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SCUTTLEBUTT 1654 - August 25, 2004

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America's Cup star Paul Cayard kept himself in medal contention on Tuesday,
rallying yet again to finish sixth in the lone Star class race on the
lively Saronic Gulf.

The 49er skiffs flew across the waves in the higher breeze, but Americans
Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding appeared to have sailed themselves out of
medal contention with finishes of 10th and 11th before leading the whole
way to win the day's third race. Pending protests, Wadlow and Spaulding
won't be able to catch the crews from Spain, Ukraine and Great Britain,
which appear to have locked up the medals. The final race is Thursday.

Cayard, in his first Olympics at 45, is tied for third place with Denmark's
Niklas Holm with 26 points after six of 11 races. Canada's Ross MacDonald
also had 26 points after finishing last, but was given redress because his
boat was struck and damaged by Bermuda's Peter Bromby. MacDonald, unable to
raise his jib after the collision, moved into second with 20.2 points.

Brazil's Torben Grael, who won the first of his four Olympic medals 20
years ago in Los Angeles, continued to dominate by placing fifth. He has
yet to be finish out of the top 5, and leads with 13 points. Three skippers
are within three points of Cayard and Holm.

The northerly Meltemi returned to the gulf, bringing a steady 17 knots of
wind, kicking up whitecaps and clearing the smog out of the Athens basin,
making the Parthenon visible in the distance as the Stars sailed upwind.
Cayard, of Kentfield, Calif., and crew Phil Trinter of Lorain, Ohio, have
made a habit of getting deep in the 17-boat Star fleet and then coming
back. Cayard and Trinter were 13th at the first mark. They'd improved to
10th by the time they turned onto the downwind run to the finish, where
they passed four boats. - Bernie Wilson, AP, as posted on the SF Chronicle

Star - 17 boats (6 of 11 races with one discard)
1. BRA, Torben Grael/Marcelo Ferreira, 13
2. CAN, Ross MacDonald/Mike Wolfs, 20.2
3. USA, Paul Cayard/Phil Trinter, 26
4. DEN, Nicklas Holm/ Claus Olesen, 26
15. BER, Peter Bromby/Lee White, 57

49er - 19 boats (15 of 16 races with two discards)
1. ESP, Iker Martinez/Xavier Fernaandez, 60
2. UKR, Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk, 69
3. GBR, Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks, 71
4. USA, Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding, 82

Complete scores:
Updated Olympic photo gallery:

* "It was very shifty today. It's good for the championship to have
different conditions in every race." - Torben Grael (BRA) -

* "It was nice to race in the breeze. We waited for this meltemi to come in
and we had a good race." - Fredrik Loof (SWE) -

"Over the last four years we have been one of the teams to beat. At this
level you pay for small mistakes." - Peter Bromby (BER) -

* "There are still five races to go. Nothing is done yet." - Xavier Rohart
(FRA) -

* "Torben will be hard to reel in. I wish the whole group was closer to
him, because the pack that's close together will eventually start thinking
silver or bronze and will start beating up on each other and he'll get
farther ahead. I just hope tomorrow we can get him back farther in the
fleet so there will be a chunk of guys fighting for gold in the end." -
Paul Cayard (USA) -

When competing for the Olympics, making it to the podium is the ultimate
goal. But would you know where to stand? We know that the Gold medalist
stands in the center, but how about Silver and Bronze? (Answer below)

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The "must stop" for Intracoastal Waterway cruisers headed south this fall
could very well be a new Internet message board. That's because the
Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), in cooperation with Boat
Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has created a way for
boaters to share local knowledge regarding facilities, experiences and most
of all, channel conditions, along the 1,200-mile route threading the
southeast coast.

Created in 1938 and with an authorized depth of 12 feet, the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway provides a protected inland passage for commercial
and military vessels and has become increasingly popular with recreational
boaters. However, today the waterway is as shallow as four feet or less at
low tide in some areas as declining federal budgets over the past decade
have led to cutbacks in maintenance dredging. Commercial vessels and larger
recreational craft are being forced to run offshore in the open ocean or
risk grounding and potentially expensive repairs.

The free message board at includes
individual sections covering the waterway's route from Norfolk, VA, to
Miami, FL. Also included are sections where cruisers or local boaters can
note "Problem Spots," a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers news area, and a
"Trips" page for question-and-answer exchanges as well as comments from
cruisers en route. - Boat US, full story:

Johnny Lovell and Charlie Ogletree will defend their 2003 International
Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT), win against a field of Olympic Tornado
sailors and top catamaran sailors from around the world on Lake
Pontchartrain, New Orleans on October 18th through October 23rd, 2004.

Sailors competing for the right to defend the ICCT for the United States
include Mark Murray, Bob Hodges and WF Oliver. Competing for the right to
challenge will be at least three 2004 Olympic Tornado teams including;
Mitch Booth and Herbie Dercksen (NED), Enrique Figueroa and Jorge Hernandez
(PUR), and William Howden (GBR). Italy will be sending two teams to compete
including Daniele Saragoni and Teo di Battista. Daniele and Teo were the
ICCT 2003 runners up, losing to Johnny and Charlie in the last race by less
than about 5 seconds. Two other 2004 Olympic teams have expressed interest
and are currently evaluating the possibility of competing in New Orleans.

The International Catamaran Challenge Trophy was created by a deed of gift
given by Seacliff Yacht Club in 1961, as an international match-racing
trophy for catamarans. The ICCT has been contested 22 times since 1961. The
2004 ICCT will be raced using the 18HT's and the boats will be governed by
the 18HT development class rules.

To beat PlayStation's Transatlantic record, Bruno Peyron's Maxi-catamaran
Orange II must finish before 17:12:44 CET on Wednesday afternoon, so the
adrenaline is pumping. To break the record, they have to cover 605 miles in
the final 24 hours. Doable? Of course. But difficult because the seas are
up, and the weather system for the final stretch is not promising.

Canadian Paul Henderson's term of office as the president of the ISAF is
about to end. Who will take his place? There are three candidates listed
the website of the European Sailing Federation, along with their platforms.
Take a look:

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The U.S. 49er team of Tim Wadlow and Pete Spaulding sailed their best race
of the regatta today on the Saronic Gulf, winning the third heat of the day
by 19 seconds. Not long after they crossed the line, however, they had to
come to grips with the fact they would not realize their dream of winning
an Olympic medal in Athens.

"It's sort of bittersweet," said Wadlow, his subdued tone indicating it was
more of the former and less of the latter. "We won the last race, but we
knew that the guys we needed to be ahead of were all close behind. We had a
pretty good idea that we were out of the medals even though we were winning
the race. You see all the helicopters, the onboard cameras, you know it's
going to be a great race. But it's also sort of the end of a dream." -
Excerpts from a story by Stuart Streuli on the Sailing World website; full

* There are just three days left for to nominate representatives to US
Sailing's Sailor Athlete Council. All registered Sailor Athletes are
eligible to nominate candidates, but only registered A and B level athletes
may be nominated and elected to the Council. The US Sailing website has the
list of the present nominees as well those eligible for nomination.

* Finally! After winning line honors in twenty-seven consecutive races,
Grant Wharington's Skandia has been beaten. Stewart Thwaites' 98-foot Kiwi
super maxi Konica Minolta registered the win against Skandia at the 21st
Hahn Premium Race week at Hamilton Island. And things could get even
tougher for Skandia - Konica Minolta will soon be adding a new canting keel
and canard. The arms war escalates. - From material by Rob Kothe posted on
the Sail-World website, full story:

* The Melges 24 Gold Cup, a national points regatta for the class, was held
in Charleston, SC last weekend. Competitors from as far as California,
Louisiana, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey and Maryland gathered in the
historic city for a very competitive weekend of sailing. Some big talent
was on hand and the shifty conditions combined with strong current really
challenged these teams to sail their best. "Grins" team of Shawn Burke,
Steve Burke, David Chapin and Skip Canfield"USA-526" won the championship.
- Complete results:

* Here are the leaders after five races with one throwout at the 44-boat
Marks Star North American Championships: John A MacCausland/ Brian Fatih,
10 pts; 2. Hyde Perce/ Chuck Nevel, 14; 3. Karl Anderson/ Magnus Liljedahl,
14; 4. Ben Cesare/ Doug Brophy, 16; 5.Peter Cusick/ Serge Leonidov, 25; 6.
Bill Buchan/ Greg Newhall, 33.

* All winners of US National or North American One Design Championships are
eligible for the US Sailing/ Rolex Championship of Champions regatta to be
sailed in JY 15s at the Raritan YC, Perth Amboy, NJ on September 29 -
October. 2. The entry deadline is quickly approaching but qualified
skippers can apply on-line:

"It makes my heart feel good when sailors finish races earning bronze
medals and showing absolute jubilation. The standard victory celebration
here is to jump in the water immediately after crossing the finish line.
The smiles are genuine. In many sports a bronze medal is considered a
disappointment, but I haven't seen that in sailing.

"In most sailing world championships big fleets of 80-100 boats are normal.
But here in Athens the fleets range in size from 17-42 boats. The tactics
are different in smaller fleets. Several sailors are finding it difficult
to excel." - Gary Jobson,

The positioning of the medalist on the podium is as follows: Gold is in the
center, Silver is to the right of Gold, and Bronze is to the left of Gold.

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* From Skip Doyle: Is it mandatory that the Olympic boats have on board
cameras? If so, who mandates it? If I were an Olympic sailor I would not
want the camera on board. It's the source of potential problems as Lovell
and Ogletree found out.

Curmudgeon's Comment: We've forwarded the question to US Sailing's Olympic
Director, and this is his response: "There is a "race of the day" selected
by AOB every day (Athens Olympic Broadcasting). Cameras are "required" on
the boards able to use them. (Yngling, Star, 49er, Tornado). Top 4 boats in
current standings get "live cameras" while rest of fleet gets "equal weight
dummy cameras" positioned in exactly the identical spot on all boats.
Basically answer is yes, you must have a live or dummy camera on board, no

* From Aaron Housten: I'm sure that every reader of Scuttlebutt will point
this out but, unfortunately Stevan Johnson's 'Whomper' set up
( is not legal under
RRS: "50.1 Changing Sails - When headsails or spinnakers are being changed,
a replacing sail may be fully set and trimmed before the replaced sail is
lowered. However, only one mainsail and, except when changing, only one
spinnaker shall be carried set at a time."

* From Steve Gregory: Hats off to Philippe Kahn for stepping up to the
plate to help US Olympic yachting, but time will tell what classes he
supports. Kahn has had tremendous success with his training programs, but
they all have been in classes that either Philippe and/or his son Shark
also sail. Looking at the 2004 Olympic results, can Pegasus Racing do
something about the boardsailing, a class that I suspect neither Kahn is
interested in getting into?

* From Alexander Fredrichs: I've carefully read the story posted on the
Scuttlebutt website about Philippe Kahn's training initiative,
( but it's not clear to me if
Kahn's goal is more medals for the US Olympic team or stronger training
partners for the Pegasus Racing team.

Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let
the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.