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SCUTTLEBUTT 3620 - Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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U.S. Olympic Sailing Team members Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan had a steep
but exhilarating learning curve aboard the International 470 when they came
together as a team just 15 months ago. Yet their performance has been
nothing short of epic.

Earlier this year, they upset the favored U.S. team and, on a tiebreaker,
won the U.S. Olympic Trials, giving them the nomination on the 2012 Olympic
Team - pending U.S. Olympic Committee approval. Then, on June 9, Clark and
Lihan took a silver medal in the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth,
the host city in the United Kingdom for the 2012 Olympic sailing
competition. With the team recently placing first in the ISAF 2012 World
Cup circuit as well, this duo may well be the one to watch starting Aug. 2.

"Sarah and I have worked really hard for this," Clark said after their Sail
for Gold silver medal this month. "We're psyched to take this momentum into
the Olympics."

"I think we're the strongest we've ever been," Lihan added. "Amanda is one
of the most talented skippers in the world, and I'm honored to sail with

Clark, 30, who is from Shelter Island, N.Y., is a veteran Olympic sailor,
having placed 12th at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the International
470. Meanwhile Lihan, 23, is a former Laser Radial sailor who has competed
in three Olympic trials. The two women came together after Clark's 2008
Olympic teammate Sarah Chin retired from sailing 15 months ago. Clark found
herself seeking a new teammate and found one in Lihan.

"There is no precedence for this and joining forces just over one year
before the Olympics seemed like an impossible task," said Lihan, who hails
from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We have had our heads down and focused so long
that we sometimes have to look around and realize what we have

One unique aspect to their sailing style is that they share the tactical
decisions. "For me to be calling tactics on the upwind and Amanda on the
downwind requires a sort of trust that is really awesome," Lihan said. For
Clark, having that trust in Lihan means that she can focus on driving the
boat and optimizing the boat's speed. And that has resulted in a winning

"The 470 is an incredibly hard boat to sail and steer consistently, but I
am really able to focus on the steering while Sarah calls the tactics,"
Clark said. "We really function well together without stepping on each
other's toes. I may have been able to get Sarah to the next level as far as
learning this boat, but she brings a wealth of information in her own

An additional key to their success is their coach, Udi Gal, a two-time 470
Olympic sailor from Israel who has brought the team his expertise and
experience. -- Read on:

Eight legendary sailors are left standing through three rounds of the
"Greatest American Sailor" Tournament and Sweepstakes. This week's
Quarterfinal matches will determine who moves on to the semifinal round
next week. Here is a rundown of this week's matches:

Red Division:
#1 Buddy Melges, Jr. vs. #6 Anna Tunnicliffe

White Division:
#1 Lowell North vs. #2 Paul Cayard

Blue Division:
#1 Dennis Conner vs. #2 Paul Foerster

Gold Division:
#1 Mark Reynolds vs. #2 Ed Baird

Each round of voting runs a week, Monday through Sunday. Results will be
finalized every Monday at noon ET. The Tournament continues every week
until the champion is crowned on Monday, July 16. Vote here:

COMMENT: For those of you paying attention, you would have noted that five
of the eight quarterfinalists are Star sailors. Yes, that's the same class
ISAF eliminated from the 2016 Olympics in hopes of improving interest in
the sailing events. So what does create interest? Is it connecting with
your favorite athlete/team or is it the action within the game? - Craig
Leweck, Scuttlebutt

Congratulations to Stephen Murray and crew on 'Decision' for winning the
RBYC Anniversary Regatta resulting in the 'Onion Patch Series' win! The
Onion Patch is made up of combined results from NYYC Annual Regatta,
Newport-Bermuda Race and the RBYC Anniversary Regatta. Racing with 100%
North sails in Bermuda, 'Decision' sailed nearly perfectly to win the
regatta and also the Henry B. du Pont trophy. The Navy's TP52 'Invictus',
also powered by North, finished 3rd in the Onion Patch with Jon Wright
aboard, who will be inducted into the AC Hall of Fame this week. For more,

The final stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World
Series) is this week in Newport, Rhode Island, with a schedule of both
fleet and match racing on June 28-July 1. Eight boats representing six
teams will compete. Full schedule:

BROADCAST: For the North American viewer, will carry race
activity on Thursday through Saturday. It is not clear yet what races will
covered, as the emphasis in past broadcasts has been the fleet racing and
not the match racing. In the United States, the live broadcast on Sunday
will be carried only on NBC. Replays, highlights and on-demand will be
available on YouTube in the USA throughout all four days of the event.
Details here:

TRACKING: Another broadcast option is the CupExperience "AC Race Tracker",
which is available free for Android and iPhone users to follow the AC World
Series races. Both versions use real time data from LiveLine, the Emmy
Award winning technology developed for ACTV and used by the umpires to
judge on the water protests and course limit penalties. Users will be able
to follow all the match races, fleet races and speed trials in real-time.
CupExperience will be inviting all users of the AC Tracker for drinks on
Friday June 29 at a classic Newport watering hole. The invitation will be
posted together with instructions for downloading the app on the
CupExperience homepage at

ATTEND: The racing will be held inside Narragansett Bay, with the AC
Village at Fort Adams to be the primary location to absorb the event.
General admission tickets are $10 per day and children under 12 enter for
free. Details:

SPECTATING: If you plan to be a live spectator to the races, the challenge
is remaining informed during the day. Getting twitter updates on your phone
(@americascupLIVE) will help, and iPhone users can also follow the YouTube

BONUS: Among the events in Newport this week is the film premiere of
'07.07.07, Amorita's Unlucky Day' at the Jane Pickens Theater on Tuesday,
June 26, 2012. Amorita , the classic yacht rammed and sunk off of Newport
in 2007 (Scuttlebutt #2386) is now the subject of this original documentary
film by award winning director Pierre Marcel (Tabarly, 2009). The film
recounts the history, dramatic sinking and resurrection of the classic
107-year-old Herreshoff yacht. Details:

America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA is led by tactician John Kostecki
(USA), who has won 11 World Championships in various classes of boats. What
was the first world title that he won? (Answer below)

Tony Bull, Bull Sails
Weekend warriors, twilight terrors. Call them what you will, but this
describes most of our racing fraternity. Sailors who head out each week at
a set time to participate in a race at the local club. Sailing has become a
part of their routine. But they have one thing in common with the more
elite end of the sport - they want to taste success.

Success is obviously a term that relates individually to all of us. Winning
a regatta or a club series is usually the benchmark, or it can be as simple
as getting home before our old rival "Dastardly Dan". Most sailors heading
out to the racecourse have a definition of success they would like to
achieve whether it is podium orientated or not.

In speaking to and sailing with a lot of club sailors, there is no doubt
they have a much better day on the water when they achieve their relative
accomplishment. Improving results go a long way to whetting the desire to
return and do it again, which in itself is the ultimate success!

A few years ago I was sailing in a Masters regatta and each day met the
sailor who had an adjoining locker. He was an 80 year old Sabre sailor; our
interaction developed from a slight nod to a brief chat over the course of
the regatta. Each day I inquired "how was his day" and always received the
same reply, "I am just out there bringing up the back, making sure they all
get home". On the last day, he came in, and despite it being the end of the
series, he was looking very sprightly and beaming. Before I could ask he
let me know "beat a few home today" and went into detail about his covering
tactics up the last beat.

It made his week and whilst always enjoying his sailing, the whimsical
acceptance of last place had completely disappeared, replaced by barely
suppressed elation. To see an improvement regardless of our lot is a great
incentive to keep working away at it. -- Read on:

COMMENT: If you are among the usual trophy contenders, think for a moment
what it would be like without a crowd on the start line. Ultimately,
keeping that start line crowded has as much to do with your fun as it is
beating the crowd to the finish line. Trophy contenders are usually
influence peddlers too. Using your influence to help the crowd could prove
to be the biggest reward of them all. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

Fans who register to vote in US Sailing's "Greatest American Sailor"
Tournament and Sweepstakes receive a chance to win a Grand Prize that
includes the America's Cup experience in San Francisco during the 2013
event, an invitation to US Sailing's 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman
of the Year ceremony, and another special Grand Prize. By joining US
Sailing, you can double your chances at winning the Grand Prize. Enter the
Sweepstakes and vote on these great Quarterfinal match-ups! And remember...
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When competitors hit the water for the 2012 C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial
Clinic and Regatta from July 6-9 at Sail Newport (in Newport, RI), they
will be helping to mark the 10th anniversary of this remarkable event for
sailors with disabilities. From its start as an event for a single class of
boat, The Clagett not only has evolved over the years to include all three
boats which have been chosen for Paralympic competition but also has become
widely respected as North America's premier event for sailors with

The hallmark of the event has long been the pre-race clinic for competitors
- to be held this year on Friday, July 6. However, for the second
consecutive year, organizers will concurrently run a safety seminar for
race committee members and other on-the-water volunteers which will address
the types of issues first responders might encounter when coming to the
assistance of a person with disabilities.

The majority of sailors who participate in events such as The Clagett
Regatta are managing limb amputations or neurological disabilities
(including spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis and Muscular Dystrophy),
and accessing their boats, both at the dock and on the water, can be a
major challenge. -- Read on:

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* Pewaukee, WI (June 24, 2012) - Seventeen teams descended on Pewaukee
Yacht Club for the 2012 A Scow National Championship, which proved to be a
light air regatta on June 22-24. PRO Hank Stuart worked hard with his crew
to successfully provide five races over the three-day event. With no
sailing on Saturday, the event was a display of skill for the I-28
Silverhawk team. Owner Terry Blanchard, skipper Andy Burdick and crew Peter
Keck, Joe Kutschenreuter, Jim Petersen, Ben Porter and Molly Forbes seemed
untouchable and a smidge lucky on one finish. -- Full report:

* Toronto, ONT (June 24, 2012) - The three day Laser Canadian National
Championship attracted 50 full rigs and 48 radial rigs. Dominating the
event was Lee Parkhill in the full rig and Brenda Bowskill in the radial
rig, both representing Royal Canadian Yacht Club. -- Results:

* As the conclusion of the current Volvo Ocean Race approaches, CEO Knut
Frostad will reveal plans on June 28 for a new boat design for the next
edition of the premier round-the-world sailing event in 2014-15. With
significant changes made to the rules for the 2011-12 edition to decrease
costs to compete, it is anticipated that this new boat will continue this
trend in hopes of promoting future participation. --

John Kostecki won his first of 11 world championship titles on the Sunfish
in 1982. "I was a Laser sailor, about 18 or 19 years old," said Kostecki.
"Some friends of mine that were Sunfish sailors said that the worlds were
coming to San Francisco. The group that I was sailing Lasers with said
let's give it a go. We did a little bit of training and ended up going to a
few regattas and events and having a good time with it. It was a new
challenge and a new boat. We all ended up doing quite well at worlds and I
managed to win; it was pretty cool. That was in 1982. It happened all in a
three or four month period. We did two regattas and a lot of training with
some buddies. It was good fun. I don't really remember what color the sail
was, but the boats and sails were supplied so it was some sort of orange
and yellow and white sail. It was a good time." --

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* From Tony Sanpere:
I agree with Ken Read (in Scuttlebutt 3618) that variety is best. I have
been racing for over 40 years and I have seen the sport go from buoy racing
and around island racing to windward/ leeward courses. In the last six
years I have been doing mostly "cruising courses" and have found the fun in
racing again.

Since 1995, I have been racing mostly in the Caribbean where W/L came in
with a bang but now it is the exception. I have raced the Rolex regatta in
St. Thomas quite a few times but for the past 6 years I race in the non
spinnaker class because it was the only class doing island courses.
Unfortunately the organizers have decided that we are not worthy of getting
a watch even though I won my class at least four times. The BVI has also
been getting away from sausage courses and are using the islands as marks
in the course.

Why come down to the Caribbean at a great expense to do the same kind of
racing as in the U.S. Variety is the spice of life.

* From Alistair Murray, Managing Director, Ronstan:
A great loss for Australian sailing (Eight Bells, Sbutt 3619). My dear
friend Rolly Tasker was a true legend, having done hundreds of thousands of
sea miles and winning an Olympic medal in 1956. He was a great sailor, boat
builder and sailmaker, and established most recently an amazing sail loft
in Phuket and an America's Cup museum in Western Australia. Rolly was 86
and worked to the end of his life with amazing energy, passion and hands on
knowledge. He intimately knew every nook and cranny and workings of his
sail loft, rig shop, chandlery and factory. He was also the nicest guy you
would ever meet, having a quiet sense of humour and a friendly, gentlemanly
nature. Our thoughts are with his wife Kerry.

* From T.J. Perrotti:
It is with deep sadness that I read the news of Rolly's passing. He was
certainly one of yachting's great ones. I had the pleasure of working with
Rolly briefly in the 1990's (in conjunction with David Pedrick) as he was
assembling his America's Cup museum collections. His dedication and passion
for the sport and for preserving its history were unsurpassed. And while
his legendary status shined brightly for decades, his personal repoire was
always incredibly down to Earth, warm, and inviting.

I'm pleased to know that his many contributions (Tasker Sails, Australian
Sailing Museum, etc.) venture ahead with such strong foundations. Future
generations will surely be inspired by Rolly's spirit and enthusiasm for

Smooth horizons, Rolly ... smooth horizons.

* From Paul Newell, Isle of Wight:
I must amend the Curmudgeon's Observation in #3619: "Beer is the
answer...but I can't remember the question".

Beer is not the answer to a question - it's a statement of fact! It's the
reason for sailing. It's the reason for racing. And the faster you get
round the course, the more time you have to drink it. So therefore "beer is
the reason"

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