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SCUTTLEBUTT 1730 - December 13, 2004

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A quorum of members from the Sausalito Yacht Club voted Sunday, December
12th to adopt the Sausalito Challenge's entry for the 2007 America's Cup.
The vote means that the yacht club will immediately file paperwork for an
official challenge, and that John Sweeney's organization has cleared enough
hurdles to post a bond worth more than $1 million to ensure the Marin
(County) team's spot in the series.

Sweeney is a veteran of two previous Bay Area cup campaigns, sailing for
Dawn Riley's America True in 2000 and Larry Ellison's Oracle in 2003. He is
characteristically tight lipped about fund raising and is not naming his
sponsors yet. He says only that they are in final negotiations and will
re-name the Sausalito Challenge when the sponsors are announced. "BMW
Oracle has said their budget is about 200 million and Alinghi's (the Swiss
2007 cup defender and winner of the 2003 cup) is about the same," Sweeney
said. "Luna Rossa's is about 150 million, and Team New Zealand's is about
70 million."

Sweeney feels that the sailing team and the boat are on track for the Acts
Series, which are races to be held in 2005 and 2006 as a build-up to the
actual 2007 Americas Cup. According to Sweeney, the sailing team has been
assembled and will be announced in January. "they are all USA guys and have
all done America's Cups," says Sweeney, who plans to buy a boat to take to
the Acts in Europe next year before building one starting January 2006.

The Sausalito Yacht Club was founded in 1942 and has more than 500 members.
- Jan Pehrson, Marin Independent Journal,

There has been a very emotional letter circulating on the internet that
purports to be from the Global Challenge entry, Team Stelmar. We did not
carry that letter because we were unable to verify its authenticity.
(Repeated inquiries to the event's PR manager went unanswered?) The letter
in question complained that the race organizers 'penalized' Team Stelmar by
not offering redress for their decision to divert to Chile to offload an
ill crew member. Regardless of the authenticity of the letter, a point
worth making is that the Racing Rules of Sailing are very clear about this
issue - Team Stelmar is not entitled to redress. Just read Rule 62.1(c):

62.1 A request for redress or a protest committee's decision to consider
redress shall be based on a claim or possibility that a boat's score in a
race or series has, through no fault of her own, been made significantly
worse by

(a) an improper action or omission of the race committee, protest committee
or organizing authority;

(b) injury or physical damage because of the action of a boat that was
breaking a rule of Part 2 or of a vessel not racing that was required to
keep clear;

(c) giving help (except to herself or her crew) in compliance with rule 1.1; or

(d) a boat against which a penalty has been imposed under rule 2 or
disciplinary action has been taken under rule 69.1(b).

The letter also suggested that future skippers might use this incident as a
precedent to overrule medical advice and ignore heath and safety issues.
Wow! Can you imagine sailing with anyone who would put a finishing position
ahead of the health and safety of the crew? And just in case there is any
doubt, the first rule of the Racing Rules of Sailing - one of only five
Fundamental Rules - states quiet plainly (Rule 1.1): "A boat or competitor
shall give all possible help to any person or vessel in danger." Simply
stated, when a boat or a person is in danger, the only option is to drop
everything and come to their aid.

Team Stelmar is now trying to distance themselves from the much-traveled
letter -and for good reason. It makes the team leaders look foolish and
uninformed. But if there is even a shred of authenticity to that letter,
the team leaders will not be the only ones who look foolish - the race
organizers, who selected those who lead the paid crew volunteers on their
matched fleet of boats, will also wind up with 'egg on their face.' - The

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Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton's latest mission to Europe could seal a
huge slice of the last NZ$30 million needed to ensure a super-charged
challenge for the America's Cup in 2007. The straight-shooting Dalton, who
has presided over the restructuring of the shattered 2003 team which lost
0-5 to Swiss syndicate Alinghi, said Emirates Team NZ had secured all but
about 20% of the reported NZ$150m budget needed to mount a strong challenge.

Speaking before Team NZ's revamped 95-strong staff was unveiled on Friday,
he said he had never felt so confident about gaining the required
sponsorship. "I've never flown off into what feels like such fertile ground
before. Normally, you pack your bag and take your hopes and dreams and off
you go. But we're moving into ground where people are wanting to talk to
us, as opposed to us camping outside their door and trying to get to them
before they can get in their car," Dalton said.

A lot of the positive interest in Team NZ comes from it winning the
pre-America's Cup overall title in Valencia two months ago, proving to
corporate giants that it can rise from the ashes of 2003 and serve it up to
the billionaire owners of Alinghi and United States contender Oracle.

Dalton hits Dubai this weekend, then travels in Europe to meet what he
calls "major names". They are significant companies in their own right. All
companies that certainly can afford to do it and who have indicated they
want to talk to us," Dalton said. But he knows there are no givens in the
world of sponsorship. "In the end they've got to buy into the dream and
that's the key."

He is satisfied Team NZ is in fine shape. "It is a big shift from where we
were in June. Financially, there wasn't a cent. Every kid's piggy bank that
we could lay our hands on was being robbed at that stage. We had a sigh of
relief that we'd made it to the critical mass, then got involved in the
regattas (in Valencia). The Valencia regatta result doesn't create money
but it sure as heck makes the conversations easier. If a company is now
interested in the America's Cup, we become a serious player or certainly on
their radar. It's not beyond their wildest dreams that we could win." -
Gary Birkett,Sunday Star Times, full story:,2106,3125939a1823,00.html

Ellen MacArthur is suffering serious technical problems on board her
75-foot trimaran B&Q that could threaten her solo round the world record
attempt. Two days ago it became apparent that the main generator - required
to charge the batteries that power all the electronics on board, from the
B&G instruments, satellite communications to the fresh water maker - was
burning up an excessive amount of oil, and at a rate that was unsustainable
for the duration of the record attempt. Ellen therefore then switched to
the smaller generator to conserve the oil stocks she had left, but this
engine does not have the same efficiency and has to run longer to charge
the batteries. This in itself is not a problem but, unfortunately, the heat
caused by the back-up generator has become excessive.

The temperature inside the cabin at one point reached 118 degrees
Fahrenheit, melting some surrounding components and, in addition, it is
omitting 'suffocating' exhaust fumes that are invading the cabin area down
below. With the boat being also pounded by a sea that even Ellen said she
had not experienced before on this boat, life onboard has been extremely
difficult, with sleep non-existent and very high stress levels. Technical
difficulties have unfortunately increased yet further for an exhausted
Ellen, with the second watermaker failing Sunday night - a determined and
resourceful Ellen working hard to fix that now. Ellen was more than 11
hours ahead of Joyon's record at 0400 GMT Monday-

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After Joé Seeten (Arcelor Dunkerque), who broke his second rudder in four
days yesterday, it was Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec)'s turn to be victim
to a second lot of damage to his gooseneck. As for Patrice Carpentier (VM
Matériaux) and Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) their boats both went over, but it
was without any serious consequences for the equipment. While Joé Seeten is
resting anchored off Pig Island (l'île aux Cochons) , as explained on the
newswire, Jean-Pierre Dick is heading north with just the genoa looking for
finer weather to plan repairs to his gooseneck. He already replaced it
once, as he was crossing the Equator, but now the spare too has broken
following the boat going over. Set up to use as little energy as necessary,
the pilot didn't manage to hold back the 60-footer during a squall. A
careful planner, Jean-Pierre Dick had stowed two spares on board. The
repair isn't going to be easy in heavy seas. The arrival of a huge new low
is also threatening the handicapped monohull.

Leaders at 0400 GMT December 13:
1. PRB, Vincent Riou, 13,533 miles to finish
2. Bonduelle, Jean Le Ca, 85 miles to leader
3. Sill Véolia, Roland Jourdain, 278 mtl
4. VMI, Sébastien Josse, 390 mtl
5. Ecover, Mike Golding, 423 mtl
6. Temenos, Dominique Wavre, 1139 mtl
7. Virbac-Paprec, Jean-Pierre Dick, 1299 mtl
8. Skandia, Nick Moloney, 1514 mtl
9. Pro-Form, Marc Thiercelin, 1955 mtl
10. Arcelor Dunkerque, Joé Seeten, 2136 mtl

Complete standings:

* America's Cup winner John Bertrand said his wife Rasa escaped with
bruises following an alleged carjacking in the southern city of Melbourne
late Saturday. Bertrand said his wife Rasa tried to gain control of the
steering wheel and couldn't remember how she ended up out of the car and on
the side of the West Gate Freeway. Police pursued the car for an hour at
speeds sometimes exceeding 160 kph (100 mph). A 16-year-old boy was
arrested after the Porsche stopped in a trailer park. It had allegedly been
involved in collisions with five vehicles. -

* One of ocean sailing's oldest records will come under assault in February
in Del Rey YC's 18th biennial Corum USA International Yacht Race from
Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta. Roy Disney's maxZ86, Pyewacket; Randall
Pittman's Dubois 90, Genuine Risk, and Doug Baker's Andrews 80, Magnitude
80, will all be seeking to break the 1985 record set by Richard and Camille
Daniels' MacGregor 65, Joss. Boosted by following breezes of 15 to 25 knots
most of the way, Joss sailed the 1,125 nautical miles in 4 days 23 hours 0
minutes 4 seconds. Average speed: 9 1/2 knots. -

* US Sailing's Team Racing Committee is organizing a Team Racing Summit on
January 15-16, hosted by New York YC and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A.
The purpose of the Summit is to identify strategies to help team racing
develop more broadly at the local, regional and national level. The two-day
symposium focuses on 'how to build it' (not 'how to sail it'). Anyone
interested in talking about team racing and its future is invited to attend
and participate. Online registration and a complete agenda are now
available for this event. -

With hull #2 now in the mold and the first deck starting this week, the
special J/65 custom construction bay at Pearson Composites in Warren, RI is
getting crowded. This sleek 65-foot carbon speedster with luxurious
accommodation will be launched on both coasts next summer. To find out

(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 Bob Johnstone: The finalized J/100 Class Rules just posted on the
J/Boat website offer two One Design options: (a) Non-spinnaker with 100%
roller furling jib as the default or (b) With asymmetric spinnaker, in
which case two are allowed between 60 & 80 m\2 in size. After racing this
summer, we learned that prohibiting legs over the side was impractical and
uncomfortable, but the Rules still prohibit torsos beyond the sheer. Crew
sitting amidships on the deck can hold onto the cabin handrail for support
when there are no lifelines. We also increased the weight limit for any
number of crew to 350 kgs. to allow 4x192.5 pounders with helmsman weight
over 220 lbs. not counted. -

* From Mats Grip: In the text in 'butt 1729 about the launch of Tony
Bullimore's Daedalus, Geronimo is incorrectly mentioned as "both the newest
and current round-the-world record holder". Although Geronimo holds the
Jules Verne Trophy no one can take the outright RTW record away from Steve
Fossett and his crew on Cheyenne without sailing faster around the globe,
which Geronimo has not done.

* From Ralph Taylor: Gee whiz, I never imagined seeing the day when "the
kite" was an actual kite -- flying by strings away from the boat. It's a
fascinating development & I hope Scuttlebutt keeps reporting on it.
'Course, it seems there's still some R&D needed for questions like "Can it
propel a boat any direction but dead downwind?", and "Should it be used in
conjunction with landing gear?" (For when the boat leaves the water &
starts traveling over land). But, all this will get worked out & it's good
that ORCA is encouraging the process. In the interest in helping the R&D,
I'll point out that when the kite is 15 degrees above the horizon, the
force lifting the boat out of the water is about 26% of the pull on the
lines & the propulsion force about 97%. At 30 degrees, lift is 50% & drive
is 87%. (Yeah, they add up to more than 100%; that's trig.)

* From Ron White, Chief Measurer, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac: In
response to ORCA legalizing Kites and adding new rules covering Kites, RRS
86.1 provides for changes to the rules that are allowed and specifically,
there is no provision allowing changes to Part 2 governing right-of-way. It
would be lunacy to place boats on the same race course under two different
sets of right of way rules. By example, a starboard tack kite boat has to
keep clear of a port tack non-kite boat, and while ducking fouls a
starboard tack non-kite boat. The chain reactions hold endless
possibilities, which would result in chaos in the protest room and
fortunately, we shouldn't see it because the RRS don't allow these rule

* From Tom Donlan: I was interested to read your review of the J100. With
all due respect to J-Boats, I can't help wondering: What does the J100
offer that a 25-year-old J30 doesn't offer, except a more comfortable
cockpit? The satisfaction of shelling out more than $100,000 instead of
$20,000 to $25,000? Reversing the question is a lot easier. What does the
J30 have that the J100 doesn't? The J30 has real cruising accommodations,
6-foot headroom, well-established one design rules, strong one-design
fleets in several areas, a decent PHRF rating, a genoa for light air, a
spinnaker for when the wind is behind. (Anyone who wants a "gentlemen's
Etchells" with a rig like the J-100 can leave the J30's extra sails and
gear at home.) I leave it to the partisans of other boats, J- and non-J, to
ask the same question. For my money, the J30 is the boat of this and every
year since 1979. See for more information.

* From Brad Avery: I like all the folks at Cruising World, and the guys who
do the BOTY reviews. But I wonder why the the long piece on the BOTY awards
needs to lead Scuttlebutt this morning, which most of the time keeps a good
distance from such slavish bows to advertisers. Scuttlebutt is refreshing
because it contains interesting sailing news and well-edited discourse,
rather than non news articles and reviews that are essentially puff pieces
for the industry. Both have a place in the market. But I get Cruising World
every month and keep it on my nightstand to help me fall sleep. I like
Scuttlebutt in the morning to wake up. I hope I don't have to resort to
double lattes in the future!

* From Nick Barran: What a great job by not only the competitors but also
those bringing us the race updates at and At both sites the weather analysis by Commanders and
Dominic Vittet is outstanding. It is all great armchair stuff for us in the
winter of the northern hemisphere. So here is the question. Ellen Macarthur
gave the Vendee fleet a twenty one day head start, and, all things equal,
she will certainly pass the tail enders of that fleet, but will she pass
the lead boats, PRB and Bondouelle? It looks as though it will be very
close, yesterday it seemed as though she would make it by 200 miles or so
but today, after a difficult and slow night, it looks as though she will
not. Either way it looks very close at this point.

* From Cameron McIntyre: A few words from a son of sailor in response to
the current thread on parent sailors and their children sailors. As a child
weekends at the boat with Dad were the norm. My little hands could fit in
small places, boats have a lot of small places. As soon as my little hands
became big hands, I became a deck hand. Summers in the junior program as
student and instructor were simply a natural progression. Long story short,
learning how to sail was a given, becoming a sailor was a choice.

There is nothing about growing up sailing that I would change. I have
sailed thousands of miles with my Dad and I would sail a thousand more. I
think the most influential motivation he provided was simply being the
sailor his is. He may have fantasized about his son being an America's Cup
skipper, but never pushed him to become one and as result of his tutelage,
guidance and love, his son is a sailor who will sail for the rest of his
life and not just sail but race!

So for all those parents who would like to see their children become
sailors, the most beneficial motivation you can provide is to be the best
sailor you can be and share the genuine fulfillment that you experience
with your children. In the end they may still not become sailors, but they
will without a doubt understand the values and principals that sailing

One nice thing about egotists ... they don't talk about other people.