sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 6
London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 6

'Flavio Marazzi and Enricon de Maria (SUI) sailing the Star class keelboat sail an extreme course and run into the Finn fleet coming the other way on Weymouth Bay.'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 6, August 3, 2012

The fresh westerly breezes that have dominated this Olympic Regatta continued today – the sixth straight day of moderate to fresh winds.

While normally this would be an issue in most regatta venues, here at Weymouth the three course locations offer a variety of sailing conditions – with flat waters in the Portland Harbour. The horse-show shaped bay that is the Nothe course seems to have reasonably straight winds, that certainly don’t lack for strength.

The eastern side of the Nothe forms a natural stadium for the capacity crowd of six thousand. Quite what would happen on this course if the wind swung east remains to be seen.

The Nothe is the venue for the Medal racing which starts on Sunday.

Iain Percy and Andrews Simpson - seemingly secure at the top of the Star class -  Richard Langdon -Ocean Images ©   Click Here to view large photo

Two events being contested on the Nothe coiurse on Sunday are the Two man Keelboat (Star) and Heavyweight Single Hander (Finn).

In the Finn class, Ben Ainslie (GBR) stumbled on the first leg of the day, rounding the first mark in 11th place with his rival Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) in fourth – had those placings remained at the finish – the climb for a fourth Gold Medal for Ainslie would have become very steep indeed.

But it was not to be, and once again Ainslie dug deep and pulled his way back into fifth place – conceding one more point. That was damage control. Ainslie got his foot back on the throat of the Dane in the tenth race, with a win, while Hogh-Christensen was third. Your one and up one. The deficit is now just two points with two single point scoring races left to sail plus the double points scoring medal race.

Ainslie pulls through in the Finn - London 2012 Olympic Games -  Richard Langdon -Ocean Images ©   Click Here to view large photo

By scoring a race win today in Race 9, Pieter-Jan Postma entered the Gold Medal equation for the Finn class, and according to the very learned gentleman who sits across the other side of the Sail-World bench at the Media Centre, the Gold Medal will now be decided in the Medal Race.

The three way tussle means there will be no more playing silly buggers at the back of the Medal Race fleet, as the two competitors in contention try and matchrace each other into last place.

If correct it will have also saved the Live TV commentators trying to explain to the watching public, why the two Medal contenders are deliberately sailing around at the back of the fleet.

Team GBR is currently leading the Star class going into the medal race -  Richard Langdon -Ocean Images ©   Click Here to view large photo

In the Two Man Keelboat, the British crew of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, look to have their Olympic title defence well under control. This is a brutal, crushing performance rather than one that is full of flair and flash.
Behind the British crew it is a duel for the Silver and Bronze between Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) and Fredrick Loof and Max Salminer (SWE). Just Four points separate the two crews.

For years the rest of the world has looked at the British powerhouse of sailing and wondered whether it was built on a base of unique talent – Jim Saltonstall’s 'Ferrets'. Or, whether there is a genuine talent development program that can take kids from Optimists and turn them into Olympic champions.

We had the answer to that, today with the Womens 470 event, which got underway on Weymouth Bay. Two former Optimist sailors, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, pulled through to the top of the leaderboard after the first day, to lead from the New Zealand pair of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie.

August 3, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) lead the Womens 470 Race 1 at the end of the second leg, They led the 20 boat fleet at the end of the first day. -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

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.

Different patterns and stories are developing through all the classes contesting this Olympic regatta.

Read about how they are unfolding in this edition of Sail-World.com’s Olympic newsletter

We’ll all be back in action tomorrow – stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

The Womens 470 fleet starts Race 1 on Weymouth Bay -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


by .

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100574

9:53 PM Fri 3 Aug 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
Newsletter Editorial Australia
Newsletter Editorial NZ

Related News Stories:

26 Jul 2012  Yachting Australia's National Boat Owners Meeting: CYCA Friday 27 July
25 Jul 2012  Olympics, Worlds, America’s Cup and the Northern regattas
23 Jul 2012  Whitsunday Sailing Club volunteers 'top class', says event organiser
23 Jul 2012  The heart of Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week
16 Jul 2012  The Road to Weymouth continues for the New Zealand team
15 Jul 2012  The Road to Weymouth continues for the Australian team
15 Jul 2012  The Road to Weymouth continues for the US team
12 Jul 2012  Heaven can wait – another 12 hours!!!
28 Jun 2012  ACWS Newport and VOR report —Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
25 Jun 2012  Holy Foiling Cats!!
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





































America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team ready for action
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng Race Team first official qualifier
Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things
ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete   
Earth Day boater tips   
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's   
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell   
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   


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.
X6XL WAS US