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SCUTTLEBUTT 1652 - August 23, 2004

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* Saturday - American sailor Kevin Burnham politely waved to race officials
at the finish line, let out a whoop and did a back flip into the deep-blue
Saronic Gulf. It was a gold-medal splashdown, one he'd been waiting a long
time to do. Burnham, of Miami Beach, and his skipper, Paul Foerster of
Rockwall, Texas, outwitted and outmaneuvered their British rivals in a
classic match race Saturday in the 470 class to win their first Olympic
gold after years of trying.

"This is my fourth Olympics, I've had two second places, and you always
think, 'Well, we won the silver, but it's kind of a letdown not winning the
regatta,'" the 40-year-old Foerster said. "It's nice not having a letdown.
It feels great." British skipper Nick Rogers, 27, and crew Joe Glanfield,
25, got the silver. "We knew it would be tough to beat the Americans
because they had enough silver to dunk a donkey," Glanfield said. "They
wanted a gold. They did a good job."

The powerful British team got its second gold of the games Saturday, when
Ben Ainslie completed his remarkable comeback from an earlier loss in the
protest room to finish first in the Finn class. Ainslie is unbeaten in
major regattas since switching to the Finn from the Laser following his
gold-medal performance in Sydney in 2000. But the British had no chance
against Foerster and Burnham, who came into the final race with a two-point
lead. They were the only two crews with a chance at the gold, and a match
race quickly developed. The British wanted to build speed and make a timed
run at the starting line, but the wind shifted and dropped below eight
knots. The Americans trapped them well below the line and gained control.

"We were able to get on top of them and there wasn't enough time to get to
the starting line. I knew we just had to stay in front of them. We just
drove them back, Burnham said." Ignoring the rest of the 27-boat fleet,
Foerster and Burnham matched the British tack for tack during a fierce duel
and let all the other boats get away. The Americans and British tacked 12
times in the final minutes before the starting gun, then tacked nearly 30
times on the upwind first leg. The Americans followed the basic rule of
match racing by keeping their boat between the British and each mark. (The
two boats finished nearly a minute after the other 470s.) Foerster and
Burnham won the gold by three points. - Bernie Wilson, AP as posted on the
Washington Post website,

470 Men - 27 boats (Final Results - 11 races with one discard)
1. USA, Paul Foerster/Kevin Burnham, 71
2. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, 74
3. JPN, Kazuto Seki/Kenjiro Todoroki, 90

470 Women - 20 boats (Final results - 11 races with one discard)
1. GRE, Sofia Bekatorou/Aimilia Tsoulfa, 38
2. ESP, Natalia Via-Dufresne/Sandra Azon, 62
3. SWE, Therese Torgersson/Vendela Zachrisson, 63
5. USA, Katie McDowell/Isabelle Kinsolving, 84
13. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Nikola Girke, 103

Finn - 25 boats (Final results - 11 races with one discard)
1. GBR, Ainslie, Ben, 38
2. ESP, Rafael Trujillo, 51
3. POL, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, 53
11. USA, Kevin Hall, 132
18. CAN, Richard Clarke, 134

Yngling -16 boats (Final results - 11 races with one discard)
1. GBR, Shirley Roberston/Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb, 39
3. UKR, Ruslana Taran/Svitlana Matevusheva/ Ganna Kalinina, 66
2. DEN, Dorte Jensen/ Christina Borregaard-Otzen/Helle Jespersen, 71
10. USA, Carol Cronin/Liz Filter/Nancy Haberland, 86
15. BER, Paula Lewin/Peta Lewin/ Christine Patton, 108
16. CAN, Lisa Ross/Deirdre Crampton/Chantal Leger, 116

* Sunday - Out in the middle of the Olympic course, Paul Cayard felt like
he was back in the cutthroat America's Cup. The U.S. skipper lost his lead
in the Star class with a bad afternoon on the Saronic Gulf on Sunday,
finishing 15th and 10th to tumble to seventh place. He admittedly made some
bad decisions, but he wasn't real happy about having to make two
momentum-killing, 720-degree penalty turns in the span of just a few
minutes in the day's first race. In the time it took to spin the four
circles, he dropped from third to last and never recovered. The Star has
always had a reputation for being a gentlemanly class, but things
apparently change when medals are on the line. Skippers from Ireland and
Great Britain claimed the American skipper sailed too close to them, which
brought on the penalties.

Cayard, of Kentfield, Calif., didn't see it that way. "I just thought they
were both a little petty," said Cayard, 45, who's in his first Olympics
after distinguishing himself during five America's Cup campaigns and
winning a round-the-world race. "Some people are in the do-anything-to win
mode. So you have to be aware of that, though. That's part of the game, and
you have to stay clear of that."

John Lovell of New Orleans and Charlie Ogletree of Houston had a much
better day aboard their Tornado catamaran. They finished first and sixth to
take sole possession of first place, two points ahead of defending gold
medalists Roman Hagra and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria with four of 11
races sailed. The U.S. 49er crew, Tim Wadlow of Boston and Pete Spaulding
of Miami, dropped from third to sixth with finishes of 13th and eighth.
There are five races left in the 16-race series.

Also, two more gold medals were awarded. Brazil's Robert Scheidt won the
Laser class, giving him three straight Olympic medals to go along with an
unprecedented seven world championships. He won the gold in 1996 and the
silver in 2000. Norway's Siren Sundby won the Europe class for her first
Olympic gold medal. - Bernie Wilson, AP as posted on the San Jose Mercury
News website,

Europe - 25 boats (Final results - 11 races with one discard)
1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 47
2. CZE, Lenka Smidova, 65
3. DEN, Signe Livbjerg, 74
12. MEX, Tania Elias Calles, 98
14. USA, Meg Galliard, 113

Laser - 42 boats (Final results - 11 races with one discard)
1. BRA, Robert Scheidt, 55
2. AUT, Andreas Geritzer, 68
3. SLO, Vasilij Zbogar, 76
8. USA, Mark Menderblatt, 111
29. CAN, Bernard Luttmer, 245
41. ISV, Timothy Pitts, 381

49er - 19 boats (After 11 of 16 races with one discard)
1. UKR, Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk, 26
2 ESP, Iker Martinez /Xavier Fernaandez, 57
3 GBR, Chris Draper/ Simon Hiscocks, 62
6. USA, Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding, 71

Star - 17 boats (After 4 of 11 races)
1. BRA, Torben Grael/Marcelo Ferreira, 11
2. DEN, Nicklas Holm/ Claus Olesen, 20
3. SUI, Flavio MAarazzi/ Enrico DeMaria, 21
4. CAN, Ross MacDonald/ Mike Wolfs, 25
7. USA, Paul Cayard/ Phil Trinter, 32
16. BER, Peter Bromby/ Lee White, 52

Tornado - 17 boats (After 4 of 11 races)
1. USA, John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree, 11
2. AUT, Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher, 13
3 ARG, Santiago Lange/ Carlos Espinola, 19

Complete scores:
Updated Olympic photo gallery:

Translated roughly to 'air with no route,' the gusty, shifty and
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There were three gold medals that many experts felt were as good as decided
on the eve of this Olympic regatta. Ben Ainslie, Robert Scheidt, and Siren
Sundby had been so dominant in their classes--Finn, Laser, and Europe,
respectively--that the pundits felt even the inconsistent and occasionally
random wind conditions of the Saronic Gulf wouldn't be enough to dislodge
any one of them from the top of their classes. Sometimes the experts are
right. - Stuart Streuli from Athens, Sailing World website, full story:

The ISAF website covering the Olympic games is an absolute masterpiece.
Mark roundings are posted promptly and standings are updated almost as soon
as the last finisher crossing the line. It's all very user friendly, easy
to navigate and incredibly timely. And they have lots of the other stuff
too, like weather, competitor bios - even a summery of the protests and the
action taken. It's truly a superior effort! - The Curmudgeon

Santa Cruz YC, CA - By wrapping up the 102-boat LightSurf 505 World
Championships with a day to spare, Morgan Larson/ Trevor Baylis were able
to stay ashore for the final race while the remaining spots on the podium
were being sorted out. Final results (seven races with one discard):
1. Morgan Larson/Trevor Baylis, USA, 13 points
2. Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, USA, 31 points
3. Mike Martin/ Jeff Nelson, USA, 35 points
4. Dan Thompson/ Andy Zinn USA, 40 points
5. Pinnell/ Hunt, GBR, 47 points
Event website:
Great images from heavy air races:

After a day and a half at sea Bruno Peyron and the crew of (his maxi
catamaran) Orange II are passing to the south of Newfoundland. They have
already sailed in the order of 900 miles since passing Ambrose Light off
New York in their bid to break the west to east transatlantic record. At
present they are around 55 miles behind where PlayStation was 1 hour and 25
minutes further down the track. At present they are averaging 25 knots so
this puts them around 8 miles astern of the American catamaran. Conditions
are still around 25 knots from the southwest. This looks set to build to 40
knots or so and veer further west over the next 24 hours, so if the 700
miles 24 hour record is to be broken this is the time. - The Daily Sail,
full story:

* "Ben (Ainslie) is the best sailor I have ever sailed against. He is very
determined and focused but above all he looks as if he was born in a boat.
He can do things none of us can." - Mateus Kusznierewicz, Polish Finn Gold
Medallist in Atlanta, who won the Bronze in Athens. - From Brough Scott's
story in the Daily Telegraph,

* "I'd love to be at the Olympics in Beijing if it's possible. I would
probably have to compete in the Finn class because I'm too fat for the
Laser and it would take too long to get used to anything else." - Ben
Ainslie, BBC website,

* "I am personally very happy to have the opportunity to race for a gold
medal, and it has been a fantastic journey back to my roots...where I
developed the talent that has given me a great career in the sport of
sailing. Some of us have well known names in the sport of sailing but that
doesn't mean we're are still the best sailors. I am checking in to find out
where I rank amongst the best. Could be humbling, could be exhilarating. No
matter what, the journey has been fantastic." - Paul Cayard

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* Mentor Harbor YC, OH - Enrest Rodriques and his crew Leandro Spina were
able to stay close to George Szabo and Brian Janney in the fourth race of
the Snipe Nationals to maintain a 3 ¼ point lead going into the final race
of the regatta. However, big wind shifts caused that final race to be
abandoned, and Rodriques and Spina became the 2004 champions. Augie Diaz/
Mark Ivey finished third in the 56 boat regatta with Augie's dad Gonzalo
Diaz Sr. and Kristi Patterson winning the Wells Series.

* Gary Jobson tells us the remaining Olympic sailing television shows on
the Bravo Network will range from 15 to 30 minutes. The schedule featured
classes are Tornado (Monday), 49er (Tuesday and Thursday), Mistral
(Wednesday) and the Star (Saturday). Friday is a reserve day.

* The 140-foot Mari-Cha IV was loaded on the container ship Cielo del
Canada in Long Beach, California and is now heading for the Panama Canal.
She is perhaps the largest sailboat to travel on the deck of a container
ship. Mari-Cha IV is schedule to be in the Med around Sept 6 where the rig
will be re-stepped and the boat prepared for Voiles de St Tropez. - Photos

* Two lucky Laser sailors were amongst the grand prize winners from the
2800 sailors who joined in to celebrate the fourth annual Summer Sailstice
the weekend of June 19/20,. Noah French of Branched Oak Yacht Club in
Nebraska was the winner of the one week BVI charter from The Moorings and
L. Harrington of Pinecrest, FL won the $500 gift certificate from West
Marine. They were just two of the winners from the almost 200 prizes
donated by marine companies. Summer Sailstice 2005 is planned for the
weekend of June 18/19. For the complete list of winners:

* The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has already received 26 Applications
to Enter the 628-nautical mile 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race,
including several from overseas and from New South Wales, Tasmania,
Victoria and Western Australia. The race starts on December 26 and the
final date for Applications to Enter is November 5. The Notice of Race is
now available on the official website:

* UK singer/songwriter Peter Brodie is donating one US Dollar to the
International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) for every copy of his
new 'The Music of Peter Brodie'CD sold during 2004. This CD consists of
ballads, some love songs, others about getting away from it all in - by
road, on a freight train, to the beach, or in the case of the song 'Summer
Breeze', on a boat.. An IFDS spokesperson said, 'Summer Breeze' epitomizes
the spirit and triumph of sailing -

* There were several typos in the story announcing the winning team from
the US Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup. To set the
record straight, the champions are: Fred Strammer (Nokomis, Fla.), Dalton
Tebo (Sarasota, Fla.), and Charlotte Sims (Venice, Fla.)

For 18 of America's best sailors, years of sacrifice, dedication and focus
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(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: Richard Clarke, Canadian Olympic Finn Sailor. I do not share the
opinions expressed by Richard Clark in Scuttlebutt 1650. The English are an
incredible squad with some very talented sailors and coaches, they are
giving the rest of us a lesson in preparation and execution.

* From Kitty Cooper: Dave Campaniello's comments on trimming the spinnaker
remind me of sailing with Peter Cooper in various Etchells in fleet one. I
started crewing in 1976 with no (zip, nada) sailing experience. I pulled
strings and hiked out when told and I watched. A few years into this, as
boats passed us on the downwind legs and Peter grew quietly distraught, I
got to fly the spinnaker, as there was nothing to lose. Peter would fume
and say that I had the pole too low, I had the pole too high, and I finally
told him to just frigging leave me alone. And we started to move. And we
passed boats. And Peter stopped complaining.

I handled the pole and the sheet, I didn't know the standard procedures, I
just got in tune with the sail. I didn't watch the other boats, just asked
for an update on the race now and again. And it worked. Light to medium air
was my element. Heavy air is more brute strength than fine tuning. The
"truths" of spinnaker flying that Dave outlined work fine in a steady
breeze. But I'd suggest that during the season you let someone experiment
with the spinnaker in lighter conditions. Think outside the box. Better
yet, don't think.

* From Graham Kelly: Thanks for the pictures of the blooper. It brings back
so many wonderful memories. Now, does anyone want to let Vendetta's owner
know that the sail will fly better if he attaches the tack of the sail
(that's the narrow corner with the North Sails sticker) to the bow, and
puts the sheet on the fatter corner, so that the curve of the luff lets the
sail fly outboard of the main. (See:

* From Marc Jacobi: I am usually one of the first to voice criticism of us
sailing on many levels, but have found its daily email updates from Athens
most informative. Jonathan Harley provides some background info on
day-to-day life at the games, while Skip Whyte's missives from the 470
coach boat provide details on the racing itself. Convenient links to
sailing world daily articles, NBC's website, TV schedules and the ISAF site
add further value. In fact, these Olympic updates are the only emails from
us sailing I've received in the last few years that I: 1) actually read;
and 2) look forward to getting.

It is not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in
the dog.