Please select your home edition
Edition
GAC Pindar Freight

London Olympics 2012- Sailing Olympics News - Day 11

by . on 9 Aug 2012
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) after their Gold Medal presentation for the 49er © Richard Gladwell www.richardgladwell.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 11

Today was a day of controversy at Weymouth.

The major surprise was that the USA, was going home without winning a single medal.

It was their worst sailing Olympics result since 1936 in Berlin – when they sailed classes to the Metre rule, plus the Star was enjoying its third Olympics.

What happens from here, will be watched with great interest.

Several of the powerhouses of sailing have been in the current position of US Sailing. The prescription for recovery is largely the same – work out what the key points are in the successful nations, and then adapt and apply.

That is not easy and involves lifting standards. Many countries will not send competitors who are not in the top ten in the world – that is not top-ten capable but top ten achieving.


That also involves addressing the conflict between Olympism and Winning. If The US wants to give sailors and Olympic experience, then please continue - but don’t be too bothered about the results.

In this edition, outgoing US Olympic Chairman Dean Brenner offers his thoughts.


Another controversy occurred in the Womens Double Hander (470) when the New Zealand crew who had scored a 1,1,2 score-line in their last three races, came unstuck in he tenth race and finished 18th

That is sufficient for them to be tied on points for the lead going into the Medal race on Friday – meaning it will be a Match Race.

There was controversy as the USA was eliminated from the Womens Match Racing. While Anna Tunnicliffe had been struggling to get on top of the field at this regatta, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist is a tough nut, and most expected to see her there at the end.


Tomorrow, the Mens 470 sails its Medal Race that will be a battle of two fronts. As with the 49ers today the first two places are decided, but only four points separate the points table leader, Australia from the second placed crew, Great Britain. Then it is a two-way contest, or if things get a little stretched, mathematically a third crew can come through.

It will be interesting to see the strategies adopted by the various crews, and how those are put into effect.


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.

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

NaiadPantaenius - Worldwide SupportBIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82

Related Articles

Winter racing pix...North NZ 40 years on... Winther in Rio
. .
Posted on 18 Jul
$1.4million payday for sailing...Ashby on ETNZ's AC49.5...Foiling Week
. .
Posted on 11 Jul
Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Kiwis win 18fter Worlds..Round the Island record..Volvo course change
. .
Posted on 3 Jul
Volvo OR route announced..Olympic Gold medalist dies..Olympic Appeals
. .
Posted on 28 Jun
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. By way of comparison a minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course by WSSRC.
Posted on 28 Jun
Team NZ takes vital step...Rio robberies...Kiwi on Paralympic review
. .
Posted on 21 Jun
Platino under tow..Comanche smashes record...GAC Pindar takes M32's
. .
Posted on 19 Jun
SW Pacific drama...Weymouth win...Minnows show the way in Chicago
. .
Posted on 14 Jun