Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

London Olympics 2012 - Tense day for Team Canada

by Canadian Sailing Team on 6 Aug 2012
Zachary Plavsic (CAN) competing in the Men’s Windsurfer (RSX) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
It was a tense day today at the London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition on the waters off Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as medal battles were fought and medal race qualification took some final turns. The conditions were lighter than previous, seeing wind in the 10-14 knots range under sunny skies and 14 degrees of air temperature.

Nikola Girke and Zac Plavsic just squeaked through in what are less than ideal conditions for both. Mens 470 Sailors Mike Leigh and Luke Ramsay were off the water today to get some rest and recollect for the final four races in their series, and Hunter Lowden and Gordon Cook raced two races in their battle for medal race qualification.

Zac Plavsic was dialed in to what’s proving to be the perfect time for his career to peak. Head Coach Ken Dool weighs in on Plavsic and his performance. 'Zac has saved his best performance of the quad for the right time. Teamed with coach and Olympian Kevin Stittle and a world class training group he has worked diligently towards his goal to secure eighth with a shot for a top five finish. Zac has nothing to lose and will hang it all out in his final race of this games. An immensely talented athlete, Plavsic has drawn it all together for the most important week of his competitive career and looks to finish it off with an explosive finish.'


Sitting at eighth overall with 80 net points going into the medal race give Zac a sure shot at fifth. 'It's exciting. I saved my best competition until the end and still have the medal race to go. I can only move up the leader board in the final race so I'm going to throw everything at it. I've got nothing to lose!'

Nikola Girke, women’s RS:X competitor just qualified for the medal race today. Light conditions are her worst enemy and thats what she fought through today, finishing 19th and 18th to place her in 10th overall. Ken gave us thoughts on Nikola as well, 'Nik showed her metal today, fighting through less than ideal conditions for herself and secured a berth in Tuesdays medal race. An accomplishment in itself, but Nik is not done yet and will go down swinging in an effort to move further up the leader board. Eight years of relentless pursuit of performance will culminate in one final show down with her rivals on the now infamous Nothe course.'

We caught up with her off the water, 'Pretty relieved and pretty happy to make the top 10 finals. I didn't know how I would place after two difficult races today, so I am feeling relief and now I've got more work to do.' We’re cheering for you Nikola, sail fast!

49er men Hunter Lowden and Gordon Cook had a frustrating day, desperate to qualify for a medal race position but finishing behind where they need to be. They added an eighth and a 20th to their tally to put them in 16th overall. In their series, two races remain.


Stars and Finn sailed medal races today and if anyone thinks sailboat racing can be boring they didn't watch today's action as there were nail biters to say the least in both the classes. The UK's local hero Ben Ainslie in the Finn made good on his goal of recovering after a slow start to the series and showed why he is considered amongst the best of all time, and at the very least is now the most decorated of all time.

Ben Ainslie's gold medal is his fourth to go along with a silver medal enabling him to surpass the great Dane Paul Elvstrom as the high medal collecting Olympic sailor of all time. A great Dane himself, Jonas Hoeg Christensen fought to the end, finishing tied on points with Ainslie after an outstanding week of competition. The medals in the Finn fleet were decided in the final meters when PJ Postma of the Netherlands, one of Canada's favorite friends, suffered a devastating blow being forced to take a penalty turn and turning potential gold into a fourth, an absolute tear jerker.

At the end it was the decorated veteran who claimed gold and laid to rest a week’s worth of speculation that he had lost a step, if it's the steps on the podium people were referring to he certainly navigated himself to the top step once again, an incredible feat for those of us that have watched it all unfold.

The star event was not less exciting with defending gold medalist Ian Percy and Bart Simpson looking to be in control, but the Nothe served up a nasty dose of reality as the fleet closed in on the leaders, Freddy Loof of Sweden claimed the victory and then had to wait pensively as the drama unfolded, low and behold the cards fell in Freddy's hand and the gold was his, completing his medal collection.

http://www.canadiansailingteam.ca/

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Barz Optics - Kids rangeBakewell-White Yacht DesignSouthern Spars - 100