SCUTTLEBUTT 3647 - Friday, August 3, 2012
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2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - SAILING EVENTS
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (August 2, 2012; Day 5) - The 2012 Olympic
Sailing Regatta continued in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the
Finn, Star, Women's Match Racing, Men's 470, 49er, and the Men's and Women's
RS:X. Extreme weather prevailed with high wind, waves and unpredictable
A minor collision today upset Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen's game allowing
their British rivals back into contention in the 49er. The Australian world
champions clipped another boat's tiller during Thursday's opening race and
were forced to perform a penalty turn which sent them to the back of the
20-boat fleet. They eventually clawed their way back to finish 10th. The
Australians remain in the lead with 24 pts after 8 races, Stephen
Morrison/Ben Rhodes (GBR) are second with 35 pts, and Peter Burling/Blair
Tuke (NZL) in third with 41 pts.
After a rough start earlier in the week, Ben Ainslie (GBR) pulled it out
today to beat Dane Jonas Hogh-Christensen in two races, narrowing the gap
between the two to just three points. Ainslie sits in second overall with 21
pts after 8 races, with Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third with 34 pts.
Australia's Women's Match Racing skipper Olivia Price took another two wins,
as Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty guaranteed themselves top seeding
for the quarterfinal with one race left in the round robin. The Australians
made it 10 wins from 10 starts in the Women's Match Racing competition
following victories against Spain and Denmark to be three wins clear of
second place. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) is second in the round robin followed
by Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).
After 8 races in the Star class, Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR) are leading
with 13 pts, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada is in second with 22 pts, and
Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen are in third with 22 pts.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) still dominates the Men's RS:X Windsurfing
with 6 pts after six races. Toni Wilhelm (GER) is in second with 17 pts and
Przemyslaw Miarczynski in third with 18. A similar pattern is emerging in
the Women's RS:X as Marina Alabau controls the lead with 7 pts over Zofia
Noceti-Klepacka (POL) in second with 12 pts. Lee-El Korzits (ISR) is third
with 15 pts. Klepacka dominated the day winning both of the races.
The clear leaders in the first races for the 470 Men's were Luke
Patience/Stuart Bithell (GBR) ending the day in first with 3 pts. Matthias
Schmidt/Florian Reichsteaedter (AUT) is in second with 5pts, and Anton
Dahlberg/Sebastian Ostling (SWE) third with 10 pts.
Current results for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team: Erik Storck/Trevor Moore
13th in the 49er; Zach Railey 12th in Finn; Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih 6th
in Star; Stuart McNay/Graham Biehl 21st in Men's 470; Farrah Hall 20th in
Women's RS:X Windsurfing; and Bob Willis 18th in RS:X Men's Windsurfing.
Another win for Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi
increased their round robin record to 6 wins, 3 losses. Today was a
scheduled reserve day for Laser and Laser Radial fleets.
Canadian Finn sailor Gregory Douglas is in 15th, Zachary Plavsic is 8th in
the Men's RS:X, Nikola Girke remains in 9th in the Women's RS:X, and in the
49er Gordon Cook/Hunter Louden are in 15th. Luke Ramsay/Michael Lee are 25th
in the Men's 470. Richard Clark/Tyler Bjorn racing in the Star are in 13th.
August 3 will see racing continue in the Finn, Star, Laser, Laser Radial,
49er, and Men's 470. Women's 470 will begin competition with two scheduled
races. It is a reserve day for Women's Match Racing and Men's and Women's
Full report: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/news/31917.php
Canada report: http://tinyurl.com/CST-072912
USA report: http://tinyurl.com/USA-072912
Canada broadcast: http://tinyurl.com/bs5wqoj
USA broadcast: http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/index.html
* Canadians will see live on-line coverage of all the sailing medal races,
starting Sunday, August 5 through to final medal contest on Saturday,
August. 11. On CTVolympics.ca, under Viewer schedule; the medal races are
listed at ATN or World Feed.
* The weekend weather outlook for Olympic sailing off Weymouth calls for a
moderate southwest to west wind near southern coasts with temperatures 18 to
21C in the sunshine, but quite a few degrees lower where there are heavy
showers. -- Details at:
AINSLIE GETS TOUGH
(August 2, 2012) - Ben Ainslie warned his rivals they had "made him angry"
as he reignited his quest for a fourth Olympic gold medal. Ainslie hit back
with a first and a third to narrow the gap to leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen
to three points with two races and the medal race left.
The Briton claimed Hogh-Christensen and Dutchman Pieter-Jan Postma teamed up
on him on the water, forcing him to do a penalty turn in race two.
"They've made a big mistake," said three-time Olympic champion Ainslie.
"They've made me angry and you don't want to make me angry." The 35-year-old
resumed after the rest day with his pursuit of a fourth Olympic title in the
Ainslie had not managed to beat surprise leader Hogh-Christensen in any of
the first six races and was 10 points behind the Dane. But he made an
aggressive statement of intent in the first race in big waves and strong
winds out in Weymouth Bay.
Ainslie led off the start line leaving Hogh-Christensen in his wake, but the
Dane fought back from eighth to fourth on the first downwind leg before
capsizing and losing 30 seconds as he righted his boat.
Postma overhauled Ainslie briefly but the Briton regained the lead to cross
the finish line with a substantial gap and pumped his fists in delight.
Hogh-Christensen came home in eighth to see his overall lead narrow to four
points. -- Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19102904
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RS:X CLASS ISSUES CLAIM FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW AGAINST ISAF
Eymet, France (August 2, 2012) - Since the ISAF Mid Year Meeting and the
narrow vote to deselect windsurfing and the RS:X for the 2016 Olympic
Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, the class has been working on many levels to get
this decision reversed under the direction of its crisis management group
within the Executive Committee.
The opinion of the RS:X legal team is that the decision was perverse and
unfair and so accordingly we have issued a claim for Judicial Review (dated
August 1st 2012) in the High Court in London which had to be lodged within 3
months of the date of the decision on May 5th
28,385 people from around the world have signed the on-line petition against
the ISAF decision. 18,812 have joined the 'Appeal against kitesurfing in the
Olympics' Facebook Group. 13,209 are following the 'Vote Windsurfing'
Facebook page. The tone of the discussions in these forums has been one of
disbelief that two colorful, dynamic, media friendly global events could be
so easily discarded. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/d5vx9pu
* Statement from IKCA:
(August 2, 2012) - We have been informed that the International RS:X Class
Association Ltd is taking legal action against the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF), based on the fact that ISAF has selected Kiteboarding and
not Windsurfing as Olympic sailing event for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in
We feel shocked that an international class, being bound by ISAF
constitution, rules and regulations, is even considering legal action
against the world governing body because of a decision that has been taken
in a democratic process and in full accordance with the defined decision
making processes of ISAF.
The International Kiteboarding Association is fully aware of the ongoing
discussions about Olympic Events and Equipment and is respecting ISAF's
internal processes. -- Markus Schwendtner, IKA Executive Secretary. -- Full
AMERICA'S CUP 2013 PROGRAM RELEASED
San Francisco, Calif. (August 2, 2012) - The program for the 2013 America's
Cup season in San Francisco will include up to 55 days of racing in the
Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Finals and Red Bull Youth America's Cup as
four teams take up the challenge against ORACLE TEAM USA, the defender.
With the passing of the challenge deadline at midnight on August 1, the team
line-up for the Louis Vuitton Cup is set. The challenging teams for the 34th
America's Cup are a formidable foursome and collectively as strong a group
as any Defender has faced since the beginning of the multi-challenger era of
the Cup in 1970. Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Luna
Rossa Challenge (ITA) and Team Korea (KOR) will battle each other in the
Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup Challenger Series, for the right to
face ORACLE TEAM USA in the America's Cup Finals.
Running from July 4 through September 1, the Louis Vuitton Cup will provide
two full months of racing on San Francisco Bay. In parallel to the
challenger series, ORACLE TEAM USA will hold Defender Trials to strengthen
its bid to defend the Cup. Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA
when it won the Cup in 2010, will helm one of the boats, while Ben Ainslie,
multiple Olympic Gold Medalist from the UK will helm the other. They will go
head to head on the same racetrack and on the same days as the Louis Vuitton
The America's Cup Finals, with ORACLE TEAM USA against the winner of the
Louis Vuitton Cup, will run from September 7 to September 22 and features a
new format with nearly twice as much racing. Previous Cup Finals have seen
the teams race in a 'first to five' format, where the winning team needed to
collect five victories.
In 2013, there will be two races per day, with nine victories required to
win the America's Cup. In between the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup
Finals the future stars of the sport will take to the water in the Red Bull
Youth America's Cup. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/co7etrx
* Download AC34 2013 program: http://tinyurl.com/cqgqdc8
ENERGY TEAM OUT FOR AC34
(August 1, 2012) - Energy Team (FRA) have announced that while they are
pleased with the progress that has been made with the team this past year,
that they do not have sufficient resources to continue with their AC34
program and the construction of an AC72. Energy Team will, however, entering
a youth team, comprising a number of young talented sailors, the selection
of which is underway, in order to compete in the Youth America's Cup in
September 2013 in San Francisco.
Energy Team CEO Bruno Peyron said, "We have always said that we would not be
competing just for the sake of it. Our fine results this season should prove
useful in the future and allow us to continue to build a real Challenger for
the America's Cup. We can all be proud of the work that has been
accomplished in such a short space of time, but we must not take a big
gamble with the risk of losing everything."
He continued, "We're already working on a new commercial proposal, which is
better suited to the current economic situation. There is a certain
consensus amongst the Challengers to see changes made to the economic model
of the America's Cup in order to be more realistic and move towards sensible
budgets that can be kept under control. With annual budgets of around 10
million Euros, the proposal will begin to look much more interesting,
including in the French market, and it is with this latest idea in mind that
we will be preparing for the 35th America's Cup". -- Full story:
* Energy Team will continue to compete in the next America's Cup World
Series, which begins in San Francisco on August 21.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include working, towing, training, crashing, crushing, struggling, cheering,
and prepping. Here are this week's photos:
* Photographer Leighton O'Connor, who has been racking up the air miles this
year to cover the sport, was eager to stay home and shoot the Sperry
Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Marblehead, MA. Enjoy:
* With the Melges 32 World Championship to be held next month in Newport,
the fleet was keen to compete on the same race track for the U.S. Nationals.
And wherever there is a Melges 32 event, shooter Sara Proctor can't be far
away. Here are some of her images from the Nationals:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Here's a video of Ronnie Simpson on the Moore 24 "Hope for the Warriors" aka
"US 101" competing in the 2012 Singlehanded Transpac. That's right ...
Ronnie crossed the biggest ocean in the world on one of the first ultralight
displacement sailboat designs dating back to 1972.
The race from San Francisco to Kauai took 14 days and 12 hours, which was
good enough to win class. Ronnie was sailing on behalf of wounded-veteran
non-profit "Hope for the Warriors" to raise money and awareness for teaching
wounded-veterans to sail.
Curious what it's like to cross an ocean on a boat that is rooted in the
surfing culture of Santa Cruz? Click here for this week's video:
* While Dennis Conner loves to win, his drive comes from his love of sailing
and the people he does it with. A hallmark of racing with DC is his pre-race
speech, where he often presents a very specific description of what will
occur. In this video, courtesy of SD Boatworks, DC is racing his 102 year
old Schooner "Fame" in a Southern California classic yacht race. And the
video captures one of his classic forecasts: http://youtu.be/qFSlkzHNB6c
* This week on America's Cup Discovered Episode 50, we catch up with Ben
Ainslie as he aims to becoming the most decorated Olympic sailor in history.
After London 2012, Ben will fly directly to San Francisco to launch his team
as the skipper of 'Ben Ainslie Racing' in the AC World Series in San
Francisco. We also get the inside scoop on sailor nicknames, including:
Cheese, Cat Flap, T-Hutch, Avatar to list a few. Tune in on Saturday August
4 at approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* Recent productions by T2PTV include the 2012 Governor's Cup international
junior match racing championships in California, racing in Rhode Island at
the NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by ROLEX, coverage of how Jim
Richardson and crew aboard Barking Mad captured the Farr 40 North Americans,
and a return to T2PTV's home waters for the Annapolis Yacht Club's Wednesday
Night Races on the Chesapeake Bay. -- http://www.t2p.tv/cms/
* CYCA, NYYC, RORC and Worlds' Races in the August 3.12 "World on Water"
Global Sailing Weekly News Show. CYCA Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race Start,
Australia, RORC Commodores Cup, England, SAP 505 Worlds, France, NYYC Race
Week Newport, USA, Opti Worlds Dominican Republic and in "Fresh to
Frightening" the RNLI launch their rescue boat in HUGE seas, England. See it
on http://www.boatson.tv or download our "boatsontv" app and watch it on
your iPhone, iPad or Google Android devices anywhere anytime. (Boat, Plane,
Car, Bed, Head.....)
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* Torbole, Italy (August 2, 2012) - With six races complete the discard came
into play on Day 4 Melges 24 Worlds and the Gold/Silver fleets were decided.
Reigning 2011 European Champion Gullisara stands at the top of the ranking.
American Bora Gulari, aboard West Marine Rigging New England Ropes, claimed
victory in the fifth race followed by a fourth to claim the final place on
the podium. Disqualification from the third race has clearly not dented the
determination of the American who may be nine points behind the leaders but
is still definitely in play. -- Full report:
* Bastad, Sweden (August 2, 2012) - Day one of four in the 2012 BMW Farr 30
World Championship got underway today, with conditions forecasted at 12-18
knots of southerly wind with sunny skies and warm temperatures. In
preliminary results, Groovederci (USA) helmed by Deneed Demourkas is in
first with 6 points, followed by Barking Mad (USA) helmed by James
Richardson. In third is Triple P (NED), helmed by F. Khaleghi Yazdi. --
Event website: http://www.farr30.org/
* August 1, 2012 is a significant date in environmental terms, marking a
momentous step in the efforts to reduce pollution on the world's oceans. The
200-mile Emission Control Area comes into force around the US and Canada,
inside which ships have to burn 1 percent sulfur fuel, and 0.1 percent from
2015 (although that purity has not yet been achieved.) The worst news for
owners and masters is that the availability of compliant fuel on the West
Coast and parts of Asia is patchy, which translates to expensive. -- Full
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* From Justin Scott, US Sailing ODCC:
Re Martin Adams' statement in 'Butt 3646, the Damnably quick Dane did take
his 360 and overtake Ben......but he didn't win the race. I will be on hand
to watch the penultimate race and the medal race and it promises to be one
exciting show down.
* From Alex Arnold:
Following up on yesterday's sportsmanship theme, what do we feel about the
disqualification of the 4 badminton teams for gaming the draws by not
playing their best to enable them to manage positioning in the draw?
An original idea can never emerge from committee in its original form.
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