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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics Newsletter - Day 4

Annalise Murphy (Gold dot on her sail), has it all ahead of her in today's opening race - back in the van of the fleet where the real racing takes place.  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's 2012 Olympic Newsletter for Day 4, August 1, 2012

At yesterday's Media Briefing, much was made of the front that would pass over the race area today bringing strong winds, rain and all manner of metrological pestilence.

It didn't arrive.

Worst case that we saw was a little rain, and a fresh breeze for part of the afternoon, and then it lightened off.

Conditions like this usually makes for big shifts, and that was the hand dealt to Ireland's Annalise Murphy, on the Laser Radial course, on the eastern side of Weymouth Bay.

Our media boat arrived at the top mark, cameras at the ready, expecting to see the 6ft 1' sailor at the head of the fleet once again - she has only missed leading at two marks in the four races sailed. But today she was back in van of the fleet – proving she is human after all. Annalise scored a 19th (her discard) and 8th place in the two races sailed, proving she is human.

Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) Ben Ainslie, earlier in the 2012 Olympic Regatta  Richard Gladwell

She has an interesting scorecard, with today's placings sitting uncomfortably alongside her four wins.

On the 49er course, the Australian pair of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen showed their class, being in the middle of the fleet on the first of three rounds, and working their way back to be second by race end.

They now enjoy a 20 point margin over their nearest rivals, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

Tomorrow sees racing get underway in the Mens 470 class, they had their practice race today, and the Womens will do likewise before launching into the points counting stuff the next day.

Combat resumes in the Finn and Star classes, after a rest day for both.

August 1, 2012 - Weymouth, England Japanese crew soon after a start in the 49er  Richard Gladwell

The key point of interest will be whether Ben Ainslie can claw his way back into Gold Medal contention. He has a 10 point gap to close, which to our eyes doesn't seem insurmountable. He has four races to sail counting for normal points, and then the double counting Medal Race.

But tomorrow he needs to make inroads into the points deficit and can't make the task harder than it has already become. Ainslie also has the issue of limited runway, but if he can get the margin down to just five points, with two days to go, one of the greatest of British sailing dreams will be realised.

The Medal race for the Finn class is on Sunday.

London 2012 - Olympic Games Day 4 - NZL's Andrew Murdoch had a commanding win in the Mens Singlehander (Laser)  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

Iain Percy and Andrew ('Bart') Simpson look to have the Star Medal under control, but will be only too well aware of the need to maintain momentum.

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.

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

London 2012 - Olympic Games - Day 4 - Storck and Moore (USA) in the 49er  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright




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Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
The five times Laser World Champion Australia's Tom Slingsby slipped back into second place, behind Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus after six races.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Canadian Team on day 4
John Curtis,
Day 4 of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition in WeymouthIt did rain but it was also not as hard as expected. This all resulted in a lighter shiftier wind than expected which offered a good challenge for the sailors today.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Slingsby slogs - Goodison lifts
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The five times Laser World Champion Australia's Tom Slingsby slipped back into second place, behind Pavlos Kontides while Paul Goodison (GBR) is fighting a back injury. Goodison has vowed to give it his all, despite his injury.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Belcher and Page prepare for gold defence
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympics, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page will begin the defence of Australia's 470 men's gold medal when racing in their class gets underway on Thursday. The pair heads into London 2012 as favourites, they've been undefeated this year, have won the last three 470 World Championships and have held the world number one ranking since the middle of 2010.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Mid Regatta Blues - digging in
Mark Chisnell,
Four days of Olympic competition and we're into the middle eight, the excitement of the Opening Ceremony is long forgotten, and the medal races are still a long way off.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Mid Regatta Blues - digging in
Mark Chisnell,
Four days of Olympic competition and we're into the middle eight, the excitement of the Opening Ceremony is long forgotten, and the medal races are still a long way off.... [more]
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London Olympics: Preview of day 5 for Team Australia
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the 470 men will hit the water for the first time on Thursday with Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page out to defend Page's Beijing 2008 gold medal. The 49er, RS:X and Women's Match Racing classes continue racing with the Finn and Star fleets back in action after a lay day. The Laser and Laser Radial classes have the day off.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Amazing run for the Aussies on day 4
Craig Heydon,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Australia's Women's Match Racing and 49er crews continue to lead after four days. Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty kept their amazing run going, making it eight wins from eight starts in the Women's Match Racing competition, while Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have opened up a 13 point lead in the 49er class.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - 49er action from Portland
Richard Gladwell,
The 49er's took their turn on Portland Harbour today, with two races sailed in moderate breezes. For some of the media it was a chance to see Telefonica skipper, Icker Martinez take the tiller of a 49er after nine months on the wheel of a Volvo Ocean Racer.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Brits excel on day 4
Matt Carter,
At the London 2012 Olympics, windsurfer Nick Dempsey climbed into the RS:X Men's medal positions courtesy of a thrilling photo finish on day four. Dempsey, who impressed downwind on the spectator Nothe course all day, powered past race leader Byron Kokalanis (GRE) on the line in his second race of the day – race four overall – to end his day with a fifth and his first race win of the regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Lasers on Weymouth Bay.
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand sailor Andrew Murdoch scored his first race win of the 2012 Olympic regatta, working out to a handsome lead on the big course on Weymouth Bay. Sail-World's camera was on hand to catch the action and reactions in the Mens Single hander... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Carlo Borlenghi day 4 images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi images from day 4 of the London Olympics 2012 Sailing competition.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Weymouth - Laser Radials make pretty sight
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was on the waters of Weymouth Bay, today for Day 4 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and caught the action on the Laser Radial course. The key feature of the race was the halt to the perfect score of wins for Ireland's Annalise Murphy, who got on the wrong side of the course and rounded the top mark right back in the ruck of the fleet.... [more]
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London Olympics: Images of Portland - a painful capsize
Richard Gladwell,
The Kirkland brothers from Bermuda were involved in an interesting and painful incident in the fifth race of the 49er class at the 2012 Olympic Regatta. Just short of the finish line, when twin wire reaching the leeward wing caught the waters of Portland Harbour, triggering a capsize. Crew Alexander Kirkland fell awkwardly and was in some pain as the boat drifted to the finish line.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Strong competition from US sailors + Video
Dana Paxton,
At the 2012 Olympic Games, day four of racing in Weymouth and Portland brought a mix of strong and gusting wind that tested everyone on courses spread from the harbor to the bay. Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are seventh in the 49er; Paige Railey is seventh in Laser Radial; Rob Crane 32nd in Laser; Bob Willis 13th in Men's Windsurfing and Farrah Hall is 18th in Women's Windsurfing.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Tricky day for Irish sailors
ISA,
At the London 2012 Olympics, three of the Irish sailing teams were competing today in Weymouth. Annalise Murphy remains at the top of the Laser Radial fleet having placed eighth and 19th today. Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern slipped to ninth overall in the 49er fleet and James Espey is 45th overall in the Laser class. The Star class were on a rest day and remain ninth overall.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 49er - Outteridge and Jensen remain strong
ISAF,
At the London 2012 Olympics, after six 49er races, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have opened up a thirteen point lead over New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. The Australians finished second in Race 5 and won Race 6 and despite a strong early advantage, the pair are taking everything as it comes and not getting too carried away.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: RS:X - Comprehensive Dutch victory
ISAF,
Dorian van Rijsselberge continued in great fashion in the Men's RS:X after another race win which was followed by a third as Nothe spectators were treated to two RS:X races. The Dutchman recorded another comprehensive victory in the third Men's RS:X race but in Race 4 the thousands of fans watching saw Nick Dempsey (GBR) claw his way back to win the race on the line ahead of Byron Kokkalanis.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser - Kontides on the rise
ISAF,
At the London Olympics, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) has edged in front of Tom Slingsby (AUS) in the Laser class following another fantastic day. Having won two races on 31 July, Kontides was the model of consistency once again with a 2-4 on the Weymouth Bay West course to lead on 12 points, one ahead of the Australia.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Laser Radial - Van Acker and Bouwmeester rise
ISAF,
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London Olympics 2012: Finn class - Preparing for the final push
Robert Deaves,
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Results after day 4
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day four, we see the latest results from the 49er Men's, Elliott 6m - Women's (Women's Match Racing), Finn, Laser Men's, Laser Radial Women's, RS:X Men's, RS:X Women's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Price remains undefeated in the WMR event
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
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London Olympics 2012 - Australians doing swimmingly
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
London Olympics 2012 - The 49er World Champions and red hot Olympic 49er Gold Medal favourites Nathan Outteridge and Iain (Goobs) Jensen have opened up a nice lead after six races into the Olympic series. After racing today they provided a window into their regatta. Iain Jensen was first to comment. ‘Today was really good. We came away with a two and a one. We had good starts in both of them... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Mills and Clark begin quest for glory
Matt Carter,
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London Olympics 2012 - Day four unfurling
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
There's plenty of great racing action to watch on Day Four of the sailing section of the 2012 Olympiad. Thankfully, the big front that was forecasted to rake across the different racing courses today appears to be a non-issue, although the skies are still smeared with clouds and a moderately low ceiling.... [more]
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London Olympics day 3 - Action packed for Canadian Team
Canadian Sailing Team,
Joining their Canadian team mates were Zac Plavsic and Nikola Girke in the men's and women's windsurfer, the RS:X. High noon was packed with four races starting simultaneously! 49er, Finn, Radial and Men's RS:X all hit the course at the same time. Following them closely were the Star, Women's RS:X and Laser Fleets.... [more]
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