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The Road to Weymouth continues

Clarke and Bjorn - Canada's best hopes in Weymouth  Steve Mitchell
Just days out from the start of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing Regatta, Sail-World.com continues its Weymouth newsletter series.

There are challenges and opportunities for 2012 Canadian Olympic Sailing Team


Star sailors Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn, have proven they are strong contenders in a very competitive class, they were seventh at the recent Star Worlds, could have been on the podium, have just finished a solid three week stint in Weymouth with their training partners, the British top guns Percy and Simpson. With a good start this team could be amongst the medals.

Nikola Girke, RS: X W is considered a podium prospect, by some of the windsurfing gurus. If the regatta goes her way. In a fun diversion, she's just been chosen as number 4 in the top 10 London 2012 athletes Olympic athletes Facebook timeline cover photos.

David Wright, Canadian Laser sailor could be peaking at the right time with a sixth that the final test event in Weymouth, Sail for Gold 2012 but Danielle Dube, Canadian Laser Radial sailor will need to lift in this company.

Zac Plavsic was 12th at 2011 World Championships in Perth and could easily be a medal race contender.

Luke Ramsay and Mike Leigh 470 Mens, this new pairing is getting better and better and with Leigh's excellent showing in the Beijing 2008 Olympics that experience should help in Weymouth

Gordon Cook and Hunter Lowden 49er have had some good flashes with a fourth at Miami OCR - in a tough class and they will need to sail hard to make the medal round cut.

Overall expectations are not high for the Canadian team, however that is not the same for host country.

Since the spectator friendly Perth 2011 ISAF World Championship, the pressure has been rising on the British sailing team, who should dominate in Weymouth, with the best funding, great team depth and a home town advantage.

However it is interesting that there is not a single British world ranking leader on the nine Olympic classes, across the 2012 World Cup season, if anything reflecting that the winners of the last three Olympic regattas (Sydney, Athens and Beijing) have had some up and down results and seem to be focused more on sailing in Weymouth rather than on the world circuit.

At the Sail for Gold Regatta, looking at the results of the selected 2012 Olympians only, Team GB would have won Gold in Finns and Laser Radial and silver in 470 Men's and Lasers, bronze in 49ers, 470 Women's, RS:X Women's and Star. They also won two of the three Paralympic Gold medals.

The biggest British Olympic story will no doubt be if ‘Big Ben' Ainslie does not win his fourth Olympic Gold Medal.

Ben Ainslie (Finn)  Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Early season preparation for Britain's most successful Olympic sailor was not as expected. The Rule 69 cost him the 2011 Finn World Championship, the veteran's persistent back injury has been an issue all year. He did win the Finn 2012 World title, his sixth, but a capsize in the medal race in the Sail for Gold regatta meant he finished second behind fellow Briton Giles Scott.

‘It's a bit embarrassing going for a swim,' said Ainslie, ‘But sometimes these things happen. Thankfully it wasn't the Olympic Games. I made a mistake, we're all human.'

The USA's Zach Railey and the ‘Postman', Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) will be amongst the large group of Finn sailors happy to hear that admission.

Perhaps the pressure is already telling on another British sailor Paul Goodison, GBR's Laser medal hope, the 2008 Laser Gold Medallist who has not beaten his nemesis, Australia's Tom Slingsby in a regatta all year.

When Slingsby dominated the 2011 World titles in Perth, Goodison was fifth. When he won the 2012 Laser Worlds in Boltenhagen in Germany recently, Goodison struggled to a 20th place.

Paul Goodison - Laser   Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

In a move no doubt designed to put pressure on his rival, after winning bronze behind Slingsby, at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, Goodison told the British tabloids that he'd been ‘done over' by Slingsby and fellow Australian Tom Burton in the Medal Race. His version was that the Australians had team sailed to beat him.

In the Laser Radial class, Alison Young (GBR) was the surprise winner at Weymouth. Looking at form across the last year, China's Lijia Xu, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist, should start favourite in Weymouth. But it's been a curious preparation for Xu who has spent comparatively little time in Weymouth, and this might bring her undone. Come August one expects Alison Young, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Sari Multala (FIN) will also be in the mix.

Alison Young, Laser Radial.

The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, 3rd-9th June 2012.??Skandia Team GBR image.??For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. ??© Copyright Skandia Team GBR. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.skandiateamgbr.com/fotoweb/conditions.fwx???  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

While Britain's Lucy McGregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor are the second ranked team on the Women's Match Racing circuit, this event is wide open. A few months ago the USA camp had ‘gold medal' plastered across Anna Tunnicliffe prospects. The 2011 World Champion, Tunnicliffe (USA) has held the top spot in the Women's Match Racing Rankings since September 2011.

The American defeated Lucy Macgregor (GBR) 4-0 in the final in Perth, Australia and has since gone on to notch up three regatta victories. She finished with a bronze at Sail for Gold behind Australia's Olivia Price and French star Claire Leroy. In the Women's World Match Racing finals Tunnicliffe was beaten 0-3 by Silja Lehtinen (FIN). Macgregor finish seventh.

Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor, Women's Match Racing - Semaine Olympique Francaise 2012  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Interesting times ahead.


Sail-World.com Team



Sail for Gold – Skud 18 and Sonar World Cup Standings confirmed
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is currently underway in Wemouth and Portland. With Paralympic racing cancelled on the final two days the SKUD18 and Sonar World Cup Standings are confirmed.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - The Portland and Weymouth Military Base??
Sail-World,
This week one of the biggest stories in the UK has been the presence of surface to air missiles on London apartment blocks and the likely increase in the deployment of thousands of additional British soldiers to augment the Police and G4S security teams.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Sydney 2000
ISAF,
The aesthetics were picture-perfect for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Sailing Competition - with Sydney Harbour's imposing city skyline, the stunning Sydney Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. On the outlook, a wonderful venue but challenging conditions faced the sailors throughout the competition.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings announced
ISAF,
Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta 2011-12, was held in Germany at the Kieler Yacht Club. After the conclusion of the regatta in Kiel today the World Cup Standings have been decided. The Finn title was up for grabs in Kiel with Caleb Paine (USA) and Brendan Casey (AUS) fighting it out to claim the honours.... [more]
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Sail for Gold - Giles Scott emerges victorious
Robert Deaves,
In the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Giles Scott (GBR) has been a man on a mission all week and today was no different. After winning five out of the seven opening series races, he wrapped up his most dominant week ever with a medal race win to take the victory by a sizeable 30 points. Ben Ainslie (GBR) finished the week in second despite capsizing and finishing last in the medal race... [more]
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Sperry Top-Sider: The Thirty Second Decision
Greg Nicoll,
The 30 second decision was re-enforced by Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider. Sperry's sponsorship of the US Sailing Team 'is the milestone, a monumental event in the 75 year history of the Sperry Top-Sider brand' said Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Seoul 1988
ISAF,
Until the country was awarded the Olympic Games in 1981, sailing for pleasure really hadn't taken root in South Korea and the Korea Yachting Association existed in name only. The sailing competition would ultimately take place in Busan, South Korea's second city after the capital and host Seoul, and the country's major port.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta – Canadians off to rough start
Canadian Yachting Association,
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta is currently underway at the Weymouth and Portland National sailing academy in Dorset England. The Canadian fleet was off to a rough start this week. Today the Star, Men's 470, Men's and Women's RS:X, SKUD, Sonar, 49er 2.4mR and Finn classes were all on the course, in light winds and cool 10 degree air.... [more]
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2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sailors Announced Today
Canadian Yachting,
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to announce the following Olympic and Paralympic sailors who will be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee for inclusion on the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic team.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Los Angeles 1984
ISAF,
The Olympic Sailing Competition in 1984 was held in Los Angeles, USA. The Los Angeles and Long Beach combination that was seen in the 1932 Olympic Sailing Competition was used again at the 1984 Games as the USA hosted the Olympic Games for the third time.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie - Amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist
Aaron Child,
Three amazing days in the life of triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, as he takes his 10th World Championship title and is the first official torch bearer for the UK Olympic Torch Relay. Ben Ainslie has a lot of expectation sitting on him this summer. If he wins a fourth gold in Weymouth he could make history and become the World's most successful Olympic sailor since sailing was introduced... [more]
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Greg Douglas wins the Canadian Finn Olympic Trials!
Canadian Sailing Team,
It was full on today! Falmouth delivered a day that can only be described as extreme, when you see the best in the world chicken gybing at the reach mark, and catastrophic capsizes prevalent you know the conditions are TOUGH! But it was the 'TOUGH' men in the fleet that battled it out for supremacy.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition - Montreal 1976
ISAF,
Montreal 1976 Olympic Sailing Competition took place in the Canadian province of Ontario instead of Quebec, at Kingston, due to the terrorist murder of nine Israeli athletes at Munich which meant that the Montreal Games were held under the tightest security. In a bid to modernise Olympic sailing, two venerable keelboats were dropped, the Star and Dragon.... [more]
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Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby's fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition - Tokyo 1964
ISAF,
During the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, sailing was initially supposed to take place at Yokohama, but after it was deemed unsuitable, the events were held off the coast of Enoshima Island in Kanagawa Prefecture on the bay of Sagami.... [more]
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The Sailing Olympics and their roots - Melbourne 1956
ISAF,
The 1956 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Melbourne, Australia. The Olympic Games ventured out of Europe and the U.S.A. for the first time that year, and went south to Melbourne, Australia... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Challengers announced
Roland Gaebler,
ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Today ISAF has named the Multihulls who will compete at the evaluation trials in Santander, Spain during 17th to 25th March 2012.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Medal Day for Canada!
Canadian Yachting Association,
Congratulations to Laser sailor David Wright (RCYC) for his 2012 Olympic qualification today at Miami OCR! Wright's fourth place finish in the medal race was enough to clinch the Olympic spot and capture the bronze medal at this event! Wright came into the second phase of Olympic trials trailing by 3 points behind fellow team mate Chris Dold (RCYC).... [more]
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Canadians set for Miami Olympic Class Regatta!
Canadian Yachting Association,
Established in 1990 as the only ISAF Sailing World Cup event in the U.S. for Olympic and Paralympic classes, the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta kicks off tomorrow. Rolex Miami OCR is the second of seven ISAF World Cup regattas and features elite-level competition in the classes selected for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Great day for Canada
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - A great day on the water for Canada today!!! The Fremantle Doctor was back and Canada was firing on all cylinders.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Canada's news
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The wind was not quite a fickle today as it was yesterday. It was still off shore or a little side on shore coming from the South , South East at 8-12 knots with less wild variation in wind strength. Yesterday it was 4-15 kts and fluctuated through that full range often.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Fickle conditions for Canadians
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Another fluky day and no house calls by the Fremantle Doctor. Although warmer temperatures have returned, the cloud cover seemed to prevent the sea breeze from establishing itself. The RS:X fleet only finished one race for each fleet and the 49'ers only had two races per fleet rather than the three that were planned.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Plavsic wins RS:X race
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Big day for Canada on the RSX Course today. Zachary Plavsic finished first in race three today. This is the first time a Canadian has won a race in the RSX class at a World Championship. Way to go Zac!!! Zac's coach Kevin Stittle was very pleased for Zac. Stittle said ' Zac was in control. It was not just a lucky race. He really worked for it.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 10
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – It was the coldest day yet. The locals were all complaining and it was 25 degrees. I have to admit even the hardy Canadian's noticed it was not hot. I am sure this will sound funny back home but the difference between 25 and 35 is noticeably 'cool'.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Solid day for Clarke and Bjorn
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The only Canadian's sailing today were Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn in the Star fleet. They had a solid day with a 12th in the first race and a sixth in the second. Richard explained that 'it was a one sided races course in the first race - that was pretty obvious, but I was not going to try to win the pin in the first race of a World Championships'... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Day 3
John Curtis,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships third day of racing continued with fleet racing in the Laser Radial, Finn, RS:X and 470 classes. Today saw much better wind conditions. The Doctor arrived on schedule and delivered up to 20 knots of wind with short choppy sea conditions. A great day for dinghy sailing here today.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Canada's RS:X Champ Nikola Girke shares love and luck
Shauna McGee Kinney,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Canada's Nikola Girke and Women's RS:X sailor shares her love and luck as she prepares for Perth 2011. As of Friday the 18th of November the RS:X coaches and teams have been running a four day regatta - a Pre-Worlds event. Nikola Girke (CAN) is one of the competitors using this event to prepare for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn test the waters at Weymouth + Video
Elizabeth Kerr,
Gold Medalists, Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson invited Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn to a training camp at the Olympic venue in Weymouth for the past week. This is their fourth time sailing there.... [more]
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