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SCUTTLEBUTT 3641 - Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 22, 2012) - The Meet the Team series
introduces sailing fans to Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.). Willis, 25, began his
sailing career at the age of eight, and quickly advanced through Optimists
and 420s. He soon became very serious about competitive windsurfing and at
the 2008 Olympic Trials in Long Beach Calif., winning four out of 16 races.
In 2011 he placed seventh at the Pan American Games. A member of Columbia
Yacht Club, this is his first Olympic Games.

What motivated you to pursue an Olympic sailing campaign?

I was in Athens in 2004 watching the U.S. 49er team compete. Pete Spaulding
is my ex-brother in law and watching that 49er team compete in the Games was
a big moment for me. Additionally, that same day we had sailing tickets; we
also got to see the windsurfers race as they were on the same course as the
49er. That was my first exposure to Olympic windsurfing and I thought it was
by far, the most interesting of all the sailing classes, particularly
because it is so physical and dynamic. I watched Peter Wells race, my
current coach, and I actually think he may have crashed during that race!

What are you most looking forward to about competing in the Olympics?

The racing! I love the sailing in Weymouth. The course areas offer so much
variety and it will be crucial to adapt to the different conditions of wind
and water everyday on a different course. Specifically, racing on the Nothe
course will be particularly exciting, as about a 1/4th of the course is cut
off because of the Nothe fort, so there will be 38 boards, racing at 15- 25
mph navigating the tiny course's going to be a lot of fun.
Additionally, I am really looking forward to interacting with all the other
athletes, and learning their training programs and how they got to the top
in their respective sport.

What will be your biggest challenge during the Games?

The uncertainty. This will be my first Games and I am not entirely sure what
to expect, from the food, to the supplied equipment. All the windsurfers
were handed their Games gear on July 18th, in what is essentially a wild
card. You could have great equipment, and everything will be fine. Or you
could have slow equipment and it will be difficult to overcome leading up to
the first race, but I have no control over this, so it is what it is. --
Read on:

After years of tough competition and many near misses, Britain suddenly had
a team of Olympic sailing heroes. With five medals under their belt, thanks
to Ben Ainsle, Iain Percy, Shirley Robertson, Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks
and Ian Walker and Mark Covell, British sailing established a force to be
reckoned with. This force was not only felt in the sailing community, but in
the national Olympic team as sailing won five out of the twenty-eight medals
gained that year.

Sailing was now the nation's second most successful sport, closely beaten by
With an injection of Lottery funding, British sailors could now advance
their knowledge in areas such a psychology and technical testing, as well as
not worrying how they were going to pay their bills. This combination
allowed Britain to set a new datum for the modern Olympics.
Olympic sailing was no longer just about consistency but who had the edge to
push it that bit further to gain a medal. -- Yachting World, read on:

Craig Burnell and his crew aboard "Predator" won the 2012 Thunderbird
International Championships last week and Ed Feo's team sealed the Viper 640
Pacific Coast Championships on the same racecourse - both held as part of
Whidbey Island Race Week! Competing with the latest Ullman Sails T-bird
designs, "Predator" claimed the title in a hard-fought battle with last
year's winner "Sunday". And in the Viper 640 class, Ed Feo led an
Ullman-powered sweep of the top three spots with Garrett Johns' team on
"KAA" finishing second overall and Jim Sears' "The FNG" in third place.
Congratulations to all!

The sailing competition at the 2012 Olympics Games will be on July 28-Aug
12. Curious how to follow the action? Here are some tips:

* In the U.S., sailing will be live online daily at, with
archived video, with commentary by Gary Jobson. Their content team has
already begun uploading original content as well as our content:

* Canadians will get some live on-line coverage of Olympic Sailing from
August 5-11, from Canadian Oly Broadcaster CTV. But it is not obvious, given
it is listed on the CTV schedule under its Oly affiliate, Asian Television
Network (ATN). It is listed on the CTV Olympic schedule under affiliate
Asian Television Network (ATN), which then directs to World Feed.

* US Sailing Team:
* Canadian Sailing Team:

Additionally, the Scuttlebutt website has added news widgets to help you
stay up to date on the London Olympics without leaving your favorite site.
Now you will have the latest Olympic video, news, slideshows, schedules and
more... all at Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

It was in 2004 that Scuttlebutt took on the task of determining what sailing
venues in the U.S. provided the best racing conditions. We posed the
question to our panel of experts, and found that while no one venue was best
year round, the most popular venues during the summer tended to be to the

However, there were a couple exceptions, with Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts
as arguably the best example. The quality sailing conditions in part
explains the success of the annual Buzzards Bay Regatta, now in its 40th
year, which will be held August 3-5. Affectionately known as "BBR", it is
the largest multi-class regatta in the United States with over 400 boats and
1200 sailors across a dozen classes.

Started in 1972 by Bill Saltonstall and Bob Saltmarsh, the goal of the
regatta was to gather sailors from across Buzzards Bay to participate in one
event, rather than have many smaller regattas happen across the bay. Bill
and Bob felt they could improve on logistics coordination, plus, that it
would be fun to have many different types of boats race together.

A big undertaking, the event takes place at Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA
every even year and at New Bedford Yacht Club in Padanaram, MA, every odd
year. It always takes place during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in

Buzzards Bay is known for its Southwest breezes that blow consistently
throughout the summer. The wind often builds during warm summer days in
August, creating great racing conditions, especially in the afternoons.
Sailors across the country come to BBR just to experience these conditions.

Regatta details:
Venue facts:

By Molly Winans, SpinSheet
The screw-ups were the fun part. As I sat on the back of the yellow video
boat for the filming of Annapolis YC (AYC) Wednesday Night Races, smiling
nervously into the camera and hoping I didn't look as jittery as I felt, I
already knew that this video gig was not as easy as my host, Tucker Thompson
of T2PTV, made it seem.

He told the audience, well really, he told the video camera and Ashley Love
who manned it that there were two ways to make the show: "win the race or
really screw it up." We laughed and knew it was true. Then, we buzzed over
to the start line to get to work.

What a gift, this windy, blue-sky weeknight in Annapolis, with flags flying,
whitecaps, 100 boatloads of fired up racing sailors, and a spinnaker finish
at the Eastport Bridge. I learned the drill early on. Ashley said,
"Rolling!" I shut up, and Tucker launched into race commentary. Then they
would stop and motor over to the next best shot.

In a decade of watching the Wednesday night video show phenomenon evolve, it
never occurred to me that Tucker drives the boat and does commentary at the
same time. I've seen him do it, yet it didn't register that it was "live."
No time to bleep anything out. I can talk as I drive my car, but not so well
- and I don't drive against traffic at intersections, aiming for sterns and
avoiding constant potential collisions, as unpredictable vehicles and waves
zig zag at me, and as some guy fires a gun every few minutes. "I tell people
I drive a powerboat for a living," says Tucker, who started his career as a
pro sailor. He's not kidding. He does it all while speaking in an
articulate, entertaining fashion about the race. It's impressive.

Ashley, the editor in chief, and her fellow production crew members, T2P
cofounder Bruce Nairn and freelancer Dave Dunigan, have their own set of
skills. With a target of shooting 12 minutes of footage per show, they must
get enough short clips of compelling video to tell the story. For any other
type of show, a crew would film every pretty shot for three hours, including
filler stuff and dock interviews, and then spend the next day clipping and
tidying it up to a neat 12 minutes.

That's not how T2P's business model works. Sailors in the party tent and at
the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport want to see their boats on video. Now.
The crew wisely chooses their 12 minutes as they shoot, spends a half an
hour cleaning it up and adding music, and puts it up on the party screen.
Done. -- Read on:

Portsmouth, R.I. (July 25, 2012) - Top men and women singlehanded sailors
from around the country will convene in Sheboygan, Wis. for three days of
exciting racing on Lake Michigan this Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July
29. Sail Sheboygan, a US Sailing Center, will host the 2012 US Singlehanded

The regatta exhibits a rich history of great sailing athletes, and this
year's competitors are in good company. Over the years, many past Olympians
and US Sailing Team members have participated at this Championship,
including Paul Foerster, Morgan Larson, Andrew Campbell, Anna Tunnicliffe,
Sally Barkow, and Sarah Lihan.

The men's division will race the Laser, an Olympic class in the men's
singlehanded division. The division features Clay Johnson (Point Pleasant,
N.J.), who finished second overall in the 2012 Olympic Qualifier, narrowly
missing out on making Team USA's Olympic Sailing Team. A four-time college
All-American, Johnson is currently ranked 30th in the ISAF Laser World
Rankings. Earlier this season, he took fifth place as the top American at US
Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR. Johnson has two silver medals at ISAF Sailing
World Cup events, including Kiel Week in 2010 and Sail Melbourne in 2009.
The 2011 Laser North American Champion and 2009 Laser National Champion has
raced in this event three times during his career and is looking to have his
name engraved on the O'Day Trophy for the first time. -- Read on:

The Olympics have started and we couldn't be more excited here at APS. You
faithfully watch, celebrate, and support Team USA; why not do something for
your own team? In honor of the London Games, APS is offering a deal to
support teams everywhere with discounted pricing on Crugear Tech Shirts with
dye sublimation! Don't miss out this deal ends: Wednesday, August 8th at
5:00pm EDT. Full details here:

* Travemuender, Germany (July 25, 2012) - At Day 3 of the 29er World
Championship teams turned up the heat for the final day of sailing to make
the final cut for the gold, silver, bronze and emerald fleets. The leader
after 9 races is 17 year old Noppakao Poonapat or "Nai" as she's known, and
her crew, 2x World Champion Steve Thomas, sailing under the THA letters.
They have a 1 point lead over Carlos Robles and Florian Trittle of Spain.
The fleets are now split into 4 fleets; Gold, Silver, Bronze and Emerald.
Racing for the finals begins Thursday July 26 with three days of sailing.
Live reports and daily results:

* Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic (July 25, 2012) - The 6th day of fleet
racing at the Opti Worlds found the Singaporeans dominating in both boys and
girls categories, holding four of the top five spots. The Dutch Bart
Lambriex is 4th, with Americans Ivan Shestopalov in 7th and Nic Muller in
9th. Racing continues on Thursday with two races. -- Event website:

* Torbole, Italy (July 23, 2012) - Along with the fight for the overall
title that will involve at least ten very strong crews and a good number of
outsiders, at the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship in Torbole - July
28th-August 4th - the stage will also be set for another battle: the one
aimed at the conquest of the Corinthian title. The entry list counts 65
Corinthian crews coming from 17 Nations - a record for the International
Melges 24 Class Association. -- Event website:

* PUMA's Mar Mostro, the Volvo Open 70 skippered by Ken Read for the Volvo
Ocean Race 2011-12, is now on the market. Mar Mostro was designed by Juan K
and built at New England Boatworks. "Mar Mostro is an amazing yacht, whether
sailing around the world or on an IRC race track. Around the buoys and in
the Transatlantic Race, both against very stiff IRC competition, Mar Mostro
was fast and reliable in all conditions. This boat can win at any level as
well as break records with ease." - Mar Mostro Skipper Ken Read. For boat
specs and details, visit:

Team One Newport wants to apologize for not recognizing and not including
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Posting your event information on the free, self-serve Scuttlebutt Event
Calendar tool is the easiest way to communicate to both sailors and sailing
media. But don't stop there... send us your race reports too. Here are some
of the upcoming events listed on the calendar:

* Jul 26-27 - Annual Around Long Island Regatta - Sea Cliff, NY, USA
* Jul 26-28 - New England Solo/Twin - Newport, RI, USA
* Jul 28 - 'Round-the-Island Race - Edgartown, MA, USA
* Jul 28-29 - Youngstown Level Regatta - Youngstown, NY, USA
* Jul 30-Aug 4 - Sunfish North American Championship - Waukegan, IL, USA
* Aug 1-2 - Techno 293 National Championship - Vineyard Haven, MA, USA
View all the events at

COMMENT: Are there no upcoming events in Canada? Please submit your events
so we can promote them. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

It is in great sadness that we would like to announce the passing of the
beloved Betty Schock. Betty was an integral part of the W.D. Schock
Corporation. She and Bill founded the company in 1946. For over 66 years
Bill and Betty have provided joy for many sailors.

Bill worked on design and production, while his wife Betty managed the
office and developed the firm's marketing strategy. Betty is responsible for
creating the iconic "S" used on numerous Schock boats and products. Betty
and Bill thoroughly enjoyed racing and cruising the boats they built. This
family orientation is a constant throughout the history of the firm.

Services for Betty are scheduled to be held in mid-August and will be
announced at a later date. Our condolences go out to the entire Schock
family. -- Details at:

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* From Tom Leweck:
The sailing community has just lost one of the good ones. In the 40+ years
that I've been sailing offshore, I've encountered precious few owners who
have earned the same level of respect, of true friendship and love - from
both competitors and crew - as Hal Ward. Look up "class act" in the
dictionary - I'm pretty sure you'll see Hal's picture there . smiling. Rest
in peace my friend!

* From Roy P. Disney:
My deepest sorrows are for the loss of Hal Ward. He was the finest of
gentlemen, the toughest yet most magnanimous of competitors. Truly, live
lobster on the Cheval was the best way to go! The sport, and the world have
lost a great soul, but our compensation is the great human being he was.

* From J. Mark Sims:
I am deeply saddened by Hal's passing. Hal was one of the most gracious men
I have ever had the pleasure to sail with. I had the great honor to sail
with Hal on many occasions over many years and have always been inspired by
his nonchalant consideration to the after effects of his bout with polio. He
was a true competitor, a lover of life, and laughter. His spirit did not
just conquer adversity, it ignored it, and sought triumph through
competition amongst spirited friends. Hal never gave up on himself nor his
endeavors. He was the embodiment of the ability of a man's will over the
complications of life. Hal's achievements are far too long to list, those on
the water and off. I will say simply, I am a better man for sailing with Hal
Ward. Thank you old friend, fair winds.

* From Bill Sandberg (re, Scuttlebutt 3640):
Many thanks to my friend, fellow sailor and Syracuse Orangeman Steve Barrett
for his kind words. I would be remiss however in not correcting one item.

I write a monthly column for Windcheck (which Scuttlebutt has seen fit to
reprint a number of times). Windcheck is actually published by Anne Hannan,
Chris Gill and Chris Szepessy. They have given me a forum for the last 6+
years to publish my views on many of my favorite topics--including junior,
disabled and Olympic sailing. They are the parts of our sport that make me
proud to be a sailor.

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