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SCUTTLEBUTT 1658 - August 31, 2004

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Although Cascais, Portugal failed in their bid to host the 2007 America's
Cup, they may have wound up with even more important - the 2007 ISAF World
Sailing Championship. Cascais topped a group of 13 cities that bid to host
the massive regatta. The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship will be
hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais in association with the Portuguese
Sailing Federation and the International Sailing Federation. The dates are
to be finalized, but will be late July/ early August to co-ordinate with
the 2007 Olympic Test Event in Quingdao, China.

Held as a single event, the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship combines
eleven Olympic Class World Championships at the same time in one venue.
With an anticipated 1000 entries, 1500 competitors, 70 nations, and Olympic
Qualification it is the most significant World Championship for the Olympic
classes. 2007 will also mark the occasion of the ISAF Centennary,
celebrating 100 years since ISAF, or the then IYRU, was formally created. A
diverse program of celebrations will recognize the occasion, including
celebrations at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship.

Paul Henderson, ISAF President, highlighted the impact the inaugural ISAF
Sailing World Championship in Cadiz, Spain in 2003 had on the sport of
sailing and the ongoing impact the quadrennial Championship will continue
to have in the future, bringing a focus to Olympic Sailing, and providing a
much closer synergy with the quadrennial Olympic Sailing Competition. The
2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship will be the primary qualification
event for the 2008 Olympics.

"It is essential that the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championship is a total
success, across all elements of the Championship," Henderson said. "The
most important element is the wind and weather and ISAF is confident that
the wind conditions in Cascais are very, very good for what we want to do.
The wind is very reliable, very steady and the sun will be shining. Add to
this the many years experience of the Club Naval Cascais in hosting large
international events, an excellent infrastructure, a compact single event
site and the spectacular backdrop of Cascais - the venue will provide a
fantastic stage for our sport."

The final selection of Cascais, Portugal as the venue for the 2007 ISAF
Sailing World Championship was made by the ISAF Executive Committee at
their meeting during the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition, and is subject
to an early site visit and signing of the event contract.

Britain won seven medals in 1900 and six in 1908, and since then there have
been medals at every Games. Yet we forget how recently the successes were
modest. In Barcelona, the relief of Lawrie Smith's solitary Soling bronze
was palpable.

It was after that the Royal Yachting Association's blueprint was drawn up
by Carr, in anticipation of funding from the Lottery. In Atlanta, Ben
Ainslie and Ian Walker and John Merricks won silver medals. Then came
Sydney and Athens. "The Lottery money [£7.6 million since Sydney] has made
such an impact on the technical sports," said Robertson, mindful that the
rowers and cyclists also did well. Yet with only 18 sailors in 11 events,
winning medals in virtually half of them, sailing was a powerhouse.

"Five medals is exceptional," said team manager Stephen Park. As in Sydney
15 nations won medals, yet only Spain came close to Britain's haul, with
three. The team's cohesiveness was evident. Despite some competitions
finishing a week ago, no one flew home on Air Prima Donna. No boats were
packed up early. Those celebrating or unwinding respected the sailors still
competing. Ainslie went out on Iain Percy's coaching boat twice. Others
attended briefings and helped the haul-out after racing. It made the
British team inclusive and projected vigour and unity to other nations.

Five medals are a perfect vindication of the RYA's selection policy;
objective trials, but with an overriding subjective element as the
selectors reserved the right to make choices which would result in the most
potent team. Contrast this with the United States, locked into 1970s
thinking and hidebound by the threat of lawsuits, whose late, one-week,
shoot-out trials removed two of their best Yngling crews.

What will worry rival nations is the thought that the big guns - Robertson,
Ainslie and Percy - are already eyeing up Beijing 2008; others will return
battle-hardened and in several classes there are sailors pressing strong
claims. As Robertson says, success breeds success. - Excerpt from a story
by Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:

During the Olympics, Scuttlebutt was very fortunate to have been sent daily
images of the sailing events in Greece. It began with Torben Grael carrying
the Brazilian flag at the Opening Ceremonies, and continued for fifteen
days to include the events of the eleven classes at the 2004 Games. Two
Hundred and Seventy-One images in all, providing a memorable tribute to
those that were fortunate enough to have been part of this Olympiad. A
special thank you goes out to photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Peter
Bentley/PPL for providing Scuttlebutt with these magnificent images. The
following link will take you to the main page, where you can click on any
of the daily links to view the images from that day:

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There will be live radio commentary of the Marseille Louis Vuitton Act 1,
the opening races of the 32nd America's Cup. Sailing fans in the Marseille
area can listen to the coverage in a number of ways, including on Radio
103.6 FM, by loudspeaker in the AC Park race village in the Vieux Port of
Marseille, while boaters can also tune in on VHF Channel 60. In France, the
commentary will be available over the telephone by dialing 0825 70 00 68
(15¢ / minute). The French race commentary will also be webcast on for those interested listeners who can't make it to
Marseille. Highlight quotes from the sailors will be posted as audio files
on each language section of the website each day after racing.

The America's Cup website will also include a live 2D race tracker to
follow the fleet races and each of the match race contests, showing current
leader and distance ahead, wind speed, what leg of the race the boats are
on, the elapsed time, deltas at marks, and the gain or loss on each leg.

With the opening fleet race on the 5th of September now less than a week
away, all six teams are now on site on the J-4 pier in Marseille. On
Monday, Team Alinghi, Emirates Team New Zealand, and K-Challenge took to
the waters off Marseille for some crew training, sail testing, and boat
tune-up. It was another stunning day in Marseille, with warm temperatures,
blue sky, and a steady eight to 10 knot breeze - good testing conditions
for America's Cup boats. Each of the six teams is expected to sail this
week in preparation for racing. A practice race is scheduled for the 3rd
September, with all six teams invited to participate. - AC Management

Coming within a few minutes of breaking transatlantic records seems to
becoming a feature of 2004, with Ellen MacArthur less than an hour outside
of Laurent Bourgnon's singlehanded record and on Wednesday afternoon Bruno
Peyron and the crew of Orange II just 30 minutes outside of PlayStation's
time. While they may have been outside of the outright transatlantic
record, Peyron and the crew have the ultimate consolation prize in having
broken the 700 nautical mile/day barrier. On board they only had 10 crew
and so ran two watches of five.

"We had to push to the maximum with not very much in terms of human power,"
says Peyron. "Five guys on deck is enough to control the boat, not to do a
manoeuvre. To control the boat you need a guy at the helm, one on the
traveller one on the mainsheet and one of the genniker, plus one running if
something needs to be done. So it is very concentrated." Interestingly
rather than having on, off and standby watches due to the duration of the
record attempt Peyron ran only on and standby watches - no off watch! The
standby watch would sleep in the large cockpit cuddly in the weather hull
ready to join in when required for manoeuvres. However the movement of the
boat at high speed, even downwind was not conducive to a great amount of
sleep. "It is very brutal and hard. And the harder you push, the less you
can sleep of course," Peyron describes it. - Excerpts from a major story
posted on The Daily Sail website, full story:

* Scott Nixon and his crew won the J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championship, besting
a 32-boat fleet last weekend. The Severn Sailing Association (SSA) race
committee got off four windward/leeward races on Saturday and one on Sunday
in a sea breeze that was consistently over 10 knots. Going into the final
race, Scott had a three point lead over second place finisher Matt Beck,
but he got buried at the start. Scott rounded the first weather mark in
12th place while Matt was in second. "We had him in the bus, but he just
kept working at it and passed us on the final beat," Beck Said. -

* Historically, since sailing (then yachting) was first included in the
Olympics in 1900 (and including the just-completed Athens Games), the U.S.
has the highest medal tally with 56, including 17 golds. Great Britain is
second (45, 19 gold) with Norway third (31, 17 gold). - 'Lectronic
Latitude, full story:

* A three-way battle for the overall win at the inaugural Irish Etchells
Championship sponsored by Affinity Insurance saw Nils Razmilovic with Brian
Hammersley and Mark Nicholls defeat triple America's Cup winner Russell
Coutts by one point. Ante Razmilovic took third by the same margin. This
event marked Coutts first outing in the Etchells since 2000. - The Daily
Sail, full story:

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* From Michael Moore: I pulled this quote from 'Butt Europe this morning:
"Is it not time for ISAF to undertake some experimental scoring in major
events over the next 3 years to consider no discards in the 2008 Olympics."
-- Ronnie R McCracken, ISAF International Judge, Hong Kong

I have one question. Why? Yes, the cream rises to the top. Yes, the good
guys always win. Yes, consistency and preparation count. And yes, it is
awesome to note that Ben Ainslie would have won even if he had to count his
DSQ early in the regatta. But from a competitor's standpoint, what is wrong
with just a little bit of insurance? There are so many things that can go
wrong during a race or a series, some a competitor's fault, some not, that
I just don't see the problem with allowing a discard or two over the course
of a long series.

* From Chip Pitcairn: I'm an over 40 keel boat kind of guy and I have a
question. After watching the board sailors in Athens pump and flap their
way around the course I began wondering. If the wind dies, can you drop to
your knees and paddle to the finish line? What happened to being wind
powered? This is not meant to disparage any of the board sailors at the
games who sailed(?) under the current interpretation of the rules, but it
looked very strange to my eyes to see all that pumping going on in an
Olympic regatta. Admittedly I am out of touch with board sailing and old,
but it still looked strange. Going through Olympic withdrawals …

* From Chris Buydos (In response to Bernie Wilson's column "King Of The
Hill"): Wilson points out two important factors for winning medals in the
Olympics, "Money and experience". It is true that money plays a role in
getting to the Olympics, though this is true regarding every event and
athlete at the games not just sailing. I just don't believe it is fare to
down play the British success in the sailing events, making, money the
contributing factor to their success. Anyone who was able to see the events
could clearly see the best sailors won due to their experience and desire
to win! Bottom line the best man and women won! End of story! Cheers to the
Brits for coming to the aid of their athletes with a national lottery. We
only have ourselves (USA) to blame for not supporting our athletes in the
same manner. Please do not take away from an athlete's accomplishments by
using money as a scapegoat!

* From Andy Roy: Deserving of a little ink from the Olympic regatta are
Canadian Star sailors Ross Macdonald and Mike Wolfs. Their 2nd place in
what had to be a pressure packed final race vaulted them past the French to
grab the silver medal. Quite an achievement considering that Ross and Mike
only started sailing together last December. Ross' Star class record is
remarkable: silver and bronze Olympic medalist, Star World champion (and
twice runner up), Star European champion, 3-time Star NA champion, and a
4-time Bacardi Cup winner. Not bad, eh?

* From John Fallon: With all respect to Gary Bodie and the rest of the US
coaches, why is winning Olympic medals so important that we should ask
young men and women to give up other options in their lives to pursue this
goal? The U.S. Olympic Sailing team in Athens achieved incredible results
considering it is made up primarily of men and women that are on track to
pursue other careers in life besides sailing. The time they have taken to
represent the U.S. in this game will undoubtedly be a lasting memory, but
not their only legacy.

I think you will find that more sailors participate in the U.S. Olympic
trials than in any other countries Olympic selection process. This might
not produce the best team to win medals, but I think it produces the best
long term health for our sport.

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending …
and having the two as close together as possible. - George Burns