sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics 2012 - Match Racing for Gold
London Olympics 2012 - Match Racing for Gold

'Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) competing today, 10.08.12, in the Women’s Match Racing (Elliott 6M) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.'    onEdition ©    Click Here to view large photo

At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, match racing started early on the Nothe Course today - scheduled for 14:30 when the Elliotts were due to take to the water, it actually began at 12:00 with the 470 Men's medal race, and carried right on through the 470 Women's decider. Both involved British boats against Southern Hemisphere opponents and both the local teams were to be disappointed - if you can be disappointed with a silver medal at the Olympics...

It was the postponed Men's 470 medal race first and this was the British pair of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell up against multi-World Champions, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page. The two pairs had gold and silver sewn up, and the Brits needed to put a boat between them and the Aussies to take gold. It started well for Patience and Bithell, they took the lead off the line and even had the Croatian pair of Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic between them and Belcher and Page at the top mark.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS), Men’s 470 Medal Race - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition -  http://www.ingridabery.com!©_Ingrid_Abery  

A left-hand shift soon after they rounded onto the run did for the Brits though, as both the Croatians and the Aussies rotated inside them, and then crossed in front after Patience and Bithell gybed. It didn't help that Belcher and Page also appeared to have a small speed edge downwind and had extended by the gate. But Patience and Bithell got a split upwind and took the game to them, coming out of the left almost bow-to-bow half-way up the beat.

A tough tacking duel ensued with the Aussies pulling out a length and picking the right side when they finally split. Right turned out to be right, and they came out well in front at the top mark, and again extended downwind to take second, with Patience and Bithell in fourth. Between them was Argentina's Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente - and that third place gave them the bronze from Italy's Gabrio Zandonã and Pietro Zucchetti.

The 470 Women were up next and in the British boat were Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark; and in the Southern Hemisphere boat were the Kiwis, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie. It was a simple matter of winner takes all and these guys got fully into the pre-start - it was a win for the Brits with a front row start going left, and the Kiwis buried in their dirty air and forced to tack and clear. No one knew it at the time, but the medal was decided the moment that Mills and Clark decided not to try and extricate themselves from the front-row and take the loss to cover.

Olympic Games Sailing at Weymouth, Dorset August 2012. The Women’s 470 medal race on the Nothe course. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie win gold for New Zealand. -  http://www.ingridabery.com!©_Ingrid_Abery  

The Kiwi girls found a twenty degree shift on the right of the race course, and no one touched them for the rest of the race. The Brits wriggled on the hook, but only succeeded in making it worse with big splits out to the left - they finished ninth. Bronze went to the Netherlands Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout by a single point advantage over France's Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron.

Next up for the crowd on the Nothe was the actual Women's Match Racing, semi-final round. Round Robin winners, Australia’s Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty squared up against Finland’s Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff. While Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Syuzeva and Elena Oblova took on Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez, Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Menendez of Spain. It was Lehtinen and Skudina that took the early advantage, but Australia and Spain then squared it up, just as the breeze faded.

Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff (FIN) competing today, 10.08.12, in the Women’s Match Racing (Elliott 6M) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo

The wait was long and agonising, as no more racing would have meant resorting to the round robin results to get the finalists. In the end, after a move into Portland Harbour, the race officials managed to get one more race going - and it was clearly do or die. Both matches saw extraordinary turnovers. Olivia Price left it until the last metre to get past Silja Lehtinen, and so confirm Australia as the dominant sailing nation at these Games. They have now got a guaranteed match racing gold or silver to add to the three golds they have already won.

And in the other match, it was Skudina who held the early advantage, with both the lead and Echegoyen carrying a penalty. But the Spanish managed to get past and then clear the penalty with some great sailing. They held their advantage all the way to the line. Tomorrow's final will be Australia versus Spain, with Russia racing Finland for the bronze, and if it's half as exciting as today, it will be a great advertisement for the sport. Shame it's out of the Olympics...

Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez, Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Menendez (ESP) competing today, 10.08.12, in the Women’s Match Racing (Elliott 6M) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. -  onEdition ©   Click Here to view large photo


by Mark Chisnell

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100852

7:21 PM Fri 10 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:

11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 - Medal haul complete for British sailors
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Men's 470 Medal Race images by Ingrid Abery
11 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012: Women's 470 Medal Race images by Ingrid Abery
11 Aug 2012  London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 13
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 – Silver for GBR’s Mills and Clark
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012 – Silver for GBR’s Patience and Bithell
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012—Aleh and Price earn Gold in the Women’s 470 class
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012—Belcher and Page earn Gold in the Men's 470 class
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics 2012—Overview of the day’s racing
10 Aug 2012  London Olympics Women's Match Race Semi's live at Royal Prince Alfred
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   


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