London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics News - Day 10

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London Olympics 2012: Sailing Olympics News - Day 10

Sorry we have all lost track of the days here - and got the newsletter number wrong yesterday - which the trainspotters might have picked up.

Don't worry there is no Newsletter 9 - 10 comes after 8.

Today was the 10th day in the 2012 Olympic Regatta on which the winds have blown from a westerly direction and moderate in strength.

Ideal for sailing, and despite all the jokes about British weather - this has been one out of the bag. There has hardly been a delay in the time of starts waiting for wind to settle down.

Gold Medal winner Womens RS:X - London 2012 - Olympic Games -   Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

Today on the 470 course there was minor delay between races after a temporary windshift (well it flicked back and forth for time) and we got a rare view of the red and white striped postponement flag.

While the winds have been constant, the same cannot be said for the skies. There has been only one real blue skies day - and that was yesterday.

Today it is cold, and a reminder that, for the British, winter is on its way.

On the 470 course, sailing inside Portland Harbour the sailors were on fire - particularly so the New Zealand combination of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, who had two outstanding wins in the two races sailed. In fact they led around 16 of the 18 marks, and won by margins of 40 and 56 seconds - but who is counting?

On the water there was a mile of difference between them and the second boat, and one wonders what will happen on the next three races they have to sail to complete the regattas.

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) won both races sailed today in the Womens 470 by large margins  Richard Gladwell

The New Zealand womens performance was mirrored by Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) on the Nothe course which hosted the Windsurfing Medal Races. The Flying Dutchman has dominated this regatta - probably like has never been seen in the windsurfer. His worst place (aside from a decision yesterday to sit out Race 10) is a third, and he won six of the nine races he sailed, plus the Medal Race today.

Marina Alabau (ESP) also had the Gold medal in the bag before the start of today's Medal Race. But behind her the points were very close with just one point separating second third and fourth places. An attempt at a protest over a technicality did not go down well with the Polish Bronze medalist, and reference was made to the incident at their Media Conference tonight.

RSX Medal Race - Nick Dempsey - London 2012 Olympic Games  Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

Top of everyone's minds was the fact, that as matters now stand today was the end of Windsurfing as an Olympic Event - an era which started in 1984.

The vote to effectively oust Windsurfing by the ISAF, at its Mid-Year meeting is now a full-on debacle, with a judicial review being sought, revelations from many Council members or their National Authorities/Areas that they had voted incorrectly. One admitted to being confused, others were dis-owned.

Nick Dempsey (GBR) Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) and Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) - Men's Windsurfing - London 2012 Olympics   Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

Tonight that pot was kept on the boil by media and competitors at the Medalists Media Conference, when all spoke in varying degrees against the decision. It is a cheap shot to claim that they were speaking in self-interest. There is no doubt that these fine athletes could easily turn their hand to Kiteboarding and make a very good fist of it.

No, their arguments centred around the development of the sport of windsurfing, and the need to involve young people and continue the paths now in place for the sport to grow. Some very good points were made, and quite how the ISAF extricates itself from this mess remains to be seen.

Women's RS:X Podium - Tuuli Petaja (FIN), Marina Alabau (ESP) and Zofia Klepacka (POL) London 2012 Olympics  © Ingrid Abery

Tomorrow the attention will centre on the Medal Race for the Mens Skiff, or 49er class. Two of the medals are decided - a clean race is all that is required. But for the Bronze medal, competition will be intense.

There is a good chance the winds will blow for an 11th day, the crowds on the Nothe will be as big as ever, and once again we will see a demonstration of the very best in competitive sailing.

USA's Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan ripping in the Womens 470 - London 2012 Olympics  © 2012 Daniel Forster/

In this edition of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter we have all the background and reports on today's racing, including the two Medal Races, along with some great images from some of the world's top photographers.

We'll all be back in action tomorrow – stay tuned to

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Olympic Editor

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) lead Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) in Race 10 of the Mens 470  Richard Gladwell

London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing's last hurrah
Bob Fisher,
As the medal race of the Women's RS:X windsurfer was played out, the thoughts of many must have been with the competing women for whom this was a last hurrah in the five-ring circus. Those five competitors were probably cursing the idiocy of the ISAF Council that robbed them of the highest level participation for their sport.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - RS:X Medal Race images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
London 2012 Olympic Games - RS:X Medal Race images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 470 Women - New Zealanders take charge
London Olympics 2012 - New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie secured two bullets today in the Women's 470 to hold the overall lead on 21 points. The double victory sees them go four points clear of current 470 World Champions, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR), a lead which they will no doubt be looking to extend as they prepare for races 9 and 10 tomorrow.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: 470 Men - Aussies and Brits guaranteed medals
London Olympics 2012 - Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) and Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) are guaranteed to walk away with either a gold or silver medal in the Men's 470. Both teams have an unassailable lead at the top of the leader board but the Australian's have the advantage going into the Medal Race.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 Laser Radial – in the mixed zone
Rob Kothe and Jeraldine Kennedy,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there was an impressive display from the Laser Radial sailor of the 2012 season, China's Lijia Xu, who snagged the Gold Medal by winning the medal race. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist had a great season with three World Cup wins and now Olympic Gold.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012: Elliott 6M (WMR) - Quarter Finals underway
At the London Olympics, The eight remaining teams in Women's Match Racing (Elliott 6M), took to the water today for the Quarter Finals. Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) may have been unbeaten in the previous round robin, but that counts for nothing as they reach this stage of the competition.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - RS:X Medal Race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
London 2012 Olympic Games - RS:X Medal Race images by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Day 10 for the U.S. Sailing Team
Dana Paxton,
At the London 2012 Olympics, the final races in Men's 470 took place with Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl finishing 14th overall for the series, while Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan are in the hunt for a medal in Women's 470. Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi began their Quarter-Final match-up against Finland and are down two losses in the first-to-three-points series.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing silver for Dempsey
Matt Carter,
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Nick Dempsey claimed Britain's third sailing medal of the 2012 Games – an RS:X Men's windsurfing silver – and then revealed that three-year-old son Thomas asked him, 'Are you finished work yet, Daddy?'... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Final day for the Irish Sailing Team
Today was the final day at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition for the Irish sailors. Last to sail on the Weymouth race courses were Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470 class. The pair sailed their best day of the regatta to end on a high. They began Race 9 in 23rd but utilising pure skill and determination they climbed seven places to finish mid-fleet in 16th place.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Australian sailing preview for day 11
Craig Heydon,
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen will hit the water to add to Australia's gold medal tally on Wednesday. The pair take an unassailable lead into the final 49er race, needing to just finish to snag the gold. Australia's Women's Match Racers are currently locked one-all in their quarterfinal with the Dutch with the semifinalists to be decided on Wednesday.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Aussies and Brits will go head-to-head
Craig Heydon,
At the London Olympics, Aussies Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are set to go head-to-head with Brits Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in a battle for the 470 men's gold medal. Belcher and Page will take a four point lead over the British into the decider following two race wins on Tuesday, and as long as the Australians finish within one place of the hometown crew the gold will be theirs.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Final day for the Canadian Olympic Sailing Team
John Curtis,
London Olympics 2012, Weymouth and Portland. Sailing competition day 10. Today was the final day for Canadian Sailors at the 2012 Olympic Games. Zachary Plavsic of Vancouver BC has secured the top Canadian result here with an eighth overall in the Men's RSX Windsurfing class.... [more]
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London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition - Results after day 10
Anna Parker,,
The London Olympic 2012 Sailing Competition is currently underway in Weymouth and after day 10, here are 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, 470 Men's, 470 Women's and Star Men's classes.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 – GBR's Dempsey wins RS:X silver
Matt Carter,
London Olympics 2012 RS:X medal race was held in Weymouth and Portland today, Tuesday 7th August. Windsurfer Nick Dempsey has won Great Britain's third sailing medal clinching RS:X silver.... [more]
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London Olympics: NZers dominate Womens 470 with massive wins
Richard Gladwell,
The New Zealand crew of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie gave the Womens 470 fleet a sailing lesson on Portland Harbour today. They won both their races leading around all but two of the 18 rounding marks in the two races sailed at the 2012 Olympic Regatta.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012— Marina Alabau Neira wins Gold in the Women's RSX
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
A gathering breeze greeted the Women's RS:X fleet, who had the historic honor of being the last class of windsurfers to compete in the Olympics, now that kiteboarding has been voted to replace the 'planks' (lighthearted speak referring to windsurfers) for the 2016 Games. Spain's Marina Alabau Neira captured Gold, Finland's Tuuli Petaja took Silver and Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka nabbed Bronze.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012—Van Rijsselberge (NED) wins Gold in the Men's RSX
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The water was flat but the action was hot on the Nothe course today as the Men's RS:X class put on their final Olympic performance. As earlier reported, Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) had already secured Gold prior to today's medal race. Team Great Britain's Nick Dempsey racked up an impressive Silver, while Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski rouded-out the podium with a well-earned Bronze.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing's final Olympic performance
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
For fans of Olympic windsurfing, today is the last dance. Come the Summer Olympics 2016, kiteborders will replace the 'planks' as the go-fast, pyrotechnic class, making today the final chance for windsurfers to earn their coveted medals. Here at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, these final hours have added an extra sense of urgency to the day's racing.... [more]
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London 2012 Laser champion Paul Goodison - painful end to his campaign
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Beijing 2008 Laser class Olympic Gold medallist Paul Goodison's 2012 campaign was marred by a significant back injury but he still managed to reach the medal race in Weymouth. Here is what he said post race.... [more]
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