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SCUTTLEBUTT 2654 - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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After a dozen years of chasing his Olympic dream, after two previous failed
attempts in the Tornado event to reach the podium, American Charlie Ogletree
finally felt satisfied when the silver medal was placed around his neck in
2004 in Greece. Well, at least for a couple of months. Then came the itch to
put his toe, so to speak, back into the water as a competitive sailor. Then
came the phone calls to and from partner John Lovell. Then came the next
regatta on the sailing calendar in Miami, and a couple of old friends just
figured they’d break out the equipment and see what they had left. Plenty.

They won in Miami by one of the largest margins in the history of the event.
“I don’t know if that was good or bad,” said Ogletree, who lives in Kemah,
TX and sails out of the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte. “But it kind of told
us that we weren’t finished yet. And chasing the gold is something to do
with it.” So when the 2008 Olympic regatta gets under way in China, a couple
of 40-year-olds who were born on the same day - Oct. 11, 1967 - will be
looking to take that additional step to the top of the podium in the Tornado
class. -- Houston Chronicle, read on:

* The American and Dutch teams in the Tornado catamaran class are continuing
to test an extreme 'upwind spinnaker' to see if they can steal a march on
their Olympic rivals. "I don't want to give away too much information
because I noticed one or two teams in the boat park are trying build sails
like ours," said John Lovell, helmsman of the USA Tornado and competing in
his fourth successive Olympics. The radical development has sent several
rivals scuttling off to try and build last-minute copycat versions proving,
at the very least, the sails have caused a considerable psychological
disturbance in the 15-nation fleet. -- by Tim Jeffery, Telegraph, read on:

by Dean Brenner, US Olympic Sailing Team Leader
The heat is on in Qingdao, literally and figuratively. The temperature is
routinely north of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 30 Celsius) and the humidity
is off the charts. Every team is constantly looking for additional ways to
get an edge. Here in Qingdao that means, among other things, dealing with
the heat effectively. The top Olympic sailors are all really fit, and in
many classes the sailors are truly elite athletes. Elite athletes, in any
sport, need to think about what they eat, what they drink, how they attend
to their bodies, and how they recover after a hard day. So too here.

We have brought a medical and fitness team here with us that consists of
three people: Dr. Amy Myers, and our two physical therapists Scott Weiss and
Mark Kenna. All three of them are responsible for the physical well-being of
our athletes, including daily time on the bench to stretch out, attention to
any physical issues, and perhaps most importantly heat management.

Heat management means a lot more than just drinking lots of water and
wearing a hat. It has to do with the clothes you choose to wear, and the
foods and liquids you put into your body from morning until night. It
consists of several "cold" options on the water to drop core body temps. It
consists of protein smoothies as soon as we hit shore. And perhaps most
importantly it consists of a communication plan so our athletes can stay out
of the heat as long as possible. We have people monitoring the morning
information so our athletes don't have to hang around the boat park
wondering when the race committee will send us out on the water. -- Complete

* Eighteen American sailors are in Qingdao, China, ready to begin the 2008
Olympic Games. To read a full report on each US representative and their
medal chances, along with who the favorites are in each event, go to

* Britain's sailing squad has an extra weapon going into the Olympics - an
extract from a sea creature which could help keep them ready to race. They
have been using a blood test using luminous chemicals taken from the common
piddock, a marine mollusc. Its developers, a husband and wife team of
scientists based in Plymouth, claim it can detect the earliest signs of
infection, or even overtraining. -- Read on:

* From Ken Dool, Head Coach, Canadian Sailing Team: “Those that have been
following the weather and past events here in Qingdao are all too familiar
with the projected wind forecasts (lightish) and tidal effect (huge), but
over the course of our first 10 days here this year we have seen it all. It
all started with rain that was bouncing to your knee-caps off the pavement,
this quickly evolved into ridiculous humidity and day time fog banks that
completely engulfed the area, then the tail of a typhoon provided us with
20-25 knot breeze for a complete day and evening, and more recently, a
picture perfect day for anywhere in the world. Visibility was amazing;
shoreline architecture and mountains appeared that had never previously been
viewed. All in all a breath taking day that we can only hope gets repeated
for us down the road.” --

* The US Olympic Sailing Team has set up a dedicated email address to enable
the ‘buttheads to send messages to the whole team or anyone within the team.
Emails can be sent here:

Keith Bechard and crew aboard his Farr 395 'Zoom' won their class at the
Chicago-Mac thanks to good crew work, an ace tactician, and their new North
Sails 2A spinnaker. Bechard said winning their class at the 100th Race to
Mackinac was "a big deal to us." In addition to his 2A, Bechard races with a
six-year-old TF-2 mainsail and six-year-old 3DL jib. "North recognizes that
not everyone can buy new sails every year and their quality and design gave
us an edge. When people want to go faster, I tell them to buy North Sails."

by Sébastien Destremau: An interview with America’s Cup defender Alinghi’s
skipper Brad Butterworth.

* On when the next America’s Cup can be held:
BUTTERWORTH: That is the ridiculous point of the current situation actually.
We have two scenarios here: A DoG Match and a “conventional” mutual consent
America’s Cup.
> DoG match: It will take a minimum of six months for the New York State
Court of Appeal to make a decision. Then you’ll have to add the minimum 10
months requirement set in the Deed of Gift. Being a northern hemisphere
regatta the DoG match cannot happen before Summer 2010. Whoever wins the DoG
Match will need another two years to organize a “conventional” 34th
America’s Cup. So that pushes us back to 2012 or 2013 at the earliest!!
> Conventional regatta: If BMW Oracle was to drop this ridiculous Appeal
now, we would envisage having a multiple challenge regatta in 2010.

* On the possibility of a 2009 event if BMW Oracle drops their appeal:
BUTTERWORTH: To be fair to all competitors and not only the richest teams,
the protocol forbids a regatta to be organized any earlier than 18 months
after the AC90 class rules are released. It would be very easy for us to get
all the parties involved around the table and discuss the final version of
the class rules before releasing it. The America’s Cup would be 18 months
after that.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: It is interesting to note Brad’s timeline; if the
appeal is decided in 6 months, and then 10 months was added to that, it
would be December 2009. This makes it a Southern Hemisphere event (per the
Deed), which could happen if the parties don’t agree to postpone until
Spring 2010 for it to be in the Northern Hemisphere. Also, Brad noted that
the adaptation of the AC90 class rules would require 18 months. However, if
the existing class was used, this timeline would shrink considerably. I
suspect that much of this will depend on who the Challenger of Record is
following the appeal – the American club or the Spanish club. Complete

by Harry Legum, Annapolis Sailing Fitness
I recently had the opportunity to lead the sailing fitness section for the
US Sailing Women’s Jr double handed Championship in Sausalito, CA. Sixty or
so of some of the top girls in the nation sailed their butts off in gusts of
up to 20 knots and a new found appreciation for fitness was created.

Initially when I asked if anyone had any questions, most girls were a bit
hesitant. After experiencing capsizing and working the trapeze in the San
Francisco Bay, a different attitude was displayed. One advantage in being
young is the ability to perform without having years of abuse on your body.
Having an abundant supply of energy is another. I explained that even though
some were naturally gifted in their sailing abilities, an exercise routine
will do nothing but help and keep those attributes in check.

Most girls raised their hands enthusiastically when I asked if they have
aspirations to sail in college. What they did not realize is that every
college sailing team has a workout program and for most is mandatory. I
would encourage any Jr program sailor to start now so that you will be ready
when time comes. It can be as simple as going for a run or hitting the
weights a couple times a week. What if it works? Tiger Woods is a great
example of someone who integrated exercise into a sport that traditionally
had a limited need for cross-training. Now is the time to do the same with
competitive sailing. --

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: If you have a daughter that sails, she must see the
video that we just posted online. It was filmed during the Women’s event
mentioned above, and it is just what might inspire her to greatness. View it

* Chicago, IL (August 5, 2008) – Top-ranked disabled sailors competing at
the annual North American Challenge Cup (NACC) were treated to two days of
great wind conditions: a first morning of 15-knots of breeze; a second day
of 9- to 12- knot blows and lumpy seas. Unfortunately, weather conditions
did not permit sailing on the third and final day of racing. The NACC, held
August 1-4, drew members of both the 2008 U.S. and Canadian Disabled Sailing
Team, with the 2.4mR and the Sonar, both sailed at the NAAC, to be two of
the three classes at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China. -- Complete report:

* (August 5, 2008) A 59 boat fleet is competing in the Thistle Nationals in
Pensacola, FL, where they have just completed their 3-race qualifying
series. The top 29 boats will now carry their scores and move on to compete
for the Thistle National Championship, with racing on Wednesday through
Friday. Currently in the lead is the team of Paul Abdullah, Andy Lawrence &
Sarah Paisley of Jacksonville, FL. -- Results:

* Richmond, CA (August 5, 2008) - The 31 boats at the Snipe Nationals have
completed their qualifying series, and will carry their current position in
the standings as a race score when they compete in the National Championship
series Wednesday through Friday. Current leaders are
Ernesto Rodriguez/ Leandro Spina and Augie Diaz/ Kathleen Tocke of Miami, FL.
-- Results:

* (August 5, 2008) Following the first two days of the Shark World
Championship in Hamilton, Ontario, the 46 boats competing have now completed
three races, and will continue racing through Friday. Current leader is the
team of John Dakin/ Morgan Dakin/ Kyle Dakin, who are holding an 8-point
lead over fellow Toronto sailors Richard Robarts/ Colin Clark/ Paul Ziemer.
-- Results:

* Castine, ME - Dorade, the famed 52’ yawl designed by Olin Stephens in 1929
when he was 21 years old, led a fleet of 47 boats in the ninth annual
Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden. The race celebrated Stephens’ 100th
birthday. Stephens, on board the Race Committee boat, proclaimed Dorade’s
victory “the greatest birthday present ever,” according to event chairman
David Bicks. -- Read on:

* Five events and their dates, a freeze on the TP52 Class Rule for two
years, introduction of cost containment initiatives and a revamped
Corinthian Class are amongst the first elements announced for the 2009 Audi
MedCup Circuit. -- Read on:

* Of the nine events that comprise the 2008 World Match Racing Tour, the
Troia Portugal Match Cup in Troia, Portugal has been moved from its initial
position on July 15-20 to now being held September 23-28, 2008. --

* Twenty-three sailors comprised of a mix of juniors and adults ranging in
age from 17 to 61 years old qualified for this year’s U .S. Singlehanded
Championships, hosted by the Sayville Yacht Club (NY), held from August 6-10
in Sunfish. Among the field is Krysta Rohde, of Richmond Hill, GA the
reigning 2007 Women’s Singlehanded Champion who represents the U.S. Coast
Guard Academy and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) and Doug
Kaukeinen of Rochester, NY, reigning Sunfish North American Champion. --
Complete report:

At the Marblehead NOOD Regatta, two of the boats that were fully kitted-out
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The Scuttlebutt Forum for Sailing Event Reports is coming up aces in the
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2008 505 Class North American Championship
2008 Yngling Open Worlds
2008 Soverel 33 Nationals
2008 Cal 20 Nationals
2008 J/80 World Championship
50th Anniversary E-Scow Championship 2008

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* From former NYYC Commodore Harry Anderson (re, the America’s Cup):
I'm having a wonderful time
I'm having a regatta some time
But the New York Court has the nerve
To rule that my participle (having) does not have the verve
To have the regatta that I deserve.

* From Roger Marshall: (re, story in Issue 2653) Interesting read on the
Santa Barbara race overboard scenario. The ladies were very fortunate.
Readers might want to be aware of some research I did a couple of years ago
for my book Rough Weather Seamanship. We towed a swimmer on a lifejacket
harness at various speeds and found that at speeds over 4 knots the swimmer
can barely keep his/her head above water. At six to eight knots the bow wave
created by the person came over his head and he had great difficulty
breathing (we stopped the test at this point!). At this same speed the drag
of a person in foul weather gear is so high that two crew could not drag
that person up to the boat and out of the water. When a boat is sailing at
twelve to sixteen knots, it will be almost impossible to get a person back
aboard. This leads to two conclusions, first, use lifejackets without a
harnesses for high speed sailing or end jacklines far enough forward that,
should a person go overboard, they can still hold onto the rail. If they end
up a full tether length behind the boat, they may be drowned before the boat
can be stopped.

* From Jim Gardiner, Washington, NC: Two thoughts cross my mind after
looking at the extreme 40 regatta photos. One, somebody is going to break
their neck racing 90 foot America cup multi hulls if they fall off.
Secondly, we used to have an Alcort Sunfish and a Sunfish clone. The clone
would turtle in a nano second. The Sunfish was infinitely recoverable. The
clones mast was not water tight, would fill, regardless of standing on the
dagger board, and you would watch the mast sink. The Sunfish mast would
float and provided enough buoyancy to keep from turtling.

Fast forward to the late 70's when I built a 1300 lb. 35' wood/epoxy/carbon
trimaran with a wing mast. The mast was watertight, and I recovered on two
occasions from big hairy pitch poles where the mast was laid out flat and
would not sink. The wind would blow the boat around and out the bow would
pop. Off we sailed slightly worse for wear. Sure seems like the Extreme 40's
would benefit from sealed spars, postponing if not stopping them turtling.

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has the right of way. -- Redneck Driving Rules

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