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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 3



The third day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta has concluded - sailed in fresh breezes, overcast skies - conditions that most cynics regard as being typical English weather.

Today was the start of the Windsurfing - another event set to exit the Olympic family come the conclusion of this regatta. Mens and Womens events got underway, with the Men starting on the Weymouth Bay course - in bleak conditions.

It was the current world champion Dorian van Rijsselberge, who proved more than up to the physical test, building a massive lead early in the race, and was never heads. He repeated the feat again in the second race, and oddly enough leads the competition.

July 31, 2012 Womens Windsurfer - Bryony Shaw GBR makes a prestart adjustment  Richard Gladwell

The dominant sailor of this regatta is Annalise Murphy of Ireland, who has won all races she has sailed, and in fact has only not led around every mark in just two instances. But her performance has not really been the focus of attention of local fans, who seem consumed as to whether 'their Ben' will win his fourth Gold Medal.

Ainslie improved today to be second overall, but is still 10 points adrift of the overall leader.

July 31, 2012 Womens Windsurfer - Oiha Maslivets (UKR) heading for fourth position in race 2  Richard Gladwell

Can he do it? In their heart of hearts, few would bet against him. He's a hell of a competitor. But his fans will have to wait for another day at least - tomorrow is a lay day for the Finn and Star classes. The day off is expected to see a change in weather, with lighter breezes expected. Will that play into Ainslie's hands? We'll know in a few days.

Ainslie's compatriots, Iain Percy and Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (GBR), the reigning Olympic Champions, have put their stamp on the Star class, heading the points table, and looking very dominant on the water. Today was a daunting one for the Star fleet, with a nasty squall hitting the fleet as they neared the top mark at the end of the first beat, with an audible gasp from the gathered media and official boats as their massive rigs shook and trembled in the conditions. It is a death-defying experience watching the massive Star rigs in such conditions, as they look set to tear themselves apart in a tack or mark rounding.

Thankfully all survived.

July 31, 2012 Mens Two Handed Keelboat - melee at first rounding mark   Richard Gladwell

Today saw the first use of the Portland course, enclosed by the seawall, which formed naval defences back in the days of the two World Wars.

Those new to Weymouth wondered just how the sailing would work in such an enclosed area, for an Olympic Regatta. But again it seems to be fine. Just another test of sailing skills. All the Medal races will be contested on this course, and the sight of the Stars sailing their final Olympic race on this course will be one of the memories that will be taken away from this regatta.

Tomorrow racing gets underway in the Mens Doublehander, the 470.

July 31, 2012 Security line is well equipped - Weymouth Olympic Regatta. Or is this the Jury boat (just kidding)  Richard Gladwell

Quite when that will be remains to be seen, with a front expected to cross the Weymouth Bay between 11.00am and 1.00pm, bringing winds of up to 35kts, which are widely expected to delay the start of racing.

After the passage of the front, lighter conditions are expected for the rest of the week.

Whether they will offer Ben a Get out of Jail card, will be the key point of interest.

July 31, 2012 Pavlos Kontides (CYP) in fourth place in the Mens Singlehander Laser racing on the Portland course  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




Fisher's View: Perfection is the ultimate performance
Bob Fisher,
Top international yachting journalist, Bob Fisher,who has covered every Olympics since 1976 is in Weymouth for the 2012 Olympic Regatta. He writes: Elsewhere one reads of the Team USA being parodied as: 'under-performing sailors of America,' because of the lower-than-expected results so far in the Olympic regatta.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Day 3 - Star images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 3 - Star sailing images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition in Weymouth... [more]
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London 2012 – Laser champion Tom Slingsby tracks towards Gold
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Five times Laser World Champion, the 27 year old Australian Tom Slingsby, unbeaten in Weymouth in recent times has signalled clearly he intends to preserve that record in the 2012 Olympic regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Finn class - Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the racing on Weymouth Bay, today, the third day of the Olympic competition. Here's the action as we saw it from the Finn class... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Star class round in a squall
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the racing on Weymouth Bay, today, the third day of the Olympic competition. Here's the action as we saw it from the Mens Two Handed Keelboat, the Star class as they twice rounded the windward mark in the first race of the day... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Finn class - Høgh-Christensen extends
Robert Deaves,
Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) has again extended on the Finn fleet after a first and second on day 3 at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Tuesday was crunch day for the Finns. Going into the half way stage of the regatta, Ben Ainslie (GBR) needed to make some points back before the lay day on Wednesday.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth, Day 3 - Mens Singlehander - Laser
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the racing on Weymouth Bay, today, the third day of the Olympic competition. The Mens Singlehander (Laser) was the amongst the first group of classes to race inside Portland Harbour in flat seas and fresh breezes.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Mens Windsurfer - Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the racing on Weymouth Bay, today, the third day of the Olympic competition. This was the first day of competition for the Mens Windsurfer, in fresh winds and sailing off a lee shore... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Womens RS:X - Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the racing on Weymouth Bay, today, the third day of the Olympic competition. The wind was fresh and sailing fast and furious. Here's the action as we saw it from the Womens Windsurfer (RS:X)... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 49er - Outteridge and Jensen out front
ISAF,
In spite of a capsize in the fourth race, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) hold the 49er lead after the second day of racing at the London 2012 Olympics. The pair finished second in Race 3 but having held a comfortable lead in Race 4 they capsized 300 metres before the finish.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser Radial - Annalise Murphy 4 from 4
ISAF,
Ireland's Annalise Murphy took victory in all four Laser Radial races to open up a 12 point lead over Belgium's Evi Van Acker after the second day at the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Star - Brawl unfolds in Weymouth
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) traded blows in the Star today with both crews winning a race and finishing second in the other.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: RS:X - Van Rijsselberge on form
ISAF,
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) is the one that took centre stage in Men's RS:X as he took two race wins in the first day of windsurfing at the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Results after day 3
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day three, 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, RS:X Men's, RS:X Women's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Fast, furious and wet in the 49er class
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
While all of the Olympic sailing events are absolutely riveting, I'll admit a certain bias towards the 49er class. Fast, tactical and a featherweight boat that demands hyper fitness coupled with drop-of-the-hat tactical calls, there's no question that these speedy skiffs are the biggest head turners for the non-sailing spectators who have poured into Weymouth to watch the Games.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - It's all happening at the zoo
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
This morning's press briefing summed it up perfectly: Today was the busiest day of racing during the entire 2012 Olympiad, with racing starting at 1200 hours, local time. No doubt, the various race committees had their hands more than full, as eight classes engaged in starting-line tangos on four different courses.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser Radial - Murphy out in front
ISAF,
Ireland's Annalise Murphy (IRL) is the one who came out the traps fast in the Laser Radial at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Star Class - Percy and Simpson on top
ISAF,
Great Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR), the 2008 Star Olympic champions, clawed themselves into the overall lead in the Star Class on day 2 of sailing.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 49er class - Norregaard and Lang lead
ISAF,
Allen Norregaard and Peter Lang (DEN) lead the 49er after the opening day but a fantastic finish in Race 1 saw them miss out on the opening 49er victory at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing competition.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser class - Good start for Slingsby
ISAF,
Five-time world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) looked determined to banish his demons from Beijing 2008 on day 1 of Laser competition in Weymouth.... [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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