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SCUTTLEBUTT 1743 - December 30, 2004

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Roy Disney, affable and even-tempered, nephew of Walt, does not strike one
as a confrontational type of guy, but it's been that kind of year. Like one
of his animated adventures, he spent half his time with sidekick Stanley
Gold trying to rid the Walt Disney Co. of its evil CEO and the other half
thrashing the high seas on board his new super sailboat, Pyewacket.

During breaks from court and shareholder meetings, Disney took delivery of
his Reichel/Pugh-designed maxZ86 and raced it around the Caribbean and
Europe trying to master its high-tech nuances. That's when he ran into
Hasso Plattner, the San Francisco-based German software giant. Plattner has
had his own series of boats called Morning Glory, the latest a virtual twin
of Pyewacket, both with canting keels. The two spent a few weeks tuning and
testing together in the Caribbean, then they went to Cork Race Week in
Ireland where all the camaraderie went out the bilge.

"I never understood it," Disney says now. "I thought we were having this
good racing. We'd had races with them in Antigua and going to Bermuda, and
they beat us, and they seemed perfectly satisfied as long as they were
beating us. "Then we started beating up on them, and all of a sudden he
says, 'I've had enough of this . . . I'm going home.' "And put his boat up
for sale.

Disney will keep sailing along into a new year full of some serious West
Coast competition against Randall Pittman's new 90-footer, Genuine Risk,
and Morning Glory, which Plattner apparently has decided to keep. It starts
with the Marina del Rey-Puerto Vallarta Race in February and ends with the
Big Boat Series at San Francisco in September, after the Centennial
Transpac in July. "It's certainly going to be an interesting year," Disney
said. - Excerpts from a story by Rich Roberts in the Log. Full story:

Quest International Sports Events (QISE) confirmed that Steve Fossett's
yacht Cheyenne (formerly PlayStation) has joined the group of giant
multihulls to compete in the Oryx Quest 2005 non-stop around-the-globe
sailing race in February 2005. Skippered by American David Scully, Cheyenne
joins Tony Bullimore's Daedalus, Brian Thompson's Qatar 2006 and Olivier de
Kersauson's Geronimo, and takes the total number of 100+foot-long sail
boats circumnavigating the planet from Doha, Qatar on 5th February 2005 to

David Scully is famous for starting up Fossett's multihull sailing
programme in 1993 and has set 12 official World Records with Fossett as
Watch Captain, including the Round the World and the TransAtlantic Record.
Designed by famed naval architects Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin and built
in 1998 by Cookson in New Zealand, Cheyenne was the first of a brand new
class of multi-hulls, designed to attack major ocean records. With Fossett
as skipper, Cheyenne has broken 14 World Records including the
Transatlantic at 4 days 17 hours and the Round the World at 58 days 9
hours. "I am delighted that Cheyenne will be on the start line for this new
and exciting race", said Fossett. "It is sad that I will not be able to
participate myself but have already committed to attempt the First Solo
Non-stop Round the World Airplane Flight in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer."

At the same time, Olivier de Kersauson's Geronimo and her escort Ocean
Alchemist have left Brest, France to head for Qatar and the start of the
Oryx Quest 2005. In order to comply with the race instructions, Geronimo
must reach the port of Doha, the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar, by the
26th January 2005. The 6,000 nautical mile passage will include passing
through the Strait of Gibraltar, transiting the Mediterranean Sea as well
as the Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Sea of Oman. "We are in
contact with the Egyptian authorities to negotiate the passage of the two
boats through the Suez Canal," said Louis Noël Vivies, Geronimo's team
manager. "Unfortunately we have been classified as pleasure craft which
isn't much help because it means that we will have to stop each night as
only cargo ships can sail at night. Instead of one-and-a-half days, it
could take three days or more."

It's estimated that Geronimo and Ocean Alchemist will reach Port Said at
the entrance to the Suez Canal in approximately ten days. The trimaran has
a crew of twelve while Ocean Alchemist, a large motorized powerboat, has
six sailors on board. The latter can be used to tow Geronimo in the event
that there is no wind. It's estimated that voyage to Qatar will take
between 23 and 25 days, depending on how long it takes to get through the
Suez Canal. -

The capsized 98-footer Skandia, one of the pre-race Rolex Sydney Hobart
Yacht Race line honors favorites, is under tow by a sea-going tug, which is
heading for the fishing port of Lady Barron on Flinders Island in Bass
Strait. "We're confident the boat is in good enough shape to recover and
refit," said Skandia's skipper Grant Wharington. Conditions have eased off
the Tasmanian northeast coast, which assisted in the recovery process of
Skandia. Wharington plans to put it on a truck and ship it back to his home
port of Melbourne where he will begin refitting a new bulb and keel fin
which are already being fabricated for his European campaign next year.

Meanwhile, fading winds on the Tasmanian East Coast and in Storm Bay have
strengthened the grip of the British Ker 55, Aera, on the Tattersalls Cup,
the famous trophy awarded to the Overall IRC handicap winner of the Rolex
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. With 50 boats still at sea and eight finished,
the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will not officially announce the
Overall winner of the Tattersalls Cup until tomorrow morning. This will be
at a traditional public function alongside Hobart's Constitution Dock at
11:30 AM when the winners and placegetters of the various IRC and PHS
handicap category divisions will be announced. However, some results will
still be provisional as many smaller and slower boats will still be at sea.

Aera, owned by London-based yachtsman Nick Lykiardopulo and skippered by
England yachtsman Jez Fanstone, finished in fourth place in the fleet
yesterday afternoon and currently heads the provisional IRC Overall
standings ahead of line honors winner Nicorette (Ludde Ingvall) and Matt
Allen's Ichi Ban which finished last evening. - Peter Campbell,

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Ellen MacArthur's B&Q went through another gale-force battering in the
Indian Ocean, approximately 1500 miles west of New Zealand, as 30-40 knot
northerly winds, gusting over 45 knots. "I'm a bit shaken up, bit
exhausted, it was full on," MacArthur stated. "We had loads of problems in
the storm - water in the boat, water in the mainsail [stacked on boom] - I
seemed to spend most of my time with a bilge pump, outside, inside, getting
absolutely drenched. But we're okay and the breeze is subsiding now
although we've got a bit of a squally patch now in the rain."

Sea water was gushing in through the main engine exhaust outlet which Ellen
is using as part of the ventilation system she set up to cool the back-up
air cooled generator. But even if she could block up this outlet, it would
have to be done from the outside by sticking something over it, and in
these conditions that is impossible and it would also compound the problem
of the fumes from the generator having no escape route, and the problem of
overheating in the engine compartment. "There was about half a ton [of water]."

No real change to forecast through to Friday evening with consistent NW
breeze, but problems on the horizon. This in from Commanders Weather:
'Significant changes to GFS Model concerning ridge /high. If correct you
will need to route south to 53-54s.' Forcing Ellen further south to avoid
the light wind zone but her objective will be to get back to the north to
pass to the west of Campbell Island (south of NZ) to avoid the ice zone
south-east of New Zealand. Tonight, MacArthur is more than 49 hours ahead
of Francis Joyon's round the world record. -

Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) has been playing his propaganda card to best effect
for several days now, giving a different version of the situation
mid-Pacific to virtually every journalist. Trying to strain out the truth
it would seem that he is "always under the impression that he never has the
right sail area up - either I've got too much or not enough. The winds are
very shifty." In another interview he was in hysterics speaking of falling
asleep without the alarm on to warn him of any dramatic wind changes. The
wind rose sharply and before he knew it, the boat had broached right over.
Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) is 1540 miles from Cape Horn, while Patrice
Carpentier (VM Matériaux) is still anchored off Tasmania making repairs to
his broken boom. Mike Golding spotted another iceberg on Wednesday morning.
"Strangely enough I had just given the radar a rest because I was up and
about," said Golding. "So I turned it off and when I turned it back on
again, strike me if there wasn't an iceberg there. It was about five miles
away on the beam to the north."

Leaders at 1900 GMT December 29:
1. Bonduelle, Jean Le Cam, 8553 miles to finish
2. PRB, Vincent Riou, 189 miles to leader
3. Ecover, Mike Golding, 229 mtl
4. VMI, Sébastien Josse, 977 mtl
5. Temenos, Dominique Wavre, 1564 mtl
6. Virbac-Paprec, Jean-Pierre Dick 1881 mtl
7. Skandia, Nick Moloney, 2414 mtl
8. Pro-Form, Marc Thiercelin, 2870 mtl
9. Arcelor Dunkerque, Joé Seeten, 2929 mtl
10. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 3349 mtl

Complete standings:

After a successful yacht-to-yacht transfer of medical supplies from Team
Save the Children, Global Challenge yacht Imagine It. Done. is making her
way to Chatham Islands to seek further medical assistance for crewman John
Masters. Masters will be airlifted to Wellington from the Chatham Islands,
as the local facilities are not adequate for his needs, although an airlift
at sea is a possibility. Masters is suffering from a serious abdominal
infection and is being treated by onboard medic Dr David Roche, a general
practitioner also competing in the race. They are currently approximately
four days from the Islands, but the wind is forecast to strengthen to gale
force and shift to the northwest making for potentially bumpy, dead upwind

Although they are currently motorsailing, once the winds rise to gale force
the motor is no longer effective and they will make best speed under sail.
Preparations have been made onboard to account for the weather and ensure
Masters is as comfortable as possible. Theoretically, they could return to
the point at which they left the course and rejoin the race, although it
appears that they do not want to restart. Skipper Dee Caffari admitted that
while the safety of all the crew is of course paramount, there will always
be a sense of disappointment in unfortunate situations such as these.

"It is gutting to know we cannot complete this leg," Caffari wrote from the
yacht this morning, "and I know I have many disappointed crew onboard.
Ultimately, people's welfare is of paramount importance but everyone has a
little selfish side and I am deeply disappointed at being unable to
complete the leg. Trust me, to need the medivac at the most remote part of
the leg was not in my planning!" -

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* More than 660 competitors from 11 countries are at Coral Reef Yacht Club
in Florida competing in the Orange Bowl Regatta, making it the largest
youth regatta in the country. Strong northerly winds have prevailed for the
first two days on the four race courses on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.
The Optimist dinghy, 300 strong, makes up the largest class. Results:

* The 2004 sales of ISAF plaques for new Optimists reached a new record of
4,030, and sales of royalty sail buttons were also the highest on record at
8,415. With 32 active builders in 21 countries, geographically 50% of sales
were to Europe, 31% to Asia/ Oceania and 19% to the Americas. The main
increase in plaque sales came from Asia but there was also healthy growth
in the Americas. New fleets were established in the Dominican Republic, El
Salvador and Tanzania. At the year-end 102 countries were members of IODA
with a further eight suspended for non-payment. -

* Sailing in the Gulf region will receive another major boost next month
when a record 230 competitors from 23 countries assemble for the Dubai
Junior Regatta, the biggest event of its kind in the world. Sponsored by
Emirates Airline and taking place from January 23-30, the event presents a
superb opportunity for the top young sailing talent from the UAE, Bahrain,
Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar to test their skills against the sport's top
teenagers worldwide. The regatta was launched five years ago with 25
competitors from three countries. Last year it drew 150 competitors from 14

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* From Jim Teeters: The ORC announcement In Scuttlebutt 1741 of three new
offshore level classes with box rule limits is very welcome news. The
success and strength of the TP52 Class, and its position as the emerging
grand prix solution at that size, have been evident within the US for some
time. Those of us who were US Sailing reps to the international Rule
Working Party, felt that the TP52 Class must be fully embraced by any new
grand prix rule and proposed such to the RWP. Now, with the class
generating international momentum, a highly visible part of the grand prix
market has made a clear statement of what kind of boat and rule they want
to race in. Recent invitations to the TP52s by the RORC leadership to come
race in the 2005 Admiral's Cup confirm the growing acceptance of the class.

I urge both US Sailing and the RORC to join with the ORC in further
exploring the box rule concept and developing a suite of classes in
collaboration with design offices, sailmakers, owners and other critical
parties. Box rules can ensure close racing in fast, fun boats, and still
provide opportunities to individualize a boat. Who's to say what the market
will want or need in 10 years time, but today a goodly portion is saying
"box" and they are making a success of it.

* From Jack Gannon, sailboat builder (edited to our 250-word limit): The
Opti was built to get kids on the water. That it does. And each kid may
eventually want to "skipper" his or her own boat - but not everyone, and
not until they're ready. There the rub! As was stated by Peter Harken, the
Opti has become the "world's boat." Respectfully Peter, there is no such
thing as the "worlds boat," only the world of sailing! I think that the
Opti has over the years has become a floating babysitter. They are
relatively inexpensive, and it gets the kid in his or her "own boat".

There are a lot of two person junior training boats available, and some
that are only slightly more expensive than an Opti. All kids are not alike,
however they all want to be a part of a sailing fraternity - a potentially
life long activity. How they acquire that is up to the individual sailor -
not the parent. We can only give them the guidance/ support to participate.
Some will desire to ultimately race single handed, and others will want to
race a group boat. I think that a duo or threesome boat allows kids to
think as a team, to get the best results; and to overcome the apprehension/
fear, of being overwhelmed sailing alone. As they progress and become more
comfortable with the crewed boat, they also learn about teamwork, group
decision making, and what it takes to win - in sailing and in the world.

* From Corky Potts: Optimist sailors sailing in organized Junior Sailing
programs, with the support and involvement of their families, seem to be
far more sophisticated sailors than those that I can remember when I was
that same age. They have gained levels of self confidence, independence and
a general sense of responsibility and respect for others that I find to be
exemplary. The friendships and educational experiences that they are
exposed to are invaluable. I believe that the success of the last three
College Sailors of the Year, educationally, emotionally and as gentlemen
has been greatly due to their extensive sailing experiences in the Optimist
class and the extensive involvement by their families. Not in the boats
with them, but from the sidelines. I believe that without that foundation,
those three young men would not have had the opportunities that they have

I haven't been exposed to any other sport that would have better prepared
my son for the real world. I'm sure that, just like in any group of people,
there are those parents and coaches that are overzealous, but those are not
the same folks that you continue to see at the top of the list. The same
goes for the many young ladies that have also had the Optimist experience
and opportunities. The top two finishers in the Opti Midwinters, (187 top
competitors) on Thanksgiving weekend were young ladies. Where else do you
see ladies competing against young men in athletic activities, and winning
their fair share?

Why do old men wear their pants higher than younger men?