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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics News - Day 13

Malcolm Page does a back flip off the Australian Mens 470 celebrating their Gold Medal win - the Silver Medalist (GBR) are yet to finish  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 13

After yesterday's cancellation of racing due to insufficient breeze, today was a double-final in the Mens and Womens Two Handed Event, sailed in the 470 class.

Despite being close or tied on the points, going into today's racing, it proved to be an Anzac benefit, with both Australian and New Zealand crews winning the Gold Medals. The British - once the powerhouse of Olympic sailing - finished second in both.

That last comment is probably the feature of this regatta - being the rise of Australia, who will leave the regatta as the most successful nation - winning three Gold medals and a Silver, despite of entering only eight of the ten events.

470 Women's New Zealand, Aleh and Powrie - Gold Medal winners in the Womens 470  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

There is a distinct possibility of the Australians winning another Gold medal tomorrow, Saturday, in the last event of the regatta, the Womens Match Racing or Elliott 6's as they call them here in Weymouth Media Centre.

Regardless of the outcome tomorrow of the Elliotts, Australia will come away with a record of three Gold medals and two Silvers. That is a hell of a strike rate on just eight events (62.5% for the train-spotters).

Yachting has easily become Australia's most successful Olympic sport and should reap a substantial funding boost as a result.

Olivia Powrie is all smiles as she, and Jo Aleh cross the finish line to win the Gold Medal in the Womens 470 class  Richard Gladwell

New Zealand too, has come away from this regatta with their tails up, with a win in the Womens Two Hander (470) today, to sit alongside their Silver Medal in the Mens Skiff (49er) two days ago.

That is seven medals for the Antipodes out of the 30 on offer (23.3% for the train-spotters).

While the nightie ripping looks set to start in the US camp - and other countries which feel they have underperformed - remember that both the Down Under Darlings from this regatta came away from the 2004 Athens Olympics empty handed. That was despite the Australians having three current world champions in their team.

Silver Medalists Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) salute the crowd after the Mens 470 Medal Race  Richard Gladwell

The point being that the soul-searching (a much more productive exercise than having a witch-hunt), does often reveal the short comings in a country's approach – which can be rectified within two Olympic cycles.

Today was historic on both sides of the Tasman.

Victor Kovalenko checks out his 470 Mens crew just before the start of the Medal Race, which won his sixth Olympic Gold Medal - Weymouth, England -  Richard Gladwell

While much was made of Ben Ainslie's four Gold medal wins earlier in the week, but today's achievement of coach Victor Kovalenko (Australia) in winning six Olympic Gold medals passed relatively un-noticed. Kovalenko's specialty is the 470 class and he has coached sailors to wins for his native Ukraine and adopted Australia.

This Olympic regatta has been the first since 1992 when the New Zealanders have won an Olympic sailing medal in classes other than windsurfers.

Today was the first time that New Zealand has won a Gold medal in a two handed monohull since 1964, and is only the third Gold medal that the Kiwis have won in crewed monohull dinghies.

Mathew Belcher and Malcom Page celebrating their Gold Medal win in the Mens 470 - with coach Victor Kovalenko - his sixth Olympic Gold as a coach  Richard Gladwell

Tomorrow the 2012 Sailing Olympics conclude with the Finals of the Elliott 6's off the Nothe Stadium course.

If the promised weather eventuates, there will be action aplenty, we'll be reporting again tomorrow night.

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.

Saskia Clarke and Hannah Mills (GBR) celebrate their Silver medal win with hand-held flares on the Nothe Stadium course  Richard Gladwell

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

Tears of joy from Lisa Westerhof (NED) on winning the Bronze Medal in the Womens 470 class   Richard Gladwell




London Olympics 2012 - Medal day for the 470s
Bob Fisher,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition: Was there any doubt that Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell would attack the Australian pairing of Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page? It was an all-too-obviously pre-planned strategy by the British crew, one that had the influence of Ben Ainslie stamped all over it.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Australians backflip for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
Gold medal winners in the Mens Two Hander (470), Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page performed some spectacular gymnastics soon after the crossed the finish line in after winning Gold medal. As always, Sail-World's camera was there to catch the action... [more]
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London Olympics: Images from the NZ Womens 470 return
Richard Gladwell,
The New Zealand crew of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were given a rapturous welcome on their return to the Olympic Marina at Weymouth this afternoon. It was New Zealand's first Olymnpoic win in a two handed monohull for 47 years. Sail-World's camera was there to catch the scenes, and also from the finish line and parade... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Intense role for Peter Shrubb
Colin Thompson, The Royal Gazette,
So far at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Women's match racing (Elliott 6M) has been exciting and intense in Weymouth and Portland and Bermudian sailing umpire/judge Peter Shrubb has had the luxury of observing all of the drama as it unfolded on the race course up close and personal.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images from Weymouth - The Womens 470 Medal Ceremony
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand won its first Gold Medal in two-handed monohulls since 1964, when Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won the Women's Two Handed (470) event. Here are images from the Medal Presentation ceremony... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak
Rob Kothe and Jed Kennedy,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Malcolm Page, the Beijing and now London 2012 Olympic winner and Mat Belcher, the 2012 Gold Medal skipper, were in an expansive mood when they came ashore. Malcolm was first to talk.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 14
Craig Heydon,
At the London Olympics, Australia's Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty will race for gold in the Women's Match Racing competition on the final day of sailing in Weymouth. The Australians qualified for the final following a tense two wins to one semifinal victory over Finland. The trio, all first time Olympians, will race against Spain with the best of five races final to begin at 12pm.... [more]
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London Olympics: New Zealand wins historic Gold Medal in Womens 470
Richard Gladwell,
The New Zealand crew of Jo Aleh and Olivia ('Polly') Powrie won the Gold Medal for the Womens Two Hander (470) ar the 2012 Olympic Regatta this afternoon. Starting the Medal race tied on points with the British crew of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Aleh and Powrie took off on port tack after the start and were never headed.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Clark and Lihan finish regatta
Dana Paxton,
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished the Women's Two Person Dinghy medal race in 10th position, which gave them an overall finish of ninth place in the London 2012 Olympic Games regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 gold for Belcher and Page
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Australian sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have won gold in the 470 men's class. The win was a historic one for Australia, with Malcolm Page becoming the first Australian sailor to win two gold medals, defending his Beijing 2008 win.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Match Racing for Gold
Mark Chisnell,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, match racing started early on the Nothe Course today - scheduled for 14:30 when the Elliotts were due to take to the water, it actually began at 12:00 with the 470 Men's medal race, and carried right on through the 470 Women's decider.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Medal haul complete for British sailors
Emma Slater,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Britain's sailors ended on a high with two more silver medals on Friday 10th August as the nation picked up a five medal haul for the fourth consecutive Olympics. Olympic debutants, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, ran the Australian triple World Champions, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, close for 470 Men's gold in the first medal race of the day.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Men's 470 Medal Race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Men's 470 Medal Race images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Women's 470 Medal Race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Women's 470 Medal Race images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 13
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day 13, 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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Australian 49er equipment slurs refuted
Australian Sailing Team & Yachting NZ,
The Australian 49er team have been the target of accusations regarding their equipment. The response to these comments is below. No further comment will be made by the teams, their coaches, or any other support staff of the Australian Sailing Team or Yachting New Zealand.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 – Silver for GBR's Mills and Clark
Emma Slater,
London Olympics 2012 Sailing Competition - Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have won Olympic 470 Women's silver at Weymouth and Portland today (Friday 10 August) – Great Britain's fifth sailing medal of London 2012. The medal is an Olympic first for the pair with Mills making her Olympic debut at these Games and Clark having finished sixth at Beijing 2008.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 – Silver for GBR's Patience and Bithell
Emma Slater,
London Olympics 2012 Sailing Competition - Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have won Olympic 470 Men's silver at Weymouth and Portland today, Friday 10th August, Great Britain's fourth sailing medal. The medal is Olympics debut silverware for Rhu's Patience and Bithell from Rochdale.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Aleh and Price win Gold in the Women's 470 clas
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
While the wind gods came close to shutting down the medal-race party in the Women's 470 class today, some smart fore-thinking on the part of the RC enabled the ladies to get in a proper contest, thus determining the class' podium positions. As was previously reported, the battle for Gold and Silver was a predetermined tussle between New Zealand and Team Great Britain, while Bronze was up for grabs... [more]
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London Olympics 201 - Belcher and Page win Gold in the Men's 470 class
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Light-air racing tests racers in unique ways as crucial fractions of a knot are earned and lost with micro adjustments in body position, sail trim and tactics. For the Gold-medal winning Australian Men's 470 team of Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page, however, today was their opportunity to prove to the world that they are equally quick in the sticky, light stuff as they are in a proper Aussi... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Overview of the day's racing
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Today should be an interesting day of racing on the Nothe course (and possibly on the Portland Harbor course, as well) today, just off of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK. Two medal races and the Women's Match Racing semifinals are all expected to unfurl today, provided that the wind gods cooperate and deliver the goods.... [more]
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London Olympics Women's Match Race Semi's live at Royal Prince Alfred
Damian Devine,
London Olympics 2012 - The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club member Nina Curtis is competing in the Women's Match Racing with Olivia Price and Lucinda Whitty, as part of the Australian sailing team in Weymouth. Tonight they race in the semi finals against Finland to decide what colour medal they will race for tomorrow evening. The RPAYC will be televising the medal races for members and guests live... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - 470 Medal Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - 470 Men's and Women's Medal Race images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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The funniest sailing video ever!!
Sail-World.com Team,
I know this is a cruising site and the Olympics are all about racing, but that doesn't mean that the racers have exclusive rights to a sense of humour as well. Do watch this piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary which has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Perfidious Albion up close
Mark Chisnell,
The Nothe Course (aka Perfidious Albion) is the... ahem, difficult venue for the Olympic Medal Races, today I got to see it up close for the first time. The idea was to live blog the 470 Men's medal race from there, to add some live colour and atmosphere to the normal data-fed information. Unfortunately, this was the first day of the Olympics where the breeze failed to show and there was no racing... [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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