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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 5

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - 470 Men - Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) lead the first race of the Mens 470  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 5, August 2, 2012

Tuesday was a day of mourning in Britain, particularly so around the sailing parish of Weymouth.

No-one had died, but somehow many had come to doubt whether the Dream would be achieved - 'Our Ben' winning his fourth Gold Medal.

The end was nigh, so it seemed.

Yesterday, was the rest day for the Heavyweight Mens Singlehander event, sailed in the Finn class - a boat synonymous with Ainslie's sailing accomplishments - and the gloom remained.

But today, soon after the start of Race 7 in the Finn class, the British eyes were smiling. Ainslie was back to his best. All was well with the world again.

Ben Ainslie (Finn) - London Olympics 2012  Francois Richard ©

That inner glow was reinforced throughout the afternoon on both the outer Weymouth Bay courses, which looked like something out of the Southern Ocean. Big waves, fresh breezes, plenty of spray, cold temperatures. But it was all Brit, Brit, Brit.

One of the features of the Olympic sailing regatta is the prominent display of each countries national flag on the sails of the competitors.

Despite the hard conditions the sun shined through. And shone brightly on the Union Jack emblems on the sails of the British Star, Finn and 470 sailors.

It was a telling sight - even for those not blessed with British descent. The Brits were back.

Ainslie has cut his 10pt deficit to just three points, and few would now bet against him for the Gold medal. It will be no walk in the park - but 'Our Ben' is more than up to the test, and was on fire today at Weymouth.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) 470 Men August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England -   Richard Gladwell

Behind the ballooning British spinnaker in the Mens 470 class, was the stars of the Southern Cross - not quite ballooning, but streaming in the breeze.

The young crew of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, from New Zealand, had dropped their spinnaker halyard and were flogging the sail trying to get up to the gybe mark. They were in second place in just their first race in the Olympics, and sailing very well.

A slip from the trapeze by crewman Saunders, almost put the Kiwi pair in the drink, but they recovered well, and had a place nailed in the top three at the mark.

Ben Ainslie - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition  © Ingrid Abery

From there slipped a little more to finish eight, but nailed it in the second race of the day with a third place, and now lie in fourth place overall, ahead of the other crew with the Southern Cross on their sails - the world champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm page (AUS).

Tomorrow will see the first race in the Womens 470 get underway - the final event to start at this Olympic Regatta.

The first medals will be awarded on Sunday.

470 Men - Paul Snow -Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) sailing in their first Olympic race, have a little strife while in second place in Race 1  Richard Gladwell

But already the stories are developing from this regatta - the ones that will mark its place in the history of sailing.

Follow them as they unfold on www.Sail-World.com

In this edition of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter we have all the background and reports on the day's racing, 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

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Star Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR)  Richard Gladwell




London Olympics 2012 - High Drama ahead for Finn class
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The television ratings are set to soar this Sunday when Britain's favourite sailor, Ben Ainslie attempts to win his fifth Olympic Gold Medal.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 – Laser Class returns to natural order
Rob Kothe,
Australia's Tom Slingsby, the five times Laser World Champion and short priced Olympic Gold medal favourite, is back in the lead of the London 2012 Laser competition.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - New leader
International Melges 24 Class Association,
With just three races left to sail on the final day of the Melges 24 World Championship in Torbole, the potential winners began to emerge. The final race of the day brought an exciting twist as Nathan Wilmot instructed Bolazan to take Saetta close into the rocks, somewhat to the crew's consternation, before calling a series of eight consecutive tacks... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Finns prepare for medal race brawl
Robert Deaves,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) has led the Finn from the very first mark. He will go into the medal race on Sunday with a two point lead over defending Olympic champion Ben Ainslie (GBR). After the best showing on Friday, Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) moves up to the bronze medal position. The gold medal will come from one of these three.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - The Stars battle in the Pack
Richard Gladwell,
British crew of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson look set to defend their Olympic Star title after posting a first and second place today. They enjoy a nine point margin over the second and third placed crews, who will probably now focus on winning the Silver medal instead of chasing the Gold, which seems to be well within the grasp of a very strong British crew.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Hair-raising racing in the Finn class
Bob Fisher,
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.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Australians pursue Brits in 470
Richard Gladwell,
The World Champion Australian crew of Mathew Belcher and Malcom Page, set out in hot pursuit of the overnight leader in the Mens 470 class, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR), after the Australians got away to a slow start in the opening race.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images from Weymouth - 49ers at the Nothe
Richard Gladwell,
The 49er's raced on the Nothe course today, in front of a big crowd of spectators. The natural stadium will be used for the medal racing and offers a spectacular vantage point. New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were the best performed today taking first and second places, bringing them closer to the Gold Medal than the Bronze.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Star - Swedes rise to medal contention
ISAF,
Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Great Britain have taken a nine-point overall lead into Friday's racing with only two more races plus the Medal Race on Sunday remaining. Percy and Simpson are on 13 points, nine points clear of Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA), who made life difficult for themselves by sailing into third place in the first race and fifth in the later race.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 470 Women - Early lead for Team GBR
ISAF,
The Women's 470 class were the final fleet to commence racing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) have taken an early lead. Very little separates the top five but the Brits end the opening day of fleet racing on seven points after a sixth in Race 1 and a bullet in Race 2.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Winner takes all
Bob Fisher,
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.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 6
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day six, we see 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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London Olympics 2012—Starlight but not bright on North America tonight
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
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.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—Similar conditions, tougher competition
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
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!... [more]
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Olympics 2016: IKA statement on RS:X Class legal action against ISAF
International Kiteboarding Association,
The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed that the International RS:X Class Association Ltd is taking legal action against the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), based on the fact that ISAF has selected Kiteboarding and not Windsurfing as Olympic sailing event for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.... [more]
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European Juvenile Europa Class Championships - Sweden and Norway lead
Elena Giolai,
As the Olympic sailing events go full steam ahead at Weymouth, the junior events keep Fraglia Vela Riva busy with European Juvenile Championships taking place until the middle of August. From today until Saturday, August 4th, it's the Europa class, a former Olympic women's 'single' class which has a large following overseas.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 season program announced
America's Cup,
The program for the 2013 America's Cup season in San Francisco will include up to 55 days of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Finals and Red Bull Youth America's Cup.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Slingsby slogs - Goodison lifts
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The five times Laser World Champion Australia's Tom Slingsby slipped back into second place, behind Pavlos Kontides while Paul Goodison (GBR) is fighting a back injury. Goodison has vowed to give it his all, despite his injury.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - 49er action from Portland
Richard Gladwell,
The 49er's took their turn on Portland Harbour today, with two races sailed in moderate breezes. For some of the media it was a chance to see Telefonica skipper, Icker Martinez take the tiller of a 49er after nine months on the wheel of a Volvo Ocean Racer.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Lasers on Weymouth Bay.
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand sailor Andrew Murdoch scored his first race win of the 2012 Olympic regatta, working out to a handsome lead on the big course on Weymouth Bay. Sail-World's camera was on hand to catch the action and reactions in the Mens Single hander... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi day 4 images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from day 4 of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Laser Radials make pretty sight
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was on the waters of Weymouth Bay, today for Day 4 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and caught the action on the Laser Radial course. The key feature of the race was the halt to the perfect score of wins for Ireland's Annalise Murphy, who got on the wrong side of the course and rounded the top mark right back in the ruck of the fleet.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Portland - a painful capsize
Richard Gladwell,
The Kirkland brothers from Bermuda were involved in an interesting and painful incident in the fifth race of the 49er class at the 2012 Olympic Regatta. Just short of the finish line, when twin wire reaching the leeward wing caught the waters of Portland Harbour, triggering a capsize. Crew Alexander Kirkland fell awkwardly and was in some pain as the boat drifted to the finish line.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: RS:X - Comprehensive Dutch victory
ISAF,
Dorian van Rijsselberge continued in great fashion in the Men's RS:X after another race win which was followed by a third as Nothe spectators were treated to two RS:X races. The Dutchman recorded another comprehensive victory in the third Men's RS:X race but in Race 4 the thousands of fans watching saw Nick Dempsey (GBR) claw his way back to win the race on the line ahead of Byron Kokkalanis.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser - Kontides on the rise
ISAF,
At the London Olympics, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) has edged in front of Tom Slingsby (AUS) in the Laser class following another fantastic day. Having won two races on 31 July, Kontides was the model of consistency once again with a 2-4 on the Weymouth Bay West course to lead on 12 points, one ahead of the Australia.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ vs The Blues rugby team - Return Match
Blues,
Emirates Team New Zealand joined the Blues for an early morning training session and grinder challenge at Unitec in mid-June, returning a match in Dragon boats in January... [more]
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