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SCUTTLEBUTT 3644 - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 30, 2012; Day 2) - The 2012 Olympic
Sailing Regatta continued in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the
Finn, the Star, Women's Match Racing, and beginning today, the Laser, Laser
Radial and 49er.

In the Finn class, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) remains at the top of the
fleet after four races despite hitting the pin-end start boat and having to
execute penalty turns. The 31-year-old finished the day with a second and a
seventh. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) was the most consistent Finn sailor of the
day taking a second and a fourth taking him up into second place overall.
Ben Ainslie (GBR) finished with a sixth and a 12th, leaving him in third
overall on 22 points

In the Star class, Great Britain's Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR), clawed
themselves into the overall lead after pushing Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada
(BRA) into fourth. Norway's Eivind Melleby/Petter Morland Pedersen sit in
second, and Frederick Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) are in third.

Ireland's Annalise Murphy (IRL) came out the traps fast in the Laser Radial
after she logged impressive double bullets. She goes into day two with a
three-point lead over the Belgian sailor Evi Van Acker in second.

Allen Norregaard/Peter Lang (DEN) lead the 49er, with Jonas von
Geijer/Niclas During (SWE) in second. Pre-race favourites Nathan
Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS), Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL) and Iker
Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP) were all over the line at the start of Race 1.
However in Race 2, Outteridge/Jensen (AUS) took the bullet to sit third

In the Laser, five-time world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) scored a victory
and a second place placing him firmly at the top of the leader board on
Monday. Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) lies in second place and Tonci Stipanovic
(CRO) logged consistent results in both of the day's races, placing him in

The U.S. Olympic Sailing Team's overall results after four races: Zach
Railey in 13th (Finn) and Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih in 6th (Star); and
after two races Erik Storck/Trevor Moore 7th (49er); Paige Railey 5th (Laser
Radial) and Rob Crane 39th (Laser). Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan
Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi upped their match racing record to two wins,
two losses. Racing continues in all of these events on July 31, plus men's
and women's windsurfers will begin their series.

Full report:
Canada report:
USA report:


Canada broadcast:
USA broadcast:

* For Day 3 Olympic sailing off Weymouth on the south coast, there will be a
10 to 20 mph southwesterly wind, with mostly cloudy to overcast conditions,
some drizzle and rain at times. Low cloud is also expected. Temperatures
should rise to around 64 degrees.

US Olympic Sailing Team Leader Dean Brenner is posting a morning brief on
his thoughts and observations throughout these Games. The following is an
excerpt from today:
Some people have emailed me in the last few days to ask me what I mean about
"on-shore operations." It's a good question because unless you've been to a
Games, you have no idea the extra hoops that have to be jumped through on a
daily basis. Here are some good examples:

1. Managing the fact that half your support team is "credentialed" and able
to go inside the venue, and the rest of your team is not credentialed, so
they have to be set up outside the venue somewhere. We're lucky to have Camp
Billingham, our team headquarters nearby, so it's fairly easy for us, but
it's still a challenge.

2. Managing the distractions of lots of extra people, like more friends and
family than ever would go to a normal regatta (we'll have a friends and
family party tonight, and we're expecting close to 100 people). There is
lots more press who are in the venue, but they are constrained to the "mixed
zone," a place that the sailors are required to visit each day for post-race

3. The potential distraction from the fact that there are tons of
fully-armed military and police roaming around, with automatic weapons in
hand. Might not sound like much of a distraction, but the only reason they
are there is because of real concerns of terrorism at the Games. We all try
not to think about it, but let's not be naive.

Those are the obvious ones. So one of the ways we manage it is by limiting
the points of contact for each sailor. When they are in the boat park or at
Camp Billingham, we don't like tons of activity, tons of people asking each
sailor for this or that. We limit the points of contact, and carefully
consider when information is shared, by whom, when and how. We limit the
number of emails. We limit the number of people walking up and saying "I
need you to do" this or that. -- Read on:

Is the time it took Alex Thomson using all Doyle sails to smash the West to
East, Ambrose Lighthouse to Lizard Point single-handed monohull
transatlantic record. Alex beat the previous record, held since 2002, by
more than 24 hours. This latest achievement is in preparation for Alex's
next record setting attempt - to be the first Brit ever to win the grueling
single-handed round-the-world race, the Vendee Globe. His 60ft monohull,
HUGO BOSS, is fully powered by Doyle sails. Your goals, our sails. For more
on this extraordinary record go to:

The Dolans, the owners of Cablevision and Madison Square Garden, have put on
a fireworks display on the Fourth of July for more than twenty years. A
barge is moored off Cove Neck, in front of the neighboring estates of Chuck
Dolan (the patriarch) and Jim Dolan (his youngest son, the C.E.O.), on
Oyster Bay, and they throw a big party. The fireworks are usually
accompanied by recorded music, which blares from speakers on the lawn and is
also piped into speakers on the other side of the bay, at the Seawanhaka
Yacht Club.

The show always attracts hundreds of boats, from either side of the Long
Island Sound. They begin appearing in the afternoon, and by dusk the stretch
of water where the entrances to Cold Spring Harbor and Oyster Bay meet is a
welter of anchored sailboats, cruisers, yachts, and outboards, many of them
lashed together, five or six wide, in a kind of floating block party known
as a tie-up. As night falls and the running lights go on, the giant armada
twinkles in the dark - a Bud Light Hong Kong.

After nine, the fireworks begin. They are always beautiful, and they always
go on longer than you expect. The finale, after several feints, is an
onslaught of noise, and then, after a few seconds of silence, the bravos
begin: the boats blare their horns, in irregular, mournful bleats that bring
to mind a giant herd of elk. And then it's time to go home. The boats start
moving. Suddenly, all the lights slip their moorings and begin zigging and
zagging, at various speeds. A long parade of green ones (Red Right
Returning) indicate those heading into Oyster Bay; the reds are bound for
other harbors. Other lights zip in and out. Boat wakes collide and pile up.
It is maritime mayhem.

This year, the ritual repeated itself. But, as the fireworks ended, another
round of booming began, this from a thunderstorm coming in across the Sound.
Lightning cracked horizontally in the sky, illuminating the chaos on the
water and smoke lingering in the air. Soon the rain began. Out on the bay,
the Kandi Won, a thirty-four-foot Silverton pleasure boat out of Huntington,
suddenly capsized and sank. As everyone would hear the next morning, it had
twenty-seven people aboard. Twenty four were rescued. Three were not. --
Read on:

Newport, RI (July 29, 2012) - The 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship
was won over the weekend by Jason Carroll (New York, NY) and the Argo Team
comprised of tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Peter Crawford,
Scott Norris, Chad Corning, Andy Koch, Charles Swanson and Lindsay Bartel.
With this win, Carroll becomes the first owner to hold the coveted U.S.
National Championship title for a second consecutive time.

"This was not easy. It was light and the conditions were tricky. Cameron was
scratching his head all three days," Carroll commented just before the
awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. "It was not until the very last race,
that we finally got ahead."

"We are very happy to be in Newport now and will be doing a lot of sailing
here in August, especially with Pre-Worlds and Worlds coming up in
September," says Carroll. "We have a lot of people on the boat that know the
area and the waters well, so with this we feel pretty good. Now, we just
have to keep our nose to the grindstone, continue to work very hard and
hopefully, we can come up with a nice result at Worlds."

Despite the light air conditions and overcast skies, it was an exciting day
of yacht racing in Newport. The day commenced with second-runner up Ryan
DeVos (Macatawa Bay, MI) on Volpe leading the overalls, tied with Steve Howe
(San Diego, CA) on Warpath in points. Carroll was seated third just a shy
three points behind. -- Read on:

As another battle for maritime supremacy rages, the colonists are once again
the underdogs. And while the stakes are not as high this time around, the
men and women of the US Sailing Team are just as fired up to give it their
best shot as they hit their straps over the next two weeks in the UK. Here
at Atlantis, we're proud to have been Team USA's apparel partner for the
past four years, and whether they medal or not, we stand in awe of the
effort they've put in and the dedication they've shown in representing our

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* Torbole, Italy (July 30, 2012) - On two race courses, one in front of
Torbole and one further south, located just north of Limone, the Melges 24
World Championship started with more than 125 crews from 22 nations divided
into four groups. Italy's Andrea Racchelli sailing Altea, with a second and
a sixth, claims the top ranking after Day 1. Conditions were extremely tough
for all with many general recalls. -- Full report:

* The 2012 CFJ National Championship attracted 76 boats to Corona del Mar,
CA for 10 races in the 3-day event. Scott Sinks and Greer Wattson
successfully defended their 2011 CFJ National title, with Daniel Segerblom/
Franchie Cappellini and Partick Snow/ Breanna Baldino rounding out the top
three teams. -- Results:

* The 50th North American Sunfish Championship Regatta starts on July 31,
with the 2012 Youth North American Championship Regatta July 31-August 1,
followed by the 2012 North American Championship Regatta August 2 - 4, 2012.
Hosted by Lake Bluff Yacht Club at Waukegan Yacht Club, racing will be
sailed on Lake Michigan. -- Info at:

* (July 30, 2012) - The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport,
R.I., is hosting a free America's Cup exhibition through Oct. 1, one
comprised entirely from the collection of William I. Koch. It features fine
art, artifacts and other objects, including gifts given within the social
circles of those who have competed for the coveted trophy. Koch's collection
on display covers about 150 years of America's Cup history. -- Read on:

* (July 30, 2012) - At the 2012 USODA National Championship hosted by the
Sandusky Sailing Club, Shawn Harvey from the Coral Reef YC became the new
National Champion - racing in the gold division he finished the event with
37 points. In the Optimist Nationals, first place went to Hudson Jenkins,
also from the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Audrey Giblin took first overall with
16 points in the Optimist Girls National Championship. -- Full results:

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Ernest Theodore "Ted" Hinshaw, Jr. died on Tuesday, July 24 as a result of
Parkinson's related complications.

It took nearly four years to organize, but in the end it was hailed as "the
greatest Olympic Regatta ever held." When Peter Ueberroth thought about
summer in Southern California, he knew that the sailing events for his
privately financed 1984 Los Angeles Olympics would attract special attention
- and scrutiny. His choice for Commissioner of Yachting would have to be
someone with tremendous organizational energy, hardcore business management
expertise and major-league yachting credibility.

The story of how Ted Hinshaw became that someone is the story of his life.

Sailing in Newport Beach means racing, and it wasn't long before Ted was
figuring out not only the go-fast stuff but, as a born organizer, the ins
and outs of administering his new sport. A second, parallel career in
volunteer race management and yacht club administration started to take
shape. Within a few years Ted would be presiding over not only his own
fleets (Kite and Lido 14 classes), but - as Commodore of the Lido Isle Yacht
Club, the Association of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs and The Southern
California Yachting Association, and then as a Director of The Pacific Coast
Yachting Association and US Sailing (USYRU) - entire yachting organizations.
-- Read on:

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* From Captain Paul Warren:
I thought readers might be interested in this graphic from the Washington
Post: It compares the "lifespan" (my words) of
competitors in various Olympic sports.

Not surprisingly to us sailors, it shows that sailors have the longest
longevity among Olympic sports participants: practically, "cradle to grave."

* Interesting to note that in the 32 Olympics sports profiled in this
article, Sailing was equal with Shooting (!) as having the greatest age
range in participation. More seriously, with the removal of the Tornado for
2012 and the Star for 2016, these age stats for Sailing will get affected.
Both these events have been kind to the older sailors. Any comments? --
Michelle Slade, Scuttlebutt

* From Geoff Jarvis:
A couple of weeks ago I was intrigued to hear that the broadcast rights
holder for North America (NBC) had made the bold move to stream live all the
events from the London Olympics including the sailing. OK, raw video feeds
are better than nothing, I thought.

On the first day of competition I dutifully tuned in to see the 1st races of
the Finn and Star classes but could not get the stream to work; I hoped it
could have been teething problems and feared that this was another hype that
failed to deliver.

However, on Monday I was able to see races 3 and 4 of the Finn in glorious
hi def live streaming with just the sound of the wind, waves and rustling of
sails; who would have thought that Rafael Trujillo Villar of Spain would
drop from 1st to finish 23rd after capsizing while in the lead on the way to
the 4th mark!

No commentators to whine about, and we also had the addition of the
occasional glimpse of the Stan Honey computerized graphics showing lay lines
and distances between boats.

Bravo to NBC for making this available (and to the HDMI cable that allowed
me to see the stream on my 42" television).

This does not bode well for my morning productivity during the next 2 work

* From Paul Oliva, Commodore, South Beach Yacht Club, San Francisco:
The BBC online stream is blacked out here, but Dana Paxton at US Sailing
recommended to get to it and other global feeds. Click on the
Live Sports link at the top of this screen:

The stream works well for those who have a partner
subscription (such as DirectTV or Comcast) and has the huge advantage of
having rewind, fast forward, live and replay coverage for all the sports, as
well as live streams of Olympic coverage from MSNBC, NBCSN, and Bravo. It is
based on YouTube's sports broadcasting platform being used for the America's

The only problems with the stream is that it is interrupted
mercilessly by advertising, and, since it is just the global video feed for
all nations, it has no commentary (other than barely audible commentary that
comes from the on-site spectator booth). I took the opportunity to ask Dana
about whether any commentary was going to be available on the stream, and
unfortunately none is planned. Maybe the sailing community can take up a
collection so Genny Tulloch or Geordie Shaver can pipe in an audio

* From Paul Malecki:
While others may nit-pick, I'm thrilled with the online coverage of Olympic
sailing. Sunday's Star race #2 was a cliff-hanger. The only improvements I
would want is lay-line overlays and better sound, but it still beats no
pictures and only finding results a day or so later (as in many an Olympiad

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which when you looked at
it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

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