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SCUTTLEBUTT 2665 - Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Qingdao, China (August 20, 2008; Day Twelve) The RS:X Men and Women
completed their medal race in bright sun and 7-9 knots, with Jian Yin
providing host China with their second medal of the Games, and their first
gold. All three of the women are past medalist, with Yin and bronze medalist
Bryony Shaw (GBR) having earned their first medal in 2004, while silver
medalist Alessandra Sensini (ITA) pulls in her fourth consecutive medal as
the sport’s most decorated Olympic female sailor. In the men’s division, New
Zealander Tom Ashley pulled up from third to grab gold, earning his
country’s only medal, and the first Olympic sailing gold for New Zealand
since 1992 when Barbara Kendall won windsurfing gold 16 years ago in
Barcelona. -- Wrap up report here:

For the Stars and Tornados, winds began in the mid teens, gradually dropping
during the day, allowing these two events to complete their final three
opening races. Both events now proceed to their medal race, and these two
final contests of the 2008 Olympic Games will be the featured events for
television coverage on Thursday, August 21st.

As yachting correspondent Tim Jeffery notes, five of the top six going into
the Star class medal race have stood on the podium in Sydney, Athens, or
both. As for the Tornado teams in the medal picture, only the Argentinean
team medaled in 2004, earning the bronze, while only the Aussie team was on
the podium in 2000, accepting silver. No teams enter the medal race with a
significant point advantage to have guaranteed themselves a medal. The only
remaining North American entrant in the Olympics is in the Tornado event,
where Canadians Oskar Johansson and Kevin Stittle still have a chance to
earn either a silver or bronze medal.

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

Final Results **
RS:X Men (35 entrants)
1. NZL, Tom Ashley, 4-7-7-1-5-5-3-6-8-(32)-3/6, 52
2. FRA, Julien Bontemps, (13)-1-5-4-10-8-2-10-2-3-4/8, 53
3. ISR, Shahar Zubari, 1-3-1-3-17-6-(19)-18-1-4-2/4, 58
4. GBR, Nick Dempsey, 11-9-3-2-1-7-(17)-5-3-5-7/14, 60
5. BRA, Ricardo Santos, 12-6-13-7-6-3-6-7-5-(33)-6/12, 77
17. MEX, David Mier y Teran, 16-5-17-6-12-(29)-23-21-4-25, 129
23. CAN, Zachary Plavsic, 23-25-22-21-(30)-12-26-12-29-11, 181
26. USA, Ben Barger, 21-22-24-26-26-(32)-25-17-25-31. 217

RS:X Women (27 entrants)
1. CHN, Jian Yin, 1-1-1-3-3-(13)-7-8-8-1-3/6, 39
2. ITA, Alessandra Sensini, 6-2-9-1-(DSQ/28)-3-2-2-5-8-1/2, 40
3. GBR, Bryony Shaw, 4-3-11-6-(OCS/28)-6-5-3-1-2-2/4, 45
4. ESP, Marina Alabau, 3-5-5-2-5-(11)-8-5-4-9-4/8, 54
5. AUS, Jessica Crisp, 2-4-3-8-1-8-9-(14)-6-5-10/20, 66
17. CAN, Nikola Girke, 11-14-13-14-12-15-13-(DNF/28)-18-15, 125
23. MEX, Demita Vega, 23-21-25-25-17-21-20-19-19-(26), 190
26. USA, Nancy Rios, 25-24-22-26-24-27-(DNF/28)-DNF/28-26-22, 224

Laser (43 entrants)
1. GBR, Paul Goodison, (15)-2-15-1-9-7-1-4-6-9/18, 63
2. SLO, Vasilij Zbogar, (24)-4-14-6-2-11-18-1-11-2/4, 71
3. ITA, Diego Romero, 6-3-5-(36)-10-15-11-9-10-3/6, 75
4. POR, Gustavo Lima, 5-8-3-(27)-17-6-16-8-3-5/10, 76
5. NZL, Andrew Murdoch, 2-5-(40)-20-24-5-5-17-1-2, 81
9. CAN, Michael Leigh, 13-23-26-5-4-3-(28)-2-19-14, 109
21. ISV, Thomas Barrows, III, 20-28-20-24-26-(31)-15-10-21, 164
25. USA, Andrew Campbell, 14-18-1-26-32-(BFD/44)-8-DSQ/44-31, 174

Laser Radial (28 entrants)
1. USA, Anna Tunnicliffe, 4-5-6-5-6-3-(15)-2-2-2/4, 37
2. LTU, Gintare Volungeviciute, 3-13-8-1-1-4-(21)-6-4-1/2, 42
3. CHN, Lijia Xu, (24)-3-10-6-5-2-1-11-6-3/6, 50
4. AUS, Sarah Blanck, 6-11-7-(19)-4-12-8-1-5-4/8, 54
5. FRA, Sarah Steyaert, 11-1-21-3-(BFD/29)-1-3-10-11-8/16, 77
13. MEX, Tania Elias Calles Wolf, 27-25-(DNF/29)-13-15-16-7-3-1, 107
17. CAN, Lisa Ross, 16-23-13-11-7-9-(OCS/29)-25-7, 111

470 Men (29 entrants)
1. AUS, Nathan Wilmot/Malcolm Page, 4-7-3-3-3-4-5-(16)-3-10-1/2, 44
2. GBR, Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield, 19-5-1-4-9-6-20-(OCS/30)-2-3-3/6, 75
3. FRA, Nicolas Charbonnier/Olivier Bausset,6-3-8-1-6-18-3-14-7-(20)-6/12,78

4. NED, Sven Coster/Kalle Coster, 11-(15)-12-2-8-15-2-8-4-2-7/14, 78
5. ESP, Onan Barreiros/Aaron Sarmiento, 8-2-6-9-13-13-13-4-11-(18)-4/8, 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)-4-2-5-3-2-9/18, 43
2. NED, Marcelien De Koning/Lobke Berkhout,3-1-9-5-2-2-10-7-4-(16)-5/10,53
3. BRA, Fernanda Oliveira/Isabel Swan, 11-(16)-5-10-7-6-6-2-7-4-1/2, 60
4. ISR, Nike Kornecki/Vered Buskila, 8-13-1-2-8-(19)-3-1-11-15-2/4, 66
5. ITA, Giulia Conti/Giovanna Micol, 14-7-6-3-6-11-4-(19)-12-6-3/6, 75
12. USA, Amanda Clark/Sarah Mergenthaler, 12-12-10-14-4-(17)-7-6-17-7, 89

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)-5-15-3-8/16, 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, 4-(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

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/Gaztańaga, 1-10-17-2-(OCS/20)-5-7-10-3-4-1-2-1/2, 64
3. GER, Jan-Peter Peckolt/Hannes Peckolt,(15)-6-11-6-3-2-2-12-4-5-4-7-2/4,66
4. ITA, Pietro Sibello/Gianfranco Sibello,3-9-1-1-6-9-3-8-12-(17)-3-3-4/8,66
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

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

Current Results
Star (16 entrants)
1. SWE, Fredrik Loof/Anders Ekstrom, 1-4-(15)-3-6-1-8-2-1-7, 33
2. GBR, Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson, 7-(13)-3-5-8-2-1-1-2-6, 35
3. BRA, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada, 10-(11)-6-1-9-10-2-3-3-3, 47
4. FRA, Xavier Rohart/Pascal Rambeau, 12-1-5-4-7-6-9-9-8-2, 51
5. SUI, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria, 9-7-9-9-5-5-6-(11)-4-1, 55
11. USA, John Dane/Austin Sperry, 8-2-4-12-15-15-(16)-16-10-4, 86

Tornado (15 entrants)
1. ESP, Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz Blanco, 1-6-1-4-7-(13)-1-7-1-8, 36
2. AUS, Darren Bundock/Glenn Ashby, 5-4-3-1-5-(9)-2-8-7-4, 39
3. ARG, Santiago Lange/Carlos Espínola, (13)-1-1-12-4-6-9-1-9-1, 44
4. GER, Johannes Polgar/Florian Spalteholz, 10-7-11-5-6-1-5-(13)-4-3, 52
5. CAN, Oskar Johansson/Kevin Stittle, 8-3-9-9-1-(15)-11-12-2-2, 57
15. USA, John Lovell/Charles Ogletree, 14-12-7-11-12-14-(15)-15-14-15, 114
Complete results:

* RACE SCHEDULE: The Star and Tornado are the final two events still
competing, and now after having completed their ten opening races, the top
ten positions will advance to their medal race Thursday on Course A at 1300.

* WEATHER FORECAST - Qingdao Olympic Venue: For Thursday, August 21st, winds
are expected to be from the ESE direction at 15 knots, steadily increasing
to 20 knots by late afternoon. 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: 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 Star and Tornado will have
their medal race on Thursday, August 21st; Friday and Saturday are available
as reserve days if needed.
> U.S. viewing schedule:
> Canadian viewing schedule:

Here are the countries that currently have entrants in the top three:
Great Britain - 6
Australia - 3
France - 3
Brazil - 2
China - 2
Netherlands - 2
Italy - 2
Spain - 2
United States - 2
Argentina - 1
Denmark - 1
Germany - 1
Greece - 1
Israel - 1
Lithuania - 1
New Zealand - 1
Slovenia - 1
Sweden - 1

There are now 18 countries that have either already earned a sailing medal,
or are currently in the top three. The results remain close in the two
remaining classes, with the chance still to equal or exceed the mark of 20
countries that earned sailing medals in 2004. Here are some links from the
2004 Olympic Games:
> Medal Count:
> Photos:

Congratulations to Bob Harkrider and crew on F-28R “Bad Boys,” whose
performance at the 2008 Corsair Trimaran Nationals not only earned the team
first in class, but first overall for the event as well. “Bad Boys,” who
competed with full Ullman Sails inventory, finished in the 28 division with
four bullets, never finishing lower than second place in a fleet of five
boats. And in the PHRF Multihull division, “Bad Boys” took first overall in
a fleet of 28 competitors. The regatta was hosted by Beverly Yacht Club in
Buzzards Bay, August 6-8. Visit Ullman Sails at

* Yachting New Zealand made the unpopular decision of approving entries in
only seven of the eleven events, using their limited funds to support only
those athletes that had proven to be competitive amid an Olympic field.
However, the yachting budget might improve for the 2012 Olympics, as New
Zealand's Progressive leader Jim Anderton is now calling for a
transformation in support for sport in New Zealand, with a major injection
of support for athletes and the development of events in New Zealand. “This
call is about supporting New Zealand's culture and our sense of national
pride,” said Anderton. “New Zealanders are gripped and excited by our
sporting success. We like to see ourselves on top of the world. But we can't
expect to keep doing it on the cheap. Just as we backed a shot at the
America's Cup, we should be prepared to back sports across the field.” --
Complete story:

* From the 400 athletes and 62 nations competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Sailing Competition, eight are recipients of the prestigious ISAF Rolex
World Sailor of the Year Awards. Three of the eight have won the Award
twice: Ben Ainslie (GBR) in 1998 and 2002, competing in the Finn; Robert
Scheidt (BRA) in 2001 and 2004, competing now in the Star; and Sofia
Bekatorou (GRE) in 2002 and 2004, competing now in the Yngling. Others
include Fernando Echavarri/ Anton Paz (ESP) in 2005, competing in the
Tornado; Siren Sundby (NOR) in 2003, competing now in the Yngling; Carolijn
Brouwer (BEL) in 1998, competing in the Tornado; and Mateusz Kusznierewicz
(POL) in 1999, competing now in the Star. --

No great tradition of water sports ever existed in China, in part because of
a cultural aversion to water and sun. "Parents in China always say, 'Get
away from the water, it's dangerous,'" says Li Jian Xin, a government
official based in Shanghai. He notes another challenge is a cultural
affinity for fair skin. But on Tuesday, 20-year-old Xu Lijia gave China its
first medal in sailing that wasn't in windsurfing, taking the bronze medal
in the women's single-sailor Laser Radial class. This success comes on top
of gold and silver for China's women rowers, and followed by the gold medal
won on Wednesday by Yin Jian in the women's windsurfing final, where she won
silver in 2004.

The global boating industry is cheering for China, hoping that the nation's
explosive economic growth will bolster a nascent passion for water sports.
Across China, several cities have opened yachting clubs and hosted major
boat shows, while the nation's newly rich increasingly pour money into big
boats. Last year, a China-organized team competed in sailing's granddaddy
event, the America's Cup, though several of the sailors were French.

International sailing experts say that as China launches more sailing clubs
along its thousands of miles of coastline, it will start fostering more
talent such as Shanghai-born Ms. Xu, the daughter of ordinary workers who
sailed her first boat at age 10. Now sponsored by Nike Inc., Visa Inc. and
Nautica, Ms. Xu could inspire other young Chinese to sail. She says her big
hope is to see more Chinese "feel the freedom of the sea." Her story is
compelling: Diagnosed just before the 2004 Athens Games with a leg tumor
that raised the possibility of amputation, she underwent extensive surgery
-- then rebounded to win the world championship in her event in 2006. -- The
Wall Street Journal, full story:

Rochester, New York, USA (August 20, 2008) - At 1000 hours on Wednesday, 104
J/22s were to line up together for the first race of the J/22 Ultimate
Marine Group World Championship in Rochester, New York. However, despite
winds in the 12-18 knot range for the days leading up to the event, an hour
long postponement was needed before suitable conditions developed, with
competitors then faced with an extremely flukey 5-8 knot breeze for the only
race of the day. Jeffrey Todd from Annapolis, MD won the opener.

It didn’t take long for the fleet to learn how race management would handle
such a large fleet on the start line. After only one general recall, the Z
flag was raised, with 12 entrants earning the penalty on the start. The race
also rolled over the time limit, and despite the course being shortened,
only 62 teams finished before the cut-off, with 42 teams earning a 64 point
penalty. -- Event website:

Newport, R.I. (August 20, 2008) - Luck was on the side of competitors
yesterday for the opening day of the 2008 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial
Regatta as a cold front went through Narragansett Bay with fierce
thunderstorms that fortunately split north and south to bypass the area.
With predictions for breezier conditions today, racers in the three
Paralympic classes who were joined for the first time at this event by the
blind sailors racing in J/22s, went back to work on-the-water as an up and
down northerly with an ebbing current made for a challenging day. Luck,
however, was not a factor in determining the 2008 Blind Sailing World
Championship which was won by skipper Sengil “Inky” Inkiala (Watertown,
Mass.) and crew Nancy Jodoin (West Brookfield, Mass.), sailing with sighted
guides Ken Legler (Reading, Mass.) and Harry Berman (Hull, Mass.). -- Read

For many, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to sail out of one of the
best known yacht clubs in the world. The 2008 Leukemia Cup Regatta, being
held September 12 and 13 at the New York Yacht Club, is almost here! This
year’s event will feature IRC and PHRF racing, as well as attendance by Gary
Jobson, National Chair for the event. For more information about the
weekend’s activities, and how to become a participant or a sponsor, please
contact Jill Jessup at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: or visit the event site at

* As host city of the 32nd America’s Cup, Valencia, Spain had hoped to be in
the advanced stages of planning for the next cup series. However, with the
future of the America’s Cup residing in the Court of Appeals of the New York
legal system, a welcome a jolt of adrenalin will arrive this weekend as the
12th event of the 2008 Formula 1 race season, the Telefonica Grand Prix of
Europe, is held for the first time on a newly designed track amid the
streets of Valencia. --

* (August 20, 2008) Team Russia completed its qualifier for the Volvo Ocean
Race last night, coming into dock at their Portland (UK) base after six and
a half days at sea, having travelled over 2200 nautical miles in a record
breaking trip around Britain and Ireland. Navigator Wouter Verbraak and
skipper Andreas Hanakamp decided the conditions looked good to stage an
unofficial attempt on the Round Britain and Ireland non-stop record in a
monohull set by Solune in May 2004 of 7 days, 4 hours, 46 minutes and 22
seconds. As it transpired Team Russia shaved 15 hours off that record. --
Complete report:

* Ottawa, ONT - Sailors and boaters fear a National Capital Commission
assessment could recommend a new bridge across their favoured water on the
Ottawa River, even though area politicians have roundly condemned the idea.
Britannia Yacht Club members say a span over Lac Deschęnes, from Aylmer's
Boulevard des Allumetičres to either Holly Acres Road or Moodie Drive, would
end 150 years of sailing in that part of the river by making it unsafe for
beginners and veterans alike. -- Read on:

* Marine Marketers of America has announced final plans for the first-ever
Marine Marketers national awards program, designed to recognize outstanding
performance in the marine marketing field. A call for entries is now
underway. -- Read on:

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* From Andrew Armstrong: I think it absurd for one to think that Olympic
Sailing is not a professional sport. I am also concerned that some of the
best sailors, or perhaps recorders of such, in history are making comments
that are unwarranted. I am an American who has had the privilege of sailing
with some of the best sailors in the world, from many countries, and I have
never had a bad experience and/or feeling when doing so.

The America's Cup and Olympics have generated a view on sailing lately that
has developed a negative tone. It is our responsibility to stop this
nonsense and get back to basics. Sailing, whether competitive or club
relative should be fun and responsible. No Judging. Just fun. And
Responsible. How else are we to teach our kids? I know one thing. I will not
show them the bickering among adults that don't have a clue.

* From Ron Baerwitz: Ok, this is the first time I have ever actually watched
a sail board race. That is not the sport of sailing. Air Rowing is a
fantastic description of what they are doing. Why is that an Olympic sailing

* From Tom Keogh: Thanks for the great coverage of the Olympic regatta. Now
that most of the classes have wrapped up, it seems there is a lesson to be
re-learned from the scores. One observation about the results jumps out. The
US teams that won medals did not win races and the US teams that won races
did not win medals. Seven of the 27 medals so far went to teams that did not
win a race, including two of the Golds. According to the scores on the ISAF
site, more than 60 races were won by teams that did not medal. By my count,
this included ten teams with multiple bullets. I'm enormously impressed by
anyone who can win a race at the Olympics but that does not assure a good
overall score.

In most classes, the medals went to the teams that got lots of base hits and
few, if any, home runs. The Golds in the Finn and the Women's RS:X were
exceptions but most of the rest seemed to succeed by avoiding bad scores
rather than dominating with strings of bullets. Even though most of us will
never race in the Olympic regatta, the same approach should serve us well in
our local fleets and championships. Unless you can run away with it, avoid
big risks, stay out of trouble and never sail your drop race.

* From Norris Bourdow, Dayton, OH: (re, passing of Faye Bennet) Our sport
has lost a great champion of junior sailing, at least in my opinion. We will
miss her sense of humor and as someone said, her "curmugeon-ness". I first
met Faye at the Junior Championships in Noroton, Ct. in 1980 or 81, when my
tall skinny son was sailing the Smythe Championship. She was a judge in that
series, and dubbed my son Steve as the "skinny kid". He was 14 and competing
against much more qualified competitors in the Laser. She was always asking,
"Where's the skinny kid?" (He was dead last in every race.)

She encouraged him, and said that "I'm sure I will see more of you young
man." And believe it or not, she did follow his career through college, the
Olympics, and other world championships. At a recent USSA meeting that I
attended, she sought me out to give me a huge hug, and ask me how is the
"skinny kid doing?" She knew his accomplishments in sailing, and wanted to
know of his accomplishments in life as well. What a great lady!! Fair
sailing to you Faye…may the wind always be at your back.

* From: John Ross, former Chairman of the Council of Sailing Associations:
Faye was the ultimate Mother Hen to many youth sailors in this country and
even some of us that Judged with her their many events. US Sailing honored
her by naming the sportsmanship award at the United States Junior
Singlehanded Championship for the Verner Smythe Trophy in her name. The
trophy is a life size Mallard duck decoy and the keeper trophies are baby
duck decoys carved by a friend of hers in New Jersey. They symbolized the
many injured ducks she nursed back to health at her house there called Duck
House. In addition, CSA was successful in nominating her for the prestigious
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy. Faye gave so much back to her sport of
sailing; she will be remembered for a long time by many.

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