sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : London Olympics - Mens RS:X preview
London Olympics - Mens RS:X preview

'Julian Bontemps (FRA) in action in the RS:X M class on day 6 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.'    onEdition ©    Click Here to view large photo
The Men’s RS:X competition will be a fascinating competition with several strong contenders spread across the fleet.

A large number of the sailors in the fleet have what it takes to win the competition but it will be a case of who kicks it up when it really matters.


Julien Bontemps (FRA) comes into London 2012 as the Men’s RS:X World Champion having picked up gold in Cadiz, Spain in March. The Frenchman finished ninth at Athens 2004 and won silver at Beijing 2008 and he is aware of the threats posed at London 2012, 'I think there are seven or eight guys who can win the medals,' said Bontemps. 'I think I am part of those and that’s what we’ve been training towards. This is my third Olympics so I’m used to the pressure and to feel the entire nation behind me. A lot of people have confidence in you and it is a great feeling.'
2011 RS:X World Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) is one of those who will be in the running for the RS:X gold medal and like Bontemps he is aware of his adversaries, 'I’m stoked to be competing at the Games and I’m just going to try and make the best of it,' said the Dutchman. 'The top ten is really close together and we’ve got people like Julien Bontemps, Nick Dempsey, Przemyslaw Miarczynski from Poland and of course a whole lot more, so those are the guys to watch out for.'

The Dutchman’s laid back personality has won him a lot of fans but it’ll be business as usual on the water, 'I’m looking forward to racing each other and having a good time, that’s what it’s all about and everybody being on their A game and trying to get a result. I love my country and that’s important for me.'

Nick Dempsey (GBR) is one of the most determined athletes in the fleet and as a Weymouth based lad he will know the waters. The Brit won bronze at Athens 2004 but missed out on the medals in Beijing, finishing fourth. He won the RS:X Worlds at the same venue in 2009 and has finished on the podium at all eight of the senior regattas he has sailed in at Weymouth and Portland.

Nick Dempsey, RSX. -  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR   Click Here to view large photo

Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski has European, World Cup and World RS:X medals in his cabinet but has not been able to add an Olympic one to his repertoire. An eighth place at Sydney 2000 followed up by a fifth at Athens 2004 and a 16th at Beijing 2008 has seen the Polish windsurfer miss out on the ultimate prize. The 32-year-old will aim to push all the way to the bitter end.

Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) will be another strong contender having put together a run of consistent results that has seen him finish in the top ten at every regatta sailing in since March 2011. With this in his mind the Greek windsurfer comes into London 2012 bubbling with confidence, 'It’s a big Games for me. I just want to enjoy it, have fun and whatever comes in the end I believe it will be good.'

Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Shahar Zubari (ISR), New Zealand’s JP Tobin, and Germany’s Toni Wilhelm will also be front runners for gold.

Outsiders include Richard Stauffacher (SUI), Ricardo Santos (BRA), Zac Plavsic (CAN), Tae Hoon Lee (KOR) and Maksym Oberemko (UKR) but they will have to put together ten consistent results to be in with a chance during the Medal Race.

The Men’s RS:X fleet will set sail on Tuesday 31 July at 12:00 on the Weymouth Bay West Course. 3 August is a lay day before racing resumes on 4 August. The Men’s RS:X will play to the Nothe Spectator area on 7 August where the gold medallists will be decided after the Medal Race.

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Julien Bontemps (FRA) spills out at the first mark of the medal race. RS:X Mens. -  Guy Nowell ©   Click Here to view large photo


ISAF Olympic Sailing website


by ISAF

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=100234

11:11 AM Fri 27 Jul 2012GMT


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







News - USA and the World









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,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






















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
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   


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