Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 728x90

London Olympics 2012— Marina Alabau Neira wins Gold in the Women’s RSX

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 7 Aug 2012
Tuuli Petaja (FIN) competing in the London Olympics 2012. Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
A gathering breeze and mounting excitement 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. As expected, Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira captured Gold, while Finland’s Tuuli Petaja earned Silver and Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka nabbed Bronze.

Interestingly, Neira didn’t claim the lead in the medal race until the final mark rounding, nipping line honors from Olha Maslivets (UKR) who had dominated the medal race up until that point. Both Petaja and Noceti-Klepacka sailed fast, consistent races to cement their podium positions during this afternoon’s medal ceremony.

Ultimately, Neira managed to cross the finishing line 27 seconds ahead of her Ukrainian rival, demonstrating once and for all why she deserved to receive the last Olympic Gold medal that the RS:X class is likely to ever be granted (pending a lawsuit against ISAF, but that’s a different matter all told) by the International Olympic Committee.

Isreal’s Lee-El Korsiz scorched into today’s medal race as a strong contender for either a Silver or Bronze medal, but—ultimately—this wasn’t to be as as an uncharacteristic ninth-place finish (out of ten) dropped her out of contention. As a result of this, Korsiz finished in sixth place, overall.


Today’s race, which was sailed on the spectator-friendly Nothe course, provided fans with an opportunity to cheer on their favorite windsurfers. Once the racing had concluded, the medalist finishers sailed a quick victory lap past Nothe hill, savoring their moment in the limelight and proudly representing their home countries.

Still, the matter of legacy must have weighed heavily on many minds (especially the non-medalists), given the classes’ ousting for the 2016 Games, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro. While some RS:X sailors will make the transition to kiteboarding, others feel that it’s too dangerous for the Olympic Games. Also, concerns have been raised about the associated costs of the new equipment; the lack of properly developed youth and feeder programs, and about kiteboarding’s nascent nature.

Nevertheless, there’s little doubt that the RS:X sailors are in the best position to medal in 2016, given their vast amount of experience competing on international and Olympic levels.

Please stay tuned for more news from this class, including quotes from the medal winners and plenty of racecourse images from today’s Woman’s RS:X medal race.

RS Sailing 660x82Zhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Insun - AC Program

Related Articles

America's Cup - Dalton opens up on boat and options for next Cup
The Protocol for the 36th America's Cup will take place in Auckland on the morning of the 29th September Italian media are reporting that the announcement of the Protocol for the 36th America's Cup will take place in Auckland on the morning of the 29th September. Dalton confirmed the details of the yacht will be revealed two months later on November 30, but would not say if it will be a foiling monohull as speculated in the media.
Posted on 18 Sep
An interview with Rainer Muller about the International 6 Metre Worlds
I interviewed Rainer Muller, vice chair of the International 6 Metre Class Worlds, via email, to learn more. The 2017 International 6 Metre Class World Championships are set to unfurl off of Vancouver, Canada, from September 17-21 and will be hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, so I caught up with event vice-chair Rainer Muller, via email, to learn more about this exciting biennial regatta that’s expected to draw 45-50 boats from eleven different nations.
Posted on 18 Sep
An interview with Katie Coleman Nicoll about the 2017 J/24 Worlds
I interviewed Katie Coleman Nicoll of the 2017 J/24 World’s organizing committee to learn more about this great event. This year’s J/24 Worlds will unfurl from September 15-23, 2017 on the waters of Canada’s Lake Ontario and will be hosted by the Port Credit Yacht Club on the lake’s northwestern shores. I interviewed Katie Coleman Nicoll, secretary/treasurer of the Canadian J/24 class and a member of the 2017 J/24 World Championship’s organizing committee, via email, to learn more about this exciting event.
Posted on 11 Sep
Pulling G’s with Beneteau – Pt II
Just a little while ago we pulled some Gs with Beneteau’s Mr Product, aka G3. Just a little while ago we pulled some Gs with Beneteau’s Mr Product, aka G3. You can go back and read Part One of the story of Gianguido Girotti, as and when you may like. However, for now we’ll push on with the incredible semi-foiler Figaro 3, and the new Oceanis 51.1, along with what they represent for the brand as a whole. It is a very interesting tale, especially as Beneteau...
Posted on 31 Aug
A conversation with Jay Keeshan about the SYC's 2017 Vineyard Race
I caught up with Jay Keeshan, vice chair for the 2017 Vineyard Race, via email, to learn more about this classic race. This year’s Vineyard Race is set to unfurl on Friday, September 1, and will likely take most boats between one and three days to complete, conditions and vessels depending, of course. I caught up with Jay Keeshan, vice chairman for the 2017 Vineyard Race, via email, to learn more about this classic New England distance contest.
Posted on 28 Aug
JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt II)
When we left SuperFoiler last time, the JATO rockets had been lit, and we were rapidly approaching the time for rotation When we left SuperFoiler last time, the JATO rockets had been lit, and we were rapidly approaching the time for rotation (lift off). You can catch up with Part One of SuperFoiler and the JATO rockets, but for now we get to talk speed, the crew on board, and finally the commercialisation of it all. Buckle up!
Posted on 28 Aug
Pulling G’s with Beneteau – Pt I
In a car, just the one G will have you straining at your seatbelt. In a car, just the one G will have you straining at your seatbelt. Over nine (+ve) in an aircraft, and without a G-suit, you will be unconscious. So at three G’s, and pulling no punches with them either, we not only enjoyed our opportunity to sit with Gianguido Girotti (G3), we got to learn a lot as well!
Posted on 23 Aug
JATO ignited as SuperFoiler prepares for take off (Pt I)
When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo When small military transports have to take off from impossibly short runways with a belly full of cargo akin to Mr. Creosote, they reach for the JATO bottles. Aircraft like C-7 Caribous and LC130 Hercules strap rockets, yes rockets, to the underside of their wings to gain valuable extra thrust, which surely helps keep the pilots' heart rates below the red line.
Posted on 22 Aug
An interview with Marianne Davis about the CORK International Regatta
I interviewed Marianne Davis, co-chair of the CORK International Regatta, to learn about the regatta’s state of affairs. While the various CORK regattas' registration lists include international sailors, these events are some of the gemstones in Sail Canada’s yearly championship calendar, making them of extra importance to Canadian sailors. I recently caught up with Marianne Davis, co-chair of the 2017 event, via email, to learn more about the CORK International Regatta’s evolution and its current state of affairs.
Posted on 7 Aug
Ian Walker - Musto Ambassador on the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup
Ian Walker on his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup We speak to Musto ambassador Ian Walker about his Volvo Ocean Race win, why food and clothing are so important offshore, his views on the America's Cup, his new desk job, sailing for fun, and 20 years of the John Merricks Sailing Trust.
Posted on 23 Jul