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Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69

The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, with a stadium course.

But television steps onto the field of play...

Yesterday, in the name of more exciting television, the ISAF contracted Sunset & Vine Broadcast TV boat twice powered down the run, following the Finn class race leader Pieter Jan Postma and putting significant wash on Ben Ainslie.

Ainslie was seen to be shouting at the driver both times and even shook his fist the second time.

Then post race, Britain's sailing superstar lost it completely. He sailed his Finn up to the video boat and stepped aboard to confront the driver and cameraman and there was, at the very least, vigorous discussion.

Ainslie is a fierce competitor and his temper is similar. His reaction to the behaviour of the ISAF contracted televison crew was very very regrettable. He should have sought redress and left it at that. He was rubbed out of the Worlds, but as we explain in our full article that might not be the end of matter.

The RYA is now in the spotlight as they have to address the matter of a suitable penalty.

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain walks thru Fishing Boat Harbour on day 8 during the Finn gold fleet race of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 10, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Perth 2011)  Paul Kane


Australians Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page became 2011 470 Mens World Champions, on Sunday afternoon at Perth 2011, showing why they are hot favourites to win Olympic Gold in Weymouth next August. Sail-World talked to them after the medal race.

The Women's Match Racing is a marathon affair. One of the best known Olympic reporters asked what was happening on the WMR course commented ‘I think they finish before Christmas.'‘

Kenyan marathon legend Kip Keino said you always have to be careful, when you think you have the measure in an event, some unknown barefoot runner might come down out of the mountains.

In the Women's 470 class that starts tomorrow there is one crew that fits into that class, with an Olympic campaign just eight weeks old.

Watch out for a pair of unknowns Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell - we will be following them with interest.

Olympic selection trials certainly create some tension, two New Zealand rivals JP Tobin and Tom Ashley have just protested each other in the RS:X class.

And if you look at the image above of the British sailor who early took to the water heading back to his Finn, you can see why the sharks have been scared off!!


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play...... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Slingsby won't be distracted
Perth 2011,
While Slingsby is taking the ‘favourite' status at Perth 2011 in his stride, being at the top didn't always sit so well with the 27-year-old. 'Last Olympics I went in as a favourite and I had a shocker,' he said. 'I don't know what it was, maybe I didn't deal with the pressure properly.'... [more]
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Australian World Champions set Gold Medal platform for London 2012
Rob Kothe,
Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page became the 2011 470 Mens World Champions on Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Page's first comment was ‘Winning the world championship in Perth is a great step towards Weymouth.'... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Koritz hang on to RS:X Gold + Video
Rory Ramsden,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Lee Koritz (ISR) held the grasp on her gold medal positions by just two point after a strong challenge from Zofia Noceti Klepacka (POL). As predicted yesterday Zofia proved too hot for Marina Alabau [ESP] to handle. She burst off the start line just behind Maayan Davidovich [ISR] who was first to the breakwater underneath the grandstands.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Four new world champions emerge
Perth 2011,
On day nine of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia four new world champions took to the podium as dusk fell; marking the end of a full day of medal racing. It was a day enjoyed by both sailors and public alike, with spectators lining the beach and filling the grandstand at Bather's Bay to witness who would take gold in the Finn, Laser Radial, Men's 470 and Women's RS:X classes... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Bronze in Laser Radial for US
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Paige Railey won a bronze medal in the Laser Radial, while Zach Railey finished ninth overall in the Finn. In Women's Match Racing, Genny Tulloch, Jenn Chamberlin and Alice Manard Leonard continued in the repechage round, and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih were the top scoring US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics team in the Star class.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - British crews win three medals
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Giles Scott added the Finn world title to his European crown on a first finals day in Fremantle, which saw three British crews winning medals across the four finals held. Scott, who started the day in overall first place in the heavyweight dinghy fleet, needed to prevent any boats getting between him and the second-placed Dutchman Pieter Jan Postma... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Scott takes Finn title
Robert Deaves,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The Finn medal race was a fantastic finale of the the first week of competition and it didn't disappoint. With three sailors capable of winning the coveted title and three more capable of snatching bronze, it was an enthralling and exciting contest with a thrilling ending.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 title to Belcher and Page
Craig Heydon,
470 World Championships men's event has drawn to a conclusion in Western Australia at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Australian sailors Belcher and Page have won the title after another strong day of racing. The win was the pair's second title together, defending the crown they won in the Netherlands last year and taking Page's personal 470 World Championship tally to five.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Stadium racing for Finn class
Robert Deaves,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – It was a day of stadium racing for the rock stars of the Finn class in Fremantle, at the Finn Gold Cup, with two gold fleet races sailed just off a grandstand, which was almost filled to capacity with action hungry spectators. They got far more action than they expected.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Ainslie's Finn title campaign over
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Following today's incident with Ben Ainslie (GBR), a hearing was heard by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69. Ben Ainslie's campaign for a sixth Finn World Championship title came to an end after he was disqualified for both of the day's two races today.... [more]
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Canada earns Olympic berths in all four classes
Canadian Yachting Association,
The medal race is all that remains for the first week competitors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Unfortunately for Canadian supporters we don't have any athletes in the much desired Medal race. We did have some solid finishes for the Canadian squad today. Nikola Girke in the women's RSX class led the charge putting up a second in the final race and securing an Olympic berth.... [more]
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NZL Sailing team qualifies in four events for 2012 Olympics
Kristine Lederis,
Two NZL Sailing Team boats will be progressing to the ISAF World Championship medal races tomorrow; the Men's 470 duo Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, and Sara Winther in the Laser Radial. On a very windy day off the shores of Fremantle, Western Australia, New Zealand also qualified for the London 2012 Olympics in all four fleet racing disciplines that were on the water this week.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 39 nations qualify in Perth
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - After the Finn, Men's 470, Women's RS:X and Laser Radial completed racing today 39 nations, out of the 79 competing in Perth, have qualified to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ainslie in protest hearing
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ben Ainslie is this evening in a protest hearing after an incident following race 9 of the series – the first of two races for the Finn class to be held on Saturday 10 December. Ainslie said: 'On the final downwind leg of the race, I was hindered by a media boat, the actions of which I felt were seriously impeding my progress in the race.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – 470 medal race teams confirmed
Luissa Smith,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Under a blue sky and one of the hottest days of the Championships so far, the 2011 470 World Championship title contenders, Medal Race teams and nineteen Olympic qualifying nations were confirmed. Perfect sailing conditions ranging between 12-17 knots were delivered by the Fremantle Doctor out on Success Course... [more]
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Passionate Persistence – Annie Lush GBR Women's Match Racer
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Britain's three-woman team of Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor show passionate persistence as they compete at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images from day 7 Perth 2011
Various Photographers,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon images from day seven of the action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 7
Perth 2011,
On day seven of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, there wasn't a spare seat to be had in the grandstand with spectators as close as possible to the Centre Course on Bathers Bay in Fremantle taking in the on the water action. Amid a respectable sea breeze, the Men's 470 yachts came in to tack just off the breakwater grandstand to provide a taste of what is in store for sailing fans... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Ainslie back on top of Finn fleet
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup is being held at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Fremantle, Australia. Ben Ainslie (GBR) is back on top after another incredible display of consistency and skill. The five time Finn world champion now has a two point lead from Giles Scott (GBR) while overnight leader Pieter Jan Postma (NED) slips to third another five points back.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ainslie resumes pole
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Competition in the Finn class continued today, in Fremantle, with Triple Olympic sailing gold medallist and five-time Finn World Champion Ben Ainslie regaining control in the battle for the world title. Ainslie and his Skandia Team GBR stable mates are continuing to prove a dominant force in the heavyweight dinghy fleet... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Good day for U.S. Sailing Team
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships first week is drawing to a close with the Finn, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Women's RS:X fleet racing finishing tomorrow so it's all on to determine who will advance into the medal races. Today two races were held in the Finn and Men's 470 classes, while the Laser Radial sailors had a reserve day.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tight battle for spots
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship comes to an end tomorrow for the the Finn, Men's 470, Laser Radial and Women's RS:X fleet, with the final London 2012 Olympic Qualification places on offer at Perth up for grabs. Thirty one nations secured their spots for London 2012 in the Laser Radial and Women's RS:X yesterday.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Belcher and Page extend lead
Craig Heydon,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships continued on day seven with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page extending their lead at the head of the 470 men's fleet. Belcher and Page won both of Friday's Gold fleet races to open up a 12 point lead over Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell with Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic a further 13 back in third.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finns tight at top after day 6
Robert Deaves,
A single race for Finns on Thursday at the Finn Gold Cup at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships provided few surprises, but some great racing. Pieter Jan Postma (NED) won the race to extend his lead to two points over Giles Scott (GBR), while Ben Ainslie remains in third, another two points back.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6- First Gold fleet races
Perth 2011,
On day 6 of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Gold fleet races got underway amid a moderate sea breeze providing near perfect sailing conditions off Fremantle. Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka had more on her mind than just winning her RS-X races on Thursday, crediting her impressive comeback on a new mental outlook.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Mixed fortunes for Brits
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships sixth day saw the start of the finals series racing. British contenders enduring mixed fortunes as the competition for world titles stepped up a gear. A fascinating battle for gold medal glory is unfolding in the Finn class where GBR's European Champion Giles Scott and five-time Finn World Champion Ben Ainslie are currently poised in second and third... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA qualifies two Olympic events
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - With three additional races held Thursday in the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) has an overall third place, to date, in the series. By making the cut into the gold fleet on Wednesday, Railey secured a country berth for USA in the women's singlehanded dinghy event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 5
Perth 2011,
On day five of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, predominantly blue skies, sunshine and light to moderate winds greeted sailors. Competitors in four classes put aside the disappointment of Tuesday's postponements by asserting themselves in the fleet racing.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing Championships - RS:X women's fleet day 3
Rory Ramsden,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing Championships third day of racing for the RS:X women's fleet started in a building breeze after a short postponement. This was going to be make or break day for Blanca Manchon [ESP] and Alessandra Sensini [ITA] who were sailing together in the RS:X Blue Group. There was determination in their faces as they left the beach to go out to the first start of the day.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 fleet racing abandoned
Luissa Smith,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The second day of competition for the 470 men's fleet dawned wet and grey, before the weather demons took over completely. Rain, thunderstorms and severe weather warnings forced the Race Committee to abandon racing for the day.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 4 storms
Rory Ramsden,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 4 racing was abandoned. The forecast of electrical storms and possible wind gusts up to 100kph continuing through to evening kept the fleet sailors killing time in the boat parks hoping for an afternoon's start.... [more]
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GBR 49er Dave Evans in the heat of battle in Perth
Shauna McGee Kinney,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, ISAF 4 Ranked 49er skipper Dave Evans and his crew Edward Powys are in the heat of battle. In fact, Fremantle is experiencing unseasonably hot conditions with up to 36 C / 97 F weather, light winds and the threat of thunderstorms coming.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - US Paige Railey and US Zach Railey - Two of us
Shauna McGee Kinney,
The US is hoping to see two Raileys single-handed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Raileys are brother and sister and are among the top US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors. Paige Railey is one of the world's top Laser Radial sailors and her brother, Zach Railey, is a 2008 Silver Medalist and world-class sailor in the Finn.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Britain's Laser Gold Medallist takes the long view
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Leading up to Beijing 2008 Olympics, British Laser champion Paul Goodison had a dominant 18 months, winning both test events and finishing off that campaign with an Olympic Gold Medal. Already selected for the London Olympics 2012, Goodison has a different focus to the rest of the Laser fleet heading into Perth 2011.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Lasers – all Bent out of Shape
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Its just two weeks to Perth 2011, the largest fleet (in combination), the Laser Radial and Laser Standard will be sailing their 2011 World Championships and there is significant equipment issue looming.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Not always happy families on Olympic class sailing scene
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
For the last five years a not very secret project has been aiming to deliver a better more durable Laser sail. The final prototypes have been tested for more than 18 months, they've passed with flying colours, its reported that the World Council unanimously voted for a routine equipment change a long time ago but the project is now very much stalled.... [more]
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