Olympic News Day 3

12 Aug 2008

Editorial: A page written in Olympic history

Carl Evans and Peter Burling (NZL), created Olympic history today.  Sail-World.com/ AUS ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's Olympic newsletter for Day 3 of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

Olympic history was created off the coast of Qingdao, China today when the youngest ever crew to compete in an Olympic Regatta crossed the startline in the opening race of the Mens 470 event.

At just 17 years old, Carl Evans and Peter Burling (New Zealand) became the youngest crew to ever contest an Olympic sailing event.

Just three years ago, the helmsman, Carl Evans, was sailing Optimists and was the third qualifier for the New Zealand team to the Optimist Worlds in Silvaplana, Switzerland. He was the top placed New Zealander in that World Championship finishing in 15th place overall.

Meanwhile, his future crew, Peter Burling, was winning open national championship titles in New Zealand at just 14 years old. Burling teamed up with fellow Tauranga sailor, Bruce Kennedy to contest the 2005 Youth World Championships in the 420 class in Busan, Korea. They finished a very inauspicious 15th overall.

Soon afterwards, Evans and Burling teamed up to contest the 2005 420 World Championships in Gran Canarie and swept the field winning the Under 16, Under 18 and Open Titles. They defended in Takapuna six months later, and then switched to the 470. Their first international regatta was the 2007 470 Europeans where they finished sixth overall.

Their stellar rise in the 470 saw them confirmed by New Zealand Olympic selectors after the 2008 World Championships where they finished 11th earlier this year. Since then they have been juggling attendance at secondary school with Olympic training and regatta competition.

Evans and Burling competing in the Mens 470 class 2008 Olympic Regatta on Day 3.  Richard Gladwell

Carl Evans will celebrate his 18th birthday during this Olympic regatta. The youngest winner of an Olympic Gold medal was Paul Elvstrom, also aged 18years old when he competed in the singlehanded Firefly in the 1948 Olympics at Torquay, England. Elvstrom went onto win another three Olympic Gold medals in the Finn class in 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics.

Burling and Evans performed well enough in their two races today, finishing 7th and 10th for a 7th overall. They were in 4th place midway through the second race before a failed knot in a spinnaker sheet, dropping them back to 12th place at the next mark. They recovered to be 10th overall.

Aside from Olympic history being made, there were a number of outstanding performances, and none more so than host China's Jian Yin in the Womens RS:X windsurfer, who won both her races. She returned to a jubilant crowd gathered by the lighthouse on the end of the breakwater, who chanted in unison as she entered the Olympic harbour after and excellent day.

Overall leader in the Womens 470 class, Marcelien de Koning and Lobke Berkhout (NED) in the the big swells that prevailed on the outer course today.  Richard Gladwell

Another crew who had an outstanding day was the Australian 49er combination of Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin, who won two of the three races sailed in the 49er class today. Outteridge was a top Australian youth sailor, before being badly injured in a car crash on his way to Sail Melbourne in 2005. Expected to be permanently disabled due to a broken back, Outteridge, then a top 470 sailor, switched to the 49er class winning the 2008 World Championship in Melbourne, in January.

Of the British sailing machine, Ben Ainslie edged past Zach Railey (USA) in the Finn class winning the fifth race before dropping back to 10th in the sixth. Railey did not have a great day in the finishing seventh and eighth - his two worst placings of the regatta.

In the Yngling class Sarah Ayton and friends hold their lead, with a fourth and second. The GBR 49er crew of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, overnight points leaders, dropped like a stone in the standings after posting a 14,15,15 scorecard for the three races sailed.

Qingdao Olympic Regatta 2008. Jessica Crisp (AUS), second after the first two races of the Women's RS-X event.  Guy Nowell ©

The Qingdao Doctor was recorded at its usual 6-8kts today - but with a small shift in direction to the east.

On the outer courses, D and E, a big swell was running, no sufficient for serious surfing, but gave the competitors an elevator ride nevertheless.

The algae continues to make its presence felt and was the subject of some questioning and evasion at today's press conference. According to the authorities, the weed situation is checked early in the morning at around 6.00am and again at 10.00am. After each check the boats are called to sea for the cleanup operation. When asked how many boats were engaged on this activity the all encompassing reply was 'sufficient' .

On the tide lines in the course there was noticeably more of the weed. Your intrepid editor followed top Japanese photographer Kauro Soehata's lead and ate some of the green hairy noodle like substance. It is not too bad, a little stringy, but is apparently very nice when cooked with an egg. However we will be sticking to our lunch from the hotel.

We also got alongside the boom that extends for 30kms along the outer limit of the race course. It is quite an impressive sight.

The mind games in the Tornado class continue, with the USA measuring in a smaller Code Zero upwind spinnaker, and with other crews still to complete the measurement process. On the course today there were several Tornados training. but none were sporting with the third upwind sail, and all that we saw were twin wiring, which negates its purpose a little.

More on this in Sail-World tomorrow.

Good Sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Sail-World Olympic Editor

Richard Gladwell

ISAF under fire
Bob Fisher,
While the subject of Code Zero sails in the Tornado class continues to cause unrest at the Olympic regatta, the international body for the sport should be carefully considering the open letter to President Goran Petersson from the UK Catamaran Racing Association's president, Nick Dewhirst.... [more]

GBR 470 pair disqualified from first race
Karenza Morton,
GBR 470 girls, Christina Bassadone and Saskia Clark have been disqualified from race one of their 2008 Olympic regatta following a right-of-way infringement protest. But the Brits will now be hoping to land a couple of good scores tomorrow to pull them back into contention once the discard comes into force at race five... [more]

Laser and Radial start racing at Qingdao Tuesday
Lindsey Bell,
Day four of the Olympic sailing regatta in Qingdao sees three classes rested and two new classes take to the water. While the Yngling, Finn and 49er competitors get a break from racing. The Laser and Laser Radial classes join the 470 and RS:X on Tuesday 12 August, with the Radial making its Olympic debut in China, replacing the Europe as the women's single-handed boat... [more]

Work starts on Portland 2012 Olympic site
Sara Quick,
As Great Britain's Olympic sailors storm ahead in Qingdao, back here in Dorset work on part of the venue for the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games is also moving at a rate of knots, with the start of construction on the £7.1m marina shoreside development.... [more]

Israel's Zubari- Early Leader In Men's Windsurfer
ISAF (source: Olympic News Service),
The RS:X windsurfer made its debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on Monday. Shahar Zubari (ISR) is one of the rising stars of the RS:X class and beat Athens windsurfing gold medallist Gal Fridman (ISR) to selection for Israel's team for Beijing.... [more]

Brits hold Yngling lead but Dutch close the Gap
ISAF (source: Olympic News Service),
It was a great day three of racing for the Dutch Yngling, who closed the gap on the British leaders to just three points. Going into their reserve day tomorrow, the British World Champion trio are beginning to pull out an advantage over the rest of the fleet.... [more]

French Lead The Way In Men's 470
ISAF (source: Olympic New Service),
Nicolas Charbonnier and Olivier Bausett of France displayed their renowned guile in extreme conditions on Monday, to lead the 470 Mens class. World 1 ranked Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page (AUS) clawed back from an eighth-place position around the first mark into fourth.... [more]

Testing Times for Team GB's sailors on day 3
Testing times on the water for Team GB's sailors in Qingdao on Monday, with mixed fortunes on this third day of the Olympic sailing regatta. Ben Ainslie and the Yngling trio of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson finished the day on top of their respective fleets, while Bryony Shaw's first day of Olympic competition in the RS:X women's windsurfing event sees her in third place... [more]

Olympic Sailing Day 3: Shifty winds challenge
Derby Anderson,
A total of seven USA boats hit the waters off Qingdao today. Races continued in the Yngling, Finn, and 49er fleets, while the 470 Men and Women and the RS:X Men and Women sailed their opening day. On the whole, no team members came back to the dock thrilled with their performances, but most mentioned it is early in the regatta and there is room for improvement.... [more]

Australians sweep to 49er lead
Rob Kothe,
A disastrous first race DSQ for the 2008 49er World Champions, young Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin was certainly not the Qingdao Olympic start than anyone had expected yesterday.... [more]

Four Aussie crews in top three positions
Nicole Brown,
Four of the six Australian sailing crews competing today are now in top three leader board positions. The 49er crew of Nathan Outteridge and Ben Austin are firstst, Windsurfer Jessica Crisp sits in second place overall with six points, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson are equal first overall in the Women's 470. In Men's 470 class, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page are provisionally fourth overall... [more]

Beijing: Forrest Gump moments with chocolates
Andrew Campbell,
My comment made the morning's USA Today Newspaper where it was reported as 'First-time Olympian Andrew Campbell, 24, a sailor from San Diego, is 'thankful' Lauren and the USOC decided to hark back to 'a really clean-cut, classic American look' devoid of any 'silly cowboy hats or berets.'... [more]

Olympic Sailing Qingdao - Day 3 - Racing completed
The Boards and the 470 classes joined the Finn, Yngling and 49er on the water at Qingdao today, Monday, the third day of racing in the sailing events at the Beijing Olympics. But not a good start for the British competitors, only Bryony Shaw on the RS:X board managed a decent result, finishing third overall after two races... [more]

CHN bullets in RS:X races, HKG in the frame
Rob Kothe and Guy Nowell, Sail-World.com,
Australia's Jessica Crisp led for most of the first beat but over the last 50 metres, China's Jian Yin sailing inside her to lead by a second at the top mark, ahead of world number one ranked Marina Albau (ESP) and Olha Masliverts from Ukraine.... [more]

Qingdao – Breeze 14-15 knots Day
Rob Kothe Sail-World.com,
Perfect weather for Day 3 of the 2008 Beijing Olympic regatta being sailed in Qingdao. The Men and Women's RS: X fleet is assembling now on course A, close to the Harbour sea wall. The 49ers will be aiming to complete three races on course B, and the 470's two races for both men and women's fleets on course D and the Finns and Ynglings are on E.... [more]

Lindsey Bell previews the GBR Windsurfers and 470
Lindsey Bell,
Lindsey Bell talks to the British sailors who join the three classes already racing on Monday - Four more sailing classes will head out to the startline for the first time at this Olympic regatta on Monday. Hoping to emulate Team GB's steady start on the Qingdao waters will be the men's and women's windsurfers, and the 470 men's and women's crews for whom two races apiece are scheduled.... [more]

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