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London 2012 Olympics - Winner takes all *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 5:36 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Ben Ainslie v Jonas Hogh-Christensen; Big Ben v The Great Dane in the title fight for the greatest Olympic sailor ever. It's a cliché packed delight, a smorgasbord of sporting archetypes. It's particularly tasty when you throw in the angle that a fourth gold medal for Ainslie will rip the title out of the hands of the original (and still the best) Great Dane, Paul Elvstrom. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Starlight but not bright on North America tonight *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:43 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today was a day of reckoning for Star sailors, with the top ten teams in this hyper-competitive class progressing to Sunday’s medal race. Sadly, today was also the day that some sailors flaked their sails for the last time of this Olympiad. Given the Star’s exclusion from the 2016 Games, this could well be the last day of serious Olympic competition that some of these athletes will experience. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Starlight but not on North America tonight *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:43 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today was a day of reckoning for Star sailors, with the top ten teams in this hyper-competitive class progressing to Sunday’s medal race. Sadly, today was also the day that some sailors flaked their sails for the last time of this Olympiad. Given the Star’s exclusion from the 2016 Games, this could well be the last day of serious Olympic competition that some of these athletes will experience. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Similar conditions, tougher competition *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:15 AM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today’s press briefing here at the Sailing Media Center at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, delivered news that sailors and spectators alike appreciated hearing, namely, an expected repeat performance of yesterday’s windy, lumpy racing conditions that tested sailor’s endurance levels almost as much as it pushed their on-the-water acumen. Perfect! ...
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 World Champions challenged *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 8:04 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Its all on *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:48 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - All on a Summer's Day *Feature By Bob Fisher, 4:52 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Price’s picket fence continues *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:24 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Shifty sailing conditions today *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth , 10:48 AM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
Forget about swimming, running or cycling-sailing is the sport to follow, especially as the various classes edge closer to their medal races. As with every successive day of this Olympiad, there’s plenty of racecourse action to follow here in Weymouth today, with conditions that can only be termed 'challenging'. ...
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London Olympics 2012 – Slingsby slogs - Goodo hangs on *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 3:46 AM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
The five times Laser World Champion Australia’s Tom Slingsby slipped back into second place, behind Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus after six races. ...
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London Olympics 2012: Slingsby slogs - Goodison lifts *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 9:42 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012: Mid Regatta Blues - digging in *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 9:09 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Go to the Nothe *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 5:03 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Price remains undefeated in the WMR event *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:08 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
For most sailors, teams are formed because personalities click - a synergy exists between personality types, skills, attitudes and ambitions. There’s hardly anything new about a team that forms in this organic manner. But when individual athletes are 'grafted' together in a selected, composite manner, however, things typically either go extremely well or extremely poorly. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Australians doing swimmingly *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 3:04 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 - The 49er World Champions and red hot Olympic 49er Gold Medal favourites Nathan Outteridge and Iain (Goobs) Jensen have opened up a nice lead after six races into the Olympic series. After racing today they provided a window into their regatta. Iain Jensen was first to comment. ‘Today was really good. We came away with a two and a one. We had good starts in both of them ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Day four unfurling *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:57 AM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
There’s plenty of great racing action to watch on Day Four of the sailing section of the 2012 Olympiad. Thankfully, the big front that was forecasted to rake across the different racing courses today appears to be a non-issue, although the skies are still smeared with clouds and a moderately low ceiling. ...
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London 2012 – Laser champion Tom Slingsby tracks towards Gold *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 8:21 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
Five times Laser World Champion, the 27 year old Australian Tom Slingsby, unbeaten in Weymouth in recent times has signalled clearly he intends to preserve that record in the 2012 Olympic regatta. ...
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London 2012—The state of play *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:54 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
On-the-water fortunes are being won and lost as the sound of starting signals ricochets off the rolling, bucolic hills of southern England. While plenty of sailors are quick to point out that there’s still plenty of playtime left on the clock during this Olympiad, some classes are starting to look more solidified than others. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Fast, furious and wet in the 49er class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:21 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - It’s all happening at the zoo *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:00 AM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
This morning’s press briefing summed it up perfectly: Today was the busiest day of racing during the entire 2012 Olympiad, with racing starting at 1200 hours, local time. No doubt, the various race committees had their hands more than full, as eight classes engaged in starting-line tangos on four different courses. ...
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London 2012 - Has the dog finally mastered its own tail? *Feature By Bob Fisher, 6:47 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
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. ...
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London 2012 Olympics - Channelling the Great Dane *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 6:25 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
London 2012 - I'm not going to bury the lead - the headlines are all going to be about the battle in the Finns. Day two of racing at the London 2012 Olympic regatta and despite the 49ers kicking into action with some fantastic racing on the Nothe spectator course, it's hard to take your eyes off Ben Ainslie and Jonas Hogh-Christensen. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Rockin’ and rollin’ Laser style *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 3:21 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Forty-nine Lasers answered their first official starting guns in the 2012 Olympics, racing on the Weymouth Bay South course. Conditions steadily built over the course of both races, topping out somewhere around 15 or 16 knots, testing sailor’s medium-air-and-small-wave skills. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - 49er fever intensifies *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:13 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Action was fast and furious on the 49er course as the double-trapeze rocketships tore around the Nothe course. According to sailors interviewed ex post facto in the 'mixed zone' (media and sailors), conditions were breezy and shifty, with a gathering breeze. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Day 2 preview *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:35 AM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
The Olympic sailing schedule and the weather gods conspired together to deliver a magnificent set of conditions for Day Two of racing in this Olympiad. ...
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