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London Olympics 2012 - Star class drama *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 5:29 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
The London 2012 Olympics Star Medal race sailed on Weymouth’s Nothe course. Was it a fair race? ...
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London Olympics 2012—Ainslie wins historic fourth Olympic gold *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 12:28 PM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
History was made today on the Nothe course in the Finn class as Team Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie claimed his fourth Gold medal, usurping Paul Elvstrom—the Great Dane—to become the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. In addition to Ainslie’s four Golds, he also has a Silver (Atlanta, 1996 in the Laser class), bringing his total portfolio up to a staggering five Olympic medals. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Stars fade but gold shines on *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:57 AM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
Olympic and sailing history was made today on the waters off of Weymouth, UK on the Nothe racecourse as the Star class contested their last Olympic race. Sweden’s Frederik Loof and Max Salminen claimed Gold, sailing an impeccable, tactically brilliant race. Great Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson took Silver while the Brazilian team of Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada will take home Bronze. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Medal fever sets in *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 9:35 AM Sun 5 Aug 2012 GMT
Sunny skies and an air of urgency hang over the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, where the first two medal races of the London Olympics 2012 are taking place today. First up are the Stars, followed by the hotly contested Finn class. Both races will take place on the spectator-friendly Nothe course, where shore-based sailing fans can cheer-on their favorite athletes. ...
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London Olympics 2012 -Women's RSX approaches its ultimate reality *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 8:05 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
Talk to any athlete sailing in the Olympics-any Olympics-and they will be quick to mention the variables. Training. Nutrition. Time spent on the water at a particular venue. Equipment. Spectators. Class legacy...and the list parades on. For sailors competing in the RSX classes, however, these later three named variables are especially important in this Games. ...
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London Olympics: Fisher's View: Saturday - a day of contemplation *Feature By Bob Fisher, 8:01 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
Bob Fisher puts the day in context at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth: The rest day for the top ten Finn and Star sailors would provide them with ways of assessing their battle plans, while for others there was the mountain of qualification races to tackle. Those mountains are steep and the peaks more unattainable as each race is completed; ...
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London Olympics 2012 - The Dominant, The Dream and The Desperate *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:24 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the Ben v Jonas show stepped aside for a day off ahead of the medal race, which leaves us casting around for other good stories. There are three ways to pick a strong narrative - totally dominant performances, dreams-come-true and desperately tight contests. Based on that principle, we have three strong contenders - you choose! ...
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London 2012 Olympics Slingsby on fire *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 3:13 PM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
A huge grin from the five times Laser world champion, Australian Tom Slingsby as he came ashore after races nine and 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Laser regatta. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Breeze expected to soften this afternoon *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:21 AM Sat 4 Aug 2012 GMT
Step outside of the Sailing Media Center at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, and you’ll see flags fluttering in the 12-16 knot breeze. Poke around on the web or take in the morning media briefing and you’ll find that the windspeed is expected to soften sometime around mid-afternoon, with forecasts calling for 8-14 knots by the end of the day. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Hair-raising racing in the Finn class *Feature By Bob Fisher, 7:02 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
As if the older members of the Fourth Estate need hair-greying experiences like those the Finn class racing caused today in the London Olympics. Those with any left were tearing them out as Ben Ainslie played a tactical game - one for which he is well renowned - in the tenth race of the series. ...
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London 2012 Olympics - Winner takes all *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 5:36 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Ben Ainslie v Jonas Hogh-Christensen; Big Ben v The Great Dane in the title fight for the greatest Olympic sailor ever. It's a cliché packed delight, a smorgasbord of sporting archetypes. It's particularly tasty when you throw in the angle that a fourth gold medal for Ainslie will rip the title out of the hands of the original (and still the best) Great Dane, Paul Elvstrom. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Starlight but not bright on North America tonight *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:43 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today was a day of reckoning for Star sailors, with the top ten teams in this hyper-competitive class progressing to Sunday’s medal race. Sadly, today was also the day that some sailors flaked their sails for the last time of this Olympiad. Given the Star’s exclusion from the 2016 Games, this could well be the last day of serious Olympic competition that some of these athletes will experience. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Starlight but not on North America tonight *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:43 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today was a day of reckoning for Star sailors, with the top ten teams in this hyper-competitive class progressing to Sunday’s medal race. Sadly, today was also the day that some sailors flaked their sails for the last time of this Olympiad. Given the Star’s exclusion from the 2016 Games, this could well be the last day of serious Olympic competition that some of these athletes will experience. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Similar conditions, tougher competition *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:15 AM Fri 3 Aug 2012 GMT
Today’s press briefing here at the Sailing Media Center at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, delivered news that sailors and spectators alike appreciated hearing, namely, an expected repeat performance of yesterday’s windy, lumpy racing conditions that tested sailor’s endurance levels almost as much as it pushed their on-the-water acumen. Perfect! ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Its all on *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:48 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
It's easy to talk of it being a day of destiny for Ben Ainslie. And so it was today - it opened with Ainslie winning the start for the first time this week. It was a big day, with 15-20 knots from the south-west and some great waves and once they got going downwind Hogh-Christensen gave it the big one - and promptly rolled it in. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - All on a Summer's Day *Feature By Bob Fisher, 4:52 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 -A British-born mate in Hong Kong had been communicating about the performance of the Olympic champion, Ben Ainslie, in the first six races relative to that of Jonas Hogh-Christensen, who was becoming dubbed: 'the Great Dane,' a title formerly reserved for fellow Finn sailor Paul Elvstrom. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Price’s picket fence continues *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:24 PM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
Every once in a while you hear about an athletic performance that puts your jaw on the ground. Not a good performance, not even a great performance, but a BRILLIANT showing. Here in Weymouth, UK, we might just be on the cusp of watching a true tour-de-force unfurling in the Women’s Match Racing (WMR) event. ...
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London Olympics 2012—Shifty sailing conditions today *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth , 10:48 AM Thu 2 Aug 2012 GMT
Forget about swimming, running or cycling-sailing is the sport to follow, especially as the various classes edge closer to their medal races. As with every successive day of this Olympiad, there’s plenty of racecourse action to follow here in Weymouth today, with conditions that can only be termed 'challenging'. ...
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London Olympics 2012: Mid Regatta Blues - digging in *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 9:09 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
Four days of Olympic competition and we're into the middle eight, the excitement of the Opening Ceremony is long forgotten, and the medal races are still a long way off. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Go to the Nothe *Feature By Bob Fisher, , 5:03 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 - There is seating for 4,600 in the Nothe Park, the grassy knoll that overlooks the course where the medal races will be held to culminate the yacht racing events of the 2012 Olympic Games. It is almost certainly the best value for money of any of the grandstand seats at any of the events. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Price remains undefeated in the WMR event *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:08 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
For most sailors, teams are formed because personalities click - a synergy exists between personality types, skills, attitudes and ambitions. There’s hardly anything new about a team that forms in this organic manner. But when individual athletes are 'grafted' together in a selected, composite manner, however, things typically either go extremely well or extremely poorly. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Australians doing swimmingly *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 3:04 PM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 - The 49er World Champions and red hot Olympic 49er Gold Medal favourites Nathan Outteridge and Iain (Goobs) Jensen have opened up a nice lead after six races into the Olympic series. After racing today they provided a window into their regatta. Iain Jensen was first to comment. ‘Today was really good. We came away with a two and a one. We had good starts in both of them ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Day four unfurling *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:57 AM Wed 1 Aug 2012 GMT
There’s plenty of great racing action to watch on Day Four of the sailing section of the 2012 Olympiad. Thankfully, the big front that was forecasted to rake across the different racing courses today appears to be a non-issue, although the skies are still smeared with clouds and a moderately low ceiling. ...
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London 2012—The state of play *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:54 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
On-the-water fortunes are being won and lost as the sound of starting signals ricochets off the rolling, bucolic hills of southern England. While plenty of sailors are quick to point out that there’s still plenty of playtime left on the clock during this Olympiad, some classes are starting to look more solidified than others. ...
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London Olympics 2012 - Fast, furious and wet in the 49er class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:21 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
While all of the Olympic sailing events are absolutely riveting, I’ll admit a certain bias towards the 49er class. Fast, tactical and a featherweight boat that demands hyper fitness coupled with drop-of-the-hat tactical calls, there’s no question that these speedy skiffs are the biggest head turners for the non-sailing spectators who have poured into Weymouth to watch the Games. ...
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