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SCUTTLEBUTT 1647 - August 16, 2004

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After a day of light air sailing on Saturday, the notorious Meltemi wind
that howls out of the Athens hills put a little too much air into the
Olympic sailing regatta. So much so that at least 30 boats capsized Sunday
and the courses looked more like nautical demolition derbies. There also
was scattered equipment damage, but no reports of injuries.

"It was full survival," said Europe class sailor Meg Galliard of Pelham,
N.Y. "You're just trying to stay in control." She did. A lot of others
didn't. "They were tough conditions," said 470 skipper Paul Foerster of
Rockwall, Texas, a four-time Olympian. "There were a lot of people turning
over. We were just happy to finish. It was just totally different than
anyone had seen." Foerster and crew Kevin Burnham of Miami were lucky -
their 15-foot boat swamped, but didn't turn over, as a nasty combination of
the offshore wind and a swell made for a surly Saronic Gulf. Foerster and
Burnham moved up a spot to second overall with finishes of second and 15th.
Both are former silver medalists.

It also was cruel to American Kevin Hall and New Zealander Dean Barker in
the Finn class, where it took three attempts in the shifting wind to get in
the first of two races. Barker, the hard-luck skipper in Team New Zealand's
America's Cup loss last year, led around the first two marks in the first
race before the Meltemi and the seabreeze collided, canceling each other
and leaving the boats bobbing in the chop. That led to the first
abandonment, with Hall in third place.

Hall was leading at the first mark after the first restart, but a severe
wind shift forced the race committee to abandon it. "The racing was very
exciting, but I would have rather kept the first two races we started
today," said Hall, of Bowie, Md., who finished 13th and 17th to drop to
13th overall. Barker moved up to fourth by finishing 7th and 11th. -

With the wind blowing at about 18 knots - and gusting to 22 - the Norwegian
Yngling crew capsized in the whitecaps after crossing the finish line in
third. Americans Carol Cronin, Liz Filter and Nancy Haberland had trouble
with their spinnaker on the same leg and dropped the billowing sail. They
finished last in the 16-boat fleet. Eight Finns capsized on the second leg
of the second race, including Hall. Estonia's Imre Taveter rolled over twice.

The most impressive performance of the day was by Ainslie, the Finn
favorite who needs to sail the rest of the regatta almost perfectly because
of a loss in the protest room Saturday night. He did just that Sunday,
winning both races to jump from 19th overall to eighth. Ainslie, who won
the Laser-class gold medal in 2000 and the silver in 1996, was disqualified
from his second-place finish in Saturday's second race because of a
right-of-way infringement. - Bernie Wilson, AP, as posted on the website of
the Belleville News - Democrat, Standings

Mistral Men (After 2 races out of 11)
1 POL, Prezmyslaw MIARCZYNSKI, 5
20 MEX, David MIER Y TERAN, 36
23 USA, Peter WELLS, 46

Mistral Women (After 2 races out of 11)
1 ITA, Alessandra SENSINI, 8
3 NZL, Barbara KENDALL, 10
16 USA, Lanee BEASHEL, 29
25 MEX, Rosa CAMPOS, 48

Europe (after 2 races out of 11)
1 NOR, Siren SUNDBY, 4
2 ARG, Serena AMATO, 7
3 AUS, Sarah BLANCK, 10
10 USA, Meg GALLIARD, 20

Laser (after two races)
1. AUT, Andreas GERITZER, 5
2. BRA, Robert SCHEIDT, 11
3. BEL, Philippe BERGMANS, 13
21. CAN, Bernard LUTTMER, 40

Finn (after 4 races out of 11)
2 ESP, Rafael TRUJILLO, 20
3 CRO, Karlo KURET, 26
13 USA, Kevin HALL, 47
18 CAN, Richard CLARKE, 65

470 Men (after 2 races out of 11)

470 Women (after 4 races out of 11)
2 DEN, Susanne WARD/Michaela WARD, 19
3 FRA, Ingrid PETITJEAN/Nadege DOUROUX, 23
12 USA, Katie McDOWELL/Isabelle KINSOLVING, 43
13 CAN, Jennifer PROVAN/Nikola GIRKE, 45

Yngling (after 2 races out of 11)
1. GBR, Shirley ROBERTSON/Sarah AYTON/Sarah WEBB,11
2. RUS, Diana KRUTSKIKH/ Vladislava UKRAINTSERVA, 24
16. CAN, Lisa ROSS/Deirdre CRAMPTON/Chantal LEGER, 53

Complete scores:
Olympic photo gallery:

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and Ben Ainslie do battle in Greece this week for the sport's most prized
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After the carnage of Friday, the final day of racing at Skandia Cowes Week
dawned beneath baking sunshine that tipped the mercury to 23 (73F) degrees
and moderate South-Westerly breezes that struggled to top Force 3 all
afternoon. It was a glorious day for racing in the Western Solent although
for the Committee Boat starters down in the Eastern Solent there were
postponements and repositioning before the wind finally settled in. Today's
entry of 801 yachts got underway on an ebb tide that saw several boats
being swept over the Royal Yacht Squadron lines and with the early breezes
of just 5 knots, struggled to get back over to restart.

The most hotly contested fleet of the week, the 83 strong XOD Class
produced a thrilling finish with everything to play for after Stuart
Jardine's retirement due to a rigging failure yesterday. His son Mark, sat
atop the leader board last night after discard but today was not to be for
him as ex-Olympian Stuart stayed cool under fire recording a fourth place
to lift a record fifth Captain's Cup as Mark finished a distant 17th. It
has been a fascinating week-long battle between the two with Mark stepping
out from his father's shadow to challenge hard and point the way to the
possible destination of Captain's Cup's in the future. For Stuart, however,
it is a remarkable achievement and is undoubtedly one of the stand-out
performances of the week. - Magnus Wheatley,

Skovshoved, Denmark -A bit of luck turned what looked to be a runaway win
for Kelvin Harrap into a second championship for Jes Gram-Hansen. The
skipper from Aarhus, Denmark, defeated Team New Zealand's Harrap 2-1 to win
the 8th annual Danish Open, Stage 2 of the 2004-'05 Swedish Match Tour.
Sailing with crewmembers Michael Arnhild (Aarhus), Christian Kamp
(Copenhagen), Rasmus Kostner (Aarhus) and Chresten Plinius (Copenhagen),
the win was Gram-Hansen's second at the Danish Open, and his first on Tour
since winning this event two years ago.

Already down a race and facing a 2-0 deficit in the finals, Gram-Hansen and
crew were gifted the second race. Harrap led by four to five boatlengths
approaching the first windward mark of Race 2, and seemed to be well in
control of the series. Then they were penalized when the end of their boom
hit the windward mark as they were turning downwind. The penalty helped
Gram-Hansen win the race and even the score at 1-1, Gram-Hansen got a great
start in the third flight and dominated the race to win the event 2-1.

With the win Gram-Hansen moved into a tie with Ed Baird (USA) for first
overall on the Swedish Match Tour leaderboard. Each skipper has 25 points
after the first two events of the sixth Tour season. The Tour champion will
win $60,000 and a BMW 545i Touring. - Sean McNeill,

Final Results:
1. Jes Gram-Hansen/DEN, Gram-Hansen Racing, 13-3, ($9,985.02)
2. Kelvin Harrap/NZL, Team New Zealand, 11-5, ($6,656.68)
3. Mathieu Richard/FRA, 8-7, ($4,992.51)
4. Staffan Lindberg/FIN, 9-6, ($3,994.01)
5. Peter Gilmour/AUS, Pizza-La Sailing Team, 8-5, ($2,995.51)
6. Peter Wibroe/DEN, 5-8, ($1,997.00)
7. Philippe Presti/FRA, le Défi Français, 6-6, ($1,497.75)
8. Chris Law/GBR, 5-7, ($1,164.92)
9. Lars Nordbjerg/DEN, 4-7
10. Ulf Jonson/SWE, 4-7
11. Lotte Meldgaard/DEN, Team Gerimax, 3-8
12. Michael Dunstan/AUS, OzBoyz Challenge, 2-9

The 2004 Melges 24 World came to a spectacular close today with a final
race in perfect sailing conditions. Frenchman Sebastien Col and his P&P
crew of owner Phillip Ligot, tactician Christian Ponthieu, Thomas Allin and
William Thomas, took second in race ten, beating overnight leader Maurizio
Abba of Italy by sufficient places to win the World Championship. Abba's
ninth place secured him second overall whilst Flavio Favini, helming Blu
Moon for Switzerland's Franco Rossini, took third with Stuart Rix, helming
Gill for Englishman Quentin Strauss, fourth and Norway's Eivind Melleby
fifth. 2003 World Champion Shark Kahn, who turned 15 the week before the
championship, had a mixed regatta but finished in sixth overall just ahead
of Luca Santella, helming Joe Fly for Giovani Maspero.

In the Corinthian World Championship, for amateur helms and crews, the
title goes for a record third time to Finland's Kenneth Thelen, sailing
with Henrik Thelen, Jolle Blassar and Jari Bremer. Thelen dominated the
Corinthian division this week and finished 14th overall in the open
championship. - Fiona Brown,

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A total of 84 boats from all over the world took part in last week's 505
North American Championship Regatta at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Sailing
conditions were varied, with brisk 18-25 knot winds on Tuesday, followed by
2 days of light to moderate 8-12 knot breezes. First place went to local
Santa Cruz sailors Morgan Larsen and Trevor Baylis, who put together an
impressive 3-1-1-1-3-3 record to dominate the one-throwout event with 12
points. Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson were second with 23 points, followed by
class veteran Howie Hamlin and crew Peter Alarie with 25. On Sunday, the
LightSurf 505 Worlds began in the same venue but with 14 additional boats.
And the three teams that finished 1-2-3 at the NAs are in the same order
after two races in the Worlds - 1. Larson/ Baylis, 3 pts; 2. Martin/N
Nelson, 4pts; 3. Hamlin/ Alarie, 6pts. -

* Jody Swanson (Buffalo NY) and her crew of Skip Dieball and Tom Starck won
the 103-boat Lightning North American's Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway ON
Canada. The conditions ranged from drifting to 25+ knots. Second place went
to Michael Gooch-Breault (New York NY), while Tom Allen, Jr. (Kenmore NY)
finished third. Thirty-nine boats qualified for the Championship flight;
they completed 5 races, no throwout. David Helmick (Longwood FL) won the
President's Cup, followed by David Werley (Pittsburgh PA) and James Taylor
(Hamilton OH). Steve Constants (Edgewater MD) won the Governor's cup.

* Last week twenty-eight teams sailed 4 days and 4 nights on Formula 18's
to participate in the Archipelago Raid, navigating among the 100,000
islands of the Baltic archipelagos to find 20-25 checkpoints located along
the nearly 500 mile course. The stunning scenery and high performance make
for a spectacular photo gallery:

* The tenth annual Edgartown Yacht Club 12-Metre Regatta took place over
the weekend of August 7-8, with eleven boats competing in modern and
classic fleets consisting of Grand Prix, Modern, Classic Traditional and
Classic Vintage classes. With the exception of 2001, when the boats went to
Cowes for the America's Cup Jubilee celebrations, the regatta has been held
in Edgartown annually since 1994. The Edgartown Yacht Club will be hosting
the twelves again in 2005, when the club celebrates its 100th year.
Great photos of the 12s racing:

* As the Olympic Games returned to its spiritual home last night in a
breathtaking opening ceremony that brought the myths of Ancient Greece to
life through the magic of 21st century technology. Windsurfing history was
made. Nikos Kaklamanakis (GRE), 1996 Olympic windsurfer Gold Medallist was
the torchbearer who lit the cauldron at the Olympic stadium during the
opening ceremony of the 28th Olympic Games. This is probably the first time
that such an honor has been bestowed upon any sailor.

* Michigan City (Indiana) Yacht Club played host to the 2004 Thistle
Nationals. Seventy-nine participants from all over the United States sailed
in everything from a drifter to near 30 knots. Eric Gesner (Rochester, NY)
with crew Judy Gesner and Dave Hansen won the event by winning the last
race and edging out Bruce King (Indianapolis, Indiana), Skip Dieball
(Toledo, Ohio) and Mike Ingham (Rochester, NY). For full results:

* Only two points separated the top three boats at the eight-race, 28-boat
Santana 20 Nationals hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Bruce Golison,
sailing with co-owner Steve Washburn as trimmer and Washburn's young son
Stevie as bowman, returned from an OCS in the final race to finish third in
the race - two points ahead of Chris Winnard, Andrew Kerr & Bill
Pamacciotti who took second in the championship, after winning a
tie-breaker with Willem Van Waay, Travis Wilson & Peter Van Waay. Complete

Up to 50 J/105s are expected at this year's North Americans in Marion, MA
(Sept 16-19) as the J/105 one-design train keeps rolling. What started as a
family-friendly daysailer/racer now boasts 640+ boats worldwide, 17 active
fleets in North America, and a thriving owners association and website.

(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 Sean P. Downey: I don't know if you've seen ISAF's Olympic site, but
it echo's ISAF's long-standing promotion of European sailors and not the
U.S. In one, the USA team is mentioned, but they are one of the farthest
boats in the photograph! There were 11 out of 15 of GBR, however.

* From Andrew Mason (Regarding 'Wind'): I had the pleasure of spending
several days on the Utah set working on computer graphic sequences for
'Wind'. I have to say that in addition to the excellent cinematographers,
in my opinion there is one person who deserves an enormous amount of credit
for making the film watchable, and in particular making sure that the
sailing footage followed a logical sequence. That person is Lisa Blackaller
(Tom's daughter), who did an outstanding job as assistant to the director,
and helped to prevent the film degenerating into an unwatchable disaster.

* From Manfred C. Schreiber (re:"Wind"'s tank test scene in the desert
creek was certainly more interesting than..."): I was holding my breath
when I read about the negative comments about the movie but with a lot of
positives coming in lately I´d like to throw my 2 cents in. First of all a
great movie about sailing even for the educated racing sailor. On a big
cinema screen you have to wear your foul weather gear in the front rows,
otherwise you are getting wet...

And actually you might not believe but "tanks testing" in a creek had been
reality, at least in Germany. The late German designer Karl Feltz, who
designed the 1/4 ton WC "Listang" which also nearly became 1/2 ton WC with
small alterations did his tank testing in a creek of the River Elbe near
Hamburg. He did the same with his extreme 12mR around 1982/83 before going
into real tank testing at the Kiel facility. His design proved to be
superior against the ´83 designs at least in a tank but the VAC Challenge
of Germany failed due to lack of money though entry fee for Fremantle had
been paid. The movie "Wind" captured exactly what it was about to go Cup
sailing before the B days. Real good sailors can smile about the the
inaccuracies and exaggerations. Peter Gilmour as the sailing expert did a
real good job. Think about the scene when the "great couple" are "sniffing
the wind". Is this not what you all want to do before your competition when

* From Scott Dinhofer: Simply put, 'Wind' is probably the only movie that
has quality cinematography bringing real sailing action to the public.
Sitting on the couch with a beer and this movie is a bit more exciting than
watching the drifting matches in Auckland last year. If the '07 AC trials &
cup matches can bring this level of excitement to the screen (and the
public) it would be great for the sport.

* From Bob Fisher (Re "Wind"): The best improvement Hollywood made in this
film was the quality of the sound. It was sensational as was the I-14
footer racing that Bob Billingham remembers. Maybe the television producers
should view it as a guide.

* From Mike Esposito (re the movie "Wind"): If someone wanted to do an
accurate America's Cup movie, wouldn't it have to be a courtroom drama?

* From Janet C. Baxter: I had an opportunity for a brief visit to China
last year. When I got to the hotel I turned on the TV to see what English
they had. They were showing Wind, not with subtitles, but with Chinese
voices dubbed in. I watched to the end.

Curmudgeon's Comment: I think we have now generated enough business for the
video stores, so we will declare this thread official dead. BTW - those of
you who are going out to rent the flick may want to stick around for the
credits at the end. You'll see the curmudgeon's name (misspelled) just
before Buddy Melges.

* From Jordan Murphy: It is great to see such names as Sinks, Barnard and
Buckingham in the Sabots, it is a testament to the Sabot and the So. Cal
sailing scene. Many of the sailors are multi generational and to see what
it can bring to peoples lifes and families confirms how important sailing
really can be. The rivalry in the senior sabots still goes on and is
exemplified by two names in today's 'Butt.

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