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SCUTTLEBUTT 3643 - Monday, July 30, 2012

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Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 29, 2012) - The 2012 Olympic Sailing
Regatta began in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the Finn and
Star classes, and in Women’s Match Racing. It was a photo finish in Race 2
of the Star class as Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) overcame Iain
Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by the narrowest of margins. Both teams
finished in a time of 73:39 but the race win was awarded to the Brazilians
as they took the overall lead having finished fourth in Race 1.

In the Women's Match Racing there is a three way tie after all the teams
completed two races each. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Ekaterina Skudina (RUS)
and Olivia Price (AUS) all have a 100% record having won both of their races
on the opening day. The Spaniard arguably caused the biggest stir of the day
defeating World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and World #2 Lucy Macgregor.

Denmark's Jonas Hogh Christensen owned the day in the Finn class. With two
race wins the Dane dominated the proceedings from the start of Race 1 in
front of the Nothe spectator area and led from start to finish. He was
equally as dominant in the second race on Weymouth Bay West, again leading
from the start. Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) were the
personification of consistency as the Brit finished second twice whilst the
Croatian ended up in third place in both races.

The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team’s overall results after two races count Zach
Railey in 15th (Finn) and Mark Mendelblatt & Brian Fatih in 10th (Star).
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi finished their
first two round robin matches with one win, one loss.

Racing continues in all three events on July 30, along with Laser, Laser
Radial and 49er.

Full report:
Canada broadcast:
USA broadcast:

* For Day 2 in Weymouth, the breeze is expected to swing further west and
increase a little in strength. By Tuesday and Wednesday, conditions should
return to the more familiar south, south West direction, gusting over 20
knots in the afternoon.

From the Team Maclaren blog:
We sat out the first two races and then rotated in and started racing
shortly after 3:30pm on the Nothe course, right under the noses of the
spectators. Our first race was against Team Denmark. We had a tight race
with them all around the course in the very shifty conditions but were able
to extend a little right out from the second windward mark and went on to
win the race to score our first point of the series.

Our second race was the last race of the day starting at 4:40pm. We were up
against Team Spain. We had a great pre-start with them, giving them a
penalty. We started to windward and ahead of them, controlling them for the
first half of the beat. Half way up, we let them slip a little too far out
to the right side of us and they got a shift and around us. We held close
and were right behind them as we approached the top mark. We got in a little
luffing match as they tried to pin us while looking for an opportunity to
spin their penalty. The chance wasn't there and both boats tacked to port
and bore away to round the mark and continue the race.

Somehow, despite following their line around the mark, we caught the anchor
line for the mark causing it to drift into us and cancelling the penalty.
And now with us stopped, she sailed away. We gave our best effort to catch
up, and gained back a few lengths, but we couldn't catch up and we ended up
losing the race. It was frustrating to lose in that way (there were two
races in that flight in which this happened). But overall we are happy with
how we are sailing and we are looking forward to sailing tomorrow. -- Full

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San Francisco, CA (July 27, 2012) - The San Francisco Giants and ORACLE TEAM
USA brought home two of the most iconic trophies in world sport in 2010 -
Major League Baseball’s World Series and sailboat racing’s America’s Cup. On
August 25 they’ll join forces and celebrate their success with their fans
while looking forward to repeating this success in 2013.

“America’s Cup Day” at AT&T Park will see a full day of activities built
around the Giants’ third of four home games against the Atlanta Braves.

Highlights of the day will include:
• ORACLE TEAM USA’s wingsail AC45 catamarans moored in McCovey Cove
• First pitch by ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill, the youngest winning
skipper in the 161 years of America’s Cup history, winner of the 33rd
America’s Cup.
• Giants’ owner Larry Baer and skipper Bruce Bochy presenting to the sailors
on the field
• America’s Cup trophy on display at Triples’ Alley, Pitcher’s Mound &
Community Clubhouse
• Pre-Game sail past by the America’s Cup World Series teams’ AC45 race
boats from the U.S., Europe, Australasia and Asia

San Francisco is the host city for the 2013 America’s Cup, and the city’s
home teams will focus attention on this summer’s and next summer’s racing
action on the Bay.

The day coincides with the penultimate day of competition at the ACWS San
Francisco, taking place August 21-26, featuring racing right off the city
front between Marina Green and Piers 27/29. The Giants’ legendary skipper
Bochy has already trained with ORACLE TEAM USA’s CEO Russell Coutts, the
most successful skipper in America’s Cup history.

“Awesome,” was Bochy’s reaction after experiencing the athletic crew work on
a high-speed, next-generation AC45 race boat. “The crew would make great
infielders.” -- Story at:

(July 29, 2012) - For more than a third of the 2012 Pac Cup fleet, the race
is over and recovery underway at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. While results are
not yet official, the clear winner this year is Andy Costello’s J125 Double
Trouble, finishing in 7 days, 23:42:44. The victory is particularly sweet
for Costello as it’s his first-ever Pac Cup. He was stoked to reap the
benefits of two+ years he’s put into optimizing his boat. Costello also
hand-picked a crew with the right chemistry to get the job done - fast.

“We sailed to Hawaii in under 8 days on a 40-footer,” Costello said, “That’s
pretty good! I know it’s an extremely fast time for the size boat. It was
really windy and the conditions were really suited for the boat and of
course Skip (McCormack) called a perfect navigational race. We had five
extremely good drivers - at night there was no horizon, no moon and plenty
of clouds so you’re not driving by sight - it’s all feel and you had better
know what you are doing. We didn’t have to slow down; we just went as fast
as we could possibly go during the night. We were changing our drivers out
every two hours so there was always someone driving the boat at full
capacity. It keeps the pace on.

We got to the point about 2-3 days before the end of the race where we felt
good enough that we could put it into a slower gear or we could have
probably finished the race 8-9 hours faster. But there was no need to break
anything or blow the boat up before we got here.”

Costello said they had breeze in the lower 20s for most of the race, and for
them, that was based on putting the boat in the right position on the

“I think a lot of the guys who stayed higher than us didn’t get as much
breeze as we did because we dove south and because of that we were able to
stay in the pressure and get around everybody. We sailed a lot more miles
than everybody else but we still got here faster. It was awesome. Warrior is
another J/125; we beat him by 250 miles - just shows that we’ve done
everything to get the boat going like this. Trevor (Baylis) has designed the
sails for the boat - the spinnaker is not like a normal sail - we really
developed everything to make the boat faster and faster over the past few
years. It’s a whole other level and I think we can win some more races with

The other two crew on board Double Trouble are Jody McCormack and Matt
Noble. -- Read on:

Marblehead, MA (July29, 2012) - At long last favorable winds arrived for the
final day of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta resulting in the most
action-packed day of the entire 123rd Annual Marblehead Race Week. With each
class completing multiple final day races, Bight Me from the Rhodes 19
class, executed masterful nautical tactics on the Massachusetts Bay course,
impressing judges enough to secure the title of Overall Winner.

Led by Co-Skippers Charlie Pendleton and Jim Raisides, Bight Me produced a
20-point total in seven races over the course of the entire event to take
top honors.

“It’s been a long week with the weather not always cooperating. We faced all
types of conditions; light air, heavy air and waves” said the
Marblehead-based co-skippers. “With four days of racing in our class this is
one of the hardest regattas to win. We faced a lot of depth and well-round
crews and had to overcome very stiff competition.”

As the overall winner in Marblehead, both skippers will be invited to
participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British
Virgin Islands to compete in the season-ending event aboard Sunsail 44i’s
against the other overall winners in the 2012 series.

Also receiving prestigious recognition in Marblehead were Boat of the Day
winners: Mohotta Mobetta (Rhodes 19, Kim Pandapas), Gypsy (IOD, Bruce
Dyson/Norm Cressy) and Circe’s Cup (J/105, Ric Dexter). The distinction is
awarded to the top-performing boat each day with the skippers from the boats
receiving a pair of 7 x 50 binoculars, from industry-leading manufacturer
Steiner, for their outstanding performance. -- Results at:

Auckland, New Zealand (29 July 2012) - The Emirates Team New Zealand
campaign for the 34th America's Cup, which takes another huge step forward
this week with the inaugural sailing of the world's first AC72, New Zealand,
will deliver a substantial and measurable boost in the export of New Zealand
manufactured boats and equipment, according to NZ Marine executive director,
Peter Busfield.

"We know from past experience that high profile America's Cup campaigns help
attract lucrative new contracts and create new jobs in our industry," he
says. "We estimate that over $30 million worth of New Zealand boats and
equipment has already been supplied in the build up to next year's America's
Cup regatta.

"Every time ETNZ unveils an innovative new vessel, like New Zealand, or
competes well in an international regatta, they help remind the world's
boating markets just how innovative and highly skilled New Zealand boat
builders are.

"We are already enjoying a substantial increase in the number of visiting
yachts and superyachts from the Northern Hemisphere. While they are choosing
to explore a new destination, most of them are also choosing to have either
maintenance work or a major refit completed by our skilled workforce.

"In addition, America's Cup holders, Oracle, chose the New Zealand marine
industry to build their technologically very challenging fleet of AC45
catamarans, because they knew we had both the expertise and the properly
trained staff to complete the job." -- Read on:

The start of the Melges 24 World Championship begins Monday on Lake Garda in
Italy, where a record fleet of 129 boats are coming from 22 countries and 4
continents. The combination of an outstanding boat and premier venue has
clearly been endorsed by Melges 24 class members. This will be one of those
"you should have been there" events. Follow the racing all week with video,
photos and updates here:

Events listed at

* (July 28, 2012) - The 29ers finished their world championships in a
cracking final in the 123rd Travemunde Woche. On the sixth and final day of
the regatta, fierce gusts of wind swept across the field of skiff sailors
for the first time during the championships. The new world champions are
Carlos Robles/Florian Trittel (Spain), reaching first place in the three
races. They triumphed over Lucas Rual/Kevin Fischer (France) and Mateo
Majdalani/Klaus Lange (Argentina). Americans Christopher Williford and Kai
Frieseche finished 9th overall in the 50+ fleet. -- Results at:

* Newport, RI (July 28, 2012) - After three more races at the 2012 Melges 32
U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport, reigning North American
Champion Ryan DeVos (Macatawa, MI) with tactician Ed Baird on Volpe steps
into the overall lead. In second place is Gold Cup Champion Steve Howe (San
Diego, CA) and tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath, tied with equal points.
Jason Carroll's (New York, NY) Argo with Cameron Appleton on tactics is
third, only three points behind. Final results were not available at press
time. -- Daily reports and results:

* La Rochelle, France (July 27, 2012) - On the 6th and final day of the 2012
SAP 5O5 World Championship race results it was Denmark’s Jan Saugmann/Martin
Gorge who defeated fellow countrymen Jorgen Bojsen-Moller/Jacob
Bojsen-Moller. Germans Christian Kellner/Martin Schoeler took third.
Americans Edward Conrads/Brian Haines finished 11th overall in the
185-strong fleet. -- Full results:

* Lake Garda, Italy (July 28, 2012) - After five days of competition, the
World RS 500 Championships and RS 200 and 400 Eurocup came to close. In the
RS 500, Tim Wilkins and Heather Martin (GBR) once again claimed the title
they won in 2010. They even had the luxury of being able to sit out the last
two races (discarded), to finish tied on points with Americans Carolyn Howe
(7th on the Yngling at Beijing Olympics) and Mischa Heemskerk on the bow who
took a 2-1. Brits Gregory and Paul Barlett confirmed their third place with
a 1-5ß. -- Results at:

* Torbole, Italy (July 29, 2012) - Sunday saw the last practice and official
training for the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship, organised by Circolo
Vela Torbole and the International Melges 24 Class Association. The 129
boats, representing 22 Countries and 4 Continents familiarized themselves
with the race course and the unique features of Garda Trentino. Americans
competing include Don Jesberg (SFYC), Bora Gulari (CNS SCIEZ), and Robert
Harf (DTYC - BYC). Racing begins Monday. -- Event website:

* The International One-Design Class has released The Saga of the
International One-Design, a history of the first ISAF designated Classic
Class. The major sections include an overall history of the creation and
development of the class; a section on each of the eleven individual fleets
from Sweden to San Francisco; a technical discussion of the evolution of the
boats from the first 30 years when they were all constructed of wood in
Frederikstad Norway to the conversion to fiberglass; and more. -- Info at:

* (July 27, 2012) - West Marine’s net revenue increased 3.2 percent in the
second quarter compared to the prior year as the boating accessories
retailer continued its store optimization strategy and worked to tweak its
merchandise strategy. West Marine made about $243.6 million in the quarter,
while net income decreased 50 percent year over year to $22.6 million due to
a large tax benefit recorded during the second quarter in 2011. Sales
increased in the company’s core categories, as well as electronics, fishing
and soft good categories, according to the company’s earnings release. --
Full report:

* Long Beach, Calif. (July 27, 2012) - More than 140 young sailors ranging
in age from 6-18 ventured into the waters of Long Beach Harbor Thursday in
the 25th annual Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race. This is the only
junior sailing event of the year where the eight-foot-long Sabots ever
venture out on the ocean racing from the east end of Shoreline Marina to
Alamitos Bay. Sean Ayale of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club finished first in the
Sabot C3 class winning the perpetual Jessica Uniack Memorial Trophy for
taking first place in the largest class. -- Full results:

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* From Brian Bracken, Cowes, UK:
If you like sport and can’t find it on your TV, the BBC has a great web
player for all the Olympic sports and you can choose which live feed to
watch. It also has optimised versions for PC, mobile and tablet:

* From David Munge (re, Scuttlebut 3641):
Did you know... the San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile U.S.
National Monuments.

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