Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

The RYA report on day 1 at Qingdao

by RYA Press Office on 9 Aug 2008
Royal Yachting Association Royal Yachting Association http://www.rya.org.uk
British sailors got off to a steady start amid some testing conditions in Qingdao’s Fushan Bay on Saturday.

With many places changes resulting from the light and fickle wind conditions, it seemed more like a game of snakes and ladders than the first day of an Olympic sailing regatta. But the Brits managed to hold on, with the Yngling trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson topping the class leaderboard after the first day, and triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie in third in the Finn event after two races.

After a short postponement waiting for wind to appear, the Finn class was the first to hear the starting gun at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre. Ainslie’s was the fifth boat to reach the first mark, but the defending champion had pulled into the lead by the time he’d finished the first downwind leg.

Ainslie remained in control until the final downwind leg when the light winds switched direction, relegating the leading boats to mid-fleet positions and leaving the Brit to cross the finish line in tenth place.

The second race for the heavyweight dinghy fleet saw Ainslie firmly in the driving seat by the end of the first lap, this time securing the race win to see him into third place overall at the end of the first day, behind Polish sailor Rafael Szukiel and USA’s Zach Railey.

'The first race is a great example of that where I was in the lead and the breeze shut down and came in from a different direction, and I lost 10 places,' Ainslie explained.

'It’s something I think we’re all going to have to deal with here. It’s going to happen to everyone at some stage. It’s just about trying to keep your powder dry and wait for your chances.'

The 31-year-old continued: 'My own experience with the Olympics has always been having a disastrous first day, so it doesn’t feel quite so bad. Hopefully I can build from this in due course.'

The British Yngling trio also endured a testing first day, showing true grit in the first race to claw their way back into contention.

The two-time World Champions Ayton, Webb and Wilson picked up an impressive nine places on the final downwind leg, going from 11th to their finishing position of second in their opening race of the Olympic regatta – and then went on to produce a third place in their second race of the day, to see them top the women’s keelboat class after day one.

'It’s definitely a patience game, especially in the light winds,' Sarah Webb commented.

'We could have easily given up on the first race but we knew we had to keep going and it all came good.'

Webb described their first day as: 'hard work, but it was all about keeping to together and working well as a team, and making sure we were doing everything we could to pull our way up through the positions.

'It was incredibly, incredibly tight. Everyone goes pretty much the same speed and we went from last to second on the last run, so it was a really tough day but it was great to have got it done and looking forward to tomorrow.'

Leading Results after day one:

Finn
1. POL - 5 pts
2. USA - 7 pts
3. GBR - 11 pts
4. CAN - 11 pts
5. FRA - 13 pts
6. ESP - 16 pts

Yngling
1. GBR - 5pts
2. CAN - 9 pts
3. NED - 10 pts
4. RUS - 11 pts
5. AUS - 12 pts
6. CHN - 12 pts

Team GBR - The names and the faces - http://www.sail-world.com/UK/Team-GBR---The-names-and-the-faces/47353

Qingdao-Racing-Schedule - http://www.sail-world.com/UK/Qingdao-Racing-Schedule/47381
T Clewring One DesignInSunSport - NZNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Qingdao might spell the Future of Sailing
’The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.’ As Kjell Borking, the Vice President of EUROSAF, the peak European sailing body commented today at the 2010 International Sailing Forum in Qingdao ‘’The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.’
Posted on 22 Aug 2010
China’s Sailing Capital Qingdao builds on Olympic success
Qingdao, China is actively seeking to take advantage of its location, infrastructure and community and continues to expa Qingdao, China, the host of the 2008 Olympic Sailing regatta is actively seeking to take advantage of its location, infrastructure and community and continues to expand its sailing events.
Posted on 22 Aug 2010
Elliott 6 metre selected for 2012 Olympics
The ISAF Council followed its usual conservative approach today when it opted for the same classes The ISAF Council followed a conservative approach today when it opted for the same classes to contest the same events in the 2012 Olympic as they had done in the 2008 Olympics. The only addition is the introduction of the Elliott 6 metre in the Womens Match Racing event, which will make its debut at the 2012 Olympics.
Posted on 15 Nov 2008
Ainslie and Sensini win ISAF Rolex Sailor Awards
Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) winners of the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) have just been announced as the winners of the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards at a dinner in Madrid, Spain
Posted on 12 Nov 2008
Not time to change Olympic windsurfer says Pryde
A proposal to switch windsurfing boards for 2012 Games from existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Formula board. At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board.
Posted on 3 Nov 2008
Tornado moots one design for 11th Olympic medal
discussions were underway within the IOC with regards to a submission submitted by Paul Henderson The structure of the Tornado class has gone through many changes over the past 11 months. The Tornado Class/Multihull community became to complacent believing that multihull was safe and would always be part of the Olympic program, this lead to a major shock to us all at the 2007 Annual ISAF meeting in November.
Posted on 21 Oct 2008
ISAF Working Party support NZ design for Olympics
ISAF working party supports Elliott 6m be chosen as the equipment for the 2012 Olympics in the new Womens Match Racing A Working Party from the International Sailing Federation has made a submission to the International Sailing Federation supporting the previous submission from Yachting New Zealand that the Elliott 6m be chosen as the equipment for the 2012 Olympics in the new Womens Match Racing Event.
Posted on 6 Oct 2008
Slingsby stumbled in Qingdao. What Happened?
Tom Slingsby was a gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. Tom talks about what happened and the future. Australia's Laser sailor Tom Slingsby was the gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. But he had a shocker, finishing 22nd overall. Now Tom talks about what happened and the road ahead.
Posted on 25 Sep 2008
Balboa Yacht Club welcomes Paralympic sailing hero
United Airlines delivered precious cargo to Orange County's John Wayne Airport this afternoon. United Airlines delivered precious cargo to Orange County's John Wayne Airport this afternoon. Over 100 Balboa Yacht Club members, friends and family welcomed home Paralympic Gold Medallist, Nick Scandone; his wife, Mary Kate; his loyal friend and coach, Mike Pinckney and his devoted brother, Vince (Rock).
Posted on 19 Sep 2008
If Everyone could have seen them dance .....
If everyone could have seen them dance like no one was watching Spending the last two weeks with the sailors, coaches, assistants, friends, families, care givers and International Association of Disabled Sailors (IFDS) officials during the 2008 Paralympics Sailing Regatta in Qingdao, China was the most rewarding experience of my career as a sailing journalist. These people are amazing!
Posted on 17 Sep 2008