept us going for the
past two years, especially the crew of Maiden II. I am also glad that the
very few financial disputes are being solved," said QISE CEO Tracy Edwards
MBE. "I would like to thank each of my creditors for their continued
support and patience throughout this difficult period. I can now finally
focus all my efforts on QISE and the successful promotion of the Oryx Quest
2005 that starts in Qatar on 5 th February 2005."

The Oryx Quest 2005 is the first non-stop around-the-globe sailing race
involving the world's largest and fastest multi-hull catamarans. Starting
and finishing in Doha , Qatar the Oryx Quest promises to be the first of
two major international sporting events in the Middle East . Current
entries include the Qatar 2006, Tony Bullimore's Daedalus, Olivier de
Kersauson's Geronimo and a fourth entry, which will be announced shortly. -

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There are already 31 J/105s on the entry list for Key West 2005 presented
by Nautica, and 40 are expected. Also, there are now 42 Melges 24s from
coast to coast and seven countries entered, matching the current number of
PHRF entries. There will be lots more before the deadline. Luna Rossa
helmsman James Spithill, will be there sailing a Melges 24 with Jonathan
McKee. "It is my first time in [a Melges 24]," said McKee, who owns Olympic
bronze and silver medals. This is not official Luna Rossa business, just a
fun event for us. Having said that, we are sailing with mostly Luna Rossa
guys, including [brother] Charlie McKee and Manuel Modena, but also a young
kid from Miami who sails Optimist."

The entry list currently shows boats from two dozen countries and five of
the seven continents. Many of those will figure in the intense competition
among teams for the International Team Trophy. Peter De Ridder's Mean
Machine from Monaco won the Farr 40 class last January as part of the
Europe B team that wrested the title from Italy's multi-year dominance.
Dec. 10 is the deadline for entry applications to avoid late fees. Final
entry applications are due Dec. 27. The regatta is limited to the first 350
entries. - Rich Roberts,

Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) and Vincent Riou (PRB) are running away. Hervé
Laurent (UUDS) has been forced to quit after he lost his port rudder. It's
the starboard rudder that is forcing Conrad Humphreys (Hellomoto) to head
towards the region of Cape Town to change it all by himself. Raphaël
Dinelli (Akena Vérandas) has not managed to solve his babystay problem.

"I can't get over the disappointment. I'm no longer in the race," said
Hervé Laurent after he threw in the towel, "and that's tough to face up
to." This is the first retirement from the 2004 edition of the race, in
which Hervé was one of the favourites. "I'm currently heading for Cape
Town, and the adventure is over. It's a shame for my sponsors. Seeing
everything go up in smoke just because a little part has broken, is quite
frustrating. I'd spent a year on this boat. For the moment I don't know
what I'm going to do once I have found a replacement rudder".

On Saturday, Conrad Humphreys' Hellomoto hit an unidentified floating
object (UFO) whilst going along at 15 knots and the bottom ½ metre of the
starboard rudder was smashed, part of which is the protective crash or
false tip. "I have a full spare rudder which can slot into either side but
it's never been done before and I have to attempt this on my own,"
Humphrey's said. "I have three places I could go to find a calm and
enclosed area of water. I need to remove the old rudder stock first and
then it's a complicated process which my shore manager Joff is working on
to try and sink the spare rudder with the anchor and chain, then drop over
the side to mouse a line through the stock out of the boat and up on deck.
It'll be like doing a Lucky Dip trying to fish the rudder, pull it up
through the bearings. The trouble is that if there is any swell and the
rudder turns whilst I'm doing this it could damage the bearings but I have
to try. I have three options to come in close to Cape Town or Hout Bay on
the Atlantic side, or Simonstown which is on the east side of Cape Point.
If I can change the rudder then I am confident that I can continue in the

Rather less positive news is coming from Raphaël Dinelli's Akena Vérandas,
whose babystay broke. Unfortunately Raphaël's repair job hasn't held out
either. "The repair that I did has broken again. For the moment I don't
have anything to replace it with. Now, the problem is that the mast is not
being kept up properly, and he cannot push the boat for fear of putting too
much strain on the spar. The only solution I can see is to make a rope stay
and I don't have enough rope on board to do that. It doesn't matter about
the rankings. The Vendée Globe is a great adventure and I'll be fighting
all the way. I'm going to have to find a solution". -

Leaders at 0400 GMT December 6:
1. Bonduelle, Jean Le Ca, miles to finish 15,586
2. PRB, Vincent Riou, 49 miles to leader
3. Sill Véolia, Roland Jourdain, 558 mtl
4. VMI, Sébastien Josse, 735 mtl
5. Ecover, Mike Golding, 806 mtl
6. Temenos, Dominique Wavre, 1365 mtl
7. Virbac-Paprec, Jean-Pierre Dick, 1381 mtl
8. Skandia, Nick Moloney, 1434 mtl
9. Pro-Form, Marc Thiercelin, 1499mtl
10. Arcelor Dunkerque, Joé Seeten, 1578 mtl
11. VM Matériaux, Patrice Carpentier, 1812 mtl
12. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 1827 mtl
13. Hellomoto, Conrad Humphreys, 1911 mtl
14. Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson, 2118 mtl
15. Roxy, Anne Liardet, 2132 mtl
16. Max Havelaar/Best Western, Benoît Parnaudeau, 2246 mtl
17. Benefic, Karen Leibovici, 2351 mtl
18. Akena Vérandas, Raphaël Dinelli, 2383 mtl
19. Brother, Norbert Sedlacek, 2518 mtl
Abandoned - UUDS, Hervé Laurent

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On day 8 of Ellen MacArthur's solo, round the world record attempt, B&Q has
sailed over 3000 miles at an average speed of 15.3 knots and built her
margin ahead of Joyon's record to nearly 12 hours. As Ellen approaches the
Doldrums, wind speeds have decreased as forecast this afternoon and boat
speeds have dropped from 20 knot averages overnight and this morning to
around 10 knots. The routing models are predicting B&Q will cross Monday
evening or Tuesday morning and if this is proved correct, Ellen looks on
the pace to set a new solo time to the Equator. She will need to cross
before 16:33:44 GMT on Tuesday (7.12.04) to beat the time set by Joyon of 9
days, 8 hours and 23 minutes. -

* According to a posting on the Mariantic America's Cup website, the
Sausalito Challenge is now saying they will file their official America's
Cup entry after a member's meeting at Sausalito Yacht Club on December 12.

* The 2004 Sir Peter Blake Memorial Torbay Youth Regatta hosted 267
competitors in 12 classes. After light shifty winds on the Saturday, 30 -
40 knot winds on Sunday kept the young sailors ashore. The Sir Peter Blake
Memorial Trophy - awarded for the most outstanding performance at the
regatta was awarded to Jo Aleh (Westlake Girls High School and the
Kohimarama Yacht Club). Recently awarded the youth female sailor of the
year by Yachting New Zealand, Jo was runner up in the girls single handed
event at the 2004 World Youth Yachting Championships. Complete results:

Electra "Exy" Johnson, who with her late husband, Irving, circumnavigated
the globe seven times in 25 years with amateur crews and chronicled their
adventures in books, travelogues and National Geographic articles, has
died. She was 95. Johnson died of natural causes Nov. 19 in Hadley, Mass.,
said her son, Robert. In recent years, the doyenne of sailing helped fund
two brigantine sailing ships named the Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson,
which were launched in 2002 by the nonprofit Los Angeles Maritime
Institute. The tall ships sail out of San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island
and beyond for the TopSail program, established in 1991 to benefit at-risk
youths. - LA Times,

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(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
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bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Alistair Murray: Every time I see examples of political correctness
to an extreme level, it's usually in the U.S.A. and it makes me think you
guys are going mad. In the December/January issue I can't believe that
readers have written in complaining about the use of the term "Chinese
Jibe". Sailing World's response was good with its attempts to explain the
origin of the term, but I can't believe the editors actually apologized!
C'mon, no offence is or was intended to anyone. If you are going to change
the name of this maneuver, please call it the "Australian Jibe", as we have
done plenty of them down here, we take no offence and we can use the publicity.

* From Marc Herrmann: Let me get this straight. Assume my employer decides
to axe me for some reason or another, I go my merry way and seek other
employment without restrictions from my previous employer. An AC Syndicate
employee gets axed and they cannot seek employment with other syndicates or
anything related to AC sanctioned events? Hmmmm ... what's wrong with this
picture? Perhaps the "cup protocol" needs to be reviewed to address this
issue since the AC is getting a bad enough rep as it is (for now). One
question of interest to the uninformed. When the change to the cup protocol
was initiated, was this decision made by committee including syndicate

* From Doug Wardrop: First Russell and now Schnack is out of the loop for
the next Cup? Say it ain't so! It's one thing for Coutts to agree to
disagree as he is the new era golden boy and eventually did what was good
for Russell; but Schnackenberg? He is the bridge to and from the new AC era
and does more to forward sailing because it. AC has always been about egos
& money and it's one thing for Larry to hire Cayard and bench him, but to
summarily make it impossible for Schnack to be involved because he doesn't
fit your management style?

I know this new rule was intended to protect the syndicates from flagrant
bed hopping and driving the talent rates up. But, was it ever the intention
to disqualify someone like Tom, this early in the game, from being involved
at all in what can only be described as "his realm"? Me thinks not. Unless
Schnack was looking to quietly retire and slip out the back door this sucks
all the way to Arabia! BTW - Cayard seems to be conspicuously MIA since the
Olympics - is it time for to start watching for his picture on milk containers?

* From Clay Bartel: I have a long time favorite of my own when it comes to
a children's book. Sailor Dog, a golden books classic is a story that
inspired many children to take to the water to find adventure. It is an
accurate sailor story that inspires children to fantasize about traveling
the water and finding new places, the hard work that it requires to be
successful on the water and the rewards that a sailor feels when he has the
ability to weather the "storm".

* From Jeff A. Jelten: I hardily agree with John Glynn and I commend
Scuttlebutt for giving space to this most important of issues for the
future of the sport. I too am in the process of introducing sail to my
children, and my wife as well, and I have the same anxieties about
succeeding. I have great respect for Glynn's approach and what's more I
believe that is how the worlds greatest sailors have been and continue to
be brought into the sport. It's difficult to compete with the instant
gratification of PS2 and computers at a point in children's lives when
their attention span is at its shortest. I believe that industry could
address this better but are primarily focused on the high end of the
Yachting. They have to start now to culture the yachtsmen and yachtswomen
of the future that they will want to market to. How about some easy to use,
accessible, exciting, fun, new technologies for intro level sailing. Some
products that address and empower the needs of women and children to get
them out on the water having a good time. They are key to the future of the

P.S. Sailing Away! by Donald Crews is another good children's book.

* From Chuck Hall (edited to our 250-word limit): As I read John Glynn's
guest editorial on the lack of youth sailing, I felt as if he and I lived
on different planets. He laments the lack of opportunities for children to
learn to sail and to race sailboats. He notes that most national
publications seem focused on professional sailing. Perhaps that is true,
but for children's sailing he is simply looking in the wrong places.

My family spends 75% of our weekends on the water in some of the greatest
sailing venues in America. We see hundreds of other families thoroughly
enjoying themselves too. After sailing, most families join their friends in
pool and pizza parties or at a 50-person table eating gravy-fries. There
are happy faces everywhere. No, don't look for the kids at a NOOD regatta
or at beer can races on Friday night. Just attend any USODA Opti regatta in
your area. I can hear John now, "But, that is high-pressure racing." For
some that is true. But, that is only a small part of the story. The vast
majority of Opti sailors have no Olympic dreams-they only want to feel the
joy and freedom of sailing their own boats. They love seeing their sailing
friends and meeting new ones. For the majority, Opti racing provides the
same pleasures for kids, that John wants them to enjoy as adults. So, John
don't worry about the future of our sport - just go the USODA web site and
find a regatta close to you.

* From Gary Morgan: Here in Seattle our two free sailing magazines, namely
48 deg. N. and NW Yachting are very supportive of the NW junior programs.
The cover each of the major junior circuit regattas with both a write up,
results and pictures. It was always great for your child to see their name
in print, maybe a picture of themselves sailing and their results. And
parents love it too. Hats off to these two fine maganzines for supporting
the juniors in the NW!

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