London Olympics 2012 - 49er fever intensifies

July 30, 2012 Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) after winning Heat 2 of the Mens Skiff (49er)
Action was fast and furious in the 49er class today as the double-trapeze rocketships tore around the Nothe course for their first official day of racing during this Olympiad. According to sailors interviewed ex post fact in the 'mixed zone' (read: media and sailors), conditions were shifty, with a gathering breeze.

Race One was dominated by the French team of Emmanuel Dyen and Stephane Christidis, edged out Danish sailors Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang by a Delta of a single second. Canadians Gordon Cook and Hunter Lowden rounded out the top three, finishing two seconds astern of the Danes.

Australian 49er favorites Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen were in danger of being caught OCS in the first race, so they opted to play their game clean and immediately suffer their penalty turn. Despite this setback, the Australians were able to claw their way back up to eighth place out of a hyper-competitive fleet of 20 boats.

'It’s not the ideal start but we did a great job to get back,' said Outteridge afterwards. 'There were a few testy moments so we just kept our composure and chipped away and that is what this week is all about... [You could get] a bad wind shift or a capsize and you just have to make sure you get back into that front group again.'

Americans Erik Storck and Trevor Moore posted a sixth place finish in Race One. According to Moore, the conditions proved to be no surprise as the team of super-quick Yanks have spent plenty of time sailing on these storied waters in the past few years.

Race Two was a total game changer, both in terms of winning teams and much wider margins between finishers. Outteridge and Jensen nailed their start and commanded the show to the finishing line, beating Portugal’s Bernardo Freitas and Francisco Andrade by a healthy margin of nine seconds. Sweden’s Jonas von Geijer and Niclas During finished some 15 seconds behind the Portuguese team.

Outteridge and Jensen on the final day of the 2012 49er World Championships - Photo Nikola Sisko

As for the rest of the week, the Australians are optimistic. 'We are in the harbor tomorrow, said Outteridge. 'I guess because we are in the harbor it is going to be a little less shifty. There is going to a be a lot less error in everyone’s sailing tomorrow and we have just got to make sure we don't make the mistakes and I am pretty confident we will have a pretty strong say tomorrow.'

Interestingly, the audio/video equipment (housed in a small dome that’s mounted on a bracket that’s fitted above the tiller/rudder assembly on each boat) was removed from each boat in the 49er class today, as there was concern that the mainsheet could foul the device on gybes. According to ISAF, this decision also reflected their commitment to ensuring that media equipment doesn’t unintentionally interfere with each sailor’s individual performances; furthermore, ISAF wanted to ensure that the media kit didn’t somehow damage boats and/or sailing equipment.

49er racing continues tomorrow, so stay tuned to the website for more news, as it unfurls.

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Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

MR

Total

Net

1

DEN

Allan Norregaard

Peter Lang

2

4

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

6

6

2

SWE

Jonas von Geijer

Niclas Düring

5

3

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

8

8

3

AUS

Nathan Outteridge

Iain Jensen

8

1

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

9

9

4

POR

Bernardo Freitas

Francisco Rebello De ANDRADE

7

2

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

9

9

5

FRA

Manu Dyen

Stéphane Christidis

1

9

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

10

10

6

IRL

Ryan Seaton

matthew mcgovern

4

8

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

12

12

7

USA

Erik Storck

Trevor Moore

6

10

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

16

16

8

NZL

Peter Burling

Blair Tuke

9

7

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

16

16

9

CAN

Gordon Cook

Hunter Lowden

3

16

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

19

19

10

ESP

Iker Martinez de Lizarduy

Xabier Fernandez Gaztañaga

15

6

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

21

21

11

GER

Tobias Schadewaldt

Hannes Baumann

17

5

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

22

22

12

GBR

Stephen Morrison

Ben Rhodes

12

12

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

24

24

13

AUT

Nico Delle - Karth

Nikolaus Resch

10

15

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

25

25

14

ITA

Giuseppe Angilella

Gianfranco Sibello

14

11

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

25

25

15

POL

lukasz Przybytek

Pawel Kolodzinski

11

14

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

25

25

16

JPN

Yukio Makino

Kenji Takahashi

16

13

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

29

29

17

CRO

Pavle Kostov

Petar Cupac

13

17

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

30

30

18

FIN

Lauri Lehtinen

Kalle Bask

19

18

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

37

37

19

GRE

Dionisis Dimou

Michalis Pateniotis

18

20

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

38

38

20

BER

Jesse Kirkland

Alexander Kirkland

21
DNF

19

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

 

40

40

 

Legend

( ) - Excluded Score

DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed

BFD - Black flag, disqualification under rule 30.3

DSQ - Disqualification

DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2); not excludable

OCS - On the course side of the starting line

DNC - Did not start; did not come to starting area

RAF - Retired after finishing

DNE - Disqualification (other than DGM) not excludable under rule 89.3(b)

RDG - Redress given

DNF - Did not finish

SCP - Took a scoring penalty under rule 44.3

DNS - Did not start (other than DNC and OCS)

ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2

Updated: Monday 30 July 2012, 19:58:19 GMT
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