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SCUTTLEBUTT 3648 - Monday, August 6, 2012

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Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (August 5, 2012; Day 8) - It was the final day
at the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta for the Finn and Star, with the Medal
Race shaking up the standings in both events.

In a dramatic Finn Medal Race Ben Ainslie (GBR) sealed the gold medal after
finishing ahead of Jonas-Hogh Christensen (DEN) to become the most
successful Olympic sailor of all time. The medal is Ainslie's fifth medal
in a row and his fourth consecutive gold. He has eclipsed Paul Elvstrom
(DEN) whose four gold medals from 1948-1960 had put him ahead of Ainslie
before London 2012.

In front of a home crowd Ainslie sailed his way to gold finishing in ninth
place, one place ahead of Elvstrom's compatriot Hogh-Christensen who had to
settle for silver. Both sailors ended on 46 points with Ainslie taking the
gold on a higher finishing position in the Medal Race. It was a winner take
all scenario Pieter Jan Postma (NED) came close to spoiling the party and
taking gold, but he hit the back of Dan Slater (NZL) before the finish and
did a penalty turn which saw him slip out of the medals entirely, meaning
race winner Jonathan Lobert (FRA) took the bronze.

Finn - Top Five
1. Ben Ainslie (GBR) - 46pts
2. Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) - 46pts
3. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) - 49pts
4. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) - 52pts
5. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) - 55pts

In the Star, Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen won the Star Medal Race
to upset the favourites and take the gold medal in a thrilling finale.
Having trailed overnight leaders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by 12
points ahead of the Medal Race the Swedes won by four seconds over Hamish
Pepper and Jim Turner to overcome the Brits who finished eighth.

The Brits had to finish sixth or better to guarantee gold but in a tense
final run Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen, America's
Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih and Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno
Prada finished less than two seconds ahead of the Brits squeezing them into
eighth and down into silver medal position. The Brazilians subsequently
fell into bronze medal position.

Star - Top Five
1.Fredrik Loof/ Max Salminen (SWE) - 32pts
2. Iain Percy/ Andrew Simpson (GBR) - 34pts
3. Robert Scheidt/ Bruno Prada (BRA) - 40pts
4. Eivind Melleby/ Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) - 63pts
5. Hamish Pepper/ Jim Turner (NZL) - 70pts

Two qualifying races in the Women's 470, 49er, and Men's and Women's RS:X
were also held on Sunday. The dominating performances of the day came from
49er leaders Nathan Outteridge/ Iain Jensen (AUS), who posted two bullets
to increase their advantage to 22 points. Additionally, Dorian Van
Rijsselberge (NED) won the Men's RS:X event with two races to spare after
another exceptional performance today. The Dutchman won Race 9 before
pulling out of Race 10 having already sewn up the gold medal. He need only
now complete the Medal Race on Tuesday.

NORTH AMERICA: The 24-boat Finn event concluded with 2008 silver medalist
Zach Railey (USA) in 12th and Gregory Douglas (CAN) in 15th, while the
16-boat Star event saw Mark Mendelblatt/ Brian Fatih (USA) finish 7th and
Richard Clarke/ Tyler Bjorn (CAN) in 12th. The medal hopes for the
continent in the remaining 8 events is most likely on the shoulders of
American Anna Tunnicliffe in the Women's Match Race event. Tunnicliffe and
her team of Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer are the third seed in the
Quarter Finals, and will face 2012 World Champion Silja Lehtinen (FIN) on

MONDAY: Racing continues for the Men's 470 and 49er, with the Laser and
Laser Radial to hold their final Medal Race. A lay day is scheduled for the
Women's Match Race, Women's 470, and Men's and Women's RS:X. Southwest to
westerly winds of 12 to 17 mph are forecast.

ISAF news:
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Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most decorated Olympic Games sailor in
history on Sunday when he captured a fourth consecutive gold medal before
announcing his intention to quit.

The 35-year-old, who also won silver in 1996, overtakes Denmark's Paul
Elvstrom, who won four golds from 1948 to 1960 as the sport's most
successful sailor. Ainslie also matched the record for most Olympic sailing
medals won in total, held by Torben Grael (BRA), who won gold in 1996 and
2004, silver in 1984 and bronze in 1988 and 2000.

But despite his dramatic triumph after a tense week of sailing, Ainslie
said it was unlikely he will still be in a boat at the 2016 Olympics in

"You can never say never but I don't think I can sail one of these again,
it's killing my body so I don't think you will see me in Rio. But it's the
best way to bow out at a home Olympics," said the Briton.

"After six races I was in a bit of trouble, thankfully I turned things
round and got it right when it counted. This was one of the hardest courses
I have raced on and I don't want to do anything like that again." Read

NO TIME TO REST: Ainslie will be switching from his 15-foot singlehanded
Finn dinghy to a 45-foot catamaran, with only four days training between
the Olympics and his first AC World Series race in San Francisco (Aug.
22-26). "I can't wait to get racing in the America's Cup World Series for
the first time and with a new team. Personally, it will be a real challenge
to get to grips with the powerful AC45s in a limited time frame but the
guys in the team are all great sailors and have the experience to get us on
the pace as quickly as possible." --

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Doug Charko is the meteorologist for the United States sailing team, which
is no easy job here on the rainy and sunny, cloudy and clear, windy and
still southwest coast of England.

The neighboring towns of Portland and Weymouth are the home for the 10
Olympic sailing events, and while the weather here is quite often
predictably unpredictable, in the past week, it was utterly confounding. A
low-pressure system, Charko said, stalled over the British Isles for an
unusually long time, and past computer models were of little help in
figuring out when the fickle weather would move along.

In one of his forecasts for the sailing team, he said the port could "serve
up a dog's breakfast" of swirling wind "with big shifts and deep holes." By
that, he meant it was a good idea to expect anything and everything.

"Days like these, with the winds so variable, kind of take the pressure off
me," he said, letting a smile be his umbrella on an intermittently rainy
day. "Instead of aiming with a dart, I'm firing a shotgun."

The sailing team has 16 athletes, 9 coaches, 3 physiotherapists, a
psychologist, a rules expert and Charko. In the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, he
worked for the Brazilians. In 2008, the Canadians. Meteorologists are now a
standard part of the world's better sailing teams.

"Sailboat racing still comes down to the decisions athletes make when they
are on the water," said Dean Brenner, the chairman of U.S. Sailing. "But
sailors also need all the input they can get. -- NY Times, read on:

Make way for a month of high-speed sailing on San Francisco Bay ... and
that's not just the AC45 multihulls racing in the America's Cup World

The table has long been set by the 18ft Skiff International Regatta hosted
by the St. Francis Yacht Club, which will return for its 11th annual week
of racing on the edge. They'll start on Monday, Aug. 27, the week after the
AC45s race the first event of the final round of their worldwide
competition before turning the game over to the awe-inspiring AC72s.

All will be sailing the windy venue picturesquely framed by the 75-year-old
Golden Gate Bridge on the west, Alcatraz Island on the north and The City
on the south.

That there is still room for the 18-footers with modest crews of three in
the buildup to next year's big show speaks for their level of appeal, which
will be enhanced this year by a mass incursion of seven competitors from a
small but major nation of America's Cup accomplishment: New Zealand.

The Kiwis will challenge the Australians, whose numbers are normally
intimidating, not to mention Howie Hamlin from Long Beach (CA) who has won
six of the 10 titles. The American will be back to defend the title he won
again last year. His crew will be Matt Noble and Matt McKinlay, the latter
replacing Paul Allen.

Do they hope to steal some thunder from the Aussies, who created the 18ft
Skiffs class? Of course.

"Yes," says Graham Catley, president of the Auckland Sailing Club, the home
of skiff sailing in New Zealand. "The Kiwi boats are on their way with a
relatively big contingent determined to be competitive and successful. This
is the biggest effort from the fleet since the 70s and 80s, and we expect
to do well." -- Read on:

After dominating the 46-boat fleet in the 2012 Pacific Cup race from San
Francisco to Hawaii, Andy Costello's J125 Double Trouble received a 24 hour
penalty for accessing the online tracker in violation of the Sailing

"We were sorry to see this come about, and we believe that the crew of
Double Trouble acted in ignorance of this restriction of the Sailing
Instructions, but the rules must be followed," said Bob Gray, Race Officer.
The penalty was assessed by a panel of nationally-certified judges based on
the number and severity of the accesses. "It's regrettable that this
provision of the instructions was overlooked by the team," added Gray.

The Sailing Instructions state that...
"All vessels are required to carry a Race Tracker. It shall be the
responsibility of the Skipper to ensure that the transponder remains as
installed or is installed according to supplied directions, and must make
every effort to ensure it is functional for the entire race.

"Except during an emergency, boats are restricted from receiving any data
with respect to the performance or location of competitors other than that
acquired by scheduled roll calls and transmissions from race committee.
Access to the Race Tracking website by any means, and the information
contained therein is not available to competitors for the duration of the
race. Use of the website or information contained on the website is
considered outside information and use of said information is violates this
SI and RRS 41."

The penalty, which was posted in the final race results on August 2nd,
dropped Double Trouble to 5th in class and 9th overall. Details:

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Only five teams will likely compete in San Francisco for the America's Cup
next year, organizers announced last Thursday, and critics say it's the
latest sign that the event's economic impact will be substantially less
than projections.

Two years ago, the city predicted that hosting the competition would
generate $1.4 billion in revenue, 9,000 jobs and 15 sailing teams.

"It's going to be a hell of a lot smaller," said Christopher Thornberg, the
founding partner of Beacon Economics, the economic forecasting firm that
partnered with the city to release a 2010 economic impact report on the

The low number of entrants doesn't come as a surprise to city officials or
organizers; Mayor Ed Lee said in April that he expected only five or six
teams after a French sailing team dropped out, citing the difficult
economic climate. In March, city officials and race organizers backed off
plans for a $111 million waterfront revitalization.

Thornberg said fewer teams and discarded construction plans mean that the
projected windfall for the city could drop by at least half.

"It's not going to have the same overall interest, the money is going to
fall, and in turn they are going to spend less on their management," he
said. "We were clearly given some very optimistic ideas of what was going
to happen."

Though they acknowledged that they'd like to see more teams, organizers and
city officials stood by their assessment that the race would bring in more
than $1 billion.

"Every single America's Cup since 1995, they've all exceeded that number,
and I see no reason why San Francisco won't be the same," said Stephen
Barclay, the chief executive of America's Cup. "There is no difference at
all to the size, the scope and scale of what we were contemplating."

Read more:

FAB FIVE: Team Korea was the latest to post the $200,000 entry fee by
Thursday's deadline, extended from June 1. The other committed teams are
defender Oracle Team USA and challengers Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates
Team New Zealand (NZL), and Luna Rossa (ITA).

EXPECTATIONS: "You want to under-promise and over-perform. We want to say
this is going to be cool and fun and we'll see how it goes," said Tom
Ehman, vice commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, who is working to tamp
down overblown expectations. Read more:

Events listed at

* Torbole, Italy (August 4, 2012) - The 2012 Melges 24 World Championship
was decided on the finish line of the final race when Carlo Fracassoli and
his Gullisara team waited for their nearest rival, Alberto Bolzan's Saetta,
to cross the finish line in 21st before they could be certain of victory.
Sailing with helm Fracassoli was Chicco Fonda as tactician, Tano Felci on
the sheets, Giovanni Ferrari at the halyards and Carlo Zermini on the bow.
Norway's Oyvind Jahre and the Storm Capital Sail Racing team finished 12th,
claiming victory in the Corinthian Division. The 2013 Melges 24 World
Championship are in San Francisco September 30 - October 5. Full report:

* Bastad, Sweden (August 5, 2012) - Defending Farr 30 World Champion Deneen
Demourkas and her Groovederci (USA) did not need the final race of the
11-race series to topple the 19-boat fleet to take her second world title.
Sailing with Demourkas was Cameron Appleton, Darren Jones, Dana Riley,
Andrew Hudson, Kate Mckay, and Phillip Wehrheim. Martin Strandberg (SWE)
finished second with James Richardson (USA) in third. Final results:

* Sixty teams competed in the 2012 Thistle Nationals, hosted by Mission Bay
Yacht Club (San Diego, CA) on July 30-August 3. After stumbling out the
gate with a seventh, Allan Terhune with crew Katie Terhune and Sam Parisi
won four of the next six races to take the title. Skip Dieball, Abby
Freeman, Jeff Eiber came in second with Mike Ingham, Sarah Paisley, and
Kyle Finefrock third. Rounding out the top five were David Tillson, Eric
Heim, and John Fretwell followed by Brent Barbehenn, Dwayne Wade, and Jess
Murphy. Results:

* Seventy-six sailors competed in the 50th North American Sunfish
Championship Regatta, hosted by Lake Bluff Yacht Club August 2-4 on Lake
Michigan east of the Waukegan, Illinois. Winning the 9-race series was
David Mendelblatt with a ten point margin over Greg Gust, with Tom
Whitehurst finishing third. Stewart Draheim, who won the Sunfish Youth
North American Championship Regatta earlier in the week, finished 8th.

* The Newport International Boat Show, traditionally the first show of the
season at which manufacturers launch their new products, has announced its
nominees for award recognition. Included in the preliminary list of entries
qualified for judging are sixteen sailboats, thirteen powerboats and five
new products. The Show's Opening Day is September 13, with the winners to
be announced September 14. Full report:

* Stonington, CT (August 3, 2012) - Nearly 40 kids and teenagers
participated in a Junior Safety at Sea Seminar at the New England Sailing
and Science Foundation. The seminar, presented by The Storm Trysail
Foundation, covered big boat sailing and equipment, heavy weather sailing,
man overboard planning and recovery, fire safety, flares, life rafts, and
on the water training in 30-45 foot boats. The seminar is a prerequisite
for the new Fishers Island Junior Overnight Race on August 10, and for
other junior big boat races in the area. --

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