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 03 Aug 2012
 


If you are following the Olympic regatta in Weymouth - either on our Sail-World Olympic newsletters, or on the Sail-World Asia website - then a lot of this will be familiar. And then there are the virtual VPN systems such as ExpatShield which allow you to access BBC's iPlayer and watch the action live! Boutique Broadcasting at its very best.

If you are British, it will have felt like a rocky start to proceedings, but the sun is out now and everything is looking good. The best-performing Asian sailor is presently China's Xu Lijia who is lying 5th overall in the Laser Radial after six out of ten prelim races.

The RS:X Class Association has launched a legal challenge against ISAF's decision to dump windsurfing from the Rio 2016 Olympics. ISAF is quoted as being 'extremely disappointed that this course of action has been taken,' but then - they would be, wouldn't they? RS:X describe the ISAF decision as 'perverse and unfair.' This is going to be an interesting story to watch.

Meanwhile, whoever you are supporting in Weymouth: keep the faith.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Rio Olympics 2016 - RS:X seeks Judicial review
Rory Ramsden,
The RS:X Class, since the ISAF Mid Year Meeting and the narrow vote to deselect windsurfing and the RS:X for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, has been working on many levels to get this decision reversed under the direction of its crisis management group within the Executive Committee.... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympics - ISAF statement on RS:X legal challenge
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced that it has been notified of a legal challenge by the International RS:X Class Association Ltd to the decision taken at the ISAF Council meeting in May 2012 to select Kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Olympics 2016: IKA statement on RS:X Class legal action against ISAF
International Kiteboarding Association,
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed that the International RS:X Class Association Ltd is taking legal action against the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), based on the fact that ISAF has selected Kiteboarding and not Windsurfing as Olympic sailing event for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship leader board battle + Video
Melges 24 Worlds,
With six races now complete at the Melges 24 World Championship in Italy, the discard came into play and the Gold and Silver fleets were decided.... [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 Olympics 2012: RS:X - Alabau leads the way
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, Marina Alabau (ESP), Lee Korzits (ISR) and Zofia Klepacka (POL) possess the three podium places in the Women's RS:X. The Spaniard leads the way on seven points with Klepacka on 12 and Korzits on 15.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie narrows the gap
Robert Deaves,
Ben Ainslie (GBR) returned to winning ways on day 4 of competition for the Finns at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth with a first and a third. It was a big day out on Weymouth Bay South course with big winds, big waves and bigger stakes. For Ainslie it was crucial that he started to narrow the points gap and he did just that.... [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 2012: 49er - Brits excel on day 5
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, British sailors Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes hauled themselves back into 49er contention after taking victory in both 49er races on the Portland Harbour Course. With two faultless performances they trail Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) by 11 points after the Australians had their worst day on the water with a discarded tenth and a sixth.... [more]
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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—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: Slingsby slogs - Goodison lifts
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The five times Laser World Champion Australia's Tom Slingsby slipped back into second place, behind Pavlos Kontides while Paul Goodison (GBR) is fighting a back injury. Goodison has vowed to give it his all, despite his injury.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Mid Regatta Blues - digging in
Mark Chisnell,
Four days of Olympic competition and we're into the middle eight, the excitement of the Opening Ceremony is long forgotten, and the medal races are still a long way off.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi day 4 images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from day 4 of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Go to the Nothe
Bob Fisher,
London Olympics 2012 - There is seating for 4,600 in the Nothe Park, the grassy knoll that overlooks the course where the medal races will be held to culminate the yacht racing events of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is almost certainly the best value for money of any of the grandstand seats at any of the events.... [more]
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Francis Joyon sets new outright 24 hour speed record
Mer et Media,
The French sailor Francis Joyon set a new outright 24 hour speed record yesterday evening aboard his 29-metre giant trimaran IDEC achieving an average speed of 27.83 knots... [more]
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Super Rope Cinch: a hundred applications on a boat
Sail-World Cruising,
When clever individuals invent a new product, that's when the hard work starts. Tim and Dorothy Bourke invented one of the cleverest things you might ever see on a boat, with a hundred applications - the Super Rope Cinch - but that was back in 2009 and they've only just now received a patent.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - A wealth of riches
Mark Chisnell,
There is a wealth of riches to pick from on day three of racing at the Olympic regatta. If you've been hiding in a cave for the last two days, Britain's Ben Ainslie is going for a fourth gold medal that will take away the title of most-successful-ever-Olympic sailor from the great Dane, Paul Elvstrom.... [more]
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the King's sailing yacht, Britannia, to sail again
Kate Holmes,
When King George V, died in 1936, his will requested that his yacht, the Britannia, be scuttled. So her hull was towed out to St. Catherine's Deep near the Isle of Wight, scuttled and sent to rest beneath the waves with a garland of flowers placed on her stem head, thus denying future generations of a heritage. But the story didn't end there...... [more]
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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 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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GAC Pindar wins contract for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
GAC Pindar,
GAC Pindar has been awarded a contract as the official shipping and logistics services provider to the historic Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) from July 2012 through to December 2015.... [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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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura day 10 - Gollito and Offringa shine
PWA,
The howling winds finally returned on the last day of the PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup 2012.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Day 1 surprises + Video
Melges 24 Worlds,
The Melges 24 World Championship came under starters orders. Conditions were extremely tough for all with many general recalls. Having been out of the Melges 24 fleet for some time Germany's Markus Wieser on AEZ, along with tactician Pascal Rambeau, proved that he certainly hasn't lost his touch in the class and thanks to a first and an eighth, is now lying second in the overall.... [more]
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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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