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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics News - Day 12



Well it had to happen - we lost a day's racing due to lack of wind.

One of the remarkable aspects of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, has been the weather window in which the event has been conducted.

Jokes about the English weather are almost as prolific as cracks about the Irish. While the quips about the Irish have continued unabated, few are making snide comments about the wind in Weymouth.

It has been exceptional.

470 Men Day 9 2012 Olympic Regatta, Weymouth  Richard Gladwell

Until today, when it was hoped to get delayed racing underway in the Men 470 Final and continue the Womens Match Racing.

But it was not to be, and despite an attempt to at least contemplate a start in the Womens Match Racing, it was not to be.

The decision to not race today was made around 3.00pm. All racing will be held over until tomorrow, Friday, when both the Mens and Womens Finals in the 470 will be sailed. The Match Racing will continue as Match Racing does. That event is not scheduled to finish until Saturday.

We have a detailed update on the weather in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, courtesy of Predictwind

Suffice to say there will be a change in the wind tomorrow, mainly in direction.

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 11 Women's Match Racing  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

Saturday promises an increase in strength - and it will be interesting to see if racing is able to be concluded, otherwise it will continue until Sunday.

With the media largely sitting around waiting for the racing to start, the major point of interesty has been the spoof commentary on a Laser Radial race, over real footage by an Irish commentator. It has reportedly been taken down several times, however we have the link in a story in this edition - for as long as it lasts.

The other point of discussion has been the performance of the US team and what is to be done.

It is too early at this stage to conduct a proper analysis, but aside from the Hosts, Great Britain, USA was the only country to send a full team, and they have gone home medal-less.

After the penalty turn, J-P Postma dropped back to 5th place overall in the Finn class Medal Race, 2012 Olympic Regatta. Third placegetter in the race, Rafael Trujillo (ESP) is just out of the picture to the right  Richard Gladwell

Most major sailing countries have been through this catharsis, and emerged stronger for it after some serious soul-searching. We don't envy the US team in what they are about to go through. The surgery needs to be dramatic. From what we have heard, they don't seem to get it. They need to nail it.

In this edition of Sail-World, we have Bob Fisher's take on the issues of the day.

There is also a feature on the Finn Medal Race - not about how the Gold was won, but how the Bronze was won, or lost - depending on your perspective.

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 11 Medal Race - 49er  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

There are also a couple of image galleries from the best day we have had on the water - last Monday when the seas were big, the wind fresh and the sun bright - and the 470 Men came out to sail two races. Magic stuff.

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.

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 11 Medal Race - 49er  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

We'll all be back in action tomorrow – stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

August 5, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Ainslie salutes the crowd after winning the Gold Medal in the Finn class  Richard Gladwell




London Olympics 2012 - Thursday at Weymouth
Bob Fisher,
Race officials all over Britain have been envious of the fortune bestowed on those running the races at the Olympic Games. Solid breeze every day and only a couple of course changes necessitated during ten days of high-level racing. Those who know Weymouth well, even the locals, have been staggered at this consistency, or they were until today.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Lack of wind halts competition
Dana Paxton,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, a lack of wind at the sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland led to all racing being abandoned for the day. Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, who were eliminated from Women's Match Racing Quarter-Final round on Aug. 8 by Finland, were scheduled to compete against The Netherlands for places fifth and sixth.... [more]
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London Olympics: Change in the wind for last two days
Richard Gladwell,
Predictwind is forecasting moderate southwesterly winds for the first day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta on Weymouth Bay. The first classes to race will be the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) and Two man Keelboat (Star) along with the Womens Match Racing (Elliott 6mtr). Breezes are predicted to be blowing along the southern coast of England, in the 11-13kt average strength range... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Brits ready for 470 Medal Race battles + Video
Matt Carter,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there could be a golden double for Britain's sailors tomorrow after the first attempt to run the Men's 470 medal race was hindered by a lack of breeze at Weymouth and Portland today on Thursday 9th August.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 13
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, a lack of wind resulted in the postponement of the 470 men's medal race with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page now set to race for gold on Friday. Also in action will be Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell who head into the 470 women's medal race sixth overall and with a glimmer of hope of bringing home a bronze medal.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Belcher and Page on hold in Weymouth
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, a lack of breeze in Weymouth has pushed back Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page's shot at London 2012 gold until Friday. The 470 men's medal race was scheduled for 1pm on Thursday but light conditions kept the fleet in the boat park until racing was eventually cancelled at 4.30pm.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 12
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day 12, 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: Racing cancelled due to lack of wind
Richard Gladwell,
All racing was cancelled today, Thursday, in the 2012 Olympic Regatta at Weymouth. Around 1000hrs local time, the decision was taken to postpone racing with the possibility that it could get underway later in the day.... [more]
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London Olympics: More images from Weymouth Bay - 470's in big seas
Richard Gladwell,
Today was supposed to be the finals of the Mens Two Handed (470) event, but instead the wind didn't play ball and after six hours of sitting around racing was cancelled for the day. Here is a second gallery of images from the best day's sailing (not that there has been a bad day, yet.)... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - On the Bay in the big breeze
Richard Gladwell,
Today was supposed to be the finals of the Mens Two Handed (470) event, but instead the wind didn't play ball and after six hours of sitting around racing was cancelled for the day. We take you to the 470 Mens course on Weymouth Bay, where the winds were fresh, the waves were big and the sun was out.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 girls ‘rise to the occasion'
Matt Carter,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition 470 Women's Medal Race is to be held on Friday 10th August. Double Olympic silver medallist Joe Glanfield, coach to 470 Women sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, believes the girls have really 'risen to the occasion' as they prepare to go for London 2012 gold at Weymouth and Portland tomorrow.... [more]
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The funniest sailing video ever!!
Sail-World.com Team,
A piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent. This is the must watch!!... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Australia looks to 2016 and beyond
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde heads up a very focused sailing program Mid-way through the 2012 Olympic regatta Australia have secured two gold medals and with at least a silver and with prospects of better yet to come.... [more]
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London Olympics: That Finn Race - How the Bronze was Lost and Won
Richard Gladwell,
The Medal Race for the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) was probably the most watched race in Olympic sailing history. A crowd estimated at over 30,000 were gathered on the Nothe, a natural horse-shoe shaped amphitheatre, just outside the seawall at Weymouth.... [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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