Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

London Olympics 2012—Women’s 470 class medals partially determined

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 9 Aug 2012
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) competing at the London Olympics 2012 Thom Touw © http://www.thomtouw.com
Things got progressively serious today in the Women’s 470 class today here at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK, as the fleet completed its last non-medal race of this Olympiad. For the women who emerged from the salty spray of today’s on-the-water battle in the top-ten, overall, the door to entry for Friday’s medal race has now officially opened. For those teams who found themselves finishing astern of tenth-place overall, however, it’s sadly time to flake their Olympic sails and pack-up their containers for home.

Two races were conducted on the Portland Harbor course in gradually improving conditions. While the morning dawned gloomy and humid, a front rolled through around noon, delivering a thin breeze (ballpark seven knots) and sunnier, blue-streaked skies that undoubtedly made it easier to read wind shifts and to sort-out on-the-water decision-making calls.

Today’s first race went to China’s Xiaoli Wang and Xufeng Huang, who managed to earn a comfortable Delta of 16 seconds over the Kiwi-flagged team of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. The Kiwi lasses in turn beat the French team of Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron by eight seconds.

Race two went to the Australian team of Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell, who beat Team Great Britain’s (Team GBR) Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark by a more-than-healthy margin of two minutes and nine seconds. Third place went to the Argentinean-flagged team of Maria Fernanda Sesto and Consuelo Monsegur, who finished thirty seconds abaft the Brits.


Interestingly, the Kiwis could have sealed the deal on their Olympic Gold today during the second race (the tenth race of this Olympiad), but a disappointing eightieth-place finish—their discard race—left the door open for Team GBR to possibly snatch the top prize. As it currently stands, the battle between Gold and Silver is an exclusive club restricted to the Kiwis and the Brits.

The tussle for Bronze, however, is a far more interesting battle involving more teams and a much broader point spread. Currently, five teams—The Netherlands, France, Brazil, Australia and Italy—could potentially claim the final step on the podium, although the Italian prospects for Bronze define the word thin.




Three other teams have also qualified for the medal race, but, sadly for the Germans, the Americans and the Spanish, their medal prospects have now been mathematically eliminated based on the point system.

Please stand by for more news from the Women’s 470 class, as it becomes known.

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Yachting 660x82

Related Articles

The Great Dane dies at 88 + Video
One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. One of the heroes of sailing, Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) has died at the age of 88 years. Known as the Great Dane, and winner of four Olympic Gold Medals, and many world championships in multiple classes from dinghies to keelboats, Elvstrøm put a footprint on the sport like no other.
Posted on 7 Dec
A Q&A with Olympic champ Malcolm Page about his new job at US Sailing
I recently talked with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s newly hired Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job. Malcolm Page (AUS; 44) is a hyper-talented Men’s 470 sailor who won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) sailing with two different skippers, as well as seven World Championship titles, and who has long studied under the legendary Ukrainian coach Victor Kovalenko. I recently talked with Page, who was just hired as US Sailing’s new Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job.
Posted on 5 Dec
America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup
Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case taken against the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. On October 28, 2016, US District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed Mitchell's claim against the five-person International Jury on the basis that it was lodged too late.
Posted on 2 Dec
A Q&A with Nick Bice about the recent changes for the 2017/2018 VOR
I caught up with Nick Bice, the VOR’s director of boats and maintenance, to learn more about the VOR’s new directions. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Nick Bice, the Volvo Ocean Race’s director of boats and maintenance, deliver a keynote speech to an audience of marine-industry professionals and official Volvo Ocean Race suppliers at the 2016 METS trade show in Amsterdam. I caught up with Bice after his presentation to learn more about the new directions that the race is taking for its thirteenth edition.
Posted on 28 Nov
A Q&A with Sharon Green about the prep work that ensures great images
I talked with ace photographer Sharon Green to learn more about the prep work that goes into each image that she snaps. I caught up with ace photographer Sharon Green at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds to learn more about the behind-the-scenes preparation work that goes into each image that she snaps. While some of Green’s tips are specific to professional shooters (e.g., helicopter time or juggling multiple camera bodies), plenty of amateur lensmen will be well served to consider Green’s racecourse-proven tips.
Posted on 23 Nov
Dockside with CQS - radical, revamped supermaxi up close
The revamped supermaxi CQS is currently in Auckland's Silo Marina, ahead of her first race on Friday The revamped supermaxi CQS is currently in Auckland's Silo Marina, ahead of her first race on Friday - the White Island Race which will double as Rolex Sydney Hobart Qualifier. Originally the 90ft Nicorette designed by South African Alex Simonis, the new project to upgrade to a 100ft supermaxi has been led by Brett Bakewell-White (NZ) and Bakewell-White Yacht Design.
Posted on 22 Nov
Gladwell's Line - President Croce caught at helm in Perfect Storm
No real surprise that incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA) was unseated mid-way an eight-year term After a year or more punctuated with issues that should not have happened, it is no real surprise that incumbent President Carlo Croce (ITA) was unseated mid-way through what should have been an eight-year term. Also gone is one of his lieutenants, Chris Atkins (GBR) as Vice President, who remarkably polled 13th out of the 15 candidates.
Posted on 15 Nov
Gladwell's Line -The America's Cup settlement deal
The 'News' today that Emirates Team New Zealand has won their case before the Arbitration Panel is not news The 'News' today that Emirates Team New Zealand has won their case before the America's Cup Arbitration Panel is not new - Sail-World reported the same story in the first and second weeks of September. The Hearing on the amount of compensation to be paid is yet to be held. So far we have been unable to discover a date if indeed one has been set. Maybe next year?
Posted on 11 Oct
Debriefing the 2016 J/70 Worlds with Winning Skipper Joel Ronning
I talked with Joel Ronning after the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds to learn about his team’s win at this high-level regatta. Since its inception in 2012, the J/70 has become the most popular One Design boat in decades, with 1,100+ boats sailing in myriad countries. Some 68 boats from 15 countries arrived on San Francisco Bay last week to determine bragging rights at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds. I caught up with Joel Ronning to learn more about the Catapult team’s road to becoming the 2016 J/70 World Champions.
Posted on 5 Oct
Rio 2016 - America's Cup champ says Paralympic racing is closest ever
Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta is being held in Guanabara Bay on three of the courses used for the Olympic Sailing Regatta in August.
Posted on 13 Sep