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SCUTTLEBUTT 2657 - Monday, August 11, 2008

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Concerns over suitable sailing conditions for the 2008 Olympics are real,
and when the Notice of Race called for only one race needed to complete a
series, everyone took notice. However, following the first two days of
racing on Saturday and Sunday, there is only one thing that matters: the
racing is currently on schedule.

There are five race areas that will be used, with the inshore Course A being
the primary course for television viewing. The Finn and Yngling got the
party started Saturday on Course A, and while the winds remained in the 5
knot zone and the currents were strong, both classes completed their two
races. The 49er class began their racing on Sunday, and it was there turn on
Course A that again dealt similar conditions, but the skiffs succeeded in
completing three races. For the Finn and Yngling, on Sunday they were
assigned Course E, which is more offshore, and benefitted from a stronger 8
knot breeze and weaker currents than as seen on Course A.

The sailing conditions have required a deft hand and a bit of luck to read
the winds and current. In the Finn class, the North American entrants have
found consistency in their scores, but it has not always come easy. In the
first race, event leader Zach Railey (USA) came from 15th to 2nd on the
final run to the finish. Canadian Chris Cook has kept his fans on edge,
coming from 19th to 8th in the first race, then pulling off comebacks of
25th to 7th and 19th to 10th in the third and fourth races respectively.
Conversely, the American Yngling team’s overall position in the standings
would be much different if they had not dropped from 2nd to 14th on the
final lap of the first race.

Current Results:
Finn (26 entrants)
1. USA, Zach Railey, 2-5-2-2, 11
2. GBR, Ben Ainslie, 10-1-4-1, 16
3. CAN, Christopher Cook, 8-3-7-10, 28
4. SLO, Gasper Vincec, 9-11-6-5, 31
5. ESP, Rafa Trujillo Villar, 12-4-3-14, 33

Yngling (15 entrants)
1. GBR, Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson, 2-3-4-7, 16
2. FIN, Silja Lehtinen/Maria Klemetz/Livia Väresmaa, 6-6-3-8, 23
3. NED, Mandy Mulder/Annemieke Bes/Merel Witteveen, 9-1-2-13, 25
4. USA, Sally Barkow/Carolyn Howe/Deborah Capozzi, 14-2-8-5, 29
5. AUS, Krystal Weir/Karyn Gojnich/Angela Farrell, 1-11-6-12, 30
12. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Martha Henderson/Katie Abbott, 5-4-10-15, 34

49er (19 entrants)
1. GBR, Stephen Morrison/Ben Rhodes, 4-3-5, 12
2. ITA, Pietro Sibello/Gianfranco Sibello, 3-9-1, 13
3. DEN, Jonas Warrer/Martin Kirketerp Ibsen, 2-4-10, 16
4. FRA, Emmanuel Dyen/Yann Rocherieux, 7-8-4, 19
5. AUS, Nathan Outteridge/Ben Austin, 15-1-7, 23
13. USA, Tim Wadlow/Christopher Rast, 5-14-15, 34
15. CAN, Gordon Cook/Ben Remocker, 13-12-13, 38
Complete results:

* RACE SCHEDULE: Monday will have the following classes racing: RS:X Men and
Women (Course A), 49er (Course B), 470 Men and Women (Course D), and Finn
and Yngling (Course E). Laser and Laser Radial begin on August 12th, with
the Star and Tornado being the last events to start on August 15th. Two
races per day are scheduled for each event, except for the 49er class, for
which three races per day are scheduled. The scheduled time of the warning
signal for the first race each day is 1300. Eleven races are scheduled for
each event except for the 49er class, for which 16 races are scheduled. Of
the 11 (16) races, 10 (15) are scheduled as opening races and one as a medal
race. When five or more opening races have been completed, a boat’s series
score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
However, the score from the medal race will not be excluded. -- Notice of

* WEATHER FORECAST - Qingdao Olympic Venue: For Monday, August 11, light
winds around 7 knots are predicted (estimating the wind gradient from 40m
height in model to 5m height). Wind direction from NW in morning, but
trending left to Southerly by the afternoon. View maps/graphs at - to get the animated
hour by hour forecast map images, sign up for free worldwide forecasts at

* RACE WATCHING: Of the five race areas, Course A is the primary site for
filming, chosen for its close proximity to shore. This might help for
logistics, but it makes for brutal sailing. Said Yngling crew Carrie Howe
(USA), “We raced Saturday on Course A, just outside the harbor, watched by a
fleet of spectator boats that included 29 official media boats crowded with
TV teams and still photographers. The breeze was incredibly light and fluky,
around six knots, but made even shiftier by the proximity of the course to
the thermals generated by the concrete jungle ashore. Complicating things
further, there was a strong tidal current sweeping up the course, with the
wind. Oh yes, there was the official TV helicopter too.” The RS:X Men and
Women are scheduled for that course on Monday.

For the US audience, look for Gary Jobson to join the NBC production team
beginning with Wednesday’s races, adding his commentary to the live shows
through to the end of the series. He will also be editing a 5-6 minute daily
highlight, which he hopes to have available by 7am ET.
> U.S viewing schedule:
> Canadian viewing schedule:

Many of the finest athletes in sailing are at the top of their game
competing in China right now. Harken and McLube know this firsthand because
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* Believing that a gross breach of good manners or sportsmanship had
occurred, a Rule 69 protest was filed against the Russian Yngling team by
the Jury after the measurers found improper corrector weights in their hull.
The protest was later dismissed when the Jury was not satisfied that the
team had knowledge of the weight correctors in the prohibited location and
therefore there is no serious breach of sportsmanship. --

* For the Finn fleet, the on-the-water jury has issued 11 penalties to 8
entrants during the first four races, all for Rule 42 (kinetics) violations.
For the first infraction, a boat can exonerate themselves with a 720.
However, for additional violations, boats must either drop out immediately
or risk a non-discardable disqualification (DND). Among the multiple
violators were the Brazilian (2) and Greek (3). --

* The Dutch Sailing Team have registered their highly controversial Code O
Tornado gennaker with the measurers at the Olympic regatta at Qingdao and
that they have accepted it, subject to measurement, as a legitimate sail for
use in the regatta. This sail, which he has spent several months developing,
is considered by many to define where the medals will go, depending on the
weather conditions. The smaller dimensions of the sail allow it to be
successfully used both upwind and downwind, with skipper Mitch Booth
believing the sail has an advantage over the standard gennaker in winds of
up to 11 knots. The risk is that each team can only measure in one gennaker,
and the other two teams that are known to have developed the weapon – the
Americans and Australians – have not yet had their measurement appointments.
-- Sail World, complete story:

With the Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening, and several events starting
in the next day or two, not all the sailors chose to take the hour flight
from Qingdao to Beijing. However, for those that could afford the time away
from training, the experience was life altering. Here is a report from US
Team Leader, Dean Brenner:

“Words are my life. When not working with our Olympic athletes, I teach and
coach public speaking and writing for a living. And I don't own the
vocabulary to describe what yesterday's Opening Ceremony was like. So since
I need some help with my words, I'll quote team member Andrew Campbell: The
Opening was one of those "Forrest Gump" moments when you look around and ask
yourself how and why you are there.

“It was magic, pure magic, and the easiest way to share the experience is to
simply walk you through the day, starting with the trip from the Qingdao
Village to the airport. We were given a highly weaponized police escort,
with roads and highways totally blocked and police officers standing at
attention every few hundred feet all the way from our Village to the airport
- about 20 miles. No delays at the airport. We had our own dedicated
security and passport lane, and we were at the charter flight in minutes.
Same treatment on the other side in Beijing.

“I could write a few thousand words about our afternoon in the Village, but
the real action worth writing about started at about 5pm. -- Read on:

* (August 8, 2008) The Chinese built Green Dragon Volvo Open 70 set off for
her mandatory 2000-mile Volvo Ocean Race qualification passage from her base
in Cork on the morning of August 8, 2008. Skipper Ian Walker reports from

“Today is sail number day – 8th of the 8th 08 and IRL 888 has set off on its
2000 mile qualifier. 888 is the luckiest Chinese number, so was deliberately
chosen for this boat. Today must feel strange for our three Chinese crew
members to be at sea on the day that the Beijing Olympics opens. This is
especially true for Guo Chuan who had the honour of carrying the Olympic
Torch into the Olympic sailing city of Qingdao three weeks ago. It feels a
bit odd for me too after being so focused on the last three Olympic Games,
and now having a totally different goal this year.

“We are bracing ourselves for a sustained 30+ knots and the first real test
of the boat in the open ocean. It is not without some trepidation that we
head into this system as we can ill afford the time to our program that
major damage could cost us, but as always, it is better to find these things
out sooner than later. We also need the training in these conditions and it
is too easy to put it off. Right now 2000 miles seems a long way, so quite
how we will feel leaving Qingdao with 12,300 miles ahead of us to Rio is
hard to fathom (Leg 5 beginning mid February 2009). Still – we’ll deal with
that when we get there. “ -- Team website:

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* Pensacola, FL (August 8, 2008) – With only one race remaining on Friday
for the 59 boat fleet at the Thistle Nationals, it was all on as top two
teams entered the day tied with an 11 point gap on third in the no throw out
series. With it all even between Mike Ingham/ David Hanson/ Delia Ingham and
Greg Fisher/ Jeff Eiber/ Jo Ann Fisher, it was the Fisher led team who would
finish the race in fourth, four places ahead of Ingham for the win.
Finishing third was Paul Abdullah/ Andy Lawrence/ Sarah Paisley. -- Results:

* Richmond, CA (August 8, 2008) – Following the qualifying series for the 31
boats at the Snipe Nationals, the teams of Ernesto Rodriguez/ Leandro Spina
and Augie Diaz/ Kathleen Tocke were tied on points. However, for the
Nationals schedule on Wednesday through Friday, Diaz put the hammer down,
winning four of the six races to capture the title. Rodriguez/ Spina
finished second with Peter Commette / David Harrison in third. -- Results:

* Long Beach, CA (August 10, 2008) - Following the Laser North Americans in
San Francisco two weeks ago, 183 entrants attended the Laser US National
Championship, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The Canadians dominated the
Laser Full Rig, taking the top four spots, with Chris Dold of Royal Canadian
YC winning by two points over Lee Parkhill of Royal Canadian YC. The top
U.S. entrant was Derick Vranizan of Seattle Yacht Club in fifth. The
Floridians swept the other two divisions, with Laser Radials won by Mateo
Vargas of St Petersburg YC and the 4.7’s won by Cameron Hall of St
Petersburg YC. -- Results:

* The Shark World Championship in Hamilton, Ontario found 46 boats competing
in the nine race series last week, eventually won by Dave Foy/ Jamie Foy/
David O'Sullivan of Ottawa, Ontario. -- Results:

* Newport, RI (August 10, 2008) - The 97-boats at the Lightning North
Americans completed their qualifying series today, which was won by Bill
Healy/ Tim Healy/Nicole Breault. Racing continues Monday through Wednesday
for the championship series. -- Results:

* Blue Point, N.Y. (August 10, 2008) - Four years ago this month, Paul
Foerster (Heath, Texas) won Olympic gold in Athens, Greece. Today, Foerster
won the U.S. Singlehanded Championship at Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point,
N.Y. So stepping onto the top level of a podium is nothing new for Foerster,
who has now won his fifth U.S. National Sailing Championship title and who
also won gold at the Pan-Am Games last year as well as a silver medal at the
2000 Olympic Games. -- Complete details:

* Holland, MI (August 8, 2008) - After three days of racing on Lake Michigan
with conditions ranging from light winds on Wednesday to strong seas on
Thursday, Arielle Delisser and Marissa Lihan, both of Coral Reef Yacht Club
(Miami, FL) were tied with 37 points going into Friday’s final race.
Thursday’s leader Sky Adams of Santa Barbara Yacht Club (Santa Barbara, CA),
was also still in the hunt with 40 points, but in the end it was Arielle
Delisser of Miami, Fla. who prevailed, claiming the title of 2008 U.S.
Junior Women’s Singlehanded Champion in the 47-boat event. -- Final report
and results:

* Newport, RI (Aug. 10, 2008) -- World Champion NYYC Silver Panda won the
Vanguard 15 Team Race, hosted August 9-10 by the New York Yacht Club at its
Harbour Court Clubhouse. Eighteen teams sailed, and Silver Panda – which won
the 2007 and 2008 ISAF Team Racing World Championship -- was undefeated,
going 25 races without a blemish. In second place was Larchmont Yacht Club,
whose only two defeats were at the hands of Silver Panda, and in third place
was Tall Boyz. Team members on Silver Panda are Peter Levesque, Liz Hall,
Clay Bischoff, Lisa Keith, Colin Merrick and Amanda Callahan. --

* Rhode Island-based Goetz Custom Boats has been awarded a contract to build
a prototype boat for Kelly Space & Technology for testing of its ballistic
protection armor technology. Kelly Space has developed a lightweight
polymer-based ballistic protection system that is capable of being moulded
into any shape. The company said that it possesses substantial
weight-strength advantages over leading ballistic armor products, while also
increasing a boat's buoyancy. -- IBI Magazine, full story:

California shooter Glennon Stratton was onsite last week at the Naples Sabot
Nationals and at the US Laser Nationals this past weekend, and has provided
the ‘buttheads with galleries from both events:

We give you a good time in Newport before you stretch your legs. Your yacht
is always tickety-poo after it leaves Newport Shipyard...and so are you!
Best action by far. Most Newport gigs center around the Shipyard. Get a
front row seat. --

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* From Brian Raney: (Reply to Chris Boome's post in #2656, “Can't you guys
give up on continuing to try to humiliate Brodie Cobb?”) No, we can't. A
great guy would not assault a fellow competitor. You can sail with him. I
don't want to, and frankly I think he got off with a light sentence. I show
up to race sailboats, not box, wrestle, or fight in aquatic MMA.

This seems to be a sensitive issue for those who know him, and he might be a
great friend. There was some noise made about the monthly publication of
those suspended from also, I believe, Brodie supporters. I think it's great
that this info is available, and reminds us all of our responsibilities. I
also think it was a HUGE mistake to include his name in the O'Day PR
messages, as many others apparently do too.

* From Tom Hansen: Love the "Butt" every evening, especially when you have
Lake Michigan/ Midwest info. I've used this line for years, stolen from a
funny radio guy (Kevin Matthews), and my kids (adults) use it with their
kids to help explain what we all see all too often: "There are more horse's
asses than there are horses."

I submit this specifically for San Francisco's (minimum) discrepancy of two:
Brodie Cobb and his apologist, Chris Boome. It's my opinion, and shared by
so many in/ on the Forum, that Cobb deserves every nuance of his well
deserved sanction, and our sport must always hold dear its Corinthian

* From Peter Harding, Chester, CT: One party to the shenanigans over the
America’s Cup has been awfully quiet recently – CNEV, the club with no
members, no fleet, no clubhouse and now, with the defection of Desafio
Espanol to the Abra YC, no team. With all the controversy over their
challenge and the current economic downturn it must be questionable whether
they can find the sponsorship and the team to even field a credible

Surely the honorable thing for CNEV to do now would be to withdraw their
challenge? This would allow the BMW Oracle vs Alinghi match in 90’
catamarans to go ahead in 2009 followed by an AC with multiple teams in
Valencia in 2011 in boats yet to be determined. It seems that 2011 is
likeliest time anyway for the next AC if the NY Court of Appeals ruling is
upheld while if it is overturned we will have to wait for the GGYC Deed of
Gift challenge to be sailed before we see another multi-team AC.

Come on CNEV! Take the initiative and you will be applauded by sailors and
sponsors the world over who want to see the AC back on the water and out of
the courts.

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