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SCUTTLEBUTT 1644 - August 11, 2004

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Used as Olympic Equipment since it was selected for the Olympic Games in
Montreal in 1976, the Tornado has since appeared in every Olympic Games. In
1999 it was announced that the event for 2004 would be open for selection
and the class went about a period of redevelopment. In November 2000 the
class was reselected for the 2004 Olympic Games. The development that had
been ongoing for a number of months resulted in the conception of the
"turbocharged" Tornado. The inclusion of an asymmetric spinnaker, as well
as an increase in upwind sail area and the addition of a second trapeze
made one of the world's fastest multihulls even faster.

49er style flags on the Tornado gennaker will increase spectator awareness
of who is where on the all-important downwind legs, and with the blistering
pace of these boats that kind of visibility will be vital. The fleet will
be sailing on course area Charlie, sharing the water with the 470 men and
women's fleets, although racing on different days. The fleet size of 17
nations represents the pinnacle of Olympic multihull sailing, and the
experience in the fleet is matched only by the enthusiasm and winning
potential of those making an Olympic debut.

Multiple World Champions and Tornado gurus Darren Bundock and John Forbes
(AUS) were instrumental in the development of the turbocharged Tornado and
their ability in the boat is unquestioned. Don't be lulled by their
apparently low ranking position of ninth, this team have won four World
Championship titles and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree are the US representatives in Athens and
as always for an American team, will be well prepared and in the right
frame of mind for the regatta. Their preparation has included endless
competition in Europe this year and with a victory in the Princess Sofia
Trophy and a second at the World Championship, they seem to be peaking at
the right time to do well in Athens.

The Tornado fleet is one of the last to start racing with a practice race
on 20 August and Olympic racing starting on 21. Their medal ceremony will
take place on Saturday 28 August. - ISAF website, full story:

(Ventura, California, sailor Kevin Hall has been in Athens since June,
preparing to race in the Finn class at the Olympic Regatta. Hall, writing
from Athens, shares his thoughts on a number of Olympic topics, including
his bureaucratic battle with the IOC, Finn competition, Athens heat, and
coping with five-ring fever. Here are a couple of excerpts from the story
on the Sail magazine website.)

Daily routine: Until this week I was going to the gym in every other
morning and sailing for several hours between 0900 and 1500, depending on
the weather and my goals for the day. At night I review video, eat, maybe
watch a rented movie (you can tell the popular ones here, they are always
scratched and skip at the denouement!!), and I just finished saving the
world in my video game Deus Ex.

The Olympic sailing venue: The sailing venue is enormous, but all concrete
and there is very little shade, which is tough. One of the primary reasons
I moved here at the beginning of June and have not flown home since
mid-June was to become acclimated to the heat and, of course, to not have
to face the time change. I don't use A/C in the main part of the house I am
staying in and just set my bedroom A/C to 25 degrees C (77 F) at night to
make it easier to fall asleep.

Olympic fun: I'm having a blast! I've learned far more about sailing, rigs,
and sails in the Finn than I expected. It's not just a big Laser and in
many ways requires a far wider range of techniques in different conditions.
I am happy with my equipment now and have had time to become comfortable
with it. And the Olympic Village is spectacular; seeing athletes of all
shapes and sizes and ages from all over the world at the dining hall is a
unique experience. I suspect the opening ceremonies will be, too. - Sail
magazine, full story:

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(Two time Olympic medallist and GBR Yngling coach Ian Walker looks at the
women's Olympic keelboat class and the form of the competitors. Here are a
couple of excerpts from his analysis on The Daily Sail website.)

Several of the best Yngling skippers and their teams in the World will not
be in Athens as the have fallen victim to the one entry per country rule.
These include the 2004 Women's World and European Champion Trine Palludan
(DEN), 2003 Women's World Champion Hannah Swett (USA), winner of the recent
Greek Nationals Sally Barkow (USA), 2003 Open World Champion Betsy Allison
(USA), Janneke Hin (NED) who was sixth at this years Women's Worlds and
Ulrike Schueman (GER) who was second in the 2003 Women's Worlds. It is
interesting to note that being a new Olympic Class only seven of the 16
teams have anybody on board with any Olympic experience. Many competitors
can be visibly nervous and dealing with this may be the biggest test of all.

Carol Cronin, Liz Filter, Nancy Haberland (USA) - This team defied all the
odds to win the USA Trials with a race to spare. For this and their
performance at this year's Worlds they deserve a lot of respect. They seem
to know how to peak when they need to and to win a medal they will need
another of those performances. They are strong in light winds which may
help their cause. They are an experienced team which should help them deal
with the pressure of having to prove that they were the best team from the
five strong USA triallists. Only a medal will do that but their
inconsistent form does not make them one of the favourites. - The Daily
Sail, UK, full story:

Marstrand, Sweden - Former Laser champion Eivind Melleby of Norway
dominated day two of the Melges 24 World Championship taking two convincing
wins as the rest of the fleet struggled for consistency in light and shifty
conditions. Back ashore the Jury worked overtime to handle the flood of
redress requests resulting for poor start management on day one. After
reopening a case regarding redress in race one having gathered further
evidence the jury were duty bound to award redress to the seven boats
scored OCS in the first race. The requests for redress were in response to
the extremely late signals by the race committee. The jury was governed by
the ISAF case-book in their decision.

For race two the jury had to deal with a more complicated situation
involving both display of the wrong flag and late signals and after
considerable research and deliberation decided that the most equitable
decision was to award average points or their best score to the entire
fleet. Due to the late finish of protest hearings and the complexity of the
calculations the overall results will not be available until Wednesday
morning. - Fiona Brown,

A enters the two length zone clear ahead of B. During the rounding, A
leaves room for B to get an inside overlap. Does rule 18.2(c) prohibit B
from establishing an inside overlap if A passes wide of the mark? (See
answer below.)

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* Chicago YC - Following two days of light winds, big breeze made for an
exciting final day of racing at the Independence Cup/ North American
Challenge Cup (IC/ NACC) - a US Sailing National Championship for sailors
with special needs sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. Nick Scandone, of
Fountain Valley, California won the singlehanded division sailed in 2.4mR
class boats. In Freedom Independence 20 class competition, the Florida team
of Karen Mitchell and Kerry Gruson took the doublehanded championship title
for the second year in a row. -

* After yesterday's drenching and thunderstorms, the 897 boats competing on
day four of Skandia Cowes Week were greeted with clear skies, baking
sunshine and a stable Force 2-3 South Westerly breeze. It was close to
perfection. The forecast for tomorrow shows increasing breeze as the low
pressure system moves east with rain showers expected over the next 36
hours. The breeze will fill though and that's good news for the sailors and
is expected to top 15 knots from the South to South East. - Magnus

* Warwick, RI - More than 350 junior sailors, from as far away as Florida,
will converge on Goddard State Park on Sunday August 15, 2004 to register
for three days of competition in the Narragansett Bay Junior Race Week and
Junior Olympic Sailing Festival. Hosted by the East Greenwich Yacht Club,
race committees and support boats will be on hand from clubs across the
bay. The Narragansett Bay Yachting Association is a collection of 30 yacht
clubs, sailing associations, sailing organizations and individual members.

* J Boats has introduced a new J/65 sloop with a sailplan that accommodates
both a cruising set-up with main and roller-furling small jib, and a
powered-up performance program with overlapping headsails and asymmetric
spinnakers tacked to the stem or flown from a carbon spinnaker pole. There
are three private cabins, a large main saloon, a large navigation station,
spacious galley and an abundance of storage. The first J/65 is to be
commissioned for sea trials in Rhode Island prior to a California delivery
in time for the 2005 Transpac. -

* If you didn't get enough junior sailing images from the contest gallery,
we just posted some of the overflow photos on the Scuttlebutt website:

* P&O Nedlloyd has become a major sponsor of the 2005 Hobie Tiger World
Championships in Santa Barbara, California. They are sponsoring five
containers from various ports in Europe and Australia to Los Angeles and
return. Details will be posted on the website within a few weeks -

* For the fourth straight month, Edson International has set an all-time
monthly sales record. Sales of Edson products in July 2004 saw an increase
of 45% over July 2003 and marked the highest monthly sales ever recorded in
the company's 145 year history. In addition, the seven month period of
January through July 2004 saw a sales increase of nearly 20% over the same
period a year ago, putting 2004 on course to be become the best year ever
in the company's history. -

No. Even though rule 18.2(c) tells B that she is not entitled to room, B
does not break that rule by taking room that becomes available. However, B
is required by rule 18.2(c) to continue to keep clear until both boats have
passed the mark. Rule 18.2(d) permits A to 'close the gap'. - ISAF website,

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designed cockpit makes the Bongo enjoyable for kids from 8 to 80.

(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 Chris Ericksen: Laurie Fullerton's letter about the movie, "Wind"
('Butt 1642), had me looking at the calendar to see if it was April 1.
Although I actually loved the movie, it has been almost universally panned
by racing sailors. I loved seeing the old Twelves and the footage of them
sailing off Australia, but there were so many silly things - hull testing
in a desert stream, sail testing with a pickup truck across a dry lake bed,
creating a special spinnaker called "The Whomper" and having one team loan
a spare mast to their competitor (like they wouldn't have several spares
themselves!) make for some really laughable points. My favorite nonsequiter
was when the two stars capsized their I-14 and then had the time to smooch
while floating near the gooseneck as the boat obligingly lay on it's side;
as one who has run dozens of I-14 regattas and who feels the most stable
attitude of an I-14 is inverted, this is particularly silly.

But Ms. Fullerton has a good point: maybe those of us who pooh-pooh the
technical shortcomings of "Wind" ought to take another look at the
allegorical realities of the story. Thank you for perhaps kindling interest
in a much-maligned movie.

* From Mario Miszalski Vienna, Austria (edited to our 250-word limit): Ms.
Wilson would do well to read some of the Cup's history before commenting on
Grant Dalton rather mild comment. Notwithstanding his sailing record,
Dennis Conner's behaviour has been less than honorable, and on a number of
occasions he has clearly been allowed to bend the rules. Using a cat in
what has been traditionally a monohull event makes the whole hula
controversy insignificant in comparison, and I for one always thought that
he should not have been allowed to enter the regatta or have the cup taken
away. As for boats falling apart, wasn't Dennis in the same boat so to
speak in 2000? He has been allowed then to have another team's boat. Not
that it helped much.

As for Mr. Bertarelli, I do not think he has kept his word to all of us. He
was supposed to make AC more exciting and cheaper to enter, and all that
has been done so far made it more expensive. More regattas, same size
boats, same size crews. Make it 12m boats with 8 crew each and limit the
number of boats to 2, as apparently some teams are accumulating even more
now. To make it fair, it should be one boat - if it sinks, then you get
your chance next time. And Mr. Bertarelli was the one complaining a year
ago that the Kiwi AC management was not fair to him!

* From David Shulman: I irritate me when we talk about the "teamwork" of
sailing and the synergy of hull design/ sail design/ materials technology/
sailing expertise/ crew work/ helmsmanship/ etc out of one side of our
mouth and get into an ongoing thread arguing over the skippers out of the
other side of our face. By the way, wasn't Conner the skipper in a race
against another boat whose design took advantage of a rule loophole to
measure in at 12 meters when it should have been 12.x meters, and even
though he sailed the loser, Conner and the crew almost won anyway? Now, had
he won, what would the string have been? Oops-I fell down the slippery
slope myself!

* From Christina Rekow: If Craig Hamilton feels that hash slinging is to be
taken "like water off a duck's back", then why did he and Simon Smith write
in citing events and quotes made over a decade ago? Looks like words are
not so easily forgotten.

* From Matt Manlove: Regarding the message from R. C. Keefe, don't forget
the IMS 50 "Krazy Kyote 2" designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian for the French
Admirals Cup team back in 1999. It was a fast boat built by Eric Goetz in
Bristol, RI, with a free-standing wing mast, and a differing view from
IMS's view of stability. We never really got to see how it fared against
the other super-refined IMS boats, as the rating rules were changed at the
last minute and the boat was not allowed to compete.

* From Austin Sperry (In Response to R.C. O'Keefe who is Juan
Kouyoumdjian): I recently had the pleasure to crew for Juan K. at the star
worlds held in Gaeta Italy last May. Juan K. is one of the head designers
for BMW Oracle, before that he was a designer with Prada. Oh by the way he
also is a leading designer for the two-boat program ABN AMRO the Dutch
challange for the next Volvo Around the world race. In his spare time he is
helping Mader Boats of Germany design a new Star boat. With all this he has
done he managed to find time design a 115' in Asia

* From Bill Gibbs: Alchemy sailed a great SB-KH race to finish in under
8:30. She was ahead of us and sailing faster at several points in the race.
But Afterburner finished in under 8:10, for line honors.

Curmudgeon's Comment: You're absolutely correct. Because of the fuzzy
quality of the PDF results on the SBYC website, we simply overlooked your
boat in the multihull section. Sorry about that!

* From Rob Richards: Yesterday Sue Reilly pointed out that we've never
heard that it was Spithill who lost it (the America's Cup), not New
Zealand? Well, let's hope James Spithill is not blamed - considering he
never sailed for the Kiwis. Spithill was the Aussie helmsman in 2000 and
last time around he drove the boat for the USA's OneWorld syndicate. Dean
Barker was the helmsman Team New Zealand's in 2003.

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