sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Spain wins Gold in the Women’s Match Racing
London Olympics 2012 - Spain wins Gold in the Women’s Match Racing

'Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez, Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Menendez (ESP) capture Gold in the Women’s Match Racing event at the London Olympics 2012'    onEdition ©    Click Here to view large photo

In a nail-biting, best-of-five match-racing series that went down to the last run of the last race, the Spanish-flagged Women’s Match Racing (WMR) team of Tamara Dominguez, Sofia Puga and Angela Menendez captured Gold, leaving the 'Speedy Sheilas' team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) to settle for Silver. In the petite finals, the Finnish-flagged team of Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff Finland beat-out Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Siuzeva and Elena Oblova to bring home Bronze.

Conditions on the Nothe course, which is situated just off of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, here in Portland, UK, can only be described as boisterous, with a strong breeze and one-meter seas that tested each crew’s heavy-air boat-handling ability more than any other sailing contest of this Olympiad.

First up were the petite finals, which started at noon. Here, the Finnish-flagged team of Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff Finland beat-out Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Siuzeva and Elena Oblova to bring home Bronze. Conditions only built as the day progressed, with puffs tickling 30 knots during the medal races.

For sailing fans, today’s medal race was one of the best contests of this Olympiad, with two equally skilled teams dialing-up and pressing the final results to the last run of the last race. Interestingly, neither the Australians nor the Spanish were favorites to medal (let alone capture Gold), but today quickly proved that speculation can be almost as disastrous as assumption. The RC was forced to fire the starting guns five times before a Gold-medal winner was determined, with a true on-the-water tug-of-war taking place throughout all five contests.

Race one went to Spain, with a tiny Delta of five seconds separating the Spanish stern from the Aussie’s bow. Race two demonstrated the Speedy Sheila’s skills, as the Aussies beat the Spanish by a comfortable margin of 22 seconds.

Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) took Silver in the Women’s Match Racing event in the London Olympics 2012 -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo

Race three offered one of the best sporting moments of the entire Olympic regatta. A boathandling duel ensued between the Spanish-flagged boat and the Sheilas, but the girls from Down Under spun into a wild Chinese Gybe. To illustrate how big the seas were (relative to the size of the Elliot 6 Meter’s freeboard), Price was spent overboard. Curtis and Whitty handed the situation beautifully, circling back for their floating skipper and quickly making-up distance, but the Spaniards earned the bullet by a Delta of 1:01.

The Speedy Sheilas bounced back in Race Four, scalping their opponents and leveling the overall score to two-to-two.

The stakes ratcheted to all new levels during the last starting-line Samba, with the Sheilas taking an early and convincing lead. Everything was looking golden for the girls from Down Under until the teams approached the final leeward mark. Both boats were surfing wildly in the steep seas, but then the Spanish-flagged team lured the Sheilas into a foul, thus forcing them to make a penalty turn. While Price immediately executed her 360, the judges deemed it incomplete, meaning that the Sheilas had to sail their final beat with a penalty turn still looming.

The finishing gun fired as the Spanish bow pierced the finishing line, determining Gold and closing-out the sailing section of the XXX Olympics. Once clear of the finishing area, the entire Spanish team took a victory swim, starting what will undoubtedly be a night of fantastic celebration for Spain.

Please stay tuned for more news from the Women’s Match Racing event, including quotes from the medal winners and plenty of racecourse images from today’s medal-race contest.


by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100884

3:09 PM Sat 11 Aug 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

12 Aug 2012  London Olympics: All Done but for the Partying
12 Aug 2012  London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition Day 14 - Final results
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Sailing News - Day 13 ANZAC Benefit
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Medal day for the 470s
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Australians backflip for Gold
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images from the NZ Womens 470 return
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Intense role for Peter Shrubb
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images from Weymouth - The Womens 470 Medal Ceremony
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 14
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,










Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,


















America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team by Richard Gladwell, Sail-world.com/nz,


Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3 by Bob Fisher, Hamilton Island, Queensland




2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1 by Markus Schwendtner, Istanbul
























Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery by Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,


Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England






Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive
CORK Olympic Classes Regatta 2014 - Day one
Youth Olympics: practice over, athletes welcomed, time for YOG sailing
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record for Artemis-Team Endeavour
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland: Artemis sets fourth course record   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds survive as semi-finalists   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Breezy day 4 in Gdynia   
RC44 World Championship - Dramatic improvement for Artemis Racing   
18' Skiff International Regatta - Action begins August 25th   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Challenging conditions arise   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Record-breaking monohull victory   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng Race Team finishes third   
RC44 Marstrand World Championship - Bronenosec the star performer   
Bahamian Olympic Sailor to carry flag in honour of Sir Durward Knowles   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Records continue to tumble   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Course Record for Team SCA   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Team Alvimedica completes the race   
2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - A crazy race day 3   
2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race: Monohull record smashed   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Top seeds take the early lead   
Frostad proud to have seven Volvo Ocean Race boats with seven sponsors *Feature   
RC44 World Championship - Bronenosec Sailing Team on form   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Dongfeng defends third position   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT