Yesterday US Sailing issued a press release about the upcoming U.S. Singlehanded Championships for the George O’Day Trophy. As part of the usual PR puff they chose to mention four previous winners of the O'Day including a certain Mr. Brodie Cobb who won the trophy in 1984 and 85.
The problem? Mr. Cobb is currently suspended (by US Sailing) from "participating as either skipper or crew member in any sailing competition in the United States" because of what was euphemistically described by the US Sailing Review Board as an incident involving physical contact between two sailors.
Or if you want the gory details, according to this thread on the Laser Forum, here are some of the "facts found" by the jury who heard this case...
14. Shortly after finishing 180081 (Cobb) tacked to starboard and rammed 164380.
15. The skipper of 180081 pulled the boats together side by side and said to 164380 “didn’t I tell you I was going to beat your ass?”
16. 180081’s skipper got halfway out of his boat and boarded 164380 and started to grab and punch the skipper of 164380, not once but at least twice.
17. The skipper of 164380 asked “What the fuck are you (180081) are doing?”
18. The skipper of 180081 answered as he again attempted to punch the skipper of 164380 with an overhead punch “Don’t you know who I am, you’ve fucked up my regatta.”
19. The skipper of 164380 only put his arms up to defend himself and made no aggressive moves in response to the attack.
Couldn't US Sailing have found a better example of a former O'Day winner to enhance the reputation of the event in their press release?
What were they thinking?
Update: There's also more detail and discussion about the original incident at this thread on the Scuttlebutt Forum.