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London Olympics 2012 - 470 Mens showdown *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team, 3:16 AM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Australia's 470 World Champions Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page and Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have cleared away from the rest of the London Olympic 2012 Men’s 470 fleet. ...
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London Olympics 2012 Laser Radial – in the mixed zone *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jeraldine Murphy, 9:17 PM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there was an impressive display from the Laser Radial sailor of the 2012 season, China’s Lijia Xu, who snagged the Gold Medal by winning the medal race. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist had a great season with three World Cup wins and now Olympic Gold. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing's last hurrah *Feature By Bob Fisher, 7:40 PM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
As the medal race of the Women's RS:X windsurfer was played out, the thoughts of many must have been with the competing women for whom this was a last hurrah in the five-ring circus. Those five competitors were probably cursing the idiocy of the ISAF Council that robbed them of the highest level participation for their sport. ...
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London Olympics 2012— Marina Alabau Neira wins Gold in the Women’s RSX *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:37 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
A gathering breeze greeted the Women’s RS:X fleet, who had the historic honor of being the last class of windsurfers to compete in the Olympics, now that kiteboarding has been voted to replace the 'planks' (lighthearted speak referring to windsurfers) for the 2016 Games. Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira captured Gold, Finland’s Tuuli Petaja took Silver and Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka nabbed Bronze. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Van Rijsselberge (NED) wins Gold in the Men’s RSX *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:32 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
The water was flat but the action was hot on the Nothe course today as the Men’s RS:X class put on their final Olympic performance. As earlier reported, Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) had already secured Gold prior to today’s medal race. Team Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey racked up an impressive Silver, while Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski rouded-out the podium with a well-earned Bronze. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing’s final Olympic performance *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:16 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
For fans of Olympic windsurfing, today is the last dance. Come the Summer Olympics 2016, kiteborders will replace the 'planks' as the go-fast, pyrotechnic class, making today the final chance for windsurfers to earn their coveted medals. Here at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, these final hours have added an extra sense of urgency to the day’s racing. ...
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Tom Slingsby – Gold at Last - What he said *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 6:37 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
Dockside yesterday before the medal ceremony the 27 year old Australian, five times Laser World Champion and now Olympic Gold medallist, talked about his success. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - A tale of two Medal races *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 8:47 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
When the medal race was introduced at the Olympic Sailing Competition, the hope was that it would bring heart-stopping action for spectators. Yesterday it delivered plenty, with the Star and Finn. And today, we saw a couple more classic medal race stories play out in the two Laser classes. There was the all-but unassailable lead that dissolves into a match race at the back of the fleet. ...
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Mauri Pro Sailing Point and Click - Part II *Feature By John Curnow, 6:09 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
In Part One of Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing, we saw how sailors all over the globe are turning to Juan Mauri and his team to assist them with anything and everything from a new furler to deck shoes. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Monday is washing day! *Feature By Bob Fisher, 4:57 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 - Little was left to doubt in the Laser Radials before the medal race even started - there were only four women, all within a point, and well clear of the fleet, who could win the medals, effectively making the finishing order of the top three the medal winners. ...
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London Olympics 2012— Slingsby captures a gold in the Laser class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:53 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
Tom Slingsby (AUS) crossed the finishing line one position ahead of his only Gold-medal rival, Pavlos Kontides (CYP), to take home Gold. For Kontides, the disappointment of missing Gold was quickly usurped by the realization that he had won a proud Silver medal—the first Olympic medal that Cyprus has ever won in any Olympiad. Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) rounded out the podium with a Bronze. ...
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London Olympics 2012— China’s Lijia Xu wins gold in Laser Radial *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:48 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
In an unbelievable tour de force, China’s Lijia Xu won Gold in the ultra-competitive Laser Radial class, commanding a decisive lead since the first uphill leg. The Netherlands’ Marit Bouwmeester finished in second place overall to claim a Silver medal, while Belgium’s Evi Van Acker rounded-out the top three steps of the podium. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Laser guns blasting today at Weymouth *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:30 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
The anticipation is ratcheting up today at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, where the Laser and Laser Radial classes are contesting their medal races on the Nothe course today, starting at 1300 hours, local time. Thankfully for the competing sailors, a brilliant azure sky and a nice breeze will characterize their medal racing. ...
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New Record fleet for Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012 *Feature By Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media, 7:56 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
Since entries opened in April with a flood of applications, it has been clear that there would be a big fleet for Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012. ...
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London Olympics 2012 – The Finn Medal race: Here is what they said *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 9:59 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
The most watched race of Olympic sailing history was sailed on the Nothe course in today’s Finn race. Bob Fisher and Mark Chisnell have commented on the race ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie, who else? *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:02 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
It's been a very long week for Ben Ainslie at the London Olympic Sailing Competition, his challenge to take Paul Elvstrom's title as the greatest ever Olympic sailor has been a nail-biting, frustration-filled epic. It will be the story of these Games and it ended today in about as tense a fashion as was possible. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - When seconds count *Feature By Bob Fisher, 6:35 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, however one looked at it, for the first 28 minutes the defending Olympic champions of the Star class were achieving their aim. With Freddie Loof and Max Salminem disputing the lead of the medal race with the Kiwi crew, the sixth place in which the British pair rounded the last mark was good enough for gold. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Star class drama *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 6:29 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
The London 2012 Olympics Star Medal race sailed on Weymouth’s Nothe course. Was it a fair race? ...
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London Olympics 2012—Ainslie wins historic fourth Olympic gold *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:28 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
History was made today on the Nothe course in the Finn class as Team Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie claimed his fourth Gold medal, usurping Paul Elvstrom—the Great Dane—to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. In addition to Ainslie’s four Golds, he also has a Silver (Atlanta, 1996 in the Laser class), bringing his total portfolio up to a staggering five Olympic medals. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Stars fade but gold shines on *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 12:57 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
Olympic and sailing history was made today on the waters off of Weymouth, UK on the Nothe racecourse as the Star class contested their last Olympic race. Sweden’s Frederik Loof and Max Salminen claimed Gold, sailing an impeccable, tactically brilliant race. Great Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took Silver while the Brazilian team of Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada will take home Bronze. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Medal fever sets in *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:35 AM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
Sunny skies and an air of urgency hang over the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, where the first two medal races of the London Olympics 2012 are taking place today. First up are the Stars, followed by the hotly contested Finn class. Both races will take place on the spectator-friendly Nothe course, where shore-based sailing fans can cheer-on their favorite athletes. ...
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London 2012 Olympics 470 Champions: Look out – their mojo is back *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 9:10 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 -Women's RSX approaches its ultimate reality *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 9:05 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics: Fisher's View: Saturday - a day of contemplation *Feature By Bob Fisher, 9:01 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
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; ...
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London Olympics 2012 - The Dominant, The Dream and The Desperate *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 8:24 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
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! ...
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