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SCUTTLEBUTT 2669 - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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This was the first Olympic Games to utilize the Medal Race for the sailing
events, where the top ten racers would advance for one final race. The races
were short, and with double points that are non-discardable, a lot could
potentially happen. The concept of the Medal Race was to provide each event
with an easily understood highlight moment, where the ultimate medal winners
had to fight for their place on the podium.

For many medal long shots, qualifying for the Medal Race was their goal.
However, for those in medal contention, the Medal Race created a whole new
set of tactics. The smaller fleet meant more match racing, and in the case
of the Laser, the ability to push a medal contender right off the podium.
The shorter races placed a premium on everything, and the on-the-water jury
was easily amid any rules infractions. It is often said how no event matches
the pressure of the Olympics, and the Medal Race brought that feeling to a

Despite trailing the Medal Race system for the past few years, the concept
was intended for the Olympics, and with the Games now completed, it was time
to ask the ‘butthead whether they liked the concept of the Medal Race. The
vote was largely disapproving of the system, with over 70% indicating their
dislike for the format. Here is the link to read the comments (and there are

Bristol, Rhode Island (August 26, 2008) - The America's Cup Hall of Fame,
located in Bristol, Rhode Island, announces a special format for its annual
Induction Dinner. To emphasize the grandeur of the America's Cup, past,
present and future, a unique program will be presented by Gary Jobson, John
Rousmaniere, and John Biddle. Mr. Jobson, one of the event’s Honorary
Chairmen, is organizing previously unviewed video to convey outstanding
elements of this best-of-the-sport event, now at the 157 year point in its
continuum of superb racing of the world's state-of-the-art yachts. Film
themes include "The Best of the Cup in Film and Video" and "The Cup's Top 10
Greatest Moments”. John Biddle (Jamestown, R.I.), who was the very best at
filming and making highly popular presentations all during the 30-year 12
Meter era, will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame to join a
select few previously chosen as chroniclers of the Cup. The black-tie
Induction Dinner, supported by Rolex Watch U.S.A., is scheduled for October
23, 2008 at the Metropolitan Club at One East 60th Street, New York City. --
Complete report:

(August 26, 2008) - Dean Barker would love to be steering a newly designed
TP 52 in the Audi MedCup Circuit this season. As helmsman of the 2007
Judel/Vrolijk design Bribón (ESP), he knows he is giving away a bit of speed
to the latest boats, particularly in the stronger winds that the fleet saw
during the first day of Region of Murcia Trophy, the fifth stage of the six
event 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, held in the Spanish Mediterranean Navy Town
of Carthagena. However, with tactician Ross MacDonald, the Bribón team was
the best at handling the choppy, big, disorganised seas and the shifty
winds, which ranged from 14-21 knots today, and now holds an early two point
advantage over the ever consistent Audi MedCup Circuit leaders Quantum
Racing (USA). For Bribón, she currently lies third in the circuit standings,
with the position of the second place Artemis team (SWE) in jeopardy if the
Barker- MacDonald squad can remain consistent through to the end of racing
on Saturday, August 30th. -- Complete report:

Standings after two races
1. Bribón ESP (1,3, 4)
2. Quantum Racing USA (5,1, 6)
3. Matador ARG (2,6, 8)
4. Mutua Madrileña ESP (6,5, 11)
5. Artemis SWE (3,9, 12)
Full results:

Congratulations to teams skippered by Sarah Ayton (GBR), Mandy Mulder (NED)
and Sofia Bekatorou (GRE) for winning the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in
the Yngling Class at the 2008 Olympics using Doyle sails. Team GBR's coach,
Paul Brotherton, attributed the switch to a new Doyle mainsail designed by
Jud Smith as key to Team GBR's Gold. When you want to put in a winning
performance, contact your local Doyle loft at 800-94-DOYLE. For more details
on all Doyle One Design Classes visit

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: The Daily Sail subscription website has a great
article about the British Yngling team, where they discuss all the
ingredients of their Gold Medal program (most notable their use of the Doyle
main). This team has been so dominant lately, but after reading the story,
you will understand why. Behind the “three blondes in a boat” was a
multi-layered professional program that has pushed the Olympic standard up
again. Story link:

* (August 26, 2008) - PUMA Ocean Racing left Newport, Rhode Island today for
their final warm-up before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, beginning
their transatlantic crossing from their training base at Newport Shipyard in
Newport to Alicante, Spain. Skipper Ken Read and his crew have been
preparing PUMA’s il mostro since its launch in late April, and is expected
to arrive in Spain by the first week in September. Once in Alicante, the
PUMA sailors will participate in required safety training, weather briefs,
and il mostro will go through official measurement. The team will be based
in Alicante for the remaining training period prior to October 4th start of
the 37,000 mile, 11-stop, race around the world. --

* This past weekend the Green Dragon Racing Team closed its training base in
Cork, and headed south to the Spanish port of Alicante for the start of the
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09. For the last eight weeks the team has been
training from Naval Base in Haulbowline, Co. Cork. In Dublin on Saturday
(August 23rd), a flotilla of over 100 spectator boats came out to see the
Green Dragon begin its delivery to Spain, the Volvo Open 70 is expected to
arrive in Alicante at the end of August, and will resume training there
until the race start on October 4th. --

You are cruising 20 miles offshore. You observe a yellow flare off your
starboard bow. What does this mean? (Answer below)

The 2008 Canadian Optimist Championships, held at the Lunenburg Yacht Club
in Nova Scotia, wrapped up on August 22nd. Ninety-three competitors from
Canada, USA, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and France competed on
one line in the Championship Fleet and 29 competitors gained experience in
the Green Fleet. The racing was spectacular with 4 days of competition in
winds ranging from 10 to 26 knots and under blue skies. A full schedule of
12 races was completed on the waters of Mahone Bay and Juanky Padermo (PUR
)emerged as the overall winner, with Nova Scotian Julian Fougere crowned as
Top Canadian in 4th spot.

Final Results – Championship Fleet
1. PUR, Juanky Perdomo, 27 points
2. BER, Dimitri Stevens, 45
3. USA, 15579 Clay Danly, 77
4. CAN, Julien Fougere, 87
5. CAN, Austin Stein, 87
Complete results, Race Committee blog and many pictures from the course can
be found at

* Ridgeway, ONT (August 26, 2008) - Seventy-two entries representing 12
countries have completed the first two days of the 38th Sunfish World
Championship, hosted by Buffalo Canoe Club. After six races, the preliminary
results show two Texans at the top, with Paul Foerster holding a 19 point
edge on second place Greg Gust. Racing continues through August 28th. --
Event website:

* Boston, MA - The 2008 International 210 National Championship wrapped up
last week after three days and seven races, with Russell Robinson, Bill
Donald and Al Baker winning the event by one point over David Robinson, Lynn
Conway and Tim Broome amid the competitive 20 boat fleet. -- Complete report
and results:

* The fifth and penultimate event of the international Quebramar GP42 Cup
will take place in Cascais, Portugal August 28-30, with eight GP42 boats
participating in the Trofeu Quebramar Chrysler. Desafío, helmed by Laureano
Wizner, currently holds a seven point advantage over second place Near Miss,
the Swiss boat owned by Frank Nöel and helmed by Bertrand Pacé. The grand
finale of the Quebramar GP42 Cup 2008 will take place in Puerto Calero, in
the Spanish island of Lanzarote, where the GP42 fleet will race in the
Trofeo César Manrique from October 16-18. --

* Frederikshavn, Denmark - A line up with more than half the field in the
top 10 of the ISAF World Ranking will be competing in the 5th event on the
World Match Racing Tour 2008 - Danish Open on August 27-31. Hosted by the
Royal Danish Yacht Club, Royal Match Race Centre and Frederikshavn Sejlklub,
and sailed in the DS37, a $100,000purse prize will be on the line for the 12
teams attending, among which are 6 of the top 8 from the current Tour leader
board, the current World Tour leader, the current ISAF No 1 ranked skipper
and four teams representing America’s Cup syndicates. --

* South Dartmouth, MA - The Rhodes 19 Class had its National Championship
August 20-22 with 24 boats attending the regatta hosted by the New Bedford
Yacht Club. The eight race regatta held on Buzzard’s Bay was won by
Marblehead’s Charlie Pendleton and Jim Raisides with 19.75 points, 4 points
better than last year’s champion, New Orlean’s Peter Sladovich and 7.75
points in front of third place finisher Kim Pandapas. -- Results:

Morris Yachts will show the M36 for the first time at the UK’s Southampton
Boat Show, Sept. 12-21 in Berth 273. Not new to the European boat show
circuit, Morris has shown in Düsseldorf for the past two years and showed in
HISWA last fall. Members of the Morris sales team will fly to Brittany,
France to sail M36 Philovent around the coast of France and across the
Channel to Southampton. The rest of the Morris Sales and Service Team will
head to Rhode Island for the Newport International Boat Show, Sept. 11-14th.
For more information:

If you observe a yellow flare offshore, this indicates that the submarine is
about to come to periscope depth. Now for a joke : Sherlock Holmes and
Matthew Watson were on a sailing trip. They had gone night sailing and were
lying on the deck looking up at the sky. Holmes said, “Watson, look up. What
do you see? “Well, I see thousands of stars.” “And what does that mean to
you?” “Well, I guess it means we will have another nice day tomorrow. What
does it mean to you, Holmes?” “Well, to me, it means someone has stolen our
bimini top! --

There is a lot of information that gets sent to Scuttlebutt World
Headquarters, and the Scuttlebutt Forum is proving to be a great place for
some of this “stuff” to get stored for viewing and comments. Most recently,
Charley Cook, PRO for the sailing events at the 2008 Olympic Games, provided
Scuttlebutt with his accounting from the contentious 49er Medal Race, and
now the thread (posted in the DOCK TALK section) includes some great
comments, a video of the race, and an easy to read report from the jury

Consider the Forum to post your event reports, product announcements,
classified ads, or just a place to put your stuff. Log on here:

Reader commentary is encouraged, with letters to be submitted to the
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must include the writer's name, and be no longer than 250 words (letter
might be edited for clarity or simplicity). You only get one letter per
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* From: Richard Goldsmith: (re, NYYC event announcement in ‘butt 2668)
Forget the Club Nautico Español de Vela (CNEV), The Royal Perth Yacht Club
didn't get an invite. Nightmares live long in the darkened Halls of No. 37
West 44th Street even though it's 25 years next month since they lost the
Cup. The Corinthian Spirit is great providing, those who've previously
raided "the big silver thing" in the model room don't get an invite! Give us
a break guys - we'd love to leave the winter and sail again in the summer
off Newport. Promise we won't bring a Winged Keel, but might bring a 470
Gold Medalist or two though. We'll done Elise and Tessa!!!

* From Ray Wulff, Annapolis, Maryland: I am shocked that Annapolis Yacht
Club was not on the initial invite list for this event. I guess if we added
Royal Annapolis Yacht Club (RAYC), it would have been considered.

* From Steph Helms, Freeport, ME: Nor, somehow, did the San Diego Yacht
Club, the last successful American defender of the America’s Cup (get
invited to the NYYC event).

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Any other clubs missing? Here is the link:

* From Ryan Hamm Charleston, SC: (re, letter in ‘butt 2668 about Danish and
Croatian 49er team) Wow, I am sure you are getting a lot of this but to not
call that sportsmanship is unbelievable. To try to define sportsmanship is
hard but I am pretty sure that 95% of your readers would disagree with Mr.
Brodsky. Could it have been more sportsmanlike? Maybe, but it was a great
story, a great gesture, and a great example of what sportsmanship I love to
see in our sport. Congrats to the Danes and way to go Croatia.

* From Michael Lenkeit: (re, commentary in #2668 about Olympic 49er medal
race) "Better to win an honest Bronze than a dirty Silver." Hat's off to the
German team for taking that position. Rules are meant to keep sailors from
cheating or gaining an unfair advantage. Sailing a boat in a Gold medal race
that you haven't sailed, didn't rig/tune, and didn't practice in, can hardly
be considered an unfair advantage. If the roles were reversed, I'm sure that
the Italian and Spanish team would have taken any boat available to them.
Congratulations to the Danish team regardless of the outcome. I hope they
keep the Gold.

* From Jonty Sherwill, UK: Reading the Principal Race Officer Charley Cook's
account (Scuttlebutt 2668) of the 49er Medal Race and hearings, I was hoping
to see all my questions answered, but not all were. Having watched the race
live on TV, I was incredulous that this pinnacle of sailing could be reduced
to a demolition derby, and that the whole spectacle, viewed by sailor or
newcomer, lacked the sophistication worthy of the event. The notion that the
Danish crew having wrecked their own boat could then sail another nation's
boat with incorrect national letters to ultimate victory seemed laughable,
but was upheld.

How wrong I was. The jury’s decision, twice considered, and endorsed by a
ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport has met with general
approval. But the dismissal of the request for redress from the Italian and
Spanish teams did not clarify what allowed the Race Committee to override
the requirements of the Notice of Race. Might the outcome have been
different in a conventional sailing championship? A full account of how the
Racing Rules of Sailing, as well as the Olympian spirit of fair play, were
equally served in this case, if indeed that is possible, would help me, and
perhaps some others, lay this matter finally to rest.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We had avoided analyzing the jury decisions too
closely, as it required referencing multiple rules from multiple sources
that were used by the jury in their decisions. However, Jonty (and others)
have motivated us to pull it apart.

Assuming that people with more interest than us found the most applicable
rules in this case, we looked only at the jury decision and the rules
referenced. You know what we found? We found that it all seemed to make
sense. To close this thread, we encourage people dissatisfied with this
decision to look at our report. We copied the jury decision and all the
applicable rules, brought them together for easy reading, and posted this
page on the Scuttlebutt website. Read it here:

Further discussion can be posted here:

* From Chris Boome, San Francisco: (re, ISAF ranking system) If there was
ever a useless ranking tool, this is it.

* From Adrian Morgan, UK: In several places in Scuttlebutt 2668 I smell the
unpleasant odour of sour grapes surrounding the Olympic regatta. America,
you have your chance to get even on the (even) waters of Weymouth Bay in
four years. Summon up the spirit of Los Angeles 1984. Can't wait...

Courage is the ability to overcome the fear of something you think might
happen. - Stirling Moss

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