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SCUTTLEBUTT 3652 - Friday, August 10, 2012
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2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - SAILING EVENTS
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (August 9, 2012; Day 12) - High pressure over
Great Britain led to a lack of wind today at the 2012 Olympic Sailing
Regatta, forcing all racing to be abandoned. The Men's 470 Medal Race,
which had been scheduled, will race on Friday at 12:00 local time before
the Women's 470 and the Women's Match Racing Semi Finals.
Also cancelled today was the Women's Match Race ranking matches to
determine places 5th through 8th. With the abandonment of racing, the
overall scores were determined from the earlier rounds. Americans Anna
Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, who were eliminated from
Women's Match Racing Quarter-Final round, finished fifth overall.
"It's very unusual, especially for match racers as we generally race in
anything," said Tunnicliffe of the lack of wind. "The wind was very
difficult, we got out to our course and it was 5-6 knots, then it quickly
started dying and getting shifty."
The remaining North Americans competing in the 2012 Games are Amanda Clark
and Sarah Lihan (USA), who finished the 10-race series in the Women's 470
in 9th place overall and will compete in the medal race on Friday.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY: The race schedule on Friday includes the Medal Race for
the Men's and Women's 470, and the Semi-Finals for the Women's Match Race.
The sailing events conclude on Saturday with the Finals for the Women's
Match Race. As of press time, the winds are forecast from the south, with
12 knots for Friday and over 20 knots on Saturday.
MORE SAILING: When the Olympic sailing events conclude on Saturday, it
means one thing... the Paralympic Games are soon to start. Racing for the
three events - Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR), Two-Person Keelboat
(SKUD18), and Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) - begins September 1st. -
MEDAL TALLY: With 7 of the 10 sailing events completed, there are 14
countries that have thus far stood on the podium. Full tally:
ISAF news: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/news/latest_news.php
Canada broadcast: http://tinyurl.com/bs5wqoj
USA broadcast: http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/index.html
BLOODY WAR FOR GOLD
The Medal Races on Friday for the Men's and Women's 470 presents the unique
situation where the top two teams in both events are near level on points
and guaranteed no worse than silver. What does that mean? It means the
on-the-water umpires better bring their A game, because it is going to be
bloody war for gold.
To provide more intrigue, as if it were needed, the Men's and Women's event
both include a British team in the battle. And facing them are the finest
the southern hemisphere has to offer, with Australia in the Men's and New
Zealand in the Women's. Need we also mention there's ancient history among
these countries to flavor the battle?
Journalist Andy Rice picks up the story with some history of his own...
Eight years ago in Athens, Brit Joe Glanfield had also wrapped up an
Olympic silver medal with a race to spare. He was sailing in the men's 470
with helmsman Nick Rogers and if they played their cards right against the
Americans in the final race, a gold medal might even come their way.
They spent the day before the showdown relaxing back at their digs,
chilling out and watching TV. They went and raced the Americans, but were
ill prepared for the match race that ensued in the pre-start. The wily old
dogs from the USA, Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham, stitched up the young
Brits and crossed the finish line as Olympic Champions. The 47-year-old
barefooted Burnham famously back-flipped off the 470 in celebration.
Still only in his early 30s but already retired from competition, Glanfield
is now on the verge of becoming a gold medal coach. He finds his athletes,
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, in a similar situation to his own in Athens
2004. Glanfield is determined that the GBR 470 girls won't make the same
mistake as he and Rogers did eight years ago. -- Read on:
NOTE: If you can view online, the Men's race is scheduled for 12:00 (local)
and the Women's Race is scheduled for 13:00 (local).
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SPORTSMANSHIP IN SAILING
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
Here is the good news: sailing is self-policed, allowing the players to
oversee the rules of the game. Now here is the bad news: sailing is
self-policed, and the enjoyment of the sport is heavily reliant on how well
the players follow the rules.
At the local fleet level, instances of pushing the rules might be handled
by class elders providing advice to the accused at the bar. But as the
scope of the event increases, either by geography of its participants or in
prominence, the task of managing sportsmanship becomes more challenging.
I recall a national championship where I was crossing a starboard tacker,
easily, only to be hailed that I failed to keep clear. WTF, I thought to
myself. Had I done something to warrant this? Not that I could recall, but
how we treat people sets the standard of play. Pushing the rules may
trigger a protest, or worse, it could trigger a blindside move like this
crossing, for which I had no defense.
Hopefully, for most sailing competitors, the activity provides an enjoyable
outing. But since the level of sportsmanship is a component, the editors of
Sailing World and Scuttlebutt were curious what you think about
sportsmanship in sailing. Whether you race once a month in a local fleet or
do it for a living, we want your perspective.
To do so, we've constructed a survey. It will take a few minutes to finish.
But we think the potential reward for getting a better handle on
sportsmanship in sailing, and whether it's a problem that should or soon
may need to be fixed, it's well worth the time.
Thanks in advance for your time. Here is the survey:
A GATHERING OF PROMINENCE
Nantucket is best known as a tourist destination and summer colony in
Massachusetts, where the population of the island soars to a factor of five
during the summer months. But this town in the southernmost section of the
state is also known for hosting one of the few remaining full week events -
Nantucket Race Week.
This week long experience (Aug. 11-19) marshals the entire Nantucket
community together to host an event for everyone from young dinghy sailors
and families in the household one design to grand prix racers at the very
top of their profession. And among the special features for the event is
the IOD Celebrity Invitational (Aug. 16-17), where every team will have one
of America's prominent sailors aboard calling tactics.
Here is the line-up of celebrities for the 2012 contest:
Tom Whidden, IOD Celebrity Invitational Chair
What adds to the uniqueness of the IOD Celebrity Invitational is the class
itself. Twenty-one feet on the waterline, with long, graceful overhangs
extending to 33-feet overall, and a powerful 45-foot rig, the IOD resembles
a scaled down version of a majestic J-Boat. But rather than each boat being
individually owned, the fleet is owned by an association consisting of
fifteen syndicates, each of which owns an undivided interest, or share
equivalent to one fifteenth of the entire fleet. The boats are identical in
every way, and are rotated on a weekly basis.
A pair of 2008 Olympians - John Dane with tactician Sally Barkow - won the
2011 edition, while U.S. Senator John Kerry with tactician/US Sailing
president Gary Jobson graciously claimed the DFL position. Event details:
* Shoreacres, TX (August 9, 2012) - After light air forced an on shore
postponement on the fourth day of the Lightning North Americans, the fleet
headed out and got in one race in very shifty winds. After lots of gains
and losses on each wind shift, Matt Fisher took the honors, with Jody
Lutz's team maintaining their overall lead over the 55-boat fleet. Racing
concludes tomorrow. Full report:
* San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2012) - After two days and eight races at
the 2012 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, the event leaders continue to be
Addison Hackstaff in the Byte CII, Christopher Ford/Daniel Ron in the Club
420, and Michael Madigan/ Jimmy Madigan/ Jack Thompson/ Johannes McElvain
in the J/22. Racing concludes on Friday. Results:
* USA Network's new reality series, "The Moment" takes men and women on a
life-changing journey by giving them a second chance at reclaiming the
career dreams that they put on hold when their lives took an unexpected
turn. The show, due to premiere in USA in the fall of 2012, is currently
looking for a former professional sailor who due to some type of hardship,
were forced to give it up, but are now interested in resuming their
career/passion for racing. This also includes former Olympians, etc. If you
know of anyone that fits this description, contact K'ia Stone at
310-417-1559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* A preliminary report found that a 34-foot Silverton powerboat that
capsized on Independence Day on New York's Oyster Bay, killing three
children, was structurally and mechanically sound. Seventeen adults and 10
children were aboard the boat, named Kandi Won, to watch Independence Day
fireworks off Long Island. The boat overturned and sank after the fireworks
display. Authorities have been investigating whether overcrowding, a
mechanical problem, weather conditions or other factors played a part in
the capsizing. -- Soundings Trade Only, read on:
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include innocence, crowd surfing, perspective, duo, limbo, three little
pigs, crew gear, August calendar, and indignity. Here are this week's
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
As Olympic sailing seeks to heighten its broadcast appeal, this Irish
parody from the 2012 Games might have determined how best to do it.
But while this video has been getting massive views online, it also
highlighted two unfortunate realities: it is easier to describe how
confusing the sport is than truly explain it, and the International Olympic
Committee does not have a sense of humor.
The IOC has pulled it from several sites, and if it remains online much
longer, it might only be due to the IOC finally realizing what a gift it
is. But we don't expect them to admit it. Click here for this week's video:
* If you are seeking to cool off from the summer heat, this outing on a
Hobie 16 should help: http://youtu.be/_eKCF8CEDG8
* And if you want to live through others, try this video of an AC72 with
Emirates Team New Zealand: http://youtu.be/s28FwAQcV1c
* This week on America's Cup Discovered Episode 51, we relive team
highlights with ORACLE TEAM USA over the past AC World Series race season,
including: doing the double, MC Hammer, a crash, crew weigh-in, behind the
scenes photo shoot with the athletes....or are they models?! Tune in on
Saturday August 11 at approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST for an unorthodox look back
over past year with ORACLE TEAM USA: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* Ben gets gold in the August 10 "World on Water" Sailing News Show as do
the Swede's, See our London Olympic Games report. Also how to de-ice your
boat, Farr 30 Worlds, Phuket Race Week, PWA Fuerteventura World Cup and the
Transat Quebec Saint Marlo Race. See it on http://www.boatson.tv/ or
download our "boatsontv" app to watch on your phone or tablet anywhere
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Debi Schoenherr:
I have to agree with Connie Bischoff (Scuttlebutt 3651).Why is the Olympics
the highest sailing goal? As a sailor I believe we all understand that; any
given day at any given time a championship or race may be won or lost.
There are factors in sailing that really don't exist in other Olympic
Sports...ie: luck, wind shifts, waves and puffs. Does that really happen in
Most of our US Olympians are in the top 5 in the ISAF World Rankings, which
is a more realistic example of the performances at many regattas over the
year, like a Golf handicap! One Regatta does not define true excellence and
domination in the sport of Sailing.
I am so VERY proud of our US Olympic Team, they are true winners in my
book....Weymouth just wasn't OUR Place, OUR Time this year! Congrats to all
of you...may you hold your heads high and continue to excel!
* From Peter Commette:
People are wailing and gnashing their teeth over the U.S. Olympic results.
Lamenting. Pointing fingers. But whose effort was this? It belongs to those
who put in the sacrifice: Dean Brenner, Kenneth Andreasen, our other
coaches, our sailors, the ones our sailors beat to get there, and all of
their families. It was their effort. Their sacrifice. Not ours.
They are the only ones who have a right to be upset or be Monday Morning
Quarterbacks. All of them worked their butts off, more than we know or can
appreciate. Have you looked at Dean's daily reports (as the wheels were
coming off)? Totally upbeat, positive, as a leader's message should be.
Anna, Paige, Stu, Graham, Sarah, Amanda, Trevor, Erik, Mark; all of them
showed champions' attitudes in their blogs all the way through. I look up
to them for what they accomplished and how they handled their abject
disappointment. True champions.
I finished 11th in the Olympics and left the Games immediately after. I
hope no one on our team makes the same mistake. I hope they go immediately
to the Olympic Village; live it up; attend the Closing Ceremonies;
celebrate with other athletes the end of a hard, well-fought fight. They
earned this unique experience and celebration. The US will come back strong
in 2016, thanks to their efforts in 2012. It's not that, "We weren't
competitive in any class," but rather, "We will improve in every class
thanks to the path blazed for us by our 2012 team."
* From Gerard Koeppel:
Following up on Michael Rudnick's comments (Scuttlebutt 3651) in how there
were twelve US teams at the recently completed I420 Worlds in Austria, many
of these teams are spending most of their summer in Europe, competing at
Kiel Race Week (5 teams), Youth Worlds in Dublin (2), French Nationals (6),
Worlds in Austria (12), and the upcoming Junior Europeans in Italy (7): a
Five Nation Army in stars and stripes (apologies, Jack White, I couldn't
resist). A Greek coach, who has also coached many of these US kids in
regattas and clinics, has noted the high numbers of US kids competing in
Europe this summer.
While the results so far have been disappointing to many of the sailors who
are used to doing better, there have been a couple of podium spots (a third
at French, a first in the Under-16 category at Worlds) and substantial,
invaluable learning across the board. -- Read on:
* From John Morgan:
I am one of the technical coaches with the NZ Men's 49er and Women's 470
team, and would like to give the Scuttlebutt readers some facts on Aussie
Nathan Outteridge's gold medal winning boat controversy
In the early days of our work with the ozzies, we got to use their boats
when training or racing in OZ. And twice we found illegal bits on the boat.
First was a longer than usual top rudder outrigger which was made by the
Bethwaites and signed off by them to use in the world champs, which Nathan
won. This provides less rudder drag when heeled.
Second was a raised deck/mast step pushing the main up higher power, which
equals speed. This came up after the boys used the same rig in Europe as
they had tuned with in OZ, and couldn't make any numbers repeat.
Last was the replacement of the bottom batten on the jib at the Olympics.
You may replace the batten but it must be a class legal one but can be cut
from other main battens, etc.
Nathan and Goobs are great people and brilliant sailors but got caught up
in the Australian 'win at all cost' mentality. The fact that they were the
only ones to use an Aussie built boat is interesting. You draw your own
EDITOR'S NOTE: John's closing comment reminded us of Dennis Conner's quote
during the 1987 America's Cup concerning the legality of New Zealand's
fiberglass KZ7 boat. "Since '78, 12-meters have been built all in aluminum,
so if you want to build a glass boat, why would you do it, unless you
wanted to cheat?"
* From Daniel Meyers, Newport, RI:
In Scuttlebutt 3650, Mr Rob Stephan stated that "Ainslie will have to do
more than collect medals that include a win made possible by another
sailors mistake." We all know that all kinds of things happen on the race
course; wind shifts, different pressures, unsquare starting lines and
courses, drifting marks and all types of happenstance. People get lucky,
unlucky and sometimes the best execution turns into great result, sometimes
it all goes to custard. That's why they call it a sport, sport.
Ben Ainslie is a great sailor, possibly the best today. No doubt in the
world and congratulations to him and what he did in the past and in the
future. Paul Elvstrom was a great sailor and role model. Both have
positively impacted the sport, and most importantly in my opinion, held the
strongest of convictions about the way they compete. You don't have to tear
one down to pay respect to the other. Let's just hope they both inspire
young boys and girls to work their hardest and enjoy the sport and sailing
brings out their personal best whether that results in a Olympic gold
medal, an America's Cup, a Volvo race win or just a bunch of memories and
smiles of times on the sea.
EDITOR'S NOTE: And on that note, this thread is closed in the Newsletter,
though continued conversation is welcome in the Forum:
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