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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 5



Tuesday was a day of mourning in Britain, particularly so around the sailing parish of Weymouth.

No-one had died, but somehow many had come to doubt whether the Dream would be achieved - 'Our Ben' winning his fourth Gold Medal.

The end was nigh, so it seemed.

Yesterday, was the rest day for the Heavyweight Mens Singlehander event, sailed in the Finn class - a boat synonymous with Ainslie's sailing accomplishments - and the gloom remained.

But today, soon after the start of Race 7 in the Finn class, the British eyes were smiling. Ainslie was back to his best. All was well with the world again.

Ben Ainslie (Finn) - London Olympics 2012  Francois Richard ©

That inner glow was reinforced throughout the afternoon on both the outer Weymouth Bay courses, which looked like something out of the Southern Ocean. Big waves, fresh breezes, plenty of spray, cold temperatures. But it was all Brit, Brit, Brit.

One of the features of the Olympic sailing regatta is the prominent display of each countries national flag on the sails of the competitors.

Despite the hard conditions the sun shined through. And shone brightly on the Union Jack emblems on the sails of the British Star, Finn and 470 sailors.

It was a telling sight - even for those not blessed with British descent. The Brits were back.

Ainslie has cut his 10pt deficit to just three points, and few would now bet against him for the Gold medal. It will be no walk in the park - but 'Our Ben' is more than up to the test, and was on fire today at Weymouth.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) 470 Men August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England -   Richard Gladwell

Behind the ballooning British spinnaker in the Mens 470 class, was the stars of the Southern Cross - not quite ballooning, but streaming in the breeze.

The young crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, from New Zealand, had dropped their spinnaker halyard and were flogging the sail trying to get up to the gybe mark. They were in second place in just their first race in the Olympics, and sailing very well.

A slip from the trapeze by crewman Saunders, almost put the Kiwi pair in the drink, but they recovered well, and had a place nailed in the top three at the mark.

Ben Ainslie - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition  © Ingrid Abery

From there slipped a little more to finish eight, but nailed it in the second race of the day with a third place, and now lie in fourth place overall, ahead of the other crew with the Southern Cross on their sails - the world champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm page (AUS).

Tomorrow will see the first race in the Womens 470 get underway - the final event to start at this Olympic Regatta.

The first medals will be awarded on Sunday.

470 Men - Paul Snow -Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) sailing in their first Olympic race, have a little strife while in second place in Race 1  Richard Gladwell

But already the stories are developing from this regatta - the ones that will mark its place in the history of sailing.

Follow them as they unfold on www.Sail-World.com

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

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Star Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR)  Richard Gladwell




London Olympics 2012 - All on a Summer's Day
Bob Fisher,
London Olympics 2012 -A British-born mate in Hong Kong had been communicating about the performance of the Olympic champion, Ben Ainslie, in the first six races relative to that of Jonas Hogh-Christensen, who was becoming dubbed: 'the Great Dane,' a title formerly reserved for fellow Finn sailor Paul Elvstrom.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi day 5 images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from day 5 of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition. See how Carlo, widely recognised as being the world's top sailing photographers, saw Day 5's action on the Star, Finn and 470 courses.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 World Champions challenged
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, the red hot favourites to win Olympic Gold in the 470 class. But the first day of the Weymouth regatta did not turn out as planned, as the duo explained post racing.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Its all on
Mark Chisnell,
It's easy to talk of it being a day of destiny for Ben Ainslie. And so it was today - it opened with Ainslie winning the start for the first time this week. It was a big day, with 15-20 knots from the south-west and some great waves and once they got going downwind Hogh-Christensen gave it the big one - and promptly rolled it in.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Day 5 - Finn images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 5 - Finn sailing images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Day 5 - 470 Men's images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Day 5 - 470 Men's sailing images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Elliott 6M (WMR) - Aussies on fire in Weymouth
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, Australia's Women's Match Racing skipper Olivia Price celebrated her twentieth birthday in proper fashion with another two wins as herself, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty assured themselves top seeding for the quarterfinal with one race left in the round robin.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Womens Windsurfer at Mid-point
Richard Gladwell,
The Womens Windsurfer event (RS:X) reached a mid-point, with six races sailed, with another four to go, plus the Medal race, counting for double points. Spain's Marina Alabau looks set to rub salt into a very raw and open wound, and has put together a very strong series to lead the regatta overall by five points. She has scored three wins and two seconds so far in the regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Day five images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Star medals look decided
Richard Gladwell,
Current Olympic champions, Iain Percy and Andrew (Bart) Simpson (GBR) look set to defend their Olympic title, moving into a 9pt lead in theMens Keelboat (Star), relishing the fresh conditions on Weymouth Bay, this afternoon. The big seas and fresh winds, with a spring tide made for testing conditions, with plenty of potential to drop their massive rigs.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - 470 Men - An upset on the way?
Richard Gladwell,
Current World Champions in the Mens Doublehander (470) event, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, stumbled at the off this afternoon at Weymouth, on Day 5 of the 2012 Olympic regatta. They were recalled as a premature starter, had to return to restart and chase the fleet, and the odds of winning the expected Gold Medal looked to have lengthened considerably.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Results after day 5
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day five, 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, 470 Men's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—Price's picket fence continues
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Every once in a while you hear about an athletic performance that puts your jaw on the ground. Not a good performance, not even a great performance, but a BRILLIANT showing. Here in Weymouth, UK, we might just be on the cusp of watching a true tour-de-force unfurling in the Women's Match Racing (WMR) event.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—Shifty sailing conditions today
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Forget about swimming, running or cycling-sailing is the sport to follow, especially as the various classes edge closer to their medal races. As with every successive day of this Olympiad, there's plenty of racecourse action to follow here in Weymouth today, with conditions that can only be termed 'challenging'.... [more]
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