Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring One Design

London Olympics 2012- Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 2

by . on 31 Jul 2012
July 30, 2012 Weymouth, England - Mens Skiff (49er) Race 1 winners Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen © Richard Gladwell www.richardgladwell.com
Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 2, July 30, 2012

Our apologies for the late newsletter, caused by a combination of a technical issue while sending and massive server traffic - we set a new record for visitors on Monday - which was half a lap ahead of numbers we have achieved previously.

The second day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta has concluded - sailed in much the same conditions as the first.

Today three more events got underway - the Mens Skiff (49er), and the Mens and Womens Singlehander (Laser and Laser Radial).

The contrast could not have been more different.

On the Nothe course, which is a natural stadium for sailing, the sun was out, the light beautiful, the colours bright, and the sailing great. Well, it looked great from the media boats, and we're sure the crowd on the grassy knoll, were treated to a very unique, and historic, sight.

Two races were staged for the 49ers, with plenty of razzle dazzle, which is part and parcel of skiff sailing.

They will move to the medal course tomorrow inside Portland Harbour, and for the first time in the regatta all three racing zones will be in operation.

The Mens and Womens Singlehander got underway, without the gentle introduction that the Finns, 49ers and Womens Match Racing had of racing on the inshore courses before heading out into Weymouth Bay.

Conditions were fresh, with winds of up to 20kts mentioned at this morning’s briefing, and certainly there was plenty of sympathy for the competitors slogging around the big course, 1.6nm in diameter.


While conditions might have been idyllic on the Nothe, it was hard and cold on the Bay.

Welcome to the Olympics!

In the afternoon, the Womens Match Racers took over the Nothe, working through their qualification rounds.


The day's controversy was with the Finns, with home town hero, Ben Ainslie not enjoying one of his better days – dropping down the points table.

He will have to dig deep to pull this regatta off – but that is a feat of which he is more than capable.


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

upffront 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierSouthern Spars - 100

Related Articles

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
Volvo Ocean Race to be contested over longest distance in history
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition The 43-year-old race around the world – the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors, against each other across the world’s toughest oceans – will start from Alicante in late 2017 with a 700nm sprint to Lisbon, Portugal that will provide the first test of the form guide.
Posted on 29 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
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Australia and Britain - The best of rivals or the best of partners?
There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms in sport, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. In the International Moth World Championship there is an Ashes trophy and, for the first time in a long while, the Brits took the trophy home.
Posted on 31 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology
x In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is. Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher, washing machine, a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast. For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.
Posted on 19 Apr