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SCUTTLEBUTT 2661 - Friday, August 15, 2008

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Qingdao, China (August 14, 2008; Day Six) – Friday promises to be an
action-packed day at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition after all races
were postponed Thursday as the wind deserted Qingdao. Racing was canceled
for the day after an on-land postponement. The final calls for the Finn and
Yngling classes were made at 3:00 p.m. and the calls for the 49er, Laser,
Laser Radial, Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X were made at 4:00 p.m. The hazy
day in Qingdao could not produce enough wind for racing on any of the four
scheduled courses. With no racing Thursday, the race schedule for Friday has
been amended (see below).

Click here for a brief report from Friday, August 15th.
Click here for a brief report from Saturday, August 16th.

> ISAF report:
> US report:
> Canadian report:
> Sailing World's Olympic Podcast Series: Halfway through his tenure as the
chairman of U.S. Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee, and halfway through
his first Olympics, Dean Brenner looks back at the sailing so far, and
what's ahead for the U.S. Sailing Team in the next week and the next four

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: Due to wind delays on Wednesday, and the cancellation of
all races on Thursday, the race schedule in the Notice of Race for Friday
has been revised as follows:
Course A: 1300 - Star and Tornado (2 races each)
Course B: 1200 - RS:X men and women (2 races each)
Course B: 1400 - 49er class (3 races)
Course C: 1200 - Laser and Laser Radial (3 races each)
Course D: 1300 - 470 men and 470 women (2 races each)
Course E: 1200 - Finn and Yngling (3 races each)
> Friday is the final day of open racing for the Finn and Yngling. Following
Friday’s racing, the top ten competitors from these two classes will advance
to their medal race on Saturday. In the medal race, finishing position
points are doubled, and the score cannot be discarded.

A maximum of 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 Friday, August 15, the big
question will be the effect of the wind direction. The forecast maps best
describe the sailing conditions as having NE winds from 10-20 knots but some
light patches may occur depending on how much the mountains will shelter the
race area. 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: Racing finally begins for the Tornado and Star fleets, and
these events will be the featured racing for television coverage on Friday.
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:

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

The podium positions for the Finn and Yngling will be decided on Saturday,
and it is interesting to note that Great Britain remains as strong in 2008
as their gold medal performances in 2004. However, they are likely the only
country from 2004 to repeat. In the Finn, Spain earned the silver and Poland
the bronze in 2004, but they are currently 13th and 9th respectively. The
situation in the Yngling is far worse, as neither silver medalist Ukraine or
bronze medalist Denmark are competing in the event at these games. Here are
some links from the 2004 Olympic Games:
> Medal Count:
> Photos:

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* “If it comes down to a medal race between Ben (Ainslie) and another boat,
Ben will kill him. It is not even a discussion worth having. Bet your house
on it. Bet your mate’s house on it. In fact, bet the nation’s house on it.
He will just annihilate anybody else that he has got to beat.” -- British
team manager Stephen Park regarding leading Finn sailor Ben Ainslie, full

* “I am starting to see what really makes this the Olympic Games. This is
competition at its ruthless best. Goals are destroyed, ambitions are
pressured and resolve is tested. The conditions here in Qingdao for the
racing so far have been tough. A bad day out there for most is an extremely
bad day. Regattas are just about over for some after the first day! This is
not just unique to Sailing; every sport has its unique element that makes it
so tough. Swimmers have one chance to make it, no second race to recover
from a bad turn or slow start and they are punished by .3 of a second.
Weight lifters are falling short by .5kgs - probably a weight they have
lifted countless times before.” -- Carl Williams (NZL), 2006 Star World
Champion. --

Which country holds the most Olympic sailing medals but has never won a gold
medal? (Answer below)

* There are 1443 days until the next Summer Olympics to be held in London
July 27-August 12, 2012, with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing
Academy being selected as the venue for the sailing events. As for the 2016
Olympics, the bid process will conclude with a final decision October 2,
2009. The contesting cities are Chicago, USA, Madrid, Spain, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, and Tokyo, Japan.

* The Tornado gennaker has been a hot topic, as the Dutch and American teams
have been behind the development of a radical design that can be used both
upwind and downwind. While the Dutch have opted for a standard sail, the US
decided today to go with the new design, or as they call it, their
‘Chupacabra Code Zero gennaker’. On the decision, American Tornado crew
Charlie Ogletree said, “It was a tough and risky call. We know the sail will
power us up in really light conditions going to windward, but in any breeze
over 11 knots we’ll only be able to use it downwind and we’ll risk being
outgunned by boats with standard gennakers. After carefully weighing the
odds, we decided to press ahead and use it.” --

* Three of Britain most promising sailors will get the chance to savour the
experience of an Olympic Games in full flow when they fly to China as part
of the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) ‘Britain’s Olympic Ambition 2012’
programme today (Thursday 14 August). Designed to enhance athlete medal
success at the London 2012 Olympic Games by providing talented potential
team members with an opportunity to experience an Olympic Games, athletes
from 33 disciplines will spend seven days in Macau and Beijing during
Beijing 2008. The programme’s focus is based around providing sports
specific event exposure and to replicate, as closely as possible, an
athlete’s overall Olympic experience. -- Complete report:

* After 49 races, there have been 34 protests heard, with two of them being
filed by the jury under Rule 69 (Sportsmanship) violations. The latest Rule
69 hearing involved Norwegian Finn sailor Peer Moberg, who was initially
protested by Chris Cook (CAN) for a mark rounding violation, but based on
the testimony by Cook, the jury found cause to take the next step. The cause
for the Rule 69 jury protest involved alleged serious abuse and threats by
Moberg toward Cook at the time of the incident but also some minutes later
after they crossed the finish line. Moberg initially received a DNE
(non-discardable disqualification) for his protest by Cook, but following
all hearings it was reduced to mere DSQ.
> Moberg report:
> All protests:

* The Dutch Yngling team is currently in second position, and it is the
Dutch Sailing Team that garnered much attention with the method they used to
determine their Olympic Yngling representatives. For the past two years,
nine aspiring girls had been sailing three boats, with the team coach
deciding on the eve of each regatta which combination would sail together.
The team made their final selection of the three girls to compete at the
Games just one month before the opening. --

Rochester, New York, USA – August 13, 2008 – The J/22 Class celebrates 25
years as a one-design Class with more than 105 boats now entered in the 2008
Ultimate Marine Group J/22 World Championship, hosted by Rochester Yacht
Club in Rochester, New York, USA from August 20-24. All boats will start as
one fleet, with 2007 champion Mark Sadler of South Africa defending his
title. Among the outreach efforts at the worlds will be an effort to support
a Miami-based not-for-profit organization called Sails for Sustenance (SFS),
a group dedicated to recycling sails donated in the U.S. by providing them
to subsistence fishermen of Haiti.

The fishermen build their own boats and are forced to outfit them with
make-shift sails (often scraps of discarded rice and flour bags pieced
together). The donated sails require far less maintenance than those they
replace, and allow fishermen to more easily reach speeds critical to
trawling for certain fish species. Since 2006 over ninety sails have been
donated, and SFS will be onsite at the J/22 Worlds to accept contributions
of sails, scrap sail material, sail repair kits (needles, thread, etc.), and
monetary donations. Contributions, both in-kind and monetary, are
tax-deductible. -- Full Details:

In 2005, the JELD-WEN Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative was
launched by the company to demonstrate the reliability of their windows and
doors while helping to save historic lighthouses for their communities. This
year, twelve lighthouses are the final candidates among 49 nominees. Since
community support is very important in preserving lighthouses, an online
poll is held to help determine the contest winner. The candidates are:

Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse - Maryland
Bodie Island Lighthouse - North Carolina
Cedar Island Lighthouse - New York
Grand Traverse Lighthouse - Michigan
Grays Harbor Light Station - Washington
New Canal Lighthouse - Louisiana
New Dungeness Light Station - Washington
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Maine
Plum Island Station - Wisconsin
Point Arena Light Station - California
Rose Island Lighthouse - Rhode Island
Toledo Harbor Lighthouse - Ohio

Voting must occur on or before September 7, 2008. To review the candidates
and place your vote, go to

by David Schmidt, SAIL magazine
It’s November 9, 1999, and you’re sailing aboard USA-53, Young America, in
the second round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Conditions are a little
breezy, maybe 18-20 knots of air with fairly large seas off Auckland, New
Zealand. The boat seems capable and the crew is 100-percent dialed-in. But
then a curious thing happens: In the midst of a tack, while pushed up by the
seas, USA-53 breaks. Mercifully, the boom jams into a section of the cockpit
and acts like a brace, preventing the boat from going fully taco-ed, but the
damage is done and the command is given. Abandon ship.

You leap, as does everyone around you, and madly tread water as you wait for
the boat to sink. But, miraculously, it doesn’t go down. You rub the
confusion from your eyes and look again: there’s someone by the mast,
battling to get the sails down. Alone. Later, you find out that dropping
sail and reducing the boat-breaking loads they were producing was the only
thing that kept the boat from sinking. But who stayed behind to make the
save? Meet Jerry Kirby, part man, part machine, and 100% big kid. -- Read

Damian Emery's Eclipse continues to dominate the J/105 fleet, posting wins
in his last 6 regattas. Emery, powered by a Doyle Main and Jib, won the
J/105 class at NYYC Race Week and Block Island Race Week. Doyle sails also
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As for which country holds the most Olympic sailing medals but has never won
a gold medal, Canada holds the most medals (9) by any nation never to win a
gold medal.

* Whilst the Summer Olympics are in full swing in China, Lionel Lemonchois
and his nine crew have bid farewell to Asia. The 33 metre maxi-catamaran
Gitana 13 crossed the start line of the Tea Route - Hong Kong / London -
this Thursday 14th August at 0755’32” UT (1555’32” local time). On this
course spanning over 14,000 miles the sailors of Gitana Team are targeting a
time of around forty days to make Europe and the city of London. --

* Each entrant of the Volvo Ocean Race must first complete a 2000 mile
qualifying sail, and this week saw the Green Dragon Volvo Open 70 complete
their qualification passage. The team set off from Cork, sailed to a
waypoint 200 miles south of Iceland, then set a northerly course to 59,32.2N
020.6W, approximately halfway between the Outer Hebrides and the Faroe
Islands, before returning south to their training base in Cork. Now Team
Russia has just begun their qualifier, leaving Portland Harbour (UK) in
steady 40kts, and will attempt an unofficial run at the Round Britain and
Ireland nonstop record in a monohull. --

* Ten boats have officially entered the 2008 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas
International Yacht Race hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, and it is hoped
that the field will grow as the early entry discount deadline has been
extended to Sept. 1. Returning in 2008 is recent Tahiti Race record breaker
Magnitude 80 who was also first to finish in the 2007 Cabo race. Regular
entries will continue through October 1. -- Complete report:

* The final level of America’s Cup lawyering between defender Alinghi and
challenger BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) involves the hearing of the appeal
submitted by BOR. The timeline follows that BOR’s brief and record material
is to be submitted by September 29th, with Alinghi’s brief to be submitted
by November 13th, after which BOR shall submit a reply brief, if desired, by
November 28th. After these filings are completed, the court will assign a
date for oral arguments during a period on or after January 6, 2009. --

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include 505 racing in San Francisco, Lightning racing in Newport, a Nick
Scandone fundraiser next week, plus beautiful boats in Croatia, Australia,
and New Zealand along with two championship siblings from Long Beach, CA. If
you have images you would like to share, send them to the Scuttlebutt
editor. Here are this week’s photos:

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* From David Hazlehurst: (re, the report in Issue 2660 on the weather this
week in Weymouth) In 1993, when the Laser Worlds were held in New Zealand,
US sailors got an opportunity to hone their heavy weather skills and some
reports implied their stamina was taxed - certainly compared with the
"local". This prompts me to offer a comparison with Savannah in 1996 where
by this stage in the racing, the organizers had scheduled earlier starts to
avoid the horrendous thunderstorms that came in like clockwork in the early
afternoon. I know from talking with and seeing the reaction of some of the
competitors, they were understandably concerned about the theatrics as were
those of us on one of the windward mark boats. From a personal perspective,
I missed a phone call from my daughter telling me about the birth of her
first daughter; none of us heard the cell phone ring and all four of us kept
our hands off any metal. That was 22 July and at the belated US Trials in
April 1996 when I asked a local what conditions we could expect three months
later. "Great," was the answer. "We always get an afternoon sea breeze". We
sure did, and I'll never forget them.

* From Donald Pierce, General Manager, Ferrari of Houston: Every day
Scuttlebutt arrives in my mail box here at the dealership, bringing the
sailing world into focus. Without a doubt, one of the best news sources on
the Internet and the Curmudgeon’s Observations are so great that those are
often sent off to my friends for comment and reflection.

This year, our racing team (Risi Competizione, won
the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a rather prestigious event in world class sports
car racing. But in talking about racing with a few of the drivers, when I
mentioned that racing boats was an order of magnitude more difficult because
“the water is always moving and changing, whereas on a race track, the
pavement remains a constant” , the drivers shook their heads and said “now
that’s crazy!!

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