Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Blows traded by Brits and Brazilians



London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Current Olympic champs take a close lead – c Richard Langdon

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) traded blows in the Star today with both crews winning a race and finishing second in the other.

With the discard coming into play the Brits have a four point lead at the top of the leader board over the Brazilians having put their 11th in Race 1 behind them to sail consistently. With a narrow advantage the Brits remain wary,

“We would like to extend the gap. Four points is just two places in the medal race when the points are doubled. There are so  many good people in the fleet. All we can do is paddle to the end. We are definitely here to defend our title but it is going to be a fight to the end.”


Brazilians  Robert Scheidt & Bruno Prada on the shoulder of the Brits – c Ian Roman/YW


The Stars have time to regroup tomorrow with a lay day on the cards but it’s no time for rest for the wicked as Simpson added,

“As we don’t sail tomorrow we’ll do everything we can to get ready for the next day, like checking our equipment over. Thursday and Friday are important days.”

Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE) have pulled themselves into medal contention with a string of solid results to put them in third place on 17 points, seven behind the leaders. In the chasing pack, closest to them is Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) and Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) both tied on 29 points.

The Stars enjoy a lay day tomorrow before racing resumes on 2 August at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.

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Belief Kicks In For Hogh Christensen

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Estonian Deniss Karpak scores a win in race 2 of the day – c OnEdition


Having opened up a ten point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the Finn class at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN) believes he can go on and win.

“I’ve always had the feeling I can beat Ben on my best day and I can beat all the other guys when I sail my best,” said the Dane. “I’ve been sailing my best here for the last three days and if I can keep that up then there’s a good chance I can win. I’m a bit surprised it’s going this well but I always thought I had it in me and I guess I do.”

Hogh Christensen has blitzed the Finn fleet and discards his seventh place from the second day of sailing and with three race wins and two seconds a total score of seven points sees him lead the way.

In the first race of the day Hogh Christensen picked up his third race win whilst in race 6 the Dane had to start at the back of the fleet after he thought he started too early, “I had a very good first race with a perfect start and perfect first beat and led all the way round. In the second race I actually thought I started too early and I started returning, then I saw the flag wasn’t up so it meant I wasn’t early and restarted and was a bit behind everybody else but thought as hard as I could. I knew I had to fight to get back up and I came up to the windward mark in fourth and did the best that I could.”

Estonia’s Deniss Karpak comfortably took the race win and Hogh Christensen was quick to heap praise on him, “Big up to the Estonian guy. He had an amazing first run and he sped away and I couldn’t do much about so I focused on staying second and keeping the boys behind me.”

With the Dane in such vicious form Ainslie has had to take a back seat and play catch up. A fourth in Race 5 and third in Race 6 is the type of performance that would usually see the Brit at the top of the pile but Hogh Christensen has found his feet. On the Dane Ainslie said,

“He is sailing really well. He is a good sailor and a big guy. He is having the regatta of his life. He likes upwind and for whatever reason he is nailing it every time. If I keep pushing hard he might slip up. It’s a difficult place to sail here, but he keeps nailing it. He is sailing well and at some point the tables have to turn. He’s on fire.”

In bronze medal position after six races sits Jonathan Lobert (FRA) on 23 points. But Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) are hot on his heels.


The Finns enjoy a lay day tomorrow before racing resumes on 2 August at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.


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Annalise Murphy nails four in a row



London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Annalise Murphy stacks up an incredible 4 straight bullets – c OnEdition


Ireland’s Annalise Murphy has won all four Laser Radial races to open up a 12 point lead over Belgium’s Evi Van Acker after the second day of Radial racing.

The Irish sailor has relished the windy conditions using her strength to her advantage and finished ahead of Great Britain’s Alison Young in both races by eight seconds in Race 3 and 30 seconds in the fourth race.

On her start Murphy said,

“It can’t get much better than winning the first four races but there’s still six fleet races left so it’s going to be really tough. All of the girls are really good and I think I’ve had a bit of luck and things have gone my way but that doesn’t always happen in sailing.”

With further big winds predicted throughout the week Murphy, who is one of the best big wind Laser Radial sailors, is taking it day by day,

“I’m trying not to look at the forecast,” said Murphy. “We’ve got a forecast guy and he tells us in the morning what’s going to happen. I don’t want to think about it too much but if you start speculating on the forecast you’re just going to get obsessed with what could happen.”

Young clawed herself back into contention for the medals today with two seconds having had a shaky start to the regatta. She takes 21 points into the third day of racing and will want to put in a similar performance to overcome Marit Bouwmeester (NED) who’s third on 18 points and Van Acker, second on 16.


The Radials resume racing tomorrow at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay West course.

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Van Rijsselberge takes centre stage



London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


The flying dutchman fires two bullets on day one of competition – c Ian Roman/YW

Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) took centre stage in the Men’s RS:X as he took two race wins in the first day of windsurfing.

The Dutchman blew the field away in both races to come out of the traps flying. In Race 1 he finished 42 seconds ahead of Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) and in Race 2 the difference was more than one minute. On his day Van Rijsselberge said,

“It was just solid racing and I can’t complain. It doesn’t really matter how far you’re in front. A bullet’s a bullet, and a no bullet is a no bullet.”

Whilst the Dutchman was consistent with his bullets, so was Miarczynski and Toni Wilhelm (GER) who finished second twice and third twice.

“I did two seconds so to me it was a very good beginning of the event,” said Miarczynski. “I’m very happy. It’s not so easy with Dorian as he won two races and was really fast. I think two seconds is very good especially in the second race when I had a really good start and I had to recover.”

Nick Dempsey (GBR) sits fourth overall after a fifth and a seventh whilst Tae Hoon Lee (KOR) rounds off the top five of the Men’s RS:X


The Men’s RS:X resume racing tomorrow at 12:00 local time on the Nothe course.


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Outteridge And Jensen Lead 49er Despite Capsize



London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


The hot favourites Outteridge & Jensen back in charge in the 49er Skiffs – c OnEdition


Despite a capsize in the fourth race Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) hold the 49er lead after the second day of 49er racing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The pair finished second in Race 3 but having held a comfortable lead in Race 4 they capsized 300 metres before the finish. But with such a comfortable margin between them and Erik Storck and Trevor (USA) they were able to recover to finish fourth whilst the Americans took the bullet.

On the capsize Outteridge said, “It just shouldn’t have happened, we were cruising downwind, having a chat, having a look at the lay line and saying we should probably go in a second and as we went in I was probably just a bit too much back in the boat and normally you go around the front of the tiller, instead I ran straight into the tiller with my foot and as that happened the boat rounded up a bit. I got thrown out the back and Goobs did a great job, he realised what was happening without even seeing me and started pulling the kite down. He always saves the day.

“We had a massive lead and that’s part of what saved us, I almost thought we were going to get it up and still be first at one point, we did a great job of getting the kite down and getting the boat up and going again and almost got third, just had another bad one almost at the finish, it was close.”

New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won Race 3 by 15 seconds ahead of the Australians having led from start to finish. And with a seventh in Race 4 they are second overall.

Slipping from first to third is Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang, the Danes finished 14th in Race 3 and sixth in Race 4.

Outteridge and Jensen lead the fleet on 15 points whilst the Kiwis on 24. Just ten points separate places 3-10 with plenty of racing left to come.

49ers resume racing tomorrow at 12:00 local time on the Portland Harbour course.


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Favourite pics of day two



Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition 


Jonnys pic of the day from the fleet of pro snappers out on the water 

Star of the show in the Lasers Juan Ignacio Maegli of Guatamala – c ian Roman/YW

Team USA v Team Australia a dead heat in the Match Racing a rare event – c Ian Roman/YW

Irelands Laser Radial ace Annalise Murphy scores a double bullett – c Tom Gruitt/YnY

Dan Slater of New Zealand has a better day on the Finn course winning race 2 of the day – c OnEdition

France’s Dyen and Christidis pip the Danes in race 1 on the 4

Danish sailor hits start boat but remains top of Finn fleet

Races 3 & 4 of the Finn 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland


Finn start on day two of competition – c Rick Tomlinson


Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN), who beat favourite Ben Ainslie (GBR) in the opening two races of the Finn class on Sunday, remains at the top of the fleet after four races despite hitting the pin-end start boat and having to execute penalty turns. The 31-year-old finished the day with a second and a seventh.

Jonathan Lobert (FRA) was the most consistent Finn sailor of the day taking a second and a fourth taking him up into second place overall.

Ainslie was keen to improve on his opening race performance of two second places, but it was not his day. The triple gold medallist finished with a sixth and a 12th, leaving him in third overall on 22 points. Ainslie said, “I wasn’t happy with my own performance. It will get me fired up for the rest of the week. It’s a very fine line between success and failure at this level.”

In fourth overall after four races is double European champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO), after a seventh and a ninth. The Croatian said, “Today I’ve been surviving most of the time. I didn’t have any brilliant moments. It wasn’t easy today.”

Dan Slater (NZL) who had a poor start in the opening two races on Sunday, enjoyed the windy conditions in Weymouth Bay and took his first win of the event.

Another winner, in the second race of the day, was Daniel Birkmark (SWE). The Swede was lying in second place to Tapio Nirkko (FIN) when Nirkko capsized on the first leeward gate mark, allowing the Swede to slip through to a winning lead.

Another casualty whilst leading was Rafa Trujillo (ESP) who lost his rudder whilst leading to drop to the back of the fleet.


A better day for Dan Slater of New Zealand – c OnEdition

The Finns continue tomorrow starting at 12:00 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.

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British Olympic champions scrap for Star lead

Day 2  – London 2012 Sailing Competition in the Star Class in Weymouth & Portland


Olympic champs Percy & Bart edge into the lead – c OnEdition


Great Britain’s Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR), the 2008 Star Olympic champions, clawed themselves into the overall lead after, pushing Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) into fourth.

Lying in fourth place after two races on Sunday, Norway’s Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen came out strongly in the third race of the Star class opening series, leading from the start until the final leg when they were given an instant penalty by the on-the-water umpires for propelling their boat illegally by trimming their sails. The Danes had to carry out two 360-degree turns, which allowed Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) through to win and Percy and Simpson to catch up to within one second at the finish.

In the second race, sailed in up to 19 knots of wind, Swedish crew Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen took the lead on the first downwind leg of the course to lead at the leeward marks from Brazil and Great Britain. Despite constant pressure from Percy and Simpson, the Swedes held their nerve to win by 30 seconds.

A fourth for Melleby and Morland Pedersen (NOR) moves them into second place, tied with the British crew on points after four races. Loof and Salminen lie in third, one point behind. The Star world champions Scheidt and Prada (BRA) lie in fourth, two points off the lead.


Solid day for the Norwegians – c Tom Gruitt


Stars resume racing tomorrow at 12:10 local time on the Weymouth Bay South course.


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Irish Sailor Charms Her Way To The Top


Day 1 of London 2012 Olympic Sailing competition in the Laser Radials


Annalise Murphy loves the strong breeze of Weymouth – c Tom Gruitt

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy (IRL)  came out the traps fast in the Laser Radial at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition after she logged impressive double bullets.

Murphy, who finished 25th in the 2012 Laser World Championships, saw off the challenge from the class favourites including Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED).

She goes into day two with a three-point lead over the Belgian sailor in second. On her day the Irish girl said, “I am delighted with today. But it is only the first day. There is a lot of racing ahead. In the first race I had a good start and tacked across the beat and pulled away. It was great. I couldn’t do much wrong today. I have got brilliant upwind speed. It’s all coming together.”

Despite finishing sixth in the opening race by Bouwmeester’s standards she was less than impressed, “I was disappointed finishing sixth. I had to do a 720 downwind.” But the Dutch sailor and World #1 Radial sailor bounced back, “The second race was a solid race, very happy with that.”

Beijing 2008 silver medallist Gintare Scheidt (LTU) finished race one in second place behind Murphy but goes into day two in seventh after finishing outside the top 10 in race two.

Paige Railey (USA) finished day one in fifth overall, trailing Murphy by 11 points. On the racing the American said, “I am just focusing on the here and now. It’s one moment at a time. You can’t control every situation. I didn’t get frazzled or anything, but you really need to change your tactics depending on the conditions.”


Evi van Acker of Belgium hot on the chase – c Ian Roman/YW


The Radials resume racing tomorrow at 12:00 local time on the Nothe course.


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Slingsby aiming to put Beijing behind him


Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in the Laser Class 

Back to business as usual for Tom Slingsby of Australia – c Tom Gruitt



Five-time world champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) looked determined to banish his demons from Beijing 2008 when a victory and a second place in the Laser class placed him firmly at the top of the leader board on Monday.

The Australian entered the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games as the clear favourite but failed to make the medal race and finished in 22nd place.

On a better start at London 2012 Slingsby said, “Two good starts and two good first beats. I was really happy just to come second (in the first race). It’s a lot better than four years ago when I had a couple of 20s on day one. It’s all pretty perfect actually.”

Guatemalan sailor Juan Ignacio Maegli (GUA) saw off the competition from the favourites to win the first race. Maegli held a commanding lead throughout the race and now lies in second place overall behind Slingsby after an 11th in the second race.

2012 Laser World Championship runner up Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) logged consistent results in both of the day’s races, placing him in third place on the leader board.

Brazil’s Bruno Fontes (BRA) also piled the pressure on the favourites. He finished in second place behind Slingsby in race two to place him eighth overall.

Alejandro Foglia Costa (URU) makes up the trio of South American sailors to finish the first day in the top 10. He finished the second race in third behind Fontes (BRA) and lies seventh overall.


Fast Laser conditions on their first day of racing – c Ian Roman/YW

Lasers resume racing tomorrow at 14:00 local time on the Portland Harbour course.



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