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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics News - Day 11



Today was a day of controversy at Weymouth.

The major surprise was that the USA, was going home without winning a single medal.

It was their worst sailing Olympics result since 1936 in Berlin – when they sailed classes to the Metre rule, plus the Star was enjoying its third Olympics.

What happens from here, will be watched with great interest.

Several of the powerhouses of sailing have been in the current position of US Sailing. The prescription for recovery is largely the same – work out what the key points are in the successful nations, and then adapt and apply.

That is not easy and involves lifting standards. Many countries will not send competitors who are not in the top ten in the world – that is not top-ten capable but top ten achieving.

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 11 NZ crew perform for the gallery 49er Medal Race  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

That also involves addressing the conflict between Olympism and Winning. If The US wants to give sailors and Olympic experience, then please continue - but don't be too bothered about the results.

In this edition, outgoing US Olympic Chairman Dean Brenner offers his thoughts.

August 8, 2012 - Weymouth, England -Gold Medalists (AUS) rear, Silver medalists (NZL) and the British crew (5th) in the 49er class  Richard Gladwell

Another controversy occurred in the Womens Double Hander (470) when the New Zealand crew who had scored a 1,1,2 score-line in their last three races, came unstuck in he tenth race and finished 18th

That is sufficient for them to be tied on points for the lead going into the Medal race on Friday – meaning it will be a Match Race.

There was controversy as the USA was eliminated from the Womens Match Racing. While Anna Tunnicliffe had been struggling to get on top of the field at this regatta, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist is a tough nut, and most expected to see her there at the end.

Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (USA) competing in the Women's Match Racing event at the London Olympics 2012.  © 2012 Daniel Forster/go4image.com

Tomorrow, the Mens 470 sails its Medal Race that will be a battle of two fronts. As with the 49ers today the first two places are decided, but only four points separate the points table leader, Australia from the second placed crew, Great Britain. Then it is a two-way contest, or if things get a little stretched, mathematically a third crew can come through.

It will be interesting to see the strategies adopted by the various crews, and how those are put into effect.

Australia's Nathan Outteridge (helmsman in baseball cap) and Ian Jensen celebrate winning gold in the 49er class at the London Olympics.  © Ingrid Abery

In this edition of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter we have all the background and reports on today's racing, including the two Medal Races, 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 11 Women's Match Racing, AUS  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright




London Olympics 2012: Closing on gravy strokes - Thursday at Weymouth
Bob Fisher,
One of the most logical of all sailors has corresponded regarding the illogicality of the scoring system used at the Olympic regatta. He points out that, quite rightly, the ten-race system allows for one discard because the sailors' performances can best be measured on an average system.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Surprise ending for Women's match racers
US Sailing,
In a surprise ending to the Women's Match Racing competition, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi were eliminated from competition by Finland in the quarter-final round... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Medal Race - 49ers
Richard Gladwell,
The Medal Race for the 49er was sailed today. The event had been largely determined by Monday, when Australia and New Zealand built an unbeatable points lead, and the Gold and Silver Medals were decided. The Bronze medal was all that was being decided today with three teams in with a chance.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Women's Match Racing images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Women's Match Racing images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 49er Medal Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. 49er Medal Race images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Mills and Clark guaranteed medals
Matt Carter,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark now know that they have won at least a bronze medal - but the British 470 Women only have their eyes on gold as they head into their medal race showdown on Friday 10th August.... [more]
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London Olympics: NZ win Silver in the 49er and assured of a second
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were presented with the Silver Medals at a Presentation Ceremony in Weymouth this evening. The win was confirmed after they completed the course in the Medal Race, earlier this afternoon on the Nothe course in front of a large crowd of spectators.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Match racers out at quarter-final stage
Matt Carter,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there was disappointment for Britain's Match Race girls as they saw their hopes of London 2012 silverware ended at the quarter-final stage at Weymouth and Portland on Wednesday 8th August.... [more]
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US Sailing Team's worst Olympic result since 1936
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The United States has finished its quest for sailing medals in the 2012 London Olympics without success, for the first time since 1936. A clearly upset Dean Brenner, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, said ‘this is not the distinction this team was going for.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 49er - Danes claim bronze in Weymouth
ISAF,
London Olympics 2012 - Denmark's Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang kept their grasp on third place in the 49er by finishing third in the Medal Race to snag the bronze medal. Austria's Nico Delle-Karth and Nikolaus Resch led the Medal Race from start to finish and it looked like they would take bronze at one point... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Massive upsets in the Women's Elliot 6M class
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Big upsets defined the second day of the quarterfinals of the Women's Match Racing event today at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK. Eight teams entered the quarterfinals, but only four teams are continuing on to the semi-finals. The winners of these next races will advance to Saturday's medal race.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Elliott 6M (WMR) - Semi Final teams decided
ISAF,
London Olympics 2012 - Eight was narrowed to four today as the Australian, Finnish, Russian and Spanish Women's Match Racing teams progressed on to the Semi Finals. Whilst they celebrate, it's heartache and commiserations for the other four teams who bow out.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Women's match racers knocked out
Dana Paxton,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there was a surprise ending to the Women's Match Racing competition when Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi were eliminated from competition by Finland in the quarter-final round.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Outteridge and Jensen snag 49er gold
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Australia's 49er crew of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen claimed the country's second sailing gold of the 2012 Games. Outteridge and Jensen led the regatta from start to finish, taking an unassailable lead into the medal race. The pair was able to enjoy the medal race, crossing the line fourth to end their campaign on top.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 12
Craig Heydon,
Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are set to go head-to-head with Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell on Thursday in a fight for the 470 men's gold medal. Belcher and Page will take a four point lead over the British into the decider after winning the final two fleet, and as long as the Australians finish within one place of the hometown crew the gold will be theirs.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Aussie 49ers win gold - Images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - 49er gold medal winners Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen of Australia. Images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 11
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day 11, 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—Women's 470 class medals partially determined
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Things got serious today in the Women's 470 class today at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK, as the fleet completed its last non-medal race of this Olympiad. For the women who emerged from the salty spray of today's battle in the top-ten, overall, the door to entry for Friday's medal race has now opened, although Gold and Silver are all but determined... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics 49ers – Aussies and Kiwis confirm domination
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World.com,
With Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen having won Olympic Gold in the 49er class and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke Silver, conditional upon both teams starting in the medal race and making an effort to sail the course the pressure was completely off for the ANZAC teams today.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—49er fury at Weymouth
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Few Olympic classes have the ability to grab a viewer by the lapels and shake their imagination quite like the turbo-charged 49er. This high-performance skiff attracts sailors with lightning-fast reaction times and the ability to deal with closing speeds that are typically reserved for motor sports. And while today's medal race is a dash for Bronze, expect to see some great skiff racing.... [more]
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