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SCUTTLEBUTT 1651 - August 20, 2004

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After winning the first sailing gold medal of the Summer Games, two Greek
women (Sofia Bekatorou and Aimilia Tsoulfa) capsized their 470 and
celebrated on the overturned hull to the delight of spectators and
photographers. Not long after, a three-woman British (Yngling) crew
(Shirley Robertson, Sarah Webb and Sara Ayton) won a gold and took a
synchronized leap into the Saronic Gulf. (See photo gallery:

Come Saturday, it could be the laid-back American crew of Paul Foerster and
Kevin Burnham doing the celebrating. They took the lead in the 470 class
with one race left, putting them in position to sail for the first gold
medals of their long Olympic careers. Foerster-Burnham have a two-point
lead over the British duo of Nick Rogers-Joe Glanfield, with the gold and
silver guaranteed to be decided between the two crews. Foerster and Burnham
are former silver medalists, but neither has had a lead going into the last
race. "I'm liking the change," said Burnham, who at 47 is the oldest member
of the U.S. sailing team. "It's exactly what I've always wanted. It's why I
keep on going. I've done every Olympic trials since 1980 with the hopes of
winning the gold medal. I figure maybe I'll stop if I get a gold, but I
don't know. I can't guarantee it."

Foerster-Burnham will either try to get into a match race with the British
or put boats between them and their rivals in the 27-boat fleet. To clinch
the gold, the Americans can't finish worse than two boats behind the
British. If they tie on points, the tiebreaker will go to the Americans
because they've won one race during the series and the British haven't.
Foerster, of Rockwall, Texas, is in his fourth Olympics. He won the 470
silver in 2000 and the Flying Dutchman silver in 1992. Burnham, a
three-time Olympian from Miami Beach, won the silver in the 470 in 1992,
crewing for Morgan Reeser. Burnham and Reeser finished second to Foerster
and Bob Merrick in the 2000 trials. - Bernie Wilson, AP as posted on the SF
Chronicle website, full story:

* By an impressive margin, the USA's 470 women's representatives Katie
McDowell (Barrington, R.I.) and Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.) won
their second race of today after an eighth in race one to make huge gains
on the scoreboard. They are in sixth overall, with one race to go on
Saturday. The USA's Yngling team of Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.), Liz
Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Nancy Haberland (Annapolis, Md.) have a shot
at sixth after moving themselves up to eighth today from 12th yesterday.
Thursday they finished seventh in the first race and won the second. "We
climbed up big; I just wish we would have started that climb sooner," said
Cronin. -

470 Men - 27 boats (10 of 11 races with one discard)
1. USA, Paul Foerster/Kevin Burnham, 53
2. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, 55
3. SWE, Johan Molund/Martin Andersson, 79
4. JPN, Kazuto Seki/Kenjiro Todoroki, 57

470 Women - 20 boats (10 of 11 races with one discard)
1. GRE, Sofia Bekatorou/Aimilia Tsoulfa, 24
2. ESP, Natalia Via-Dufresne/Sandra Azon, 58
3. SWE, Therese Torgersson/Vendela Zachrisson, Achrisson, 61
6. USA, Katie McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving, 80
10. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Nikola Girke, 91

Europe - 25 boats (8 of 11 races with one discard)
1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 33
2. AUS, Sarah Blanck, 42
3. DEN, Signe Livbjerg, 44
11. USA, Meg Galliard, 69

49er - 19 boats (6 of 16 races with one discard)
1. NOR, Christoffer Sundby/Frode Bovim, 23
2. BRA, Andre Fonseca/Rodrigo Duarte, 25
3. UKR, Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk, 26
8. USA, Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding, 38

Laser - 42 boats (8 of 11 races with one discard)
1. BRA, Robert Scheidt, 39
2. AUT, Andreas Geritzer, 42
3. SLO, Vasilij Zbogar, 44
10. USA, Mark Menderblatt, 80
29. CAN, Bernard Luttmer, 174
41. ISV, Timothy Pitts, 267

Mistral Women - 26 boards (5 of 11 races with one discard)
1. FRA, Faustine Merret, 9
2. ITA, Alessandra Sensini, 11
3. HKG, Lai Shan Lee, Hong Kong, 17
18. USA, Lanee Beashel, 55
23. MEX, Rosa Campos, 86

Mistral Men - 34 boards (4 of 11 races)
1. BRA, Ricardo Santos, 13
2 ISR, Gal Fridman, 21
3. POL, Prezmyslaw Miarczynski, 23
15. MEX, David Mier Y Teran, 57
24. USA, Peter Wells, 81

Finn - 25 boats (10 of 11 races with 1 discard)
1. GBR, Ainslie, Ben, 24
2. ESP, Rafael Trujillo, 38
3. POL, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, 52
14. USA, Kevin Hall, 108
20. CAN, Richard Clarke, 132

Yngling -16 boats (8 of 11 races with 1 discard)
1. GBR, Shirley Roberston/Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb, 31
2. DEN, Dorte Jensen/ Christina Borregaard-Otzen/Helle Jespersen, 40
3. UKR, Ruslana Taran/Svitlana Matevusheva/ Ganna Kalinina, 45
8. USA, Carol Cronin/Liz Filter/Nancy Haberland, 70
16. BER, Paula Lewin/Peta Lewin/ Christine Patton, 104
15. CAN, Lisa Ross/Deirdre Crampton/Chantal Leger, 104

Complete scores:
Updated Olympic photo gallery:

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between. It all makes a difference in the methodology used to tune your
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Articles like Dave Campaniello's spinnaker tips and techniques help get
crew members up to speed and working from the same page. It is a mistake to
assume that everyone holds the same sail trim understandings, irregardless
of calibre crew and skipper. It also serves as the arbiter of last resort
to settle differences of opinion that get developed from individual
experiences. Hower, I feel that Dave left an important safety point out of
the "spinaker trim" matrix for trimming the spinnaker in high wind
conditions: I have sailed with one design and Olympic sailors who don't get
this right, so it is important to get it down before someone gets hurt.

Rule#1 Never Blow the pole, never ease it forward and never raise the tip.
Better is to leave the pole as is and let the trimmer adjust to the amount
of power in the sail. Best (if anticipated) is to bring the pole aft to
square the spinaker with the increased velocity of the wind and to better
balance loads on the boat. Under no conditions do you ever blow the pole -

Rule#2 Blow the sheet - Safety of the boat and crew is in the hands of
the trimmer in high winds. Easing the sheet dumps wind off the leaches as
Dave suggested. Better is to ease the sheets before the front of the wind
gradient reaches the chute. Best (if anticipated) is to bring the pole aft
and over-ease the sheet to square with the new apparent wind velocity. Then
trim-in to the new wind pressure . Blowing the sheet is always a safety
measure that rests in the hands of the trimmer.

These Rules of Thumb will mitigate a knockdown, broach or other disaster in
high wind conditions. I have successfully sailed in 30 kts with the
spinnaker up using these two simple rules of thumb. The trick in heavy wind
pressure conditions is for the helmsman to keep the boat under the kite
while crew are using these two techniques. The helmsman needs to keep the
trimmer advised at all times whether he is losing helm control. Easing the
sheet brings the rudder back into control for the helmsman.

As the boat accelerates in high wind conditions it becomes more stable.
Planing hulls more stable than non-planing hull forms. This is because the
velocity of the boat reduces the velocity of the apparent wind the
spinnaker experiences. All is good until the point that the hull form
efficiency is exceeded by the pressure of the wind (i.e. out-of-control).

Yes, flogging the spinnaker generates repeat business for the sail lofts.
And if you are flogging the chute to keep the boat under control it is time
to bring the spinnaker down at that point. Better to bring it down than
risk losing a crew member over the side in a broach or knock down when the
chute should've been doused anyway. - Rex Riley

The Italian Luna Rossa boats will compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup for the
third consecutive time in 2007. The team was formally accepted as a
Challenger for the 32nd America's Cup by the Société Nautique de Genève
(SNG), the Defender of the America's Cup. The Luna Rossa team is the fifth
Challenger to be accepted for the 32nd America's Cup, and will compete for
the right to race the Defender, Team Alinghi, in the America's Cup Match in
2007. Luna Rossa joins the BMW ORACLE Racing Team, the Italian squad +39,
Team Shosholoza from South Africa, and Emirates Team New Zealand as
officially accepted challengers for the 32nd America's Cup.

Although the team didn't lodge its challenge until recently, Luna Rossa has
been among the busiest of the America's Cup teams over the past eight
months. "We have been training and testing on the waters off the Spanish
coast for over three months," explained skipper Francesco de Angelis. "We
were the first to set up a base in Valencia."

After shutting down most of its operations for August, the team will resume
sailing in Valencia at the beginning of September to prepare for Acts 2 and
3 in October. Luna Rossa will not compete in Act 1, the Marseille Louis
Vuitton Act. For the 32nd America's Cup, the team will represent the Yacht
Club Italiano (YCI), the oldest sailing club on the Mediterranean. -

The Star is the class of the masters, generally contains more sailing
experience than any other and starts its Olympic competition tomorrow. Out
of the 17 crews competing, 19 sailors are already Olympians, with 35
Olympic participations between them. Six sailors have won nine medals. The
Star was designed back in 1908 and is by far the oldest one-design still
competing today. Any effort to talk about favourites is tough as most of
the crews are up to the task of making it to the podium. Indeed, the
quality is so high that two time Olympic Games gold medallist Mark Reynolds
(USA) didn't even make it to the Games, making the selections of teams
almost as interesting as the Games themselves.

Leading the ISAF world rankings are Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Anders
Ekstrom, Star's current world and european champions. While they may be
newcomers in the class, LOOF is no stranger to the Olympic Games as this is
his fourth participation, placing third at Sydney and fifth at Atlanta and
Barcelona in the Finn class.

Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell from Great Britain are another pair making
their first attempt in the Star. Percy was the Finn gold medallist at
Sydney and together he and Mitchell have won the 2002 Word Championship and
placed third in 2003 and 2004. They are ranked second in ISAF's World
Rankings and are certainly in contention for a medal. Brazil pair Torben
Grael and Marcelo Ferreira are also genuine medal prospects. Gold
medallists at Atlanta in 1996 and bronze medallists at Sydney in 2000,
Grael's experience alone (three other Olympic Games medals in two classes)
means they are among the hottest contenders for a gold medal.

The USA crew of Paul Cayard and Phil Trineter have no previous Olympic
Games medals to boast of, but have shown their ability on the water by
beating Reynolds in the national selection. Another very well known figure
in the Star class is Bermuda's Peter Bromby, sailing with Lee White in
Athens. They were fourth in Sydney, and sixth in both the 2004 and 2003
World Championships. This is Bromby's fourth Olympic Games and having just
missed a place on the podium four years ago, he is bound to be giving his all.

Australia's Colin Beashel is the only one in the field who can match
Grael's five previous appearances in the Olympic Games. For the past three,
he has teamed up with David Giles and together they won a bronze medal in
Sydney. They certainly have the experience to get on the medal podium for a
second time. Canada's Ross MacDonald has already competed in four Olympic
Games and won a silver medal in Barcelona. In Sydney he placed fifth with
Kai Bjorn, but now sails with Mike Wolf and is a chance of a place in the
medals. -

Races five and six of the LightSurf International 505 World Championship
were both started in just five knots of breeze. Carol Buchan of the United
States with husband Carl crewing won race five - possibly the first female
skipper ever to win a race in a 505 World Championships. However at
conclusion of racing on Thursday, Morgan Larson/ Trevor Baylis (USA) had
clinched the Worlds championship with a 15 point lead over Mike Martin/
Jeff Nelson (USA). Former world champion Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie (USA)
are one point out of second place with Dan Thompson/ Andy Zinn (USA) in
fourth place in the 102-boat fleet. The racing concludes on Friday.
Great images from heavy air races:

* After three light and shifty races in the US Snipe National Championship
Ernest Rodriques and his crew Leandro Spina hold a 4 ¼ point lead over
George Szabo with Doug Hart just four points further back in third place.
Friday's races at the Mentor Harbor YC in Ohio will decide who the National
Champion is and who qualifies to go to the 2005 Snipe World Championship.
The forecast calls for winds from the Southwest at 7-8 knots.

* If you miss the days of offwind bloopers and pinched IOR sterns, or have
fantasies of good-looking foredeck crews, then the images in this
Scuttlebutt photo gallery are for you (don't worry, we won't tell anyone
you looked):

For 18 of America's best sailors, years of sacrifice, dedication and focus
will be put to the test as they go for the gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics
in Athens. To give our men and women every edge, U.S. Sailing has provided
the team with the very best: from the tip of its high-tech sails to the
very soles of their shoes, Sperry Top-Sider Figawi. With anchor-like
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US Sailing has crowned the nation's top junior champions in the single-,
double-, and triplehanded events. The winners have been named to the 2004
U.S. Youth Sailing Team.

- U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy Patrick
Curran, with a total of 28 points, narrowly defeated Sean Kelley (San
Francisco, Calif.) by only three points. The two competitors were
head-to-head throughout the three-day regatta, which was hosted by New
Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, Mass., and sponsored by Vanguard
Sailboats. Michael Easton (Burlington, Mass.) took third with 47 points.

- U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy Brian
Kamilar and Simon Sanders, both from Miami, Fla. and representing Coral
Reef Yacht Club, sailed a very strong championship, finishing with a total
of 18 points after 10 races, with one discard. The two dominated the fleet
throughout the three-day championship, also hosted by New Bedford Yacht
Club in South Dartmouth, Mass., and sponsored by Vanguard Sailboats. The
real fight was for second place between Josh Leighton (San Diego, Calif.)
and Spencer Johnson (Woodacre, Calif.) and the team from Annapolis Yacht
Club with Evan Aras and Alison Nagle (both from Annapolis, Md.). In the
end, the San Diego Yacht Club team grabbed second place finishing with one
point ahead and a total of 39 points.

- The US Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup was hosted by
Malletts Bay Boat Club in Colchester, Vt., and sailed on Lightnings. The
winning team - Fred Strammer (Noltomis, Fla.), Dalton Teba (Sarasota,
Fla.), and Charlotte Sims (Venice, Fla.) had close finishes with the team
from Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, made up of Andrew Costa (Burnaby, BC), Abe
Torchinsky and Rob Dale (both from Vancouver, BC). It wasn't until the
ninth and final race was completed that the national champion was
determined. Third place finishers were Gary Largess, Peter Largess, and
Katrina Salk (all from Jamestown, RI), representing Conanicut Yacht Club.

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* From Taylor Grant: I think Gary is doing a great job and the pictures are
even better. My wife is willing to watch because she is learning and Gary
is entertaining. Doing coverage for 30 minutes, well really only twenty
minutes, of little boats going slow, is not easy. You try to fill in all
the time when not much is really happening. The pictures are great because
I am seeing boat handling tricks of the trade that I never knew about. Gary
and Bravo are to be congratulated and thanked.

* From Clifford Bradford: I especially enjoyed Bravo's coverage yesterday
by having Paul Cayard provide some "color" commentary. Sometimes I think
Gary Jobson tends to be a little unfocused and Paul's terse but insightful
commentary was good for me. Since it looks like he won't be sailing in the
next AC maybe OLN could use him to replace or supplement Dawn Riley (who
might be participating) for that event in 2007. Perhaps when their classes
are finished, Gary could have Ben Ainslie by to explain how he manages to
dominate other top class Finn sailors.

* From Rick Tears: Under the heading of full and accurate reporting, Paul
Foerster is actually from Rockwall, TX (suburb near Dallas) - not Dallas,
TX. Admittedly this is a small point, but the people of Rockwall are quite
proud of Paul's accomplishments, as are we who actually live in Dallas.

* From Randy Tankoos: Bravo to Bravo! Thanks to the magic of TiVo we've
been able to see Gary's broadcast every night. Sure, it may be dumbed down
the Judo fans who share the 1/2 hour but it is really well done. The
cameras on the Yngling, the national flags on the sails and the skipper's
name on the hulls and sails make for a good show. I'm hoping for live TV
from the Star class. There is a lot to be learned.

You know it's the 21st century when you get up in the morning and go
on-line before getting your coffee.