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SCUTTLEBUTT 2662 - Monday, August 18, 2008

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Qingdao, China (August 17, 2008; Day Nine) – While the Olympic event had
been able to remain on schedule for the first four days, challenging weather
conditions began effecting the race schedule last Wednesday (Day Five), and
then all racing was abandoned on Thursday. Friday was supposed to be a
catch-up day, however, light and unstable winds allowed most fleets to get
in only one race (49ers got skunked but 470 Women got in two).

By the end of Friday, the Yngling and Finn fleets had completed eight open
races, with the top ten positions scheduled to advance to their final medal
race on Saturday, August 16th. However, light winds forced the cancellation
of their racing and pushed it to Sunday. With the 49er fleet getting in
three races on Saturday, that event also would have their medal race on
Sunday after completing an opening series of twelve races.

This is the first Olympics to use the medal race format, which was intended
to create drama for the final race of each event, helping the sport in the
eyes of the media. By doubling the position points, and making the medal
race score non-discardable, the theory was that the podium positions would
be up for grabs through to the end. However, this concept failed to keep
Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page (AUS) from building a 22 point lead, and with
both 470 Men and Women now having completed their full schedule of 10 races
on Saturday, the Aussies are assured the gold medal prior to their medal
race on Monday.

For those cheering for the American medal contenders on Sunday, watching the
Barkow-led Yngling team was agony. To see their mediocre start, and then
celebrate their climb back near the top, only to anguish over their fatal
mistakes at the weather mark. Rough to watch, but great drama. The Finn race
wasn’t much easier, as Zach Railey was last off the start line, with the
real threat of Ben Ainslie (GBR) holding Railey back to secure his gold, and
possibly push Railey out of the medal hunt. As for the 49er, their race was
sheer bedlam as the final positions were decided by who could stay upright.
The American rally for a medal in this event ended with a failed jibsheet
block and a DNF. Here is NBC commentator Gary Jobson’s report on Sunday’s
medal races for the Yngling, Finn, and 49er:

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

> ISAF reports:
> US reports:
> Canadian reports:
> NBC sailing microsite:

Final Results **
Finn (26 entrants)
1. GBR, Ben Ainslie, (10)-1-4-1-1-10-2-1/2, 23
2. USA, Zach Railey, 2-5-2-2-7-8-7-(19)-6/12, 45
3. FRA, Guillaume Florent, 5-8-20-3-4-6-4-(21)-4/8, 58
4. SWE, Daniel Birgmark, 14-(17)-1-6-12-3-3-5-7/14, 58
5. CAN, Christopher Cook, 8-3-7-10-(23)-5-1-35-8/16, 67

Yngling (15 entrants)
1. GBR, Sarah Ayton/Sarah Webb/Pippa Wilson, 2-3-4-(7)-4-2-2-5-1/2, 24
2. NED, Mandy Mulder/Annemieke Bes/Merel Witteveen,9-1-2-(13)-1-5-4-1-4/8,31
3. GRE, Bekatorou/Papadopoulou/Kravarioti, 10-12-9-3-2-(16/OCS)-3-3-3/6, 48
4. GER,Ulrike Schuemann/Ute Hoepfner/Julia Bleck,8-7-7-11-11-3-5-(13)-2/4,56
5. FRA, Anne Le Helley/ Lepesant/ Gerecht, (15)-1-14-5-10-10-2-5/10, 56
7.USA,Sally Barkow/Carolyn Howe/Deborah Capozzi,(14)-2-8-5-6-11-1-10-9/18,61
13. CAN, Jennifer Provan/Henderson/Abbott, 5-4-10-(15)-9-12-11-15, 66

Final Results – Protest Pending
49er (19 entrants)
1. DEN, Jonas Warrer/Martin Kirketerp Ibsen,
2-4-(10)-4-2-3-4-2-9-2-7-8-7/14, 61
2. ESP, Lizarduy/Gaztañaga, 1-10-17-2-(OCS/20)-5-7-10-3-4-1-2-1/2, 64
3. GER, Jan-Peter Peckolt/Hannes Peckolt, (15)-6-11-6-3-2-2-12-4-5-4-7-2/4,
4. ITA, Pietro Sibello/Gianfranco Sibello, 3-9-1-1-6-9-3-8-12-(17)-3-3-4/8,
5.AUS, Nathan Outteridge/Ben Austin,(DSQ/20)-1-7-3-1-1-6-4-6-12-2-18-6/12,73
6. USA, Tim Wadlow/Christopher Rast, 5-14-15-(16)-5-10-1-1-1-3-8-4-DNF/22,89
14. CAN, Gordon Cook/Ben Remocker, 13-12-13-10-7-6-16-16-10-(18)-15-16, 134

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: When the Danish 49er team broke their mast before
the start, they switched to an alternate boat for the race, but as it was
not approved, they are being protested by the race committee. Other rumors
include the race being protested due to an alleged infraction of the sailing
instructions for when a race can start. As of Monday, 8:15 am Qingdao time
(which is now the day after the race), no protest decisions have been
posted. --

** Final results include a medal race for entrants in the top ten. Medal
race position and points are shown (position/points).

Current Results
470 Men (29 entrants)
1. AUS, Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page, 4-7-3-3-3-4-5-(16)-3-10, 42
2. NED, Sven Coster/Kalle Coster, 11-(15)-12-2-8-15-2-8-4-2, 64
3. FRA, Nicolas Charbonnier/Olivier Bausset, 6-3-8-1-6-18-3-14-7-(20), 66
4. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, 19-5-1-4-9-6-20-(OCS/30)-2-3, 69
5. ESP, Onan Barreiros/Aaron Sarmiento, 8-2-6-9-13-13-13-4-11-(18), 79
13. USA, Stuart McNay/Graham Biehl, 26-12-(OCS/30)-17-15-1-4-1-6-23, 105
29. CAN, Locas/Bone, 25-25-(OCS/30)-20-23-22-(OCS/30)-18-26-16, 205

470 Women (19 entrants)
1. AUS, Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson, 2-2-4-1-(9)-4-2-5-3-2, 25
2. NED, Marcelien De Koning/Lobke Berkhout, 3-1-9-5-2-2-10-7-4-(16), 43
3. BRA, Fernanda Oliveira/Isabel Swan, 11-(16)-5-10-7-6-6-2-7-4, 58
4. ISR, Nike Kornecki/Vered Buskila, 8-13-1-2-8-(19)-3-1-11-15, 62
5. AUT, Sylvia Vogl/Carolina Flatscher, 9-(DSQ/20)-13-7-1-7-1-13-6-11, 68
12. USA, Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler, 12-12-10-14-4-(17)-7-6-17-7, 89

RS:X Men (35 entrants)
1. NZL, Tom Ashley, 4-(7)-7-1-5-5-3, 25
2. FRA, Julien Bontemps, (13)-1-5-4-10-8-2, 30
3. ISR, Shahar Zubari, 1-3-1-3-17-6-(19), 31
4. GBR, Nick Dempsey, 11-9-3-2-1-7-(17), 33
5. HKG, King Yin Chan, 5-4-2-5-3-(33)-21, 40
16. MEX, David Mier y Teran, 16-5-17-6-12-(29)-33, 79
23. CAN, Zachary Plavsic, 23-25-22-21-(30)-12-26, 129
26. USA, Ben Barger, 21-22-24-26-26-(32)-25, 144

RS:X Women (27 entrants)
1. CHN, Jian Yin, 1-1-1-3-3-(13)-7, 16
2. ITA, Alessandra Sensini, 6-2-9-1-(DSQ/28)-3-2, 23
3. AUS, Jessica Crisp, 2-4-3-8-1-8-(9), 26
4. ESP, Marina Alabau, 3-5-5-2-5-(11)-8, 28
5. NZL, Barbara Kendall, (12)-7-12-4-2-4-3, 32
17. CAN, Nikola Girke, 11-14-13-14-12-(15)-13, 77
22. MEX, Demita Vega, 23-21-(25)-25-17-21-20, 127
26. USA, Nancy Rios, 25-24-22-26-24-27-(DNF/28), 148

Laser (43 entrants)
1. GBR, Paul Goodison, (15)-2-15-1-9-7, 34
2. SLO, Vasilij Zbogar, (24)-4-14-6-2-11, 37
3. ARG, Julio Alsogaray, 1-12-10-(28)-14-1, 38
4. FRA, Jean Baptiste Bernaz, (19)-1-12-9-6-10, 38
5. SWE, Rasmus Myrgren, 7-(16)-8-2-8-13, 38
11. CAN, Michael Leigh, 13-23-(26)-5-4-3, 48
16. USA, Andrew Campbell, 14-18-1-26-32-(BFD/44), 91
29. ISV, Thomas Barrows, III, 20-28-20-24-26-(31), 118

Laser Radial (28 entrants)
1. LTU, Gintare Volungeviciute, 3-(13)-8-1-1-4, 17
2. USA, Anna Tunnicliffe, 4-5-(6)-5-6-3, 23
3. NZL, Jo Aleh, (22)-4-2-2-2-14, 24
4. CHN, Lijia Xu, (24)-3-10-6-5-2, 26
5. FRA, Sarah Steyaert, 11-1-21-3-(BFD/29)-1, 37
12. CAN, Lisa Ross, 16-(23)-13-11-7-9, 56
24. MEX, Tania Elias Calles Wolf, 27-25-(DNF/29)-13-15-16, 96

Star (16 entrants)
1. POL, Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Dominik Zycki, 5-6-8-2, 21
2. FRA, Xavier Rohart/Pascal Rambeau, 12-1-5-4, 22
3. SWE, Fredrik Loof/Anders Ekstrom, 1-4-15-3, 23
4. GER, Marc Pickel/Ingo Borkowski, 2-14-1-8, 25
5. USA, John Dane/Austin Sperry, 8-2-4-12, 26

Tornado (15 entrants)
1. ESP, Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz Blanco, 1-6-1-4, 12
2. AUS, Darren Bundock/Glenn Ashby, 5-4-3-1, 13
3. GRE, Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantinos Trigonis, 2-5-12-7, 26
4. ARG, Santiago Lange/Carlos Espínola, 13-1-1-12, 27
5. NED, Mitch Booth/Pim Nieuwenhuis, 3-13-8-3, 27
6. CAN, Oskar Johansson/Kevin Stittle, 8-3-9-9, 29
13. USA, John Lovell/Charles Ogletree, 14-12-7-11, 44
Complete results:

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* RACE SCHEDULE: Monday will be catch-up day, with a full schedule in hopes
of completing ten races prior to each event’s medal race. Here is the plan:
Course A: 1400 – 470 Men and Women (medal race)
Course B: 1100 - RS:X men and women (3 races each)
Course C: 1100 - Laser and Laser Radial (4 races each)
Course E: 1100 - Star and Tornada (3 races each)

Monday is the final day of open racing for the Laser and Laser Radial, with
the top ten competitors from each class advancing to the medal race on
Tuesday. In the medal race, finishing position points are doubled, and the
score cannot be discarded. If the RS:X Men and Women complete three races on
Monday, they will rest on Tuesday before their medal race on Wednesday. The
Star and Tornado are currently scheduled to have their medal race on
Thursday, which would conclude the Olympic sailing events.

* WEATHER FORECAST - Qingdao Olympic Venue: For Monday, August 18, both
weather models show the same forecast - NW 20 knots in the morning,
decreasing to 15 knots by start time, and 8 knots by late afternoon. An
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* RACE WATCHING: For television and online viewers, the event has advanced
to the medal races, and it is only these races that will compete on Course
A, which is the featured course for coverage. The 470 Men and Women will
have their medal race on Monday. Racing is scheduled to be completed on
Thursday, August 21st.
> U.S. viewing schedule:
> Canadian viewing schedule:

Gary Jobson gets to go to work at noon. It might sound like a slacker’s
dream, but it’s not. It’s the Olympics, and Jobson doesn’t get home from
work until 7:30 a.m. Jobson has been associated with the Olympics since 1972
as a campaigner, an Olympic Sailing Committee member, commentator, and now
blogger. He is based out of NBC’s online office on Stamford, CT for the
Olympics and is living on China time to keep up with the sailing events.

He does research from noon to five, eats dinner and takes a nap, and gets
ready for the day’s racing at 9:30 p.m. This is his first time covering the
Olympics on the internet and is happy with the benefits of the web. “We’ve
never had a live Olympics before. It’s always been ten-minute prepackaged
segments on TV, so in ways this is better.” Jobson admits TV would be
preferable and said at first he was not sure about the blogging concept. “I
went into this with a lot of concerns about how it was going to go. Now I’m
feeling better because I’ve gotten a lot of feedback.” For example, during a
postponement a few days ago, Jobson posted his email address online offering
to answer questions. He says, “Within five minutes I got 200 emails. So I
know people are watching and America is intrigued by our team.” -- Read on:

Here are the countries that currently have entrants in the top three:
Australia - 4
France - 4
Great Britain - 3
Netherlands - 3
New Zealand - 2
Greece - 2
Spain - 2
United States - 2
Argentina - 1
Brazil - 1
China - 1
Denmark - 1
Germany -1
Israel - 1
Italy - 1
Lithuania - 1
Poland - 1
Slovenia- 1
Sweden - 1

With all events now in action, there are 19 countries that have either
already secured their medal or are currently in the top three of the
standings. In 2004, 20 countries received at least one sailing medal. Here
are some links from the 2004 Olympic Games:
> Medal Count:
> Photos:

* The American Tornado duo of John Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Charlie
Ogletree (Kemah, Texas) is the only team that is using the specialty
gennaker, which can be used both upwind and downwind in light winds.
Regarding the sail, Ogletree wasn’t sure if they had properly prepared for
using this new sail at the Olympics. “In hindsight we didn’t spend enough
time racing with it. We tried to be secretive so we kept it out of regattas
and maybe should’ve tried it, because you see situations and angles in
racing you don’t see in two-boat testing.” --

* For Americans Sally Barkow/Carolyn Howe/Deborah Capozzi in their Yngling
medal race, not only did they hit the weather mark after the first beat, and
had to double tack to avoid hitting it after the second beat, the
on-the-water jury penalized them for excessive pumping, which required a
two-turn penalty. The only silver lining for the Americans was when they
moved up from eighth to seventh overall, a result of the Australians Krystal
Weir/Karyn Gojnich/Angela Farrell getting protested by the race committee
and disqualified from the race for failing to weigh in. In the Yngling
Class, the team members have to record their body weight to prove that they
are under the maximum weight limit. After having weighed in ready for the
cancelled medal race on Saturday, the team didn't realise they had to weigh
in again for the rescheduled medal race on Sunday --

* With Ben Ainslie’s win in the Finn event, he becomes Britain’s most
decorated Olympic sailor. The five-time Finn World Champion surpassed
countryman Rodney Pattison’s record of two golds and one silver, a feat
Ainslie had previously matched thanks to his Laser silver (Atlanta 1996),
Laser gold (Sydney 2000) and Finn gold (Athens 2004). Ainslie has now
matched Germany’s Jochen Schumann’s three golds, one silver Olympic sailing
haul, leaving only Dane Paul Elvstrøm, winner of four consecutive golds
between 1948 and 1960, with more Olympic sailing gold. Brazilian legend
Torben Grael has won five Olympic sailing medals – two gold, one silver, and
two bronze. --

* Rob Waddel, America’s Cup Team New Zealand grinder and 2000 Olympic Gold
medallist in rowing, just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the
men's double sculls with Nathan Cohen. --

* Prior to Sunday’s races on the Star class, American crew Austin Sperry
noted that their boat program was geared for the lower wind range, and that
they might be giving something away in stronger winds. Their 12th place
finish in the 19-20 knots looks to have demonstrated this weakness, but at
least they held on to their rig, as both the Australian and Croatian boats
broke their masts.

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San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2008) - Sometimes you battle the competition,
sometimes the elements, a distinction Australia's Seve Jarvin found between
winning the JJ Giltinan Regatta for the world championship in Sydney earlier
this year and the seventh annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by
the St. Francis Yacht Club this week. "The Worlds were a lot more tactical,"
Jarvin said after defeating defending champion Howie Hamlin's team by three
points, 12 to 15. "This was more survival."

Hamlin did have a degree of revenge as he led by the unprecedented 18 Skiff
win in Friday's 11th annual Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race, where six 18s
finished among the top 16 in the 5 1/2-nautical mile downwind classic, which
has been dominated by kite boards in recent years. Besides the 18s, there
were 25 kite boards and eight windsurfers. Despite strong following winds, a
record was unlikely because of an opposing ebb tide. – Daily reports and

* Erik Simonson/ provides Scuttlebutt with three pages of event

* With the Olympic racing scheduled to conclude this week on Thursday, the
next event to look toward will be the 2008 Paralympic Games on September
6-17, 2008 in Beijing, China. Once again, the sailing events will be held in
Qingdao, with racing on September 8-13. Three events compete in the
Paralympic Games: the singlehanded 2.4 Metre, the doublehanded SKUD 18, and
the triplehanded Sonar. -- Event website:

* Sailors representing the USA and Canada in the 2008 Paralympic Games will
take to the waters of Narragansett Bay to enhance their preparedness by
competing in the 2008 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta at Sail
Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, from August 17-21. Not only
will the sailors with disabilities be competing, but also blind sailors who
are joining the event for the first time and who will be racing for the 2008
Blind Sailing National Championship title. -- Event website:

* Canada’s international regatta for sailors with disabilities, the Mobility
Cup 2008, will be hosted this year by AQVA (l’Association québécoise de
voile adaptée) and Pointe Claire Yacht Club on August 25-29. Similar to
AQVA/PCYC’s annual Martin 16 regatta the Coupe du Quebec, Mobility Cup
features a two-fleet format, with sailors divided into either Silver or Gold
according to ability. Registration is strong so far, and 20-25 boats are
expected on the start line for each fleet, for a possible total of 50
competitors from across North America, Europe and even New Zealand. -- Read

"It's annoying for sailing as a sport, it does not look good when you can't
race because there is no wind. It's not the sport's fault, it's not the
sailors' fault, it's the fact that we have been put in this venue where we
do not get any wind." -- Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, quoted on Saturday prior
to the strong winds for his medal race on Sunday,

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* Newport, RI (August 17, 2008) - Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, in
Oyster Bay, NY, won the 2008 New York Yacht Club's Invitational Regatta for
the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy -- better known as the Hinman
Masters. The three-day team-racing event was sailed at the NYYC's Harbour
Court in Newport, August 15-17. -- Complete report:

* Sailing World's panel of college coaches --Michael Callahan (Georgetown),
Ken Legler (Tufts), and Mike Segerblom (USC) – provide a district by
district analysis of the talent field for the 2008-2009 ICSA season.
Additionally, they provide their preseason rankings, which finds Boston
College leading the coed division and College of Charleston on top of the
women’s field. --

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August 15, 2008 - US SAILING's Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are
saddened to hear of the passing of Faye Bennet of Beach Haven, NJ. Being the
first to accomplish anything worthwhile takes great effort. For Faye Bennet,
there were many firsts:

- first female judge in the U.S.,
- first women to compete in the U.S. Men’s Championship,
- first woman to chair the U.S. Junior Championships Committee,
- first woman to join US SAILING’s Board of Directors,
- first woman to be elected president of her regional sailing association
(North Jersey YRA)

Faye was a past chair of the Women’s Sailing Committee, as well as U.S.
Women’s and Junior Championships Committees. She was also a Vice President
of the U.S. Sailing Foundation, a member of US SAILING's President’s Club
and served on numerous other US SAILING committees and councils. Faye, with
help from husband Jake, committed her time, talent, and resources the sport
of sailing from the time she herself was a junior sailor at the Ocean City
Yacht Club (NJ) in the 1940s. She was founder of the first junior program at
the Spray Beach Yacht Club (NJ) in 1950. -- Read on:

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* From Richard Spencer: I am very disappointed at the information about
protests at the Olympics on the ISAF website. We know who is protesting
whom, and the rule in question, but we get none of the details that would be
either on the protest form, or given in evidence. The decision gives very
little additional information. For example: Protest 61: "Decision: MEX
protest is invalid; Short decision: MEX protest is invalid". (..and it was
invalid because...??).

If information about protests is going to be made public (and it definitely
should be!), then the decision should be written up like the result of an
appeal, so that we can get some insight into what information was presented,
what facts were found, and how the protest committee reached their decision.

It is also disappointing that with on the water juries, and (presumably) the
best officials in the world on the race committee, the question of whether
or not the Danish 49er team could compete in a borrowed boat was not
resolved by the time the medal race finished. Isn't there something in the
sailing instructions on substituting equipment that the officials could
refer to, to settle this one way or the other?

Sailing seems to keep missing chances to grow its audience for events like
the Olympics, even among sailors who understand the sport. ISAF needs to do
better than this.
> Olympic protests:

* From Kay Kilpatrick: I had a big smile on my face this morning after
reading Scuttlebutt #2661. In this issue I read about the
Sails-For-Sustenance organization for Haiti fisherman and Zach Railey giving
Ben Ainslie a run for his money in the Finn class. What do they have in
common? These sailors are all founding members of the 2004 University of
Miami Sailing Canes collegiate sailing team. This is a tenacious and
determined group of young sailors that never take no for an answer and make
a difference in the world. Go Canes!

* From Marc Jacobi: (re, story in Issue 2661) OK, I'm going to say it: it's
been nearly a decade since I last had the "pleasure" of competing against
the current Norwegian Olympic Finn representative (in Lasers), and it seems
he hasn't changed much. Having been on the receiving end of this sailor's
vitriol, I have no doubt poor Chris Cook gave a restrained account in his
testimony of the Norwegian sailor's behavior.

It has been reported during these Games that the Norwegian wadded up his
sail into a ball during measurement when the measurement sticker wouldn't
stay on, then later asked for -- and GOT(!) -- a replacement sail. What an
embarrassment to our sport and his country at our most exalted regatta.

If the facts are indeed as they appear, I think the Norwegian deserves
sanction by the Jury for what seems to be a clear Rule 69 violation. Time
outs usually do a tantrum-throwing brat some good, and this one is long
overdue for some time in the naughty corner.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in
school. -- Albert Einstein

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