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SCUTTLEBUTT 3646 - Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (August 1, 2012; Day 4) - The 2012 Olympic
Sailing Regatta continued in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the
Women's Match Racing, the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, and the Men's and
Women's RS:X. Day 4 of racing brought a mix of strong and gusting wind
that tested everyone on courses spread from the harbor to the bay.

Australia's Olivia Price remains the only undefeated Women's Match Racer
having won all eight matches sailed. Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) and Ekaterina
Skudina (RUS) are joint second, whilst Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) is in fourth.

After six races, Pavlos Kontides doubled up with two race wins, moving in
front of Tom Slingsby (AUS) in the Laser. Having won two races on 31 July,
Kontides was the model of consistency once again with a 2-4 on the Weymouth
Bay West course to lead on 12 points, one ahead of the Australian. Tonci
Stipanovic (CRO) won Race 6 after a third in Race 5. He is third overall on
19 points to put a considerable margin between him and Rasmus Myrgren (SWE)
in fourth on 35 points.

Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) continued his great start in the Men's RS:X
after another race win which was followed by a third, but in Race 4 Nick
Dempsey (GBR) clawed his way back to win the race on the line ahead of
Byron Kokkalanis, to take third overall after 4 races. Przemyslaw
Miarczynski (POL) maintained his steady start to the regatta and holds onto
second place with a seventh and a fourth place on the water.

With six races down, Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (AUS), took a second and
first today, extending their lead to 13 points over Peter Burling/Blair
Tuke (NZL). Emmanuel Dyen/Stephane Christidis (FRA) won the first race to
jump into third place with 30 points, where they remained after finishing
10th in the day's second race.

After 4 races, Marina Alabau (ESP) won both of her races in the Women's
RS:X to make it three bullets in a row and subsequently opening up an eight
point lead. Closest to her is Lee Korzits (ISR), who posted 7-2 today.
Sitting in the final podium spot is Moana Delle (GER) with 16 points.

Current results for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team: Erik Storck/Trevor Moore
7th in the 49er; Paige Railey 7th in Laser Radial; Rob Crane 32nd in Laser;
Bob Willis 13th in Men's Windsurfing; Farrah Hall 18th in Women's
Windsurfing, while Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie
Capozzi stretched their round robin record to 5 wins, 3 losses.

In the Canadian camp, David Wright remains in 18th in the Laser, Zachary
Plavsic has moved up a place to 7th 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 14th.

August 2 will see racing continue in the 49er, RS:X Men's and Women's
Windsurfing, and racing will resume in the Star and Finn. The Men's 470
will begin competition with two scheduled races. It is a scheduled reserve
day for Laser and Laser Radial fleets.

Full report:
Canada report:
USA report:


Canada broadcast:
USA broadcast:

* 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, under Viewer schedule, the medal races are
listed at ATN or World Feed.

* Temperatures will reach 68 to 72 degrees over eastern England and 64 to
66 degrees over the west. Moderate south to southwest breezes over southern
England with a 15- to 20-knot (17 to 23 mph) southwest wind along the south
coast and off Weymouth for Olympic sailing. -- Details at:

The story of the day yesterday was certainly men's RS:X sailor Bob Willis.
Bob rolled a 7-10 on his opening day, which is a great way to start the
regatta. But that only tells a small fraction of the story. Bob is one the
best teammates we've ever had on his team. And he has one of the most
positive and fun-loving attitudes I've ever seen. He is milking every
ounce of joy out of this experience, and he took that attitude on the water
with him yesterday. Bob has truly been a joy to spend time with.

There's even more subtext to this story. Bob sails boards (windsurfing for
those not familiar with our colloquialisms), and anyone who follows Olympic
sailing a bit knows that the board community has been frustrated by the
manner in which US Olympic Sailing distributes its funding. Our system is
entirely performance-based, and for whatever reason, our performance in
boards has lagged.

This means that any board sailor in our system has seen the funding for
other athletes go up while theirs has stayed static, and very low. Our
system is entirely transparent, but it is not democratic and it is not a
welfare system. Those who perform best get the most, and that means those
people are more likely to keep performing. The strategy, however, is that
over time, as we produce more results, the total funding available should
grow which means we can add more resources to help lower-performing
athletes get over the hump. It has been working, undeniably, but boards
have become the last to enjoy the success. Therein lies the source of much
of the board sailing community's frustration.

But Bob has never once complained. Never one time. He has spoken to me many
times, and told me he doesn't always like the decisions we make, but he
realizes that complaining and developing a bad attitude won't get him
anywhere. I respect the hell out of him for this attitude. And when Bob
does have something to say, I listen closely, because I know he has the
best of intentions all the time. -- Full story:

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Weymouth, England (August 1, 2012) - After watching Nathan Outteridge take
an unintentional dip in Weymouth Bay on Tuesday, a friend gave the
Australian sailor a snorkel and mask.

Playing along to the typical Aussie humor, Outteridge stuck the snorkel in
his mouth and draped the goggles across the front of his cap as he and crew
Iain Jensen sailed their 49er skiff in Portland Harbor on another gray
English Channel day.

"My mate said, 'This is for today when you capsize. You might need this,'"
Outteridge said. "Thank God we didn't need it, but I had to wear it out to
the start line. It was part of the deal."

Outteridge and Jensen, the favorites coming into the London Olympics, had
finishes of second and first Wednesday to extend their lead to 13 points
over trans-Tasman rivals Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand.
France's Emmanuel Dyen and Stephane Christidis won the first race to jump
into third place, where they remained after finishing 10th in the day's
second race. They have 30 points.

While other classes sail 10 races to determine the top 10 for the medals
race, the 49ers sail 15 races. Outteridge could very well take a gold medal
with him when he returns to his day job as skipper of Team Korea in the
America's Cup World Series.

Then again, he knows firsthand how capricious life can be in the fastest,
most colorful class in the Olympics, which is easily identifiable by the
national flag gennakers that are hoisted for downwind legs. -- Full story:

By Kimball Livingstone, Blue Planet Times
When we slowed to 22 knots, it felt like sailing into molasses.

That is the addiction of speed.

And I appreciate it, Jimmy Spithill, that you once showed me 28 knots on an
AC45, but the boys on l'Hydroptere let me drive at a boatspeed of 34
knots. Top number for the day, 38 knots in winds in the teens.

To go faster, l'Hydroptere wants more wind and less sail. Too much sail,
and the world's most famous foiling trimaran fights foil with foil for no

A late afternoon round trip to Catalina? Just cruisin'.

Should I, ah, interject here that the only way to see speeds like this in
the 2016 Olympics is to stick with the plan for kites? I'm just saying.

And yes, I can report that there is a Jesus button (depower depower
depower) beside each.

Now and (probably) for a week or more to come, the crew of the fastest
sailboat in the world, l'Hydroptere, waits coiled and ready at the dock
off Gladstone's Long Beach for the moment to launch its attempt at a
record crossing on the classic Pacific Ocean course, Los Angeles to

Having hooted and hollered at hitting 14's or 16's on that course, I
stand in awe at the steel balls it takes to aim at the open ocean with
l'Hydroptere, a machine that holds the nautical mile record at 50+ knots,
with no expectation of hitting 50 on the way to Diamond Head but every
expectation (or hope) of being there in three days. She feels very stable
at 25, 30, 35 knots. Beyond 45, the boys tell me, "it's different."

There are two storylines here.

1) Can Alain Thebault's lifelong dream-made- manifest translate from 500
meter records, nautical-mile records, and an English Channel record to
ocean-crossing records?

2) Is the definitive foil-born multihull soon to be crowded by the new
generation of America's Cup 72-footers?

It's just possible that Thebault's guys were a bit shocked to see the pic
of Oracle Team USA's AC45 up on foils, with all that it implies. Remember
this from a few weeks ago... Read on:

Auckland, New Zealand (August 1, 2012) - With the relief of surviving the
first day at sea behind them, Emirates Team New Zealand feel confident they
can swiftly harness the power of their new rocketship.

Tactician Ray Davies admitted a feeling of relief ran through the team
yesterday when the 22m catamaran, NZL2, finally went flying, 10 days after
its launch. But the second wave of emotion was that handling this new breed
of America's Cup monster may not be as terrifying as it looks.

Waiting for light airs for its maiden sail, the world's first AC72
performed to the team's expectations, flying between Takapuna Beach and
Tititiri Matangi twice during the four-hour trial.

"We got her up on one hull, whizzing around at 20 knots in 10 knots of
breeze. She's going to be pretty impressive in a serious breeze... and a
bloody handful too," Davies says.

"The multihulls in the last America's Cup had powered winches. With manual
grinding on these boats, we're going to have a pretty exhausted crew by the
end of the day."

There were no real surprises in the boat's performance on day one of the 30
days allowed between now and February 1 next year, Davies says. "We saw the
formulas we were expecting." And there was not a lot of apprehension
either, despite the untried power of the 40m wingsail. -- Full story:

Team 'Disaster Area' wins the 2012 Santana 20 National Championships at
Fern Ridge Reservoir! Congratulations to Chris Winnard, Jay Magers and
Lance Purdy who turned on the heat last week in Oregon, winning the
national title by five points over local favorite Gordon Mattall's crew on
'H2O Boa' and eight points ahead of last year's champion 'Alexa'. The
team showed exceptional speed upwind and down, powered by a new 2012
FiberPath genoa, Dacron mainsail and spinnaker by Ullman Sails One Design.
The event also marks Chris' sixth national title in the class!
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* Torbole, Italy (August 1, 2012) - After the third day of the Melges 24
Worlds the lead has changed in the overall provisional ranking but it's
still in Italian hands, namely 2011 European Champion Gullisara, helmed by
Carlo Fracassoli with Enrico Fonda on tactics, who leads the fleet by a
single point from Riccardo Simoneschi's Audi Ultra. On Thursday the final
two races in the round robin series, to decide the Gold and Silver Fleets,
will be raced, after which the discard will come into play. After that the
fleet rolls into a final six race showdown for the overall titles with the
winners being crowned on Saturday August 4th. -- Full report at:

* America's Cup veteran Dennis Conner was once again the overall winner of
the McNish Classic Yacht Race, which attracted 27 wooden yachts from
various Southern California ports. Taking first in class and second overall
was Dan Chepley of Ventura Yacht Club in his H-28, Splinter. Conner sailed
his 1910-built, 40-foot schooner Fame to the Strathmore Cup for first place
overall and first place in the Schooner class, finishing nearly 10 minutes
in front of Chepley. The third boat to finish was the Bristol Boat winner,
La Volpe, a 54-foot schooner built in 1926, skippered by Jim O'Brian. --
Read more:

* Over the weekend of July 27-29, the USF18 fleet returned to Hyannis Yacht
Club, site of the 2011 North American Championship, to contest the 2012
Eastern Area Championship. After twelve competitive races, it was
Easton/Burd (Nacra MK2) taking the Eastern Area title. Merrick/Burd (APHC
C2) held on to finish second, showing great consistency throughout the
entire event, and firmly establishing themselves as a top US contender for
the upcoming worlds. With their outstanding last day, Reiss/Whitehead (AHPC
C2) moved up to third overall, just ahead of Casey/Tebo (Cirrus R) and
Daniels/Chu (AHPC C2). -- Full report:

* The 2012 Ida Lewis Distance Race will send competitors on a choice of
four coastal racecourses (with distances of 104 to 177 nautical miles) that
cover some of the most storied and beautiful sailing grounds in the world.
The race's eighth edition is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012, with
classes for IRC, PHRF (including Cruising Spinnaker and a Youth Challenge
division), One Design and Double-Handed boats of 28 feet or longer. It is a
qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and
Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream
Series. -- Event website:

* Nominations are now invited for the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the
Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of
sailing. Nominations may be made by anyone and the only criterion for
sailors is "outstanding achievement in the sport of sailing" during the
qualifying period of 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012. Nominations should
be sent to ISAF by 12:00 (UTC) on Wednesday 5 September 2012 using the
Official Nomination Form, available at

Rush Creek Yacht Club is sad to announce the loss of its benefactor, mentor
and good friend. James Anderson, age 89, passed away on July 26 at his home
in Heath, Texas. Born in Chicago in 1923, 'Jimmy A' began sailing C and E
Scows as a boy at his family's summer home on Delavan Lake in Wisconsin.
He served his country as a pilot and flight instructor in World War II
flying over 'The Hump' between Burma and China. He attended Brown
University and graduated from SMU in 1952.

As an adult, Jim raced Y-Flyers, M20's, 1/4 tonners and J/24's. He helped
set the standards for race management as a Senior Judge and Race Officer.
Jim was a co-founder and two time Commodore of Rush Creek Yacht Club which
he considered his 5th child and where he was referred to as 'Member #1'.
The sailing community has lost a national treasure.

Fair winds Graybeard. -- Kelson Elam

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* From Henry Menin:
Though there has been no video of the match racing in the USA yet, if you
go to the WIMRA Olympics Press Office website, you
will get the tweets on the match racing with up to the minute coverage. It
has been unbelievably close and competitive, and very exciting, even though
only in a text format. Much more exciting than watching the video of all
the fleet racing with no commentary, IMHO. Nothing like a one-on-one brawl
to capture the attention of the public. Why NBC Olympics is not showing the
match racing instead of giving us all the "dead time" shots of the venue
between the fleet races is beyond me.

* From Martin Adams:
The statement that local knowledge of currents will help Ben Ainslie retain
his Gold Medal are very optimistic bearing in mind the performance of Hogh
Christensen in his Finn. In one race he hit the start boat, did his 360
starred last out of 23 boats and still overtook Ben Ainslie and won the
race. I hope I am wrong!

To help us Brits what does, "For every 10 there are ten 1's mean"?

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