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SCUTTLEBUTT 1649 - August 18, 2004

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* The weather experts who were predicting three or four days of strong
northerly Meltemi winds were very badly mistaken. Today was tactically the
hardest day of the Olympic regatta so far with a northerly wind blowing
inside the Olympic harbor at times when there was a shifty southerly
blowing offshore. The southerly was a strange breeze the tripped most
people up at one stage or another, the scale of the fall being the deciding
factor as the overnight results were published; though there were a few
familiar names that managed to avoid the meteorological banana skin. -
Andrew Preece, The Daily Sail,

* After a couple of days of largely disappointing results, the U.S. Sailing
Team made some positive moves in three classes on Day 4 of the 2004 Olympic
Regatta. In a shifty and inconsistent sea breeze that started in the west
and eventually backed all the way to the east, the U.S. 470 teams and Laser
sailor Mark Mendelblatt improved their overall standings and now stand
either in the medals, or very close to them.

The wind forced race committees to work overtime to get the scheduled races
off. In fact, the final Women's 470 race didn't finish until nearly 7 p.m.,
and the competitors, who'd left the harbor before noon, were straggling
into the harbor at sunset. But at least the 470s can now say they're back
on schedule after racing on what was supposed to be a day off. The Men's
Mistral class, already down a race because its first race on Sunday was
thrown out, was unable to get a race in today and is now three races behind
schedule. The women's boardsailing division got one race in and is a race
down. The 49er class, sailing on a reserve day, completed one of three
scheduled races. The Europes got in a pair of races, but are still two down
and, with the Lasers, will likely race tomorrow on their reserve day.

Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham had another solid day in the 470s. Though
their results, a 10th and a fourth, might not look so spectacular, they
were better than all but one other boat. More importantly, they beat the
first-place team from Great Britain in both races and are now second by
just two points. - Stuart Streuli, Sailing World website, full story:

Europe - 25 boats (4 of 11 races)
1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 10
2. AUS, Sarah Blanck, 23
3. DEN, Signe Livbjerg, 33
10 USA, Meg Galliard, 43

470 Men - 27 boats (6 of 11 races with one discard)
1. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, 23
2. USA, Paul Foerster/Kevin Burnham, 25
3. UKR, Eugen Braslavets/ Igor Matvienko, 31

470 Women -20 boats (5 of 11 races with one discard)
1. GRE, Sofia Bekatorou/Aimilia Tsoulfa, 6
2. DEN, Susanne Ward/Michaela Meehan, 19
3. SWE, Therese Torgersson/ Vendela Zacrisson, 21
11. USA, Katie McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving, 36
14. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Nikola Girke, 40

49er - 19 boats (standings from race 1)
1. NOR, Christoffer Sunby/ Frode Bovim
2. BRA, Andre Fonseca/Rodrigo Duarte
3. ESP, Iker Martinez/ Xavier Fernandez
7. USA, Tim Wadlow/ Pete Spaulding

Laser - 42 boats (4 of 11 races)
1. BRA, Robert Scheidt, 15
2. BEL, Philippe Bergmans, 32
3. CRO, Mate Arapov, 41
4. USA, Mark Menderblatt, 42
20. CAN, Bernard Luttmer, 83
42. ISV, Timothy Pitts, 163

Mistral Women - 26 boats (after 3 races)
1. ITA, Alessandra Sensini, 14
2. FRA, Faustine Merret, 16
3. HKG, Lai han Lee, 16
14. USA, Lanee Beashel, 38
25. MEX, Rosa Campos, 71

Complete scores:
Updated Olympic photo gallery:

"Very tricky, very shifty and thus very difficult for sailing. There were
big changes in terms of velocity and wind direction. When going downwind,
the wind filled in from behind on a big shift. And from where we were we
couldn't get to it. So, there was nothing we could do about it." - Kevin
Burnham, USA 470 crew -

A painful and frustrating day on the water for many of the competitors
today as the breeze swung around the Saronic Gulf and caused chaos on
several of the race courses. This was probably not the day to be out on the
windsurfer course, or the windwhackers as many here like to call them.

Until I'd witnessed a race in this class I hadn't really grasped why they
have this nickname, but as the clock counted down the last five seconds,
the cacophony of flapping Mylar as the fleet pumped their way off the line
said it all. Sounding like a flock of birds that have suddenly decided to
take flight, the windwhackers' start is an extraordinary spectacle and a
shock to us traditionalists.

Having whacked their way upwind, they then proceed to stir themselves
downwind in another, more elegant pumping manoeuvre. Frankly, it's just not
cricket to anyone who grew up sitting on a thwart, but it does at least get
them around the course. - Yachting World website, full story:

You don't need to have a Maxi Catamaran to wear Musto gear, you don't even
have to Race Offshore. Ed Baird has just won the Portugal Swedish Match Cup
as well as his third match racing world championships wearing Musto's
latest GORE-TEX Race gear. "Great kit" said Ed, "Comfortable, easy to move
in, very breathable, keeps you dry and does its job for a very long time.
Nice quality". Thanks Ed, and congratulations. You don't need to be the
Match Racing World Champion to experience Musto. Give it a try next time:

Castine - Some of the finest minds and reputations from the rarefied world
of yacht design exchanged reminiscences, ideas and observations at Delano
Auditorium last week. The assemblage of a dozen luminaries was centered
around 96-year-old Olin Stephens, an undisputed giant of modern yacht
design and one of the founders of the storied Sparkman & Stephens yacht
design firm. In addition to Stephens, the all-star line up of designers
included German Frers, Bruce Johnson, Bruce King, Bill Langam, Roger
Marshall, Greg Matzat, Chuck Paine, Doug Peterson, Bob Stephens, David
Pedrick and Craig Walters.

Appropriate to the celebration of Sparkman & Stephens's 75th year, changes
in yacht design, construction and use were a recurring theme during the
wide-ranging discussions. "I'm a little bit dubious about progress, but I'm
certain about change," Stephens said in his first response of the evening.
Inevitably, what once was new now is old. However, Stephen's finds value in
the new and the once new as he looks back.

Argentine designer Geman Frers suggested there needs to be a new way of
looking at rules that takes into account the professional level formerly
amateur ocean racing has attained. He suggested two sets of rules, one for
a "grand prix" circuit of professional racers, and another for the amateurs
who still want to participate in ocean racing."As long as we try and do a
rule for everybody, we are heading to the wrong end," he said. Bill Langam,
a former chief designer at Sparkman & Stephens, concurred. "We have
designed and built boats where people sit up on the weather rail for the
entire Fastnet race," he said, noting the extreme that was unheard of when
he was first involved in ocean racing.

Underneath the glamour and magic of large yacht design and construction,
"the things done to call attention and satisfy egos," as Frers put it, is a
more basic lesson he doesn't forget and that doesn't change: "The sea is
something to be respected." - Excerpts from a story byAaron Porter,, full story:

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI, have just finished building the
Staten Island September 11 Memorial, which honors the 267 people from
Staten Island who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The memorial, named "Postcards," consists of two 50-foot-high sculptures by
artist Masayuki Sono that feature granite profiles (sort of "commemorative
stamps") of each of the victims; the artist has designed the memorial so
that on September 11 each profile will be lit in turn as the sun passes
through the sky. From Staten Island the view from between the twin
postcards frames Ground Zero.

NEB built the memorials out of resin-infused fiberglass, engineered so that
the structure can flex slightly and withstand the stresses of strong winds
without micro-cracking. Each "wing" weighs 30,000 pounds and the steel base
will be bolted to a structure embedded at the site. NEB workers have been
putting in 18-hour days, often seven days a week, to get this done in time
for the Sept. 11 dedication.

Right now "Postcards" is en route to NYC on two barges, and the memorial
will be installed next week by a huge floating crane. The official
dedication will take place on Sept 11, with Mayor Bloomberg et al
presiding. The NEB crew are even going to have to suit up in their blazers
for the event. - Take a look

US 470 Olympian Paul Foerster is profiled on the UK's The Daily Sail
website. He was asked, What's the single most important piece of advice you
could give to younger sailors? Foerster replied, "The journey and
experience is where the reward is." -

The Pegasus non-profit foundation is putting together a complete program
for a few select, talented, hardworking team players. As part of our
Pegasus Racing Olympic Gold program, you will be sailing at least 250 days
a year, coached by the best and work with fitness trainers and
nutritionists. Your focus will be to win medals in 2008 by becoming a
better sailor, stronger, faster and more flexible. If you (and your crew)
believe that you have what it takes, we want to hear from you now, drop us
a line at

* GBR 44 left the compound in Cowes last week en route to her new temporary
home of Marseille. ACM - Americas Cup Management - have bought GBR 44,
which is to be used as a display boat in Marseille and eventually in
Valencia. GBR 44 will be exhibited ashore as a focal point for the forth
coming Americas Cup Acts. GBR 44 started life as Nippon 44 and was one of a
pair of training boats purchased in 2001, providing GBR Challenge with a
training platform in preparation for last Louis Vuitton Cup. -

* Currently the +39 team are setting up a base in Sicily (Marina of the
upmarket Villa Igiea in Palermo) for training through to December 2004. It
is thought in Italy that the boats are for "exhibition" purposes in Palermo
rather than serious training. But this could mean match race training. The
boats are certainly close enough for realistic starting practice. There is
also the suggestion that Il Moro III will be based in Valencia and be taken
to the Acts as a PR / VIP boat run for ACM by +39. This still leaves +39
without a boat for 2004 Acts. Giovanni Ceccarelli has been contracted to
build two new yachts, but these will be built to version 5 of the ACC rule
and not eligible for 2004. - Mariantic website, full story:

* Hurricanes Bonnie and Charley disrupted the U.S. Singlehanded
Championship in Bay Shore, NY, and limited the number of races. Steven
Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, RI) earned the US Sailing George O'Day Trophy
after winning the event by finishing first in two races and getting a total
of 11 points. Mark Eldred (Houston, TX) finished in second with 14 points.
Ryan Minth of New York, NY, finished third and was awarded the Peter
Barrett Sportsmanship Trophy. Hosted by Bay Shore Yacht Club, the
competitors raced Lasers which were provided by Vanguard Sailboats. The
event is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. -

* After five races, brothers Jon and Chris Perkins are running 1-2 at the
36th Annual International Knarr Championships at St. Francis Yacht Club,
San Francisco, CA. The third place skipper, Soren Pehrsson (Copenhagen,
Denmark) has never sailed on San Francisco Bay before this event. Regatta
leader Jon Perkins is joined by his teammates from his 2002 win,
sister-brother team of Melissa & Tom Purdy, and Jeff Mosely. The IKC's
alternate between San Francisco Bay, Norway, and Denmark each year. Ten
races with two throw-outs are scheduled over 7 days, including a lay-day.

* Russell Coutts is currently in Athens as a spectator and hasn't ruled out
a return to Olympic sailing. He says he will be racing big Star class boats
in the Bacardi Cup next year and if he has fun, who knows. Coutts says he
is also yet to decide whether to fight the clause which prevents him from
sailing for another syndicate at the America's Cup, but admits it is on the
cards. xtramsn website,,,11645-3605916,00.html

* Tracy Edwards has posted a new website for The Oryx Quest 2005 non-stop
round the world race for the big multihulls, and for the Quest Qatar 2006 -
a 6-stop around the world pursuit.

* Tuesday at the LightSurf 2004 International 505 World Championships the
sailors had a day off. With the abandonment of Monday's race due to
extremely light easterly winds it leaves the series two races short, thus
reducing the scheduled two throw-outs to one. -

Bill Biewenga, Commanders' Weather and OPC meteorologists ramp up to help
you study the trends and options to Buzzard's Bay and back! The online
interactive weather seminar is convenient to your schedule. Vineyard
workshop available Aug. 30th & 31st. Strategize at your computer. Online

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* From Paul Henderson, ISAF President: The problem was caused by the lead
Windsurfer sailor who did not sail the proper course and the rest followed.
He should have sailed 3 loops and go to the finish. He only sailed two. The
sailors all said they knew the course but got confused. The Race Committee
did not make a mistake. The Jury had two choices: 1) Disqualify all
sailors; 2) Re-Sail. The Jury showed great compassion and decided to re-Sail.

* From Josh Lindsay: With regard to the study referred to in "Unexpected
Byproduct" from today's 'Butt, I think the authors of the study may be
confusing causes with effects. Is it possible that the members of
successful sailing teams may be that way in part because they have
exceptional spatial relations abilities? I'm told that using similar logic
to that employed in this study, one can deduce that toupees cause baldness.

* From Bill Shore: Congratulations to Jody Swanson and her team on winning
the 100 plus boat Lightning North Americans. Jody is one of our great
unsung skippers. Since, the 1970s, I have watched Jody strive to excel in a
difficult sport in a variety of classes. In the early 1990s, she jumped
into a 470 and challenged herself to win the Olympic Trials. She did this
again this year in the Yngling. During this time she has sailed J22s in
matchracing and the Rolex Women's regatta, always placing well and
sometimes winning the regattas. During all this, she never left her
Lightning on the beach too long. She performed a remarkable achievement at
the Buffalo Canoe Club this summer taking two young (11 and 13) BCC Junior
program girls with little racing experience as her crew in the Lightning
Women's Championship, and winning against her regular women's crew Debbie

* From Steven Levy: Bravo to Bravo for showing at least 15 minutes of
sailing each evening (and on the left coast, it comes on very pleasantly at
9PM, and again at midnight). That said, I do have one cavil. Most of the
shots they're getting are not terribly good ones. To experienced sailors
they don't convey the relative positions of boats in the fleet or the
individual adjustments that sailors are making, although there were a few
good shots last night of Ben Ainslie hiking in waves. To inexperienced
sailors I fear they convey neither the excitement of sailing -- though I
applaud Gary Jobson for repeatedly noting the conditioning of these
athletes -- nor a clear picture of who's winning and losing.

They did get a few spectacular shots of the 470s planing, reminiscent of
the I-14 sequence in, yes, "Wind." If they could show quite a bit more of
this, I bet our sport would get a lot more interest from the general
public.I recognize the footage and commentary are being edited in only
three or four hours, but it still feels as though they haven't found a
single backbone on which to hang even one day's sailing story; there are a
lot of competing threads packed into a small slot. I think they'd have a
stronger segment if they'd pick one story per day -- excitement one day,
boat-on-boat tactics another, and so on. But back to my "backbone" --
Bravo, Bravo!

"After you turn 80, even your birthday suit needs pressing." - Bob Hope