sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Star class drama
London Olympics 2012 - Star class drama

'Percy and Simpson - close but a silver cigar - 2012 London Olympics - Weymouth Day 7'    Sail-World.com ©    Click Here to view large photo

The London 2012 Olympics Star Medal race sailed on Weymouth’s Nothe course with a crowd of thousands, dozens of media boats and with the constant throb of helicopters. It produced an unexpected result.

Perhaps it was the pressure of the occasion, the winners thought it was a fair course the losers not.


Here we publish the words of the major players and pictures of the action and the reactions and you can decide.

Fredrik Loof and Max Salninen from Sweden won the race and won Gold.

Freddy Loof said ‘Until we were circling below the starting vessel and saw the board and we saw that ercy and Simpson were placed eighth and we knew they had to be better than seven and that's when we realised we had won Gold.

Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE), who won the Gold Medal today, 05.08.12, in the Medal Race Men’s Keelboat (Star) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo

‘Percy had a lot of pressure. We were first around the top mark and you have nine hungry boats behind you on the first round as well. We lost one boat and it is not easy and everyone wanted to finish off this regatta with a good race. No one is giving an inch.

'The course was good. Of course I am saying that, what can I say. It was an oscillating breeze but I thought the course was quite fair. You could read the water quite well. The crowd was unbelievable.

'And the results? It was the same top three boats as in Beijing, just in a different order.'

The losers Iain Percy and Andrew (Bart) Simpson were subdued.

Iain started the conversation. ‘We sailed ten good races and then you sail a bit of a dice thrower at the end.

‘We can’t blame anyone but ourselves but at the same time we are also really proud of the performances we have put in this week. Normally that would be enough - it wasn't this week. These guys are two nice guys and that makes it a little less painful but only a little.

‘We missed a major shift. It takes nothing away from how great we have sailed all week but that's the nature of this sport.

'When we discovered the result I think I said a few words that weren't addressed to Andrew but they were more general... probably wouldn't run on Television before 9pm.'

Andrew said 'All I would say is it not the way I would run an Olympic Games. It was a great viewing experience for everyone on the Nothe. It doesn’t help us but that's what it is about.

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR), who won the Silver Medal today, 05.08.12, in the Medal Race Men’s Keelboat (Star) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo

'Because of that they run in a medal race which is half the time right underneath a wall and double the points. At the moment I feel that that is a bit of a bad format but look let’s not concentrate on that. We are proud of having a silver medal. It doesn’t feel good yet but I am sure it will in a week’s time.

'I feel we have sailed really well this week. We have been beaten by two guys, especially Freddie, who we have known and both of us have sailed against for twenty years. One of the nicest gentlemen and best sailors you will ever race against. For him to finish his career today is something that, a tiny bit of happiness for both of us.

'The silver medal will obviously help with a career but we are not thinking about that at the moment. I am off to sail in the America's Cup with Artemis and I need to think about that in the next few days but let’s give us a week for us to put it together.

'At the moment the Star is not in the Olympics and there is not an option to go to another class. Unless that changes then that is it for us. But the Brazilians are keen for it to stay in. Hopefully things will change.'

Iain concluded 'It is fantastic having the supporters there, enjoying it, watching it and it is great to see people obviously enjoying the sailing and that’s is why they are racing so close to shore and it makes for trickier conditions but the support is fantastic. I hope that Great Britain has had a great time watching it.'

Star - Men - Overall Results

 

Pos

NOC

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

MR

Total

Net

1

SWE

Fredrik Loof

Max Salminen

(10)

4

4

1

5

3

4

1

2

6

2

42.0

32.0

2

GBR

Iain Percy

Andrew Simpson

(11)

2

3

2

1

2

1

2

4

1

16

45.0

34.0

3

BRA

Robert Scheidt

Bruno Prada

4

1

(9)

6

2

1

3

5

1

3

14

49.0

40.0

4

NOR

Eivind Melleby

Petter Morland Pedersen

7

5

2

4

(16)

11

8

4

7

5

10

79.0

63.0

5

NZL

Hamish Pepper

Jim Turner

(15)

7

1

13

6

5

9

8

8

9

4

85.0

70.0

6

GER

Robert Stanjek

Frithjof Kleen

6

9

8

7

4

6

(17)
BFD

11

9

4

6

87.0

70.0

7

USA

Mark Mendelblatt

Brian Fatih

5

(14)

5

3

8

9

5

10

3

11

12

85.0

71.0

8

POL

Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Dominik Zycki

9

3

12

10

3

4

2

9

(13)

2

18

85.0

72.0

9

FRA

Xavier Rohart

Pierre-Alexis Ponsot

1

13

10

11

12

(14)

11

6

6

8

8

100.0

86.0

10

IRL

Peter O'Leary

David Burrows

2

6

14

5

11

12

(17)
DSQ

7

11

7

20

112.0

95.0

11

DEN

Michael Hestbaek

Claus Olesen

12

11

13

(14)

13

7

6

3

14

10

 

103.0

89.0

12

CAN

Richard Clarke

Tyler Bjorn

16

10

6

8

10

(17)
OCS

13

12

5

13

 

110.0

93.0

13

SUI

Flavio Marazzi

Enrico De Maria

13

8

11

9

15

8

10

13

15

(16)

 

118.0

102.0

14

GRE

Amilios PAPATHANASIOU

Antonis Tsotras

3

16

7

12

7

15

(17)
BFD

17
DSQ

17
OCS

12

 

123.0

106.0

15

POR

Afonso Domingos

Frederico Melo

14

15

15

(16)

9

10

7

14

10

14

 

124.0

108.0

16

CRO

Marin Lovrovic Jr

Dan Lovrovic

8

12

(16)

15

14

13

12

15

12

15

 

132.0

116.0


by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100648

6:29 PM Sun 5 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:

06 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Two bullets for Outteridge and Jensen
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Nail biting finale in Finn medal race
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Mixed bag for Irish sailors
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth, Day 8 - Gold on line in Stars
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Star - Swedes claim gold in thrilling finale
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Day 8 - Ainslie wins more Gold
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie secures golden place in history
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Ben Ainslie wins Finn gold - Images by Ingrid Abery
06 Aug 2012  London Olympics: Day 8 - Kiwis second in both Medal Races
06 Aug 2012  London 2012 Olympics - Iain Percy's parents react to silver medal win
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   


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