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Day 2 of 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Competition

 

Juan Ignacio Maegli of Guatamala has a stunning first day of Laser racing

 

Tom Slingsby (AUS) ends the day out in front as expected – c Ian Roman/YW

 

A great start to the campaign for Jean Ignacio Maegli of Guatamala who led race 1 from start to finish holding off the chasing world champion, Tom Slingsby (AUS) who worked up to 2nd with Jean Bernaz (FRA) in 3rd. Current Olympic champion Paul Goodison (GBR) not far behind finishing in 10th.

Slingsby laid down his marker on race 2 with a bullet holding off the chasing South Americans of Bruno Fontes (BRA) and Alejandro Foglia of Uruguay. Maegli finishes 10th and Goody (GBR) struggling back in 23rd.

Overall after 2 races: AUS 5pts, GUA 11pts, CRO 11pts

 

 

Its double bullets for Ireland’s Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial 

 

Photo – c Ian Roman/YW

 

An excellent first race for Annalise Murphy of Ireland who loves the Weymouth breeze and held off the challenge from the chasing favourites to win race 1 from Gintare Scheidt LTU and Evi van Acker of Belgium in 3rd. All the smart money filled the top 10, FIN 4th, CHN 5th, NED 6th, GBR 7th and USA 8th.

Race 2 and WOW its Annalise Murphy again surges away to take the win, van Acker consistently top 3 in 2nd, hot Dutch flyer Marit Bouwmeester in 3rd. CZK 4th, USA 5th, FIN 6th and CHN 8th.

Overall after 2 Races: IRE 2pts, BEL 5pts, NED 9pts

49ers open their Olympic campaign

Day 2 of 2012 Olympic Games Sailing Competition

Snapshot highlights of the day 2 of the 49er class

The 49ers begin their Olympic journey with race 1 on the Nothe (medal) course in 10 – 14 knots of shifty breeze in front of another bumper picnic crowd on the bank.

Brits Morrison & Rhodes got a smart port tack start but world champs Outteridge & Jensen (AUS), the fancied Kiwis, Burling & Tuke, the Americans and the Spanish all returned to restart.

The flying Danes had a great downwind battle to the finish line with the French with Christidis and Manu (FRA) just taking the gun. The Canadians came in third, the hot favourites the Aussies back in 8th, Morrison & Rhodes dropped to 12th and the Spanish hotshots down in 15th

Race 2 saw the Brits bravely go for the same start and looked good. However it was the Australians and Portuguese who judged the shifts best to round ahead.

The world champs Outteridge/Jensen extended to win their first 2012 Games race from Portuguese crew, Freitas/Andrade and von Geiger/During (SWE) in 3rd. Spanish former world champs Martinez/Fernandez in 6th and Brits Morrison/Rhodes back in 12th.

 

 

 

Photos supplied by OnEdition

Best pics of Olympics day one

 

Jonnys pics of day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games Regatta from the worlds sailing snappers

The Finns get the Games underway – c Tom Gruitt

The other ‘Great Dane’ Jonas man of the day in the Finns – c Thom Touw

The downwind machine that is Beano – c Tom Gruitt

The colourful fleet in ideal sailing conditions – c Ingrid Abery

The great rivals has started already – BRA v GBR – c Ian Roman/YW

Percy & Bart on the wrong end of a cruel shift in race 1 but bounce back for a photo finish in race 2 – c OnEdition

Opening salvos in the Womens Match Racing with Spain having a buenas dias – c Richard Gladwell

Another match in the Weymouth sunshine – c Ian Roman/YW

Thanks to all photographers for some great footage on day 1, enjoy day 2 out on the water – Ed

Lively opening day

 

Day 1 –  London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth & Portland

Two bullets for the great Dane

Jonas on a hotline to Paul Elvstrom – c Tom Gruitt

With two race wins the Dane dominated the proceedings from the start of Race 1 in front of the Nothe spectator area and led from start to finish. He was equally as dominant in the second race on Weymouth Bay West, again leading from the start.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) were the personification of consistency as the Brit finished second twice whilst the Croatian ended up in third place in both races.

“It was a great day but Ben and Ivan are close behind and we’re very early in the regatta and got to keep cool and take it one day at a time and focus on tomorrow.”

 

Beano opens with two 2nd’s with awesome downwind speed – c OnEdition

 

On Hogh Christensen Ainslie commented, “I think he was on a hotline to Paul Elvstrom today. He sailed fantastically well so all credit to him and we’ll see how things develop for the rest of the week.”

Florian Raudaschl (AUT) is following in the footsteps of his father Hubert who has sailed at nine Olympic Games. Florian is at his first Olympic Games and after his sixth and 19th he said, “Sailing is a family tradition and it is also my dream to compete and I started sailing really late, at age 19 but finally I made it to the Olympic Games and it’s worth it.

 

 Brits And Brazilians In Photo Finish

 

Robert Scheidt & Bruno Prada come from behind to take overall lead – c Tom Gruitt

 

It was a photo finish in Race 2 of the Star class as Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) overcame Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) by the narrowest of margins.

Both teams finished in a time of 73:39 but the race win was awarded to the Brazilians as they took the overall lead having finished fourth in Race 1.

On the race Scheidt said, “We exchanged positions on the second beat, one passing the other all the time and it came down to the finish line. It was a very interesting race. It was so tight that it was hard to see if we won.”

With such tight results every point makes the difference and when asked if it might decide the competition Scheidt added, “It’s going to be quite exciting.”

 

Tough start for the Brits – c OnEdition

 

Percy and Simpson had a weak start to the competition finishing Race 1 in 11th place but they fought back and almost recorded a bullet in the second place. Simpson said, “It was a tricky race and a good battle at the front. It was very shifty out there and we learnt a few lessons from the first race. We thought we were ahead and it was unbelievably close.

“We were quicker than them downwind. In three out of four runs we sailed away and caught them up and it’s a good marker for the rest of the week.”

Ireland’s David Burrows and Peter O’Leary are second overall after a consistent day that included a second in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. Meanwhile Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) are third overall.

The first bullet of the Star sailing competition went to France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre Alexis Ponsot, but a 13th in Race 2 sees them in sixth place.

 

Three Way Women’s Match Race Tie

 

 Tamara Echegoyen’s Spanish team have a great opening day beating two favourites – c Tom Gruitt

 

After the opening day of the Women’s Match Racing there is a three way tie after all the teams completed two races each.

Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) and Olivia Price (AUS) all have a 100% record having won both of their races on the opening day

The Spaniard arguably caused the biggest stir of the day defeating World #1 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) and World #2 Lucy Macgregor. Crew Angela Pumariega said, “At the moment we are sailing good so it’s been a good day for us. We felt a little nervous because it was the first race of the Olympics so we tried to concentrate and sail in each gust because the wind was very shifty.”

Australia’s Price also had an exceptional day defeating World #3 Claire Leroy (FRA) and 2012 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion Silja Lehtinen (FIN).

Skudina overcame Renee Groeneveld (NED) and Anna Kjellberg (SWE) and was quick to praise the Race Committee, “The race committee did a good job in the shifty conditions. It was good for us. The weather was very shifty. It was what we were expecting.”

Stephanie Hazard (NZL), Groeneveld, Macgregor, Leroy and Tunnicliffe all recorded a win and a loss whilst Lotte Meldgaard (DEN) and Kjellberg (SWE).

Rita Goncalves (POR) requested a redress in her match against Lehtinen and a resail will take place.

 

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

Andre Budzien wins OK Dinghy Worlds in glamour conditions

 

OK Dinghy Worlds at Vallensbaek Sailing Club, Denmark – Overall

By Robert Deaves

 

Andre Budzien won the 2012 OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbaek, Denmark after the final two races were sailed on Saturday. Greg Wilcox took the silver while Thomas Hanssen-Mild took the bronze. The final two races were won by Christian Olesen and Björn Allansson.

Despite forecasts of strong winds on the final day, the final day started overcast, damp and windless. Overnight storms had brought heavy rain which tested the integrity of much off the camp site, results in many damp sailors come the morning. The sun soon came out but the wind was not ready yet so AP was hoisted at 9.30 as once again the fleet waited for the elusive Danish wind to appear.

But appear it did and at around 13.30 racing got under way in a strengthening southerly that peaked at about 12-14 knots by mid-afternoon. Two fantastic races were sailed in an onshore wind with nice waves developing that was a fitting end to a great anniversary championship.

In race six, Günther Arndt (GER) was the early leader from the right but soon Christian Olsesen (DEN) took the lead and held it to the finish with Andre Budzien crossing in second and Thomas Hansson-Mild in third.

The wind increased slightly for race seven and Björn Allanson (SWE) was finally able to get out in front and he stayed there the whole race taking his first race win in great conditions. Stefan Myralf (DEN) was second while Nick Craig (GBR) produced his best result of the week with a third.

This meant that Budzien had taken the OK Dinghy world title at the first attempt, his first ever senior world title, after three Finn World Masters titles. The 2002 champion Wilcox had to settle for silver while the 2009 champion Hansson-Mild took home the bronze. The defending champion Craig, finished fourth and went home with just the OKDIA tie that is given to the top ten overall and the major prize winners.

Wilcox summed up, “In the end it was a great regatta actually. It was the largest fleet we’ve ever had in the worlds and it was pretty well organised. We got seven races in, and on land it was great as well. The race officer and his team did a really good job and he put races in when we thought he possibly shouldn’t but they all turned out OK.”

“I’m pretty happy actually. I tried my best and it didn’t quite work out at the end but second in the biggest world championship ever is pretty good, so I think I’ll be pretty happy when I look back on it.”

“Andre sailed very, very well. He never won a race, but he never had a bad one. He was pretty much always up there. Today I tried really hard to get him but we were exactly the same speed and he just always had an edge after the start for some reason. And he just stayed there and we were locked together. I just couldn’t get any points on him. So well done to Andre.”

Hansson-Mild said, “I am happy overall with my week. I knew it was going to be tough. I never sailed this big a fleet before but coming in for the regatta I had some good results at Kiel and the Nordics, but I knew that Andre was coming here and I knew he was going to be a tough competitor. It was all about keeping the numbers low. Going into the last race today I still had a chance for the gold and my only chance was to get points in between so I had to get a good separation so after I saw them starting by the vessel I headed for the right line hoping it would shift right but there was more pressure up on the right. There was took little time to decide so I just threw the dice and it didn;t work out. Then then it was just a struggle to get back into the race. But I did a good recovery on the run and got back back into it.”

Budzien said, “It’s really nice to win and I think it was a really strong fleet here. It was difficult with the low winds to be in the top 10 or even the top 20 so you had minimise the risks all the time. I had some experience with this many boats at this years Finn Masters so that helped me find the right position and also the black flag starts are not so easy to handle. But I am really happy with the result, especially in the strongest OK Dinghy fleet ever.”

“The quality of the fleet here is really good, with six former world champions. I have never sailed against them before apart from Greg and Nick. It was a really strong fleet and strong competition. I would like to try to defend it next year, once we get organised with the transport.”

“The OK Dinghy fleet looks easy, but it is very different on the water. I didn’t win a single race here. In this regatta it was important to be consistent to win, but it’s not at all easy to win in this class. There are a lot of sailors I remember from really early times in the Finn class as well as younger sailors like Björn Allansson trying to catch the fleet here – it was very a strong field.”

At the prizegiving tonight, Andre Budzien was presented with the Canada Centennial Cup, the OK Sculpture and a new trophy for this year, presented by Paul Elvstrøm, for the sailor with the highest points without discard.

The prizegiving ended with six more inductees into the OKDIA Hall of Fame. Started in 2005, these awards are given to people who have made a significant contribution to the class or have excelled on the water. The six awards this year went to:

Nick Craig – four time world champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011
Greg Wilcox – world champion in 2002, past OKDIA President
Knud Olsen – designer of the OK
Axel Damgaard – co-designer and early promoter of the OK Dinghy
Svend Jacobsen – first world champion in 1963
Paul Elvstrøm – big influence in design of OK Dinghy rig and encouraging growth of class.

Next year the OK Dinghy World Championship is being held in Pattaya, Thailand, the second time the class has ventured into Asia and early signs are that it will be a very popular venue for the OK fleet.

Overall Results: (top 5)

1 GER 762 André Budzien 27pts
2

2 NZL 544 Greg Wilcox 32pts
3

3 SWE 100 Thomas Hansson-Mild 39pts
4

4 GBR 2150 Nick Craig 69pts
5

5 DEN 1377 Jørgen Holm Nielsen 74pts

Danes finish strongly to win 505 Worlds in La Rochelle

 

SAP 505 World Championship at La Rochelle, France

 By Mark Angell – Images supplied by Christoph Favreau

 

Scorching conditions on day 4

Following a lay day many 505 crews were keen to get back out on the water for day 4 of the SAP 505 World Championships. Crews took advantage of the day off and sampled the sights of La Rochelle and Il De Re. Other 505 crews and event organisers were invited to go sailing onboard with the SAP Extreme 40 race team, who have been sailing from La Rochelle whilst the championship has been on.

Day four started with the sun beating down on La Rochelle and not a breath of wind, the sea breeze steadily built to allow the race team to set a course following a short postponement and run one race. The race saw a 20° wind shift from the start of the first beat and this forced the race team to adjust the course for the second upwind leg.

The fourth day of the SAP 5O5 World Championship was a good day for the French with 4 teams finishing in the top 20! La Rochelle locals Bertrand Loyal and Laurent Nevo had great boat speed and led the fleet around the course with a comfortable lead. They had a great start, making the most of the wind shift and held onto first place for the whole duration of the race.

Hervé de Kergiou and Basil Géron weren’t far away until the second windward mark rounding, they were within the top 10. With Philippe Boite and Pierre-Jean Gallo, in the pathfinder boat for this 6th race just behind.

The day will also be remembered for the entrance of the Danish team of Jorgen Bojsen-Moller and Jacib Bojsen-Moler into medal contention. Getting into the mix with the main favorites in this world championship, their entrance causing a slight shift in the top of the table. The top ten currently dominated by the Germans, Americans and the the Danish.

 

A beautiful evening’s racing on day 5

Two beautiful races took place on Thursday evening on day 5 at the 2012 SAP 505 World Championship. Mill pond like conditions greeted the fleet at the start of day 5, gradually a very light sea breeze began to build allowing the race committee and the fleet to take to the water.

The sea breeze gradually built to a steady 10 knots to allow Pierre Lemaine and his team to set the first race, following the gate start the brother pairing of Jorgen and Jacob Bojson-Moller took advantage of the right hand side of the beat. This paid off and they came out in the top pack at the windward mark rounding. At the leeward mark their lead looked untouchable after having sailed 60 metres clear of the second and third place boats.

The Danish crew of Jan Saugmann and Martin Gorge were not far behind and and took the second place.

Jan Saugmann, from Denmark, ranked 2nd after 6 races, “Martin Gorge and I formed a new team, our initial goal was to be a part of the top 10. So we’re obviously very happy to be in 2nd place after 6 races. To get here we’ve tried to always concentrate, to think of nothing except for the race and point ourselves towards the race mark rather than the fleet, which is quite a tricky process.”

 

 

All change to the top on the final day

On the sixth and final day of the 2012 SAP 5O5 World Championship the day was started with a tribute to 79 year old 5O5 sailor Jim Berry, taking part in his final World Championship after having competed in every Worlds since 1980. Jim lead the fleet out to start area where the days conditions of a well-established south westerly breeze allowed the fleet to get away on time.

The race results before the start of the last race were close with it all to play for going into the 9th and final race. Kellner/Schoeler were the overnight leaders and had a solid buffer – and only needed to finish within 14 places of Saugmann/Gorge to take the title.

With a clear start Pinnell/Mitchell took the early lead and extended, Kellner/Schoeler however didn’t start as well being trapped out on the un-favoured left hand side of the course. To add insult to injury, Kellner/Schoeler lost their spinnaker gear over the front of the boat at the first leeward mark which dramatically slowed the team down, and saw them relegated to 100+ at the next windward mark.

Saugmann/Gorge continued to extend and sailed a consistent race finishing in 3rd position with Bojsen-Moller in 2nd position and Pinnell/Mitchell winning the race by a 100m margin. Kellner/Schoeler finished outside the top 50 to hand the 2012 SAP 5O5 World Championships to DEN 8964, Jan Saugmann and Martin Gorge.

 

Overall Results:

1. Jan Saugmann/Martin George  – DEN 8964
2. Jorgen Bojsen-Moller/Jacob Bojsen-Moller – DEN 9062
3. Christian Kellner/Martin Schoeler – GER 9090

For full results visit the official website at www.sap505worlds.com/2012

Anyone’s game in the Women’s 470 at London 2012

 

 Current World Champions Hannah Mills and Saksia Clark GBR – c Richard Langdon

 

Unlike the Men’s 470, the Women’s fleet has not seen any crew take the bull by the horns and dominate regatta after regatta.

Come race time on Friday 3 August, 20 boats featuring 40 sailors will line up aiming to get a good start in their quest for an elusive Olympic gold medal.

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) come into London 2012 as the Women’s 470 World Champions and with that on their shoulders there is an expectation for them to deliver. However the girls won’t let that pressure get to them as Mills said, “I really want to enjoy the experience and not get to overwhelmed by it but make sure we’re ready so we can sail the best we can in any situation.”

Clark added, “Our focus has been to prepare as well as we can for it and turning up and delivering our best performance. I do believe if we did that on the day we’d stand a very good chance of being on the podium.”

The Brits enjoyed a terrific tussle with Japan’s Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Olympic Test Event, last year. The Japanese took gold in a thrilling Medal Race on the Nothe Course and will be strong contenders for Olympic gold.

Like Mills and Clark the Japanese pair will be sailing at their first Olympic Games together. Tabata said, “When I started sailing I did not even know there was an Olympic event. So I was just sailing for delight rather than competing. The time is getting close to London 2012 and we just do everything we can do every day.”

Five time Women’s 470 World Champion Lobke Berkhout won silver at Beijing 2008 with Marcelien de Koning. Berkhout teamed up with Lisa Westerhof after Beijing and the pair hit it off straight away winning 470 Worlds titles in 2009 and 2010. They bring a bronze medal from the 2012 470 Worlds into London 2012 and if the breeze is up they’ll be contenders.

Spain’s Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos took gold at the 2011 ISAF Worlds in Perth, Australia last year and can mix things up at the top of the fleet. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) have a regatta victory on Weymouth waters and bring that confidence into the competition.

Sydney 2000 Women’s 470 gold medallist Belinda Stowell (AUS) and Beijing 2008 Women’s gold medallist Elise Rechichi (AUS) have the knowledge and know how when it comes to winning Olympic gold medals. Stowell comes into the Games fresh from a back injury but nonetheless is prepared, “The back’s really strong,” she said. “I’m glad to get it back to full strength. It’s been a systematic progression back to 100%.”

At 18-years-old the youngest sailor in the fleet and the competition, Lara Vadlau (AUT), will make her Olympic Games debut two years on from winning gold at the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010. Vadlau said, “The Youth Olympics was a really great event but the jump to the 470 was to a much higher level. It won’t be easy at London 2012 but I think we can do a good job.”

One year on from Singapore 2010 Vadlau won gold in the 420 Girls at the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds and took one of the final qualification spots for London 2012 at the 2012 470 Worlds in Barcelona, Spain. She will sail with 25-year-old Eva-Maria Schimak.

The Women’s 470 fleet set sail at 12:00 local time on Friday 3 August on the Weymouth Bay West Course. The fleet enjoy a lay day on 6 August before racing resumes on 7 August. The Women’s 470 will play to the Nothe Spectator area on 10 August where the gold medallists will be decided after the Medal Race.

Singaporean Domination

 

Optimist World Championship at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic – Overall

 

 

The best was kept for the end at the Opti Worlds with the weather being ideal for the last day of the Championship. A sunny and clear sky, with a breeze of 10 knots was the perfect combination for the conclusion of the event.

Two races sailed for all groups with several general recalls and black flags. Yokoyama Elisa Yukie and Neo Samuel Jiun Jie from Singapore had their own battle for first place and the rest of the fleet did not seem to be important to them. They both scored a bullet and had only one point difference when going to the final race. Right behind them was their compatriot Goh Jessica Kai Ling that also scored a bullet and was only one point behind second.

 

 

All were to be judged in the final race except for one thing, Singapore had secured all the podium places and left no chance for other countries to claim one. Bart Lambriex from Netherlands had an equally good performance scoring a 6th and a 1st place and managed to break Singapore’s domination, throwing Loh Jiayi to fifth place overall with Lambriex claimed fourth.

Yokoyama and Neo continued their flawless performances, scoring another bullet each meaning that Yokoyama is the new Optimist World Champion for 2012. Neo was only one point behind him in second place and Goh, after a bad performance in the last race, took third place overall.

 

 

Sweden’s Nevhagen and Jarudd took 6th and 8th place respectively and went between USA’s Shestopalov and Muller that finished 7th and 9th. The top ten completed by Janezic from Slovenia.

A wonderful Closing Ceremony followed, with the organizers giving thanks to all participants and volunteers in a ceremony hosted on the beach! Surely, a unique Championship to be remembered, for the 50th anniversary of the Opti Worlds and the first time that a nation claimed all three podium places.

 

 

By Icarus Sailing Media, All photos © Matias Capizzano