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SCUTTLEBUTT 2660 - Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Qingdao, China (August 13, 2008; Day Five) - Team USA excelled on day five
of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, winning six of the 11 races
including three straight bullets for Tim Wadlow and Chris Rast (USA) in the
49er. Team Leader Dean Brenner mentioned the USA’s six race wins to
American-born New Zealand coach Rod Davis, who said, “I don’t know if that’s
ever happened!” The three race victories helped Wadlow/Rast haul themselves
back into contention, moving from 13th to 5th overall - the position that
Wadlow finished in the 2004 Games.

For the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and Yngling fleets, racing further out
from the shore there was a delay of just over two hours before racing got
underway as the wind was shifting significantly in both direction and speed.
Following the delay, the fleets completed just one of their two scheduled
races, so their series have been rescheduled to utilize their reserve days
on Friday. In the Laser, Andrew Campbell’s (USA) coast to coast victory
pulled him up from 13th to 8th position after three races, while the
American Yngling team’s race victory gave them clear ownership of 3rd place
with three races remaining before their final medal race on Saturday. The
RS:X Men and Women had the day off.

> ISAF report:
> US report:
> Canadian report:
> Sailing World's Olympic Podcast Series includes audio interviews with
American race winners Wadlow and Rast, Graham Biehl, Andrew Campbell, and
Sally Barkow:

Current Results:
Finn (26 entrants)
1. GBR, Ben Ainslie, (10)-1-4-1-1-10-2, 19
2. USA, Zach Railey, 2-5-2-2-7-(8)-7, 25
3. FRA, Guillaume Florent, 5-8-(20)-3-4-6-4, 30
4. SWE, Daniel Birgmark, 14-(17)-1-6-12-3-3, 39
5. SLO, Gasper Vincec, 9-11-6-5-3-(13)-8, 42
7. CAN, Christopher Cook, 8-3-7-10-(23)-5-15, 48

Yngling (15 entrants)
1. GBR, Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson, 2-3-4-(7)-4-2-2, 17
2. NED, Mandy Mulder/Annemieke Bes/Merel Witteveen, 9-1-2-(13)-1-5-4, 22
3. USA, Sally Barkow/Carolyn Howe/Deborah Capozzi, (14)-2-8-5-6-11-1, 33
4. GRE, Bekatorou/Papadopoulou/Kravarioti, 10-12-9-3-2-(16/OCS)-3, 39
5. RUS, Skudina/Krutskikh/Ivanova, 3-8-12-10-(15)-1-6, 40
12. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Henderson/Abbott, 5-4-10-(15)-9-12-11, 51

49er (19 entrants)
1. AUS, Nathan Outteridge/Ben Austin, (DSQ/20)-1-7-3-1-1-6-4-6, 29
2. DEN, Jonas Warrer/Martin Kirketerp Ibsen, 2-4-(10)-4-2-3-4-2-9, 30
3. ITA, Pietro Sibello/Gianfranco Sibello, 3-9-1-1-6-9-3-8-(12), 40
4. GER, Jan-Peter Peckolt/Hannes Peckolt, (15)-6-11-6-3-2-2-12-4, 46
5. USA, Tim Wadlow/Christopher Rast, 5-14-15-(16)-5-10-1-1-1, 52
13. CAN, Gordon Cook/Ben Remocker, 13-12-13-10-7-6-(16)-16-10, 48

470 Men (29 entrants)
1. AUS, Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page, 4-(7)-3-3-3-4, 17
2. FRA, Nicolas Charbonnier/Olivier Bausset, 6-3-8-1-6-(18), 24
3. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, (19)-5-1-4-9-6, 25
4. ITA, Gabrio Zandona/Andrea Trani, 10-4-7-7-2-(21), 30
5. POR, Ãlvaro Marinho/Miguel Nunes, 2-8-(15)-6-11-7, 34
23. USA, Stuart McNay/Graham Biehl, 26-12-(OCS/30)-17-15-1, 71
28. CAN, Stéphane Locas/Oliver Bone, 25-25-(OCS/30)-20-23-22, 115

470 Women (19 entrants)
1. NED, Marcelien De Koning/Lobke Berkhout, 3-1-(9)-5-2-2, 13
2. AUS, Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson, 2-2-4-1-(9)-4, 13
3. ESP, Natalia Via-Dufresne/Laia Tutzó, 4-5-2-6-(13)-10, 27
4. ISR, Nike Kornecki/Vered Buskila, 8-13-1-2-8-(19), 32
5. ITA, Giulia Conti/Giovanna Micol, (14)-7-6-3-6-11, 33
14. USA, Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler, 12-12-10-14-4-(17), 52

RS:X Men (35 entrants)
1. ISR, Shahar Zubari, 1-3-1-3, 8
2. HKG, King Yin Chan, 5-4-2-5, 16
3. NZL, Tom Ashley, 4-7-7-1, 19
4. FRA, Julien Bontemps, 13-1-5-4, 23
5. GBR, Nick Dempsey, 11-9-3-2, 25
10. MEX, David Mier y Teran, 16-5-17-6, 44
22. CAN, Zachary Plavsic, 23-25-22-21, 91
24. USA, Ben Barger, 21-22-24-26, 93

RS:X Women (27 entrants)
1. CHN, Jian Yin, 1-1-1-3, 6
2. ESP, Marina Alabau, 3-5-5-2, 15
3. AUS, Jessica Crisp, 2-4-3-8, 17
4. ITA, Alessandra Sensini, 6-2-9-1, 18
5. GBR, Bryony Shaw, 4-3-11-6, 24
14. CAN, Nikola Girke, 11-14-13-14, 52
25. MEX, Demita Vega, 23-21-25-25, 94
26. USA, Nancy Rios, 25-24-22-26, 97

Laser (43 entrants)
1. ITA, Diego Romero, 6-3-5, 14
2. POR, Gustavo Lima, 5-8-3, 16
3. ARG, Julio Alsogaray, 1-12-10, 23
4. RUS, Igor Lisovenko, 11-14-4, 29
5. SWE, Rasmus Myrgren, 7-16-8, 31
8. USA, Andrew Campbell, 14-18-1, 33
19. CAN, Michael Leigh, 13-23-26, 62
23. ISV, Thomas Barrows, III, 20-28-20, 68

Laser Radial (28 entrants)
1. USA, Anna Tunnicliffe, 4-5-6, 15
2. CRO, Mateja Petronijevic, 8-9-5, 22
3. LTU, Gintare Volungeviciute, 3-13-8, 24
4. AUS, Sarah Blanck, 6-11-7, 24
5. GBR, Penny Clark, 2-22-1, 25
18. CAN, Lisa Ross, 16-23-13, 52
28. MEX, Tania Elias Calles Wolf, 27-25-DNF/29, 81
Complete results:

* RACE SCHEDULE: Thursday will have the following classes racing:
49er (Course A), RS:X Men and Women (Course B), Laser and Laser Radial
(Course C), and Finn and Yngling (Course E). The 470 Men and Women have a
rest day, while the Star and Tornado remain 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 Race:

* WEATHER FORECAST - Qingdao Olympic Venue: For Thursday, August 14, there
is a big difference between the models when viewed Thursday morning and so
some uncertainty, but the GFS model looks to be on track. GFS shows wind
strength to be less than 4 knots most of the afternoon. Wind direction is
variable but mainly offshore from the West. Good news is that stronger winds
are forecasted for the next four days with wind strength around 15 knots
most days. An archive of the maps/graphs from each day are at - to get the animated
hour by hour forecast map images, sign up for free worldwide forecasts at

* RACE WATCHING: The 49er fleet will be the featured event for television
coverage on Thursday, making them the first class to sail twice on the
“Hollywood Studio,” aka Course A. For the US audience, Gary Jobson is
working with the NBC production team, adding his commentary to the online
shows through to the end of the series.
> U.S. viewing schedule:
> Canadian viewing schedule:

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Here are the countries that currently have entrants in the top three:
Australia - 4
Great Britain - 3
United States - 3
France - 2
Italy - 2
Netherlands - 2
Spain - 2
Argentina - 1
China - 1
Croatia - 1
Denmark - 1
Hong Kong - 1
Israel - 1
Lithuania - 1
New Zealand - 1
Portugal - 1

Sixteen countries are currently positioned for the podium, whereas there
were 20 countries in 2004 that came away with at least one medal. Once the
Stars and Tornados begin racing, countries that might join the medal list
are Brazil, Greece, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Here are some links
from the 2004 Olympic Games:
> Medal Count:
> Photos:

* Organizers at the Olympic sailing venue of Qingdao Wednesday said they
were monitoring an oil slick spotted off the coast, but that it did not
threaten the race course. The source of the spill was under investigation
but it is believed to have been caused by a ship, and that the winds and
currents were expected to carry the slick away from the sailing venue. --
Full story:

* In the RS:X and Laser/Laser Radial classes, all the competitors are
supplied boats by the event. For all other one-design classes, each team has
determined the best hull from the choices available. One builder is
particularly prevalent in Qingdao, that being Auckland based MacKay Boats,
having built 38 of the 48 470s and half the 49ers being used in the Olympic
regatta. At the half way point in the Olympic regatta, MacKay Boats are
being sailed by the leaders in the men’s and women’s 470 and the 49er.

* So how would the Olympic Regatta have been if it had been taking place
this week, in the middle of the English summer? According to former Tornado
Olympian Adam May, we would have had just one day's racing so far, because
it's been blowing over 30 knots every day, not to mention the fact that it's
been pissing with rain. Today it was gusting over 50! So maybe we should
thank Qingdao for small mercies. The sailing is not the most thrilling, but
at least it's happening, and we can at least see the horizon - most of the
time. Sarah Ayton told me the other day that this was about the fourth time
she'd seen the horizon in three years of training in Qingdao. -- Andy Rice,

* The most interesting story of these Games continues to spin up as the
Tornado's get closer to their first race on August 15th. While Mitch Booth
and Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) submitted a Code 0 for measurement, they also
submitted a normal spinnaker and they don't have to pick which one they'll
use until closer to the start of the regatta. Same goes for Americans John
Lovell and Charlie Ogletree, and they will nominate which one they plan on
using Thursday when the measurement period for the class ends. Current World
Champs Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS), which created a Code 0 at the
last minute, will be sailing with a traditional spinnaker. While confident
in the speed of their new creation, the long term forecast is for some wind
this weekend. -- Sailing World,

* It took the Finn fleet about four races before they realized the
on-the-water jury meant business, with a marked decrease in the Rule 42
(kinetics) violations in their last three races. However, now the Laser and
Laser Radial fleets are competing, and it is giving the jury some new
students to teach. Among their first three races, 9 Laser entrants have
earned 10 penalties (Guatemala got 2), while 3 Radial entrants have earned 4
penalties (Mexico got 2). --

As a follow-up to a story earlier this week in Issue 2658, here is an
article written by Bill Lee, a member of the original committee that
conceived the TP 52 class, where he provides an insider’s view on how the
class came to be:

In 1999, a yachtsman named Don Clothier raced a Lidgard 45 performance
cruiser to Honolulu and did a great job. He was the first boat of its type
to finish, but didn’t get much of a trophy. As a result, he donated a trophy
to Transpac for the “First 50 footer to finish”

To a yacht designer like myself, what does this mean? Open 50’s are the
fastest known 50 foot monohull and with no sail area restrictions, they
would make great boats for this trophy. Open 50s are most clearly a horse
for a very specific course. That course being single handed around the
world, so the realities of the Southern Ocean and of how much sail one
person can really handle become de facto sail area limits. But take away the
Southern Ocean and allow a full crew. With no sail area limits in the Open
50 rule and the reasonably easy conditions of the downwind course in the
Eastern Pacific, disproportionately large sail area would be encouraged to
the point of the boat having little other useful purpose. -- Read on:

Newport, RI (Wednesday, Aug. 13) -- Final results in the Lightning North
American Championship -- hosted by the New York Yacht Club -- show first
place in the Championship Fleet going to the team of Allan Terhune, Jeff
Linton and Katie Terhune. In second was Matt Fisher, Dan Moriarty and Tobi
Moriarty; third was Jody Lutz, Jay Lutz and Taylor Lutz. After qualifying
over the weekend, there were six races sailed Monday through Wednesday in
the Championship Fleet. The President's Cup Fleet was won by the team of
Robert Ruhlman, Dave Werley and Abby Ruhlman; second was Justin Coplan,
Fiona Gordon and Ellen Turk, and third was Peter Denton, Tom Slook/John
Townsend and Weston Barlow. In the Governor's Cup Fleet, Richard Walsh, Alec
Smith and Alex Cox finished first; Marcus Moehlman, Eli Putnam and Emily
Paulos, second, and Clinton Hayes, Matthew Clarke and Stephen Widdis third.
The President's Cup Fleet and the Governor's Cup fleet sailed five races
each after qualifying. A total of 97 boats sailed. For complete results,
photos, etc. go to

South Bass Island, Ohio (August 13, 2008) – With the conclusion last week of
the 2008 Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA) Bay Week Sailing Regatta,
presented by Progressive and sponsored by GMC, an annual rite of summer on
the Great Lakes has been marked by hundreds of competitors aboard 90 sail
boats of varied sizes. This is not a typical regatta – the Monday to
Wednesday race schedule virtually ensures that the racers have planned their
participation to coordinate with some vacation time. And the location,
Put-in-Bay, the quaint Victorian resort on South Bass Island, Ohio, is also
a significant factor in attracting high caliber sailors who enjoy the
tactical racing among the surrounding islands on Lake Erie.

“I can’t remember how long we’ve been sailing in this event . . . since the
‘70s at least,” said Heidi Backus Riddle (Vermilion, Ohio). The 1985 Rolex
Yachtswoman of the Year competed in the Tartan 10 class, with a crew on Nuts
that included sister Susan Backus (herself a nationally-known sailor), son
John and some good friends. “This is so different from a normal regatta
venue. One day you race around the island, another around the buoys. When
racing is done the island is a great place to spend your time and relax.” –
Read on:

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=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: A wrap-up report for the Shock 35 Nationals is
posted in the Scuttlebutt Forum, in the Sailing Event Reports section:

* Stephanie Hudson and Laura McKenna bested Louis Padnos and Ben Spector by
4 points to become the 2008 Club 420 Assn. North American Champions. The
three day event was hosted by Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club in western NY, with
81 teams from around the country experiencing the very best of lake sailing
with shifty and varying pressure in both light and heavy air racing. The
lead changed over the first two days but the Midwest Inland Lake experience
of Hudson/McKenna provided them with the winning edge. The 2009 NA
Championship is scheduled for Aug 13-16 at Macatawa Bay YC, Macatawa, MI
with racing on Lake Michigan. -- Results:

* The Volvo Ocean Race has announced the appointment of a new Communications
Director, Marcus Hutchinson, who will be replacing Reg Gratton from the
beginning of September. Hutchinson has a wealth of experience in the yacht
racing event management business and in the media and communications sector.
Events include the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, several single-handed
transatlantic races, the last four America’s Cups and most recently the
MedCup Circuit. -- Read on:

* Seventeen squads will face off in the U.S. Team Racing Championship for US
SAILING's George R. Hinman Trophy, hosted by the Erie Yacht Club (Penn.)
from August 15th through 17th on Lake Erie. The event will be sailed in
Vanguard 15s with a three-boat / six-sailor team format, and will determine
the United States' representatives to the Team Racing World Championships,
to be held in Australia early next year. Current Team Racing World Champion
NYYC Team Silver Panda is among the favorites, led by Colin Merrick, team
members Clay Bischoff, Amanda Callahan, Elizabeth Hall, Lisa Keith and Peter
Levesque. -- Full report:

* Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has announced the 20
most popular brands of boats owned by its 650,000 members. Leading the list
are #1 Sea Ray, #2 Bayliner, #3 Wellcraft, #4 Catalina and #5 Grady-White.
“Sea Ray, with 54,266 boats, is by far the most popular powerboat owned by
BoatUS members followed by Bayliner with 32,712, Wellcraft with 17,565 and
Grady-White with 16,487. Sailboat builder Catalina - with 16,502 - is the
most popular sailboat owned by our readers” said BoatUS Magazine publisher
Michael Sciulla. -- Read on:

While the Olympics sailing events are enduring the light winds of Qingdao,
this week the 18' Skiff International Regatta is relishing the strong summer
winds that San Francisco Bay is known for. A few weeks ago was another Skiff
event on the Bay, the 2008 American Sailing League Premiere event, and
onboard footage from that event has been edited together to provide a taste
of what it’s like to sail these speedsters. Also, if you have a video you
like, please send us your suggestions for next week’s Video of the Week.
Click here for this week’s video:

* Aussie World Champ Seve Jarvin and his ‘Gotta Love It’ team have rolled
through the beginning of the 18' Skiff International Regatta with all
bullets. Daily event reports are being posted in the Scuttlebutt Forum, in
the Sailing Event Reports section:

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Aug 14-15 - Nantucket Yacht Club 12 Metre Regatta - Nantucket, MA, USA
Aug 15-17 - Intl Moth US National Champs - Cascade Locks, OR, USA
Aug 15-17 - Verve Cup Offshore Regatta - Chicago, IL, USA
Aug 16 - U.S. O'pen Cup - New Bedford, MA, USA
Aug 18-20 - Lido 14 Class Championships - Eugene, OR, USA
Aug 19-24 - Knickerbocker Cup - Port Washington, NY, USA
Aug 20-22 - Atlantic Class National Championship - Blue Hill, ME, USA
View all the events at

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* From Mike Brown: I must applaud the organizers and production teams from
the sailing venue! Beyond the fact that some of the links take you to racing
that is not tagged as that particular race, watching from start to finish,
from a sailors perspective is ideal. I can hear all I want about Michael
Phelps, USA's golden child, but I have enjoyed the online NBC coverage of
the sailing events just as much. The overhead copter views, on-boat cameras,
and the sidebar commentary really makes it exciting,...but I love to watch
golf too!

True sailors are loving all the close angled views and mark-roundings,
mainly because when voices can be heard it is pretty cool to hear "I have
room", or "you can not go in there" in multiple languages. Good
stuff...makes me laugh a bit...

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Indeed, the NBC website has the featured classes
mismarked. They note the classes that are sailing that day, but do not state
that only the classes that will have the featured coverage are those
scheduled for Course A. Each issue of Scuttlebutt notes which classes will
have coverage. Pending any changes due to weather, here is the schedule for
the rest of the Games:

* From By Baldridge: Concerning the request for Olympic rule interpretations
(in ‘butt 2659), if a boat sails for a period of time with her sail
"Backed", is the boat really still on starboard tack? To back the sail I
can't see where the boat would not either be in the act of tacking, (if the
wind is above close hauled and coming from the port side of the boat), or on
port tack. If the wind is pushing the boat downwind strongly enough the true
wind felt by the anchored committee boat can be 180 degrees from the
apparent wind on the boat.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
- Aristotle

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