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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 2



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GBR - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition  © Ingrid Abery
The second day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta has concluded - sailed in much the same conditions as the first.

Today three more events got underway - the Mens Skiff (49er), and the Mens and Womens Singlehander (Laser and Laser Radial).

The contrast could not have been more different.

On the Nothe course, which is a natural stadium for sailing, the sun was out, the light beautiful, the colours bright, and the sailing great. Well, it looked great from the media boats, and we're sure the crowd on the grassy knoll, were treated to a very unique, and historic, sight.

Two races were staged for the 49ers, with plenty of razzle dazzle, which is part and parcel of skiff sailing.

They will move to the medal course tomorrow inside Portland Harbour, and for the first time in the regatta all three racing zones will be in operation.

The Mens and Womens Singlehander got underway, without the gentle introduction that the Finns, 49ers and Womens Match Racing had of racing on the inshore courses before heading out into Weymouth Bay.

Conditions were fresh, with winds of up to 20kts mentioned at this morning's briefing, and certainly there was plenty of sympathy for the competitors slogging around the big course, 1.6nm in diameter.

4000 paying spectators each day. Finn class racing at the 2012 Olympic Games London/Weymouth  © 2012 Daniel Forster/go4image.com

While conditions might have been idyllic on the Nothe, it was hard and cold on the Bay.

Welcome to the Olympics!

In the afternoon, the Womens Match Racers took over the Nothe, working through their qualification rounds.

Ainslie GBR - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition  © Ingrid Abery

The day's controversy was with the Finns, with home town hero, Ben Ainslie not enjoying one of his better days – dropping down the points table.

He will have to dig deep to pull this regatta off – but that is a feat of which he is more than capable.

July 30, 2012 Weymouth, England - Womens Match Racing - Netherlands crew  Richard Gladwell

In this edition of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter we have all the background and reports on the day's racing, along with some great images from some of the world's top photographers.

We'll all be back in action tomorrow – stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 2 - SWE  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV




London 2012 - Has the dog finally mastered its own tail?
Bob Fisher,
Television, we were reliably assured, would be the answer to sailing's prayers at the London Olympics. That assurance came as soon as the host city was announced and in the seven years, there would be ample time for the technical difficulties to be overcome.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Results after day 2
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day two, we see the latest results from the 49er Men's, Elliott 6m - Women's (Women's Match Racing), Finn, Laser Men's, Laser Radial Women's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Womens Match Racing - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Weymouth, or rather the Nothe, was at its picturesque best today for the first races in the Womens Match Racing in front of a large crowd of spectators. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there, amongst a media scrum, to catch the action.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Day 2 - Laser images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 2 - Finn sailing images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Day 2 - Laser Radial images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 2 - Laser Radial sailing images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Images of Weymouth - 49er Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Weymouth, or rather the Nothe, was at its picturesque best today for the first races in the Mens Skiff in front of a large crowd of spectators. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there, amongst a media scrum, to catch the action.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Day 2 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi/FIV images,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition day 2 photos by photographer Carlo Borleghi.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Hogh-Christensen extends lead on day 2
Robert Deaves,
On day two of the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, the Finn man of the moment, Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN), extended his lead and while Jonathan Lobert (FRA) moves up to second, there is a four way tie for third place. Race wins went to the Dan Slater (NZL) and Daniel Birgmark (SWE).... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Channelling the Great Dane
Mark Chisnell,
London 2012 - I'm not going to bury the lead - the headlines are all going to be about the battle in the Finns. Day two of racing at the London 2012 Olympic regatta and despite the 49ers kicking into action with some fantastic racing on the Nothe spectator course, it's hard to take your eyes off Ben Ainslie and Jonas Hogh-Christensen.... [more]
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London Olympics - Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Day two images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Rockin' and rollin' Laser style
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Forty-nine Lasers answered their first official starting guns in the 2012 Olympics, racing on the Weymouth Bay South course. Conditions steadily built over the course of both races, topping out somewhere around 15 or 16 knots, testing sailor's medium-air-and-small-wave skills.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 49er fever intensifies
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Action was fast and furious on the 49er course as the double-trapeze rocketships tore around the Nothe course. According to sailors interviewed ex post facto in the 'mixed zone' (media and sailors), conditions were breezy and shifty, with a gathering breeze.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Day 2 preview
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The Olympic sailing schedule and the weather gods conspired together to deliver a magnificent set of conditions for Day Two of racing in this Olympiad.... [more]
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London Olympics - Day 1 Finn images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day one Finn class images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London Olympics - Denmark's Hogh-Christensen excels on day 1
Robert Deaves,
The first day of London 2012 Olympic Sailing competition for the Finn class was a perfect one for Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) as he won both races, leading both from start to finish. Ben Ainslie (GBR) was second in both races and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) was third in both races, but each of them had to fight hard for every place.... [more]
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London Olympics - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi/FIV images,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition day 2 images by photographer Carlo Borleghi.... [more]
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