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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 7



The first events are close to being concluded at the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and in less than 24 hours the first medals will be presented at Weymouth.

For hosts, Great Britain, a lot hangs on the line tomorrow.

While the British would seem all but assured of a gold medal in the Mens Keelboat, with Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson looking set to defend their 2008 Olympic title, in the Star class. They must finish within four places of the second placed Robert Scheidt (BRA), and six of the third placed Fredrik Loof (SWE).

But matters are a lot more edgy in the Mens Heavyweight Dinghy, better known as the Finn, with Ben Ainslie endeavoring to win his fourth Olympic Gold medal. The points permutations are endless, suffice to say that the first home of Ainslie and Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) should win. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) can also get into the money, if the first two decide to have a match race down at the back of the fleet.

Currently the plan is for the racing to take place on the Nothe course in front of a capacity crowd, who will certainly be cheering for Ainslie.

Laser action - London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 7  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

Today the Womens Match Racing wound into a new phase, the Knockout, with eight teams going forward and four being eliminated. The final cut was decided today with the New Zealand team losing their final match against the second placed Russian team. That result forced them into a tiebreaker, on which they found themselves on the wrong side of the formula.

Racing continued in the 470 Mens and Womens events, with racing being held on Weymouth Bay, which was back to its standard state for this regatta – seas of up to two metres, winds flicking around the 15-18kts mark. Conditions which proved a test for competitors. Surprising the boat handling errors were few.

It was a similar story on the Mens and Womens Singlehanded course, where the Laser and Laser Radial fleets have worked themselves to a near conclusion, but the outcomes could not be more different.

Portland overlooking the Olympic race course - London Olympics 2012 day 7  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

In the Mens Singlehander, Australia's Tom Slingsby is more than making up for a poor performance in Qingdao – widely attributed to a soft supplied boat. In Weymouth he enjoys a healthy 14 point lead with just the Medal Race to come. In fact the Medal race is largely academic with second placed Pavlos Kontides having to win and Slingsby to finish worse than eighth.

The third placed competitor is 21 points behind second place – a position which is very unlikely to change after the Medal Race – however Tonici Stipanovic (CRO) is just one point adrift, and the Medal Race is expected to be a Battle for the Bronze.`

August 4, 2012 - Weymouth, England - The fancied British crew Lucy and Kate MacGregor and Annie Lush check out the course on the final day of the qualification round in the Womens Match Racing  Richard Gladwell

However the Main Event is definitely in the Finn. Already the non-sailing media are pouring into the Sailing Media Centre in Weymouth. More are expected tomorrow. We'll have the results as soon as they happen.

In this edition of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter we have all the background and reports on today'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 4, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) coached by Aaron MacIntosh (NZL) leads the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) by a 13pt margin  Richard Gladwell




London Olympics: Fisher's View: Saturday - a day of contemplation
Bob Fisher,
Bob Fisher puts the day in context at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth: The rest day for the top ten Finn and Star sailors would provide them with ways of assessing their battle plans, while for others there was the mountain of qualification races to tackle. Those mountains are steep and the peaks more unattainable as each race is completed;... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Laser and 470 Men's class images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition day 7 - Laser and 470 Men's class images by photographer Thom Touw.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Canadians looking good for medal races
Canadian Sailing Team,
Week one of the summer London Olympics 2012 is nearing a close at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Currently Canadians are looking good as contenders in the men's and women's RS:X fleets in terms of medal race qualification.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Strong results from U.S. sailors
Dana Paxton,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, it was ladies day for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team, where strong results were turned in by Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan in the Women's 470; Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi in Women's Match Racing; and Paige Railey in Laser Radial. Today was a scheduled reserve day for Star and 49er classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 day 7 - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from day 7 of the London Olympic 2012 Sailing competition... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics 470 Champions: Look out – their mojo is back
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
With the highest of standards the Australian pairing of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page were upset on day one, after some port and starboard circle work delivered them a ninth placing in the second race of the 470 Olympic regatta. But on day two they climbed into second place behind Britains Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Dempsey giving his all
Matt Carter,
Nick Dempsey moved into silver medal position in the RS:X Men's windsurfing class after a productive day. Birthday boy Luke Patience insisted the 470 Men's contest was not 'a two horse race' despite the British and Australian boats eking out a big advantage today. The Brits collected scores of three and four from their two races today to sit in second place overall.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 -Women's RSX approaches its ultimate reality
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Talk to any athlete sailing in the Olympics-any Olympics-and they will be quick to mention the variables. Training. Nutrition. Time spent on the water at a particular venue. Equipment. Spectators. Class legacy...and the list parades on. For sailors competing in the RSX classes, however, these later three named variables are especially important in this Games.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Canadian Sailing Team on day 7
John Curtis,
London Olympics 2012, Weymouth and Portland. Sailing competition day 7. It was another sunny day here with medium breeze between 14 - 20 knots. Not very warm but great sailing conditions all the same. The Stars, Finns and 49'ers had the day off today. Tomorrow will be the exciting final for The Finn and Star fleets.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Slingsby guaranteed silver
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby is guaranteed at least a London 2012 silver medal... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Womens Match racing concludes
Richard Gladwell,
The Qualifying phase of the Womens Match Racing event concluded on the Nothe course today. Eight teams went forward to the knockout round. Key elimination today was that of the New Zealand team, who lost on a tiebreaker to the Netherlands, after being beaten by second placed Russia in their final match this afternoon.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Dorian's windsurfing lesson
Richard Gladwell,
Dutch windsurfer Dorian van Rijsselberge has given a sailing lesson to the other 37 competitors in the Mens Windsurfer. With two races left to sail plus the Medal Race, he has a 15pt lead, just five points short of winning the Gold Medal without having to do anythging other than sail the course in the Medal Race. Today he dominated Race 7 on Portland Harbour, finishing second in the other ra... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - The Dominant, The Dream and The Desperate
Mark Chisnell,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the Ben v Jonas show stepped aside for a day off ahead of the medal race, which leaves us casting around for other good stories. There are three ways to pick a strong narrative - totally dominant performances, dreams-come-true and desperately tight contests. Based on that principle, we have three strong contenders - you choose!... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Big lead for Slingsby in Laser
Richard Gladwell,
Australia's Tom Slingsby has more than made amends for a disappoint result in the 2008 Olympic Regatta. Four years later in Weymouth, he leads the points table after the conclusion of regular fleet racing - posting a hat-trick of wins. Today on the Weymouth Bay course he was on fire, relishing the big seas and moderate breezes.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Big seas for the Laser Radial
Richard Gladwell,
Regular course racing has concluded for the Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial). Racing for the medals will all come down to the Medal Race on Monday. Currently four competitors are separated by just one point. Big seas and moderate to fresh winds prevailed for the final two races today on Weymouth Bay,giving competitors a good work out ahead of Monday's action.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Dramatic action for Irish sailors
ISA,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition today was medal race qualification day for Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial class. She reclaimed the overall lead after a third place in Race 9. The lead was brief as a seventh place in Race 10 means she is now third overall.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: RS:X Women - Ukraine's Maslivets on top form
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, the Ukraine's Olga Maslivets became the very first Women's RS:X sailor to claim victory in a race ahead of the big three, Marina Alabau (ESP), Lee Korzits (ISR) and Zofia Klepacka (POL). She came through for the Race 7 win but it was back to usual in Race 8 as Korzits picked up her second bullet.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser Radial - Medal Race winner will take all
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition, Weymouth - Laser Radial class - The form sailor of the 2012 World Sailing Cup and Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Xu hit the front in the final day of fleet racing winning Race 9 and then taking second in Race 10 to move from fourth to first overall.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser - Lead taken, history made on day 7
ISAF,
Laser sailor Tom Slingsby of Australia notched up double bullets at the London 2012 Olympics to snag a commanding lead into the Laser Medal Race but Pavlos Kontides (CYP) is guaranteed at least the silver medal, the first Olympic medal for any Cypriot athlete.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: RS:X Men - Dutch domination in Weymouth
ISAF,
Dutchman Dorian Van Rijsselberge has risen fifteen points clear in the Men's RS:X class at the London 2012 Olympics. No one has been able to cope with the Dutchman after he won his fifth race out of eight as well as recording another second place. Van Rijsselberge holds a discarded third place and if anyone is to overthrow him it'll be down to the Dutchman's own misfortunes.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 7
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day seven, here are 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, 470 Women's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Finn Class final showdown
Robert Deaves,
London Olympics 2012 - It's been brewing all week and has gone right down to the wire. The on-the-water – and sometimes off-the-water – battle between Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) and Ben Ainslie (GBR) will reach its exciting conclusion on Sunday when the Finn class medal race takes place.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics Slingsby on fire
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
A huge grin from the five times Laser world champion, Australian Tom Slingsby as he came ashore after races nine and 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Laser regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—Breeze expected to soften this afternoon
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Step outside of the Sailing Media Center at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, and you'll see flags fluttering in the 12-16 knot breeze. Poke around on the web or take in the morning media briefing and you'll find that the windspeed is expected to soften sometime around mid-afternoon, with forecasts calling for 8-14 knots by the end of the day.... [more]
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