Olympic Regatta 2012

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Zegers and van Even show how it’s done



Day 2 of Sailing World Cup in Hyeres


Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) were unstoppable on day two of Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France, winning both Women’s 470 races in convincing style.

Out of the 534 competitors from 52 nations racing across ten Olympic events, Open Kiteboarding and 2.4 Norlin OD, the Dutch team were the standout performers.

Following a brief morning postponement due to a wait for the wind, the 470 fleets got out for a 12:30 start, sailing in a westerly 10-15 knot breeze.

Zegers and van Veen were unrelenting, sailing their way to two convincingly victories to leapfrog Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler into first place.

The Dutch duo are on a hot streak in the Women’s 470, winning gold at the opening 2017 World Cup Series event in Miami, USA before securing the Trofeo Princesa Sofia title in March.

They were agonisingly close to claiming a medal at Rio 2016, missing out by a single point and as their rivals have gone onto new ventures or taken time out of the boat, Zegers and van Veen were quick to get straight back into action.

“We already knew we wanted to continue as a team,” explained van Veen. “It was an easy choice to carry on.

“Since the beginning of the year at the World Cup in Miami we have made a lot of improvements, we still know there is a lot of work to be done but we feel like great improvements have been made.”

Zegers and van Veen got off to a strong start in both of their races and when compared to their rivals they were simply faster as van Veen explained, “We had good boat speed in the first race and from there we just tried to defend the lead and stay in front of the fleet which we did well.

“In the second race, we had a really good start from the pin and got the lead straight from that. We just played the shifts then.”


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A familiar battle is developing in the Men’s 470 with Rio 2016 silver and bronze medallists separated by small margins. Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis were made to settle for bronze at Rio 2016, beaten to silver by Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS).

The tables have turned, for now, in Hyères as the Greek team hold the lead on five points to the Australia’s seven. Both crews posted identical results on day two, recording a first and a third but the Greek team had a better opening day with a race win and a fifth to take the lead.

On the rivalry with the Australians, Kagialis said, “It is always nice to race against people like Mat and Will as they are top athletes. When the level is higher you try more and you push more so it’s nice.

“It makes the sport better.

“Our goal is always to get a medal. You do your best in the regatta and if you are up there near the end you then get to choose which medal you can push for. It’s still early though, we have three days of racing before we get to that point.”



An interesting battle is developing in the Nacra 17 as the top three continue to fight for supremacy.

Five points separate Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA), Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco (ESP) and Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN). The trio shared the day’s race wins and have put some points between themselves and fourth place.

“We had good starts and took the right side so it was a good day for us,” said Lubeck who had a steady day with a 1-(8)-2 scoreline. Ea Cenholt added,

“We had an offshore tricky wind but we succeeded in what was important for us, to be at near the top of the fleet at the top mark.”

From a three-way fight to a three-way tie, Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell, Argentina’s Yago and Klaus Lange and Spain’s Diego Botin and Iago Lopez are all locked on 16-points apiece in the 49er.

The trio scored a good set of ‘keepers’ on the second day, discarding their worst race which for all three was race one.



Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) had another consistent day to consolidate their lead. Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) shone the brightest, however, winning a pair of races and claiming a fifth. As a result, they move into second place ahead of Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz (GER).


From two Finn races, a 5-4 from Ben Cornish (GBR) and a 4-2 from Nicholas Heiner (NED) sees the pair tied at the top on ten points. The day’s race victories went the way of Jorge Zarif (BRA) who is 11th overall and the sixth placed Ed Wright (GBR).



Finland’s Tuula Tenkanen is making her first competitive appearance back in the Laser Radial after finishing fifth at Rio 2016. Any cobwebs were blown off on the opening day as she won the opening race. A mid-fleet finish followed but Tenkanen was back on form on Wednesday, winning another race. She leads on ten points, two ahead of Belgium’s Evi Van Acker. Maria Erdi (HUN) and Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU) are tied for third on 13 points.

As the day progressed in Hyères, the breeze began to decrease meaning the Laser and RS:X fleets could only complete one race in a challenging, fickle afternoon session.

Shahar Zubari (ISR) took the men’s race win and moves to second overall, one point behind Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) who consolidated first place with a third. Overnight Women’s RS:X leader Noga Geller (ISR) remains in control following a third. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka (POL) pulled within one point of the Israeli with a second. The single race win went the way of Patricia Freitas (BRA).

Sam Meech (NZL) moved from 11th to fourth overall as he took the single Laser race win. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) retains his lead by discarding his 14th. Nick Thompson (GBR) follows and Francesco Marrai (ITA) is in third.

Six further races were conducted in the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding and the perfect records held by Axel Mazella (FRA) and Nicolas Parlier (FRA) were crushed in the opening race of the day. Mazella finished second in the blue fleet and Parlier third in yellow.



That was, however, just one blip on the record as they got back to winning ways immediately after, taking the remaining five victories in their respective fleets. They are tied on 10 points at the top with Maxime Nocher (MON) following nine points behind.

Damien Seguin (FRA) and Xavier Dagault (FRA) shared the 2.4 Norlin OD race wins. Seguin, the Rio 2016 and Athens 2004 Paralympic gold medallist leads the 12-boat fleet on three points and is trailed by Dagault and Bruno Jourdren (FRA).

Racing continues Thursday 26 April at 11:00 local time. Live Medal Races will be shown on the World Sailing YouTube Channel on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, bringing the penultimate event before the Santander Final to a close.


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Kiwi Gold medallists to campaign again for Rio 2016



New Zealand’s 2012 Olympic gold medal winning sailing pair have announced that they will campaign again with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in their sights.

Gold medallists in the Women’s 470, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie declared their intention to get back in the boat and do it all again at a sponsor function hosted by Apollo Projects in Christchurch last Thursday.

With a flurry of engagements, public appearances, club visits and Awards ceremonies since standing on the podium in Weymouth, Aleh and Powrie have taken their time to consider what comes next.

Getting in behind Team Jolly’s next campaign, Apollo Projects Group CEO Paul Lloyd has this to say, “Becoming part of the Team Jolly crew has been a real thrill for our company and all our team.”

“Apollo has also introduced and secured four other financial sponsors, a vehicle sponsor and a boat sponsor for Team Jolly. The new level of support now obtained will ensure all decisions can be made based on what is needed to stay at the top and not what they can afford.” — Jodie Bakewell-White

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Windsurfer back in and Kiteboards out of Rio 2016


2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland


The ISAF Annual General Meeting, in a simple majority vote, reversed its May 2012 decision by removing Kiteboarding and re-instating Windsurfing to be included in the events of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Windsurfing has been in the Olympics since 1984 as a Mens Event, and since 1992 for Women. The ISAF AGM also voted to re-instate the RS:X as the class to be used in the 2016 Olympics.

The technical process in the voting was that ISAF Regulation 23.1.4 (which covers the Olympic classes for the next Olympics) was amended and approved to include windsurfing. After a lengthy debate the Member National Authorities (MNA)’s approved the first proposal which reinstated Men’s and Women’s Boards – RS:X.


The equipment approved for the 2016 Olympics Sailing Competition is as follows:

Men’s Board -RS:X

Women’s Board – RS:X

Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser

Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial

Men’s second One Person Dinghy – Finn

Men’s Skiff – 49er

Women’s Skiff – 49erFX

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470

Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470

Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17



At the ISAF AGM the Mens and Women’s One Person Dinghy and the Mens and Women’s Skiff have also been confirmed as Events for the 2020 Olympics, along with the respective classes, the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er and 49erFX.

Having made a brief appearance on the slate of events, Kiteboarding will no doubt lick its wounds and build for a future return to challenge for inclusion.


Dramatic final sees Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen take Gold


Women’s Match Racing Medal Race 


London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth and Portland


A high wind final series was won in dramatic fashion by Tamara Echegoyen and her team from Spain – OnEdition

In an exciting finale to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen overcame Olivia Price (AUS) 3-2 in a thrilling Women’s Match Racing final played out in front of the Nothe spectator area.

Winds of up to 25 knots blew across the course and with the scores level heading into the final race it would be winner takes all. A penalty turn for Price proved to be the deciding factor as Echegoyen comfortably won the final race to take gold.

Echegoyen and her crew of Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega were the surprise package of the regatta and caused many stirs along the way and were deserved winners. Meanwhile for Price and Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty they will be disappointed having gone through the Round Robin undefeated.


 Whenever Echegoyen got a lead, Price was on her stern to attack – c OnEdition


Victories swung each way early on as both teams set themselves out to take a win each in the first two matches but as the pressure mounted the competition heated up.

In the third race Price was flung from her boat after losing control at high speed on the first downwind leg in the strongest and biggest waves of London 2012 so far. The Australian had just powered her way past Echegoyen when they lost control and careered into an unplanned gybe that flung Price into the water.

Price’s crew, Curtis and Whitty heaved their helm back on board but the Spaniards were too far ahead for them to catch as they took a 2-1 lead.


The moment that changed  a race when Olivia Price falls out the back of her boat in a broach – c OnEdition


The Australians were unfazed by their helms quick dip and bounced back to take the fourth race win to level the final.

In the deciding race Price lost the lead when they were penalised for obstructing the Spanish boat and had to take a penalty turn, leaving them on the chase for the rest of the match, to take the silver medal.

In the bronze medal match 2012 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Lehtinen brushed Skudina aside in the first match to take the bullet by eight seconds. Skudina fought back in the second to level the tie but the Fin regained her lead in the third match.

In the fourth flight Lehtinen led comfortably on the final run but Skudina caught a wave making for a tight finish. The Fin had already done enough and took the bullet and the bronze medal.

Russia protested and requested redress but it was denied by the on-water jury meaning that the result stood.


 Gold celebrations for Tamara Echegoyen and her crew of Sofia Toro and Angela Pumariega


Olivia Price and Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty settle for Silver – c OnEdition


Lehtinen’s crew wrap up the Bronze medal in the Petit-Final – c OnEdition



For final results visit:  Results

Price & Echegoyen advance to Women’s Match Racing final

London 2012 Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Tamara’s Spanish team go into the final match  – c OnEdition


Olivia Price (AUS) and Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) advanced to the Women’s Match Racing final after two tight semi finals were played out.

With light winds playing havoc two flights were possible after the Women’s 470 Medal Race on the Nothe Course before the breeze died. In a search for breeze anchors were lifted and moved to Portland Harbour.

The third flight began at 17:00 hrs and with no racing able to take place after 17:30 hrs it was do or die for both match ups as they both headed over with scores tied at 1-1.

Price and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) went out first with the early advantage to the Finnish crew. But Price fought back and took the victory in a photo finish.

Echegoyen overcame Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) in the final race and day was done.


 Pice’s team have lost very few match races throughout the whole competition – c OnEdition


It will be Australia versus Spain on the final day and Price will know what it takes to beat Echegoyen after defeating her in the round robin. Meanwhile Lehtinen and Skudina will fight for bronze.

The Women’s Match Racing final takes place tomorrow starting at 12:00 noon on the Nothe Course. Big winds are forecast which will make for an exciting finale of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.


For full results visit: Results

Kiwis come out on top in Women’s 470

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth and Portland


 Just too good on the day – c OnEdition

New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie came out on top in a winner takes all battle between Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR). Aleh and Powrie started level on 33 points with Mills and Clark and a battle between the two crews was in prospect.

However, New Zealand looked to have won the gold before the race was even half-finished when Great Britain trailed in ninth, two minutes and 29 seconds behind.

Mills and Clark did everything right at the pre-start and forced the Kiwis to the back of the fleet. But whilst the Brits went left the Kiwis went right and the Brits got caught in the pack and were unable to turn. Aleh and Powrie capitalised to take a commanding lead at the first mark and they further extended it through a light wind race to take the bullet by 41 seconds ahead of Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA).

On winning the gold medal Powrie said, “It’s not sunk in yet. We are overwhelmed. It’s never finished until you finish and now it is time to celebrate.”



The British girls gave it everything but settled for Silver – c OnEdition


“It might have looked easy, but there was a lot going on. We aimed to get clear and knew she [Mills] had to get out. We’d had a look at the course before the race and decided we were going for the right.”

Although they had a great start the Brits could not get out of the pack and Clark said, “The thing I am most gutted about was that it wasn’t a really good scrap for the gold. We got a really good start. They got out and we got wedged in.”

Despite a penalty turn Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) managed to do enough to take bronze. “For us the medal race was really exciting as we were so close to the others – France and Germany,” said Berkhout. “We had to do a penalty on the first downwind, but we fought back and we are proud of ourselves.”


The Dutch girls just squeeze into Bronze position – OnEdition


Top 5 after medal race
1. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) – 35pts
2. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) – 51pts
3. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 64pts
4. Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA) – 65pts
5. Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol (ITA) – 73pts


For full results visit: Results


Belcher & Page continue Australian gold rush



London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth and Portland


 The golden trio – c OnEdition


Australian Men’s 470 sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) lived up to their billing as pre-event favourites, taking second place in a nervy Medal Race to win gold.

Their closest opposition, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR), had to make do with silver after pushing the Australians all the way in the light-wind race, but in the end finishing fourth on the day.

Bronze went to Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG), who were third in the Medal Race, which was won by Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO).

On the victory Page said, “It’s a special feeling after a really tough battle all week. Luke and Stu really brought their a game and we had to work hard for it.”

Belcher added, “We talked about it [winning Olympic gold] on the last reach, our hearts were beating and we couldn’t believe it. It was such a hair raising race and to come to a medal race like that to decide a gold medal was unbelievable.”

On taking silver Patience said, “It feels good to finally enjoy it. We were pushing ourselves as there was a gold medal to be had. It’s a small disappointment, to not get gold.”


Best buddies enjoy their Silver moment – c Tom Gruitt


Belcher and Page carried a four-point advantage from the opening series into the Medal Race which meant Patience and Bithell needed to beat them by two places to win gold.

On the starting line, Belcher and Page tried to harry the British crew into a poor start during the final minutes before the off but Patience and Bithell shrugged them off and took control at the starting gun.

After a tense first leg, Patience and Bithell rounded in first place with Fantela and Marenic in second and the Australians in third. At that point the British crew were on course for the gold medal. But by the end of the second leg Belcher and Page had taken the lead, with the Croatians second and the Brits third.

Patience and Bithell split sides with the Australian crew on the second upwind leg, and when the two boats converged they had closed to within a few feet, triggering a frantic tacking match as the two crews fought to gain the upper hand.


The Argentinians Calabrese and de la Fuente sailed to a Bronze in the medal race – c OnEdition


However, Belcher and Page’s blocking tactics worked and the Australians rounded the next mark in second place behind Fantela and Marenic, with Patience and Bithell in fourth behind third-placed Calabrese and de la Fuente – who now looked good for bronze.

On the final leg, Patience and Bithell’s challenge for gold evaporated when they incurred a penalty turn for illegally trimming their sails for extra speed, leaving the Australians unfettered to finish the race in second and in the gold medal slot.

Calabrese and de la Fuente were never challenged for their bronze by their only rivals Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zuccheti (ITA), who finished the Medal Race in sixth and took fourth place overall in the regatta.

“I was proud to do this for my country,” said Calabrese. “This is not a well-known sport in Argentina but the support has been great.

“Our plan today was to stay close to the Italians. Juan did a great job and managed the boat well. It has been a lot of work and I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it. I suffered a lot – but it has been very well organised here.”


Top 5 after medal race

1. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) – 22pts

2. Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell (GBR) – 30pts

3. Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente (ARG) – 63pts

4. Gabrio Zandona and Pietro Zucchetti (ITA) – 72pts

5. Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) – 86pts


For full results visit: Results

Outteridge & Jensen snag Gold in the 49er

 49er Medal Race


London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Best mates Nathan & Iain add a Gold Medal to their substantial collection – c OnEdition


Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen had amassed such a points lead that they only had to turn up at the medal race to claim there first Gold Medal in the 49er class.

The pair was at the front of the fleet all week, wrapping up the gold medal in the final fleet race. The Silver was taken by  their New Zealand training partners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke  with Denmark clinching the bronze.

“It was amazing. We’ve sailed brilliantly for four years and this week has been one of our best weeks so far,” said Outteirdge. “It was really cool to do a race where it didn’t matter where we finished, we were just able to enjoy it.”

“We got around and as soon as we finished we started to slowly get excited and the more people we saw the more excited we got. We had a good moment with the Kiwis, we’ve been good mates with those boys for a long time and it was awesome to be able to celebrate with them.”

“Together our coach Emmett we put together a really good campaign, it was a four year campaign to ensure that there was no stone left unturned,” he said. “We can stand here and say that we did everything possible to win and the results prove that.”

London 2012 is Jensen’s first appearance at an Olympic Games and the Lake Macquarie sailor is bringing home a Gold Medal.

“Words are hard to find to describe when you realise that it’s actually going to happen,” said Jensen. “It’s been two days since we knew that we were going to win and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”


Peter Burling & Blair Tuke cruised to Silver – c OnEdition


Four of the best advance to semi finals


London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth and Portland


Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) blew Claire Leroy (FRA) out of the water with a 3-0 win – ©OnEdition


Eight became four today as the Australian, Finnish, Russian and Spanish Women’s Match Racing teams moved forward to the Semi Finals

Whilst they celebrate, it’s heartache and commiserations for the other four teams who bow out.

Two time ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Claire Leroy was the first to be sent packing as Tamara Echegoyen made light work of the former World #1. Coming into the day with a 2-0 lead the Spaniard beat Leroy by 14 seconds to round off a comfortable 3-0 victory.

After a great Quarter Final Echegoyen said, “We were more aggressive in the downwind and that is good for us. We were able to try different things. All the teams are very good and work hard and in the semifinals we will have to work hard again.”

The shock results didn’t end there as World #1 and ISAF World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) was knocked out of the competition by current ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Silja Lehtinen (FIN). The flying Fin came into the day with a 2-0 advantage but Tunnicliffe reduced the deficit to one. However in the fourth flight Lehtinen pipped her to the post by two seconds.

Renee Groeneveld (NED) proved yesterday that Australia’s Olivia Price (AUS) can be beaten. But it was business as usual for the Australians as they took two comfortable race wins today to advance.

Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) delivered a nail biting finish with it all on the line in the final flight. In the end the Brits said goodbye to their dream of winning a medal on home waters as Skudina sailed her way to the finish line first and securing her third point.

Price will take on Lehtinen in the first of the Semi Finals whilst Echegoyen goes against Skudina.

The Semi-Finals take place on Friday 10 August with a sail off for places 5-8 on the Nothe Course tomorrow.


For full results visit: Results

Kiwis & Brits to fight for Gold


London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


The flying kiwis Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie – c Richard Gladwell

All eyes were on Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) today as the Kiwis and Brits assured themselves of an Olympic medal as the Women’s 470 fleet racing came to an end.

The Kiwis would have been happy with the second place they collected from Race 9, but a disappointing discarded 18th place in Race 10 removed the chance of them going into the Medal Race with a lead.

The British girls clocked up an eighth in Race 9 which became their discard for the competition. They closed the gap on the Kiwis to draw level on 33 points ahead of Friday’s medal race after a strong second place in the final race of the day.

A rollercoaster day for both teams’ means that they will go into the Medal Race guaranteed of a Medal, and in all likelihood it will be a gold or silver. The Kiwis and Brits are 19 points ahead of Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) in third and only a disqualification and a Dutch race win would see them slip out of gold and silver spot.

Having sailed so consistently from the start Aleh was disappointed to let it slip with an 18th, “We made lots of mistakes, a few things went wrong but we try to get over it. The first race was pretty good then we followed up with our stuff-up of the regatta.”

Despite the slip up crew Powrie can’t wait for one last stand with the Brits, “We have gone back and forth with the Brits this whole regatta, so we’re just looking forward to this final race. It should be fun.”


Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark go into the medal race on Friday on equal points with the kiwis – c Richard Langdon


On the fight for the gold Clark said, “It’s head-to-head. We’re made for it. Bring it on, Friday against the Kiwis. We came here to win and go into the Medal Race with a chance of winning, so we’ve done our job because we have a great chance.”

“We want to win. We will enjoy watching the boys tomorrow and see what lessons we can learn. I know we’re not done, but whatever the outcome is, I’ll still be proud.”

Westerhof and Berkhout are in third place overall, despite coming last in Race 9.

Xiaoli Wang and Xufeng Huang (CHN) secured their first race win today having made the most of the light breeze out on Portland Harbour. Unfortunately for them, it was too little too late, as they finished the day in 11th place overall missing out on the Medal Race.

Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell (AUS) were first over the line in race 10 after leading the fleet right from the beginning. They currently have 88 points, and will go into the medal race in sixth place.

It will be all to fight for on Friday when the Women’s 470’s will take to the Nothe course to sail for the prized top spot on the medal podium.


Top 5 after 10 races

1. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) – 33pts
2. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) – 33pts
3. Lisa Westerhof and Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 52pts
4. Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron (FRA) – 55pts
5. Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) – 61pts


For full results visit: www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012


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