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Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR

Saturday, 28. July 2012– Sunday, 12. August 2012

Website: www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/home.php

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Closing Ceremony in London yesterday night ended the 2012 Olympic Games with a big show. Really good sail racing was seen at the Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth/Portland, run in mostly perfect wind conditions between 10 and 25 kn, decreasing only during the last days. With three Gold and a Silver Medal, Australia was the most successful nation this time, replacing Great Britain after 16 years on top. With only one Gold, but at least four times Silver, the GBR team, sailing on its home waters, did not quite meet the high expectations of the local public. Lijia Xu in the Laser Radial earned the first sailing Gold Medal for China, not the last probably for the fast developing country. Among the nations without medals are the USA (since 1936), Germany and Austria, who were traditionally always in the Medals. With only one Bronze Medal, France cannot be satisfied either. Special exploits came from smaller nations like Cyprus and Belgium, for the first time on the Medal Tally, that contains only 14 nations (4 continents) this time (25 in former Games). With the radical changes in the events for 2016, the statistics might look quite different in four years. All ranking lists and the official Olympia reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The last event of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition ended yesterday with the Women Match Race, sailed in a solid 15 to 22 kn breeze, allowing not too many position changes, but with the boats most of the time in tight duels. Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with NZL leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during an unwanted gybing manoeuvre. Gold went finally to Spain, Silver to NZL, the fourth 2012 Olympic sailing medal for Team NZL. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning the fifth race of a very close Olympic Women Match Race Final with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with AUS clearly leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during a gybing manoeuvre. Gold for Spain, Silver for AUS. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
With these news, the sailing-news.ch Olympic Special Ticker comes to an end. Thank you very much for your interest in our pages and the many valuable feedbacks. Over twice the number of readers have visited our Specials during the last two weeks.
We shall be back in the coming days with comments, analysis, reports, interview concerning the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The first match for Gold between Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP ended a few minutes ago with the victory of the Spanish, and Silja Lehtinen FIN just crossed the finish line defeating Ektarina Eskudina RUS for the 3rd time. With the overall score 3-1, Finland is taking Bronze. The results. The final can be followed live on the Internet.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN are underway to race one of the Petit Final for Rank 3. The wind conditions are much better than yesterday and the Best-of-Five Series will be over on time. The races can be followed live on the Internet. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Olympic Sailing Competition comes to an end today with the Women Match Race Finals. Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP sail for Gold, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS duel for the Bronze Medal. The Petit Final is scheduled for 12 hrs UCT / 13 hrs CET, the Final will be at 13.05 hrs UCT / 14.05 hrs CET. We shall continuously report on the outcome of the two Best-of-Five Matches on the sailing-news Olympic Ticker.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 Medal Races in Weymouth were sailed yesterday in a very light breeze, and - in spite of the small points' gaps between the top-2 teams, the positions on top did not change. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the men's class after an intense fight, already the third sailing Gold for Australia. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithill GBR had to content themselves with Silver. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG on rank 3 earned the first sailing medal for Argentina.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL, taking the lead just after the start with a move on the right side, were the superior winners of the Medal Race. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, forced to go left trying an attack, were last on the first mark, and the game was over. Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED defended their Bronze Medal ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Géron FRA 4th.
The Women's Match Race ended - after a long postponement - just at time-limit with a Best-of-Three instead of the planned Best-of-Five result. Olivia Price AUS defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN after a very intense gybing duel just on the finish line with a few centimeters (from the spinaker) with 2-1, Tamara Echegoyen ESP had the upper hand on Ekaterina Skudina RUS, leading initially, also with 2-1. With this result, the two dominators of the Round Robin will sail the Final today, the loosers meet in the Petit Final. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Flight 3 is over and AUS, defeating FIN, and ESP, ahead of RUS are both leading 2-1 and will sail in tomorrows' final. While the Match between Olivia Price ESP and the constantly leading Silja Lehtinen FIN was decided on the finish line by a few centimetres, Tamara Echegoyen ESP made it clearer against Ekatarina Skudina RUS after an early lead by the Russians. FIN and RUS will compete in the Petit Final. Meet you again tomorrow. Olympic Live Blog.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
And the wind came back unexpectidly. AUS and FIN are racing again in a very close fight with FIN leading on the first downwind. RUS and ESP are also underway. Live coverage available again.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
An hour earlier as predicted by the weather men, the wind disappeared in the bay of Weymouth. The Race Committee keeps on waiting until 17.30 UCT, 18.30 CET, the latest time for the attention signal for a flight. But the chances that more sailing will be possible today are almost nil. We therefore close the Olympic Ticker early and refer to the live coverage to check whether nevertheless some breeze filled in. Check also the official website for updated informations. If no more semi-final races are held, the results of the Round Robin will become valid, and AUS and RUS go to the final, ESP and FIN to the Petit Final.
Good-bye until tomorrow. We shall inform on these pages on the schedule as soon as available. Thank you and have a nice evening.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Both Women Match Race Semi Finals are tied 1-1 after two Flights. The races are quickly usually decided by the start because of the very light wind. In the mean-time, further racing has been postponed. The competition can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The first Women Match Race between Olivia Price AUS, winner of the Round Robin, and Silja Lehtininen FIN is underway. In the second Semi,Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will compete. The Matches can be followed on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the 470 Women Gold Medal having moved to the paying right side on the first upwind and controlling the fleet, while their only opponents Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR stuck in a pack of boats risked all and attacked over the left side, ending last at the first mark. In a tight duel, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berckhout NED, 6th race rank, earned Bronze, one point ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, who finished the Medal Race on race rank 5. For Lobke Berkhout NED, it is the second Olympic Medal after Silver 2008 in Qingdao. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 Women are underway in the Medal Race and the duel for Gold is between Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR. The one that is ahead has Gold. The race can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The ranking list before the Medal Race
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS win the 470 men Gold Medal in an exciting light wind race. Rounding mark 1, the only opponents for the title Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR had the upper hand, but on the downwind leg, the Australians sneacked past and controlled the Brits to the end. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG finished 3rd in the Medal Race and take the Bronze Medal.
This is the 3rd Medal for the Australian Team, and in Women Match Racing, another medal could be achieved. Once more, the Australian Head Coach Victor Kovalenko confirms his reputation as 'Mr. Medal Maker'.
The ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 Medal Race is underway and a tight match race between the leading Australians and the Brits is guaranteed. Already before the start, Patience/Bithell GBR forced Belcher/Page AUS into a penalty, but the Australians did the correction circle and regained the first place. The Medal Races can be followed under www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Today, on the second-last day of the Olympic Sailing Competition at Weymouth, the Medal Races of the 470 Men and Women, as well as the Match Race Semi Finals are on the program. At 13 hrs CET, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR start their duel for Gold in the Men event, while in the Women event, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR at equal points will fight for Gold. Their start is at 14 hrs CET. The fight for Bronze will be equally thrilling, as Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED are only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The pairs for the Match Race Semis, beginning at 15 hrs CET, are Olivia Price AUS vs Silja Lehtinen FIN and Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Due to lack of sufficient wind, the 470 Men Medal Race and the Sail-Offs of the Women Matchracer for the ranks 5-8 were cancelled. The 470 Men Medal race is now planned for 13 hrs CET today, while instead of a 5-8 ranks' Sail-Off, the results of the Round Robin will be valid for the Diploma ranks 5 to 8. The report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
No sufficient wind for racing during the whole afternoon, as forecasted. All races are postponed on tomorrow Friday as follows: 13.00 CET 470 men Medal Race, 14.00 CET 470 women Medal Race, 15.30 CET Women Match Race Semi Finals. The time for the Match Race Sail-offs has not yet been published.
We shall continue our Olympia-Special tomorrow at 13.00 CET. All ranking lists. Have a nice evening !
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Due to lack of wind all races are posponed this afternoon. The 470 men normally should start their medal race at 2 pm CET. The weatherforecast with maximal strength of 8kn doesn't look very promising. All rankings.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Highlight of day 12 is the 470 men Medal Race at 13 p.m. UCT with Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR fighting for Gold. The Australians have an advantage of 4 points and the Brits must finish two ranks ahead to overtake the leaders. Main opponents in the duel for Bronze are Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG and Gabrio Zandona/Pietro Zucchetti ITA, but in theory, also Snow-Hansen NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA could climb on rank 3.
In addition, the Sail-off matches for tha Women Match Race ranks 5 to 8 are on the program. The event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS succeeded to overtake Lucy McGregor GBR on the final leg of of match 5, winning the best-of-five Quarter Final, qualifying for the Semi Final, together with Tamara Echegoyen ESP, Olivia Price AUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN already qualified for the Semis on Friday. All results.
Day 11 of the Olympic Competition in Weymouth is over. Tomorrow Thursday, the 470 men Medal Race, and the Sail-offs 5-8 of the Women Matchracers are on the program.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The flight 4 made everything clear in three of the four pairs. After Tamara Echegoyen ESP, the QF winners and qualifiers for the semi-finals are: Olivia Price AUS defeating Renée Groenveld AUS, Silja Lehtinen FIN defeating Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-1. The 4th Quarter Final between Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Lucy McGregor GBR is 2-2, and the decision will be known in a few minutes. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Women Matchracers are still active this afternoon concluding their Quarter Finals. After flight 3, just terminated, Tamara Echegoyen ESP is the first semi finalist, defeating Claire Leroy FRA for the third time. The other three QFs are all at a 2-1 score: Olivia Price AUS leads vs Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA reduced the score vs Silja Lehtinen FIN on 1-2, and Ekaterina Skudina RUS took the lead over Lucy McGregor GBR winning flight 3. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The light-wind race 10, concluding the 470 women qualification phase, brought an unexpected close-up on top. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, finishing 2nd behind the Olympic Champions Elise Rechichi (2008)/Belinda Stowell (2000) and protecting their theoretical chances for Bronze, closed the gap to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver. A thrilling battle will take place for Bronze with Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, and 9 points behind the Dutch ladies follow the Olympic medalists 2008 Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, and even Rechichi/Stowell AUS 15 points behind, retain a small chance. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49er Medal Race was also sailed in a light breeze. Gold for Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS - the outstanding dominators of the whole season - and Silver for Peter Burling/Tuke Blair NZL were won prematurely before the Medal Race, and all interest was on the fight for Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT attacked right from the beginning and celebrated a start-to-finish victory. For a long time, it looked as if Austria - without any Medals in the 2012 Games so far - would arrive on the podium. But Norregard/Lang DEN coming back from behind finally defended their 3rd place overall, crossing the finish line as 3rd. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Race 9 of the 470 women, sailed in a light wind, was just finished. As yesterday, the Chinese Wang/Huang CHN performed again extremely well and finished first. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL crossed the line as second, extending their lead overall on 8 points. The second up to now, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, arrived only on position 8 (discard result), and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 3rd so far even risk to drop considerably with their 20th race rank (discard result too). Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA finished 3rd and are only 5 points behind the Dutch. Even the Olympic Champions 2008 Elise Rechichi/Belinda Stowell AUS are only 20 points behind Bronze. The start to the last qualification race will be given soon. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Today, the Medal Race of the 49ers is on the program with the top two seats on the podium are already taken by Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS Gold and Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL Silver. Only the Bronze Medal is at stake with six teams withing 12 points. Norregard/Lang DEN 3rd are on the pole position, but Lehtinen/Bask FIN, Morrison/Rhodes GBR, Dyen/Christidis FRA, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Freitas/De Andrade POR will not hesitate to fully attack. An exciting situation to be followed as from 13 hrs UCT this afternoon. The 470 women sail their last two qualification races with the clearly leading trio Aleh/Powrie NZL, Mills/Clarke GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Will there be other teams succeeding to close the gap? The wind forecast is on lighter winds, possibly favoring other teams. In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals continue today. The most important surprise up to now is the the bad start of the favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA in der Best-of-Five-Serie against Silja Lehtinen FIN being down 0-2 after two heats. The US Sailing Team has no medals up to now, and Anna is their last hope. We shall again cover the event live as from 13 hrs on our News Ticker.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Olympic Windsurfing competition, the last one if the Kite-Surfing decision for 2016 is not reconsidered, ended with two impressive Medal Race victories of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP, both already clearly ahead after the qualifcation races. With Nick Dempsey GBR on rank 2 and Przemyslav Miarczynski POL as 3rd, no changes happened on the last day. In the Women RS:X fleet however, major changes happened as the World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR flopped in the Medal Race, allowing Tuuli Petäjä FIN to take Silver, the very first Medal for Finland at these Games. Bronze went to Zofia Klepacka POL. The Women Matchracer started with the Quarter Finals to be concluded today. The 470 men completed the qualification races with Belcher/Page AUS and Patience/Bithell GBR fighting for Gold and Silver. In the 470 women, Aleh/Powrie NZL reclaimed the top with two bullets, but Mills/Clark GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED stay close, with two races to go. All results and the report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI terminated his Olympic competition yesterday on rank 10, the best Swiss result of these Games, and a very remarkable performance as best real amateur with only one year preparation time. His major opponents had the possibility to prepare the Olympics 2012 during four years full-time supported by their federations. In Switzerland, the effective direct support for athletes has been drastically reduced by the Swiss Sailing Team AG during the past seven years.
The young and talented 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI confirmed the progress made during the past months, finishing on rank 16 in a highly competitive fleet - the best result of a 470 male team in a top international environment in the last years. A generous sponsor made a professional preparation possible.
With yesterday's regattas, the Olympic Games 2012 are over for Switzerland. In spite of a relatively conciliating last day, it was the greatest disaster at Olympics ever, not a surprise considering the unprofessional expensive SST project, as foreseeable already seven years ago. We have commented on this several times on our pages. A new begin is urgent, but unfortunately, it seems that the interest for Olympic sailing is rather low with the responsible stake-holders of Swiss Sailing, the Delegates of Clubs and Classes, who - at the end of the day - have the responsibility for the wrong track taken by approving the projects submitted at the General Assemblies.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The positions after two Quarter Final flights are: Olivia Price AUS vs Renée Groenveld NED 1-1, Silja Lehtinen FIN vs Anna Tunnicliffe USA 2-0, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy 2-0, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Ekatarina Skudina RUS 1-1. The Quarter Finals are sailed in a best-of-five mode. Matchracing resumes tomorrow no earlier than 15 hrs CET. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The situation seems settled in the 470 women's fleet, as the finish of race 8 is almost identical to race 7. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are first ahead of Hanna Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. These three teams are also clearly in the overall lead with 20 points and more on the rest of the fleet. Tomorrow, the last two qualifaction races are on the program and it might well be, that the three medal winning teams are already known. NZL leads 4 points ahead of GBR and NED are another 3 points behind. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. In this last race, sailed in a 10 kn breeze, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finishing 7th confirmed again that they arrived in the international top ranks, a promise for the future ! The terminate their first Olympics on the 17th place overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Olympic Champion in the RS:X women windsurfers is Marina Alabau ESP, clearly dominating the competition and adding a Medal Race victory as highlight to the race series. The fight for the other Medals was - as expected - very exciting .. and ended with a surprise. The World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR finished on rank 9 only and dropped out of the Medals. On her place, it was Tuuli Petäjä FIN taking Silver, and Zofia Klepacka POL is on rank 3, one point behind the 2nd. Olga Maslivets UKR, another point back is on rank 4. The Ukrainian was leading the Medal Race almost to the finish when Alabau overtook her, and relegated her to rank 4 overall. Only 4 points behind the Bronze Medal is Moana Delle GER on rank 5. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal.
All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished 7th and remains on rank 10 overall, the best result in his three Olympic campaigns. Congratulations !
All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are the winners of the 470 women race 7, reclimbing on rank 1 overall. Wang/Huang CHN, second-last overall so far (!), finished 2nd, Clark/Lihan USA 3rd. Overall second are Mills/Clarke GBR 3 points behind, and Westerhof/Berkhout NED follow another 2 points back on rank 3. The leading three overall have already a considerable advantage on the rest of the fleet, and it might well be, that preliminary medal decision will fall before the Medal Race. Three races are still pending. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had difficulties in this light to moderate wind race (10 kn) and sailed their discard race rank 23, descending them on rank 16 overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Welcome to the 10th Olympic afternoon with www.sailing-news.ch. On the program today are the last qualification races of the 470s, the Women Match Race Quarter Finals and the Medal Races of the Windsurfers male and female.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is only 4 points behind.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals will be alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is onl 4 points behind. The only Swiss so far to qualify for the Medal Race is the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI. As 10th, he can theoretically overtake Ricardo Santos BRA 10 points in front of the Swiss, and move up on rank 9. But the Diploma, rank 8, has gone.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals a alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Laser Medal Races were the highlight of yesterday. In the Lasers Standard, not much was to dispute, as the points' gaps on top were quite considerable before the race. Tom Slingsby AUS covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP from start-to-finish and sailed him down in the fleet, adding the Olympic Gold Medal to his important collection of titles. The young Cyprus sailor can be proud having earned Silver, the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Rasmus Mygren SWE defended rank 3 winning the Bronze Medal. The report.

Extremely exciting however was the Laser Radial Medal Race. Separated by one point only, four athletes were fighting for the three medals. Lijia Xu CHN, 2008 Bronze Medalist, sailed a superior Medal Race, compensating even a pumping penalty. She was the clear winner, taking Gold for China. Marit Bouwmeester NED - the most successful Radial sailor during the past 12 months - finished 2nd, coming from behind towards the end of the heat, earning Silver. The Bronze Medal went to Evi Van Acker BEL, and Annalise Murphy IRL, leading the Medal Race at the beginning, remained without Medal. The report.
At the end of qualification phase yesterday, the Gold and Silver Medal winners in the 49ers were known, and this after 15 races. The top favorites Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS take Gold, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL take Silver. The Medal Race to determine the Bronze Medal winner takes place next Wednesday.The report.
A tight duel between Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR will take place in the 470 races 9 and 10 today, with both having a Medal for sure. The goal today is to end the day on an optimum position for the Medal Race of Thursday, where a close fight for the title between GBR and AUS is expected. The report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The only Swiss racing yesterday were Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men. With the day ranks 12 and 7, the young Swiss team achieved results as never before, inmidst the best teams of the world. Overall, they are now on rank 14, ahead of the former World Champions Coster/Coster NED, the Worldcup winners McNay/Biehl or the European Champions Kampouridis/Papadopoulos GRE. In the final two qualification heats today, they might even progress more, but for the Medal Race, the gap seems to be too big, as they are still 22 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Today, Richard Stauffacher SUI resumes racing in the RS:X-windsurfers. As 10th before the Medal Race he has nothing to loose and can take risks to move up on rank 9. The start to the Medal Race will be given at 14 hrs CET. We shall report live as every day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49ers concluded the qualification phase with race 15 late this afternoon. As expected, Gold- and Silvermedals can already be awarded before the Medal Race. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS finished 3rd and are on top with a 28 points' advantage on the second-ranked Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, who have themselves a 32 points lead on the third-ranked Norregard/Lang DEN. The ranks 3 to 8 however are all within 12 points and the heat is on for the Bronze Medal. The Medal Race will take place on next Wednesday. All ranking list.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Laser Standard World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS avoided all risks and covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP ruthlessly. They finished the Medal ('Match') race on the ranks 9 and 10. Rasmus Mygren SWE had the upper hand in the fight for Bronze over Tonci Stipanovic CRO, who remains on the ungrateful 4th place. Winner of the Medal Race was Simon Grotelüschen GER, finishing 6th overall ahead of the enthroned Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR 6. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN won the tension loaded Medal Race of the Laser Radials and grabbed the Gold Medal, her second Medal after Bronze in Qingdao 2008. Second in the medal race and as well in the overall is World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED, who started slowly in the race rounding the second upwind mark only as 8th, during the second half of the medal race she moved up to 2nd. The Bronze Medal goes to Evi Van Acker BEL. A bitter end for Annalise Murphy who dominated the first half of the Olympic Regatta and lost a medal only on the last downwind. The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. With a good 12th rank, Yannik Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI advanced on rank 18, 23 points behind the Medal Race. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The ESP - DEN resail after Jury decision opened the 9th Olympic day in Weymouth. It was an extremely close match between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN with again the Spanish as winners by a very small margin. Denmark is eliminated after the Round Robin. The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal. See the complete results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal.
Today, the 49ers will terminate their qualifcations, and the 470 men (with Brauchli/Hausser SUI) sail their qualification heats 7 and 8. Moreover, the Women Match Race duel between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN will be resailed after a protest. Should the Danish team win, Renée Groenveld NED and her team would loose the Quarter Final place. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Francois Richard)
The first two sets of Medals were awarded after two exctiting and entertaining Medal Races of the Starboats and the Finn. And in addition, the RS:X windsurfer Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED earned his Gold Medal prematurely with his huge points advantage after 9 qualification races already. The report. In the Starboats, the Gold Medal was a well merited 'revenge' for Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE who descended from rank 1 to 3 in the Medal Race 2008. With a start-to-finish race win, they catched up 12 points and took Gold ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The report.
Hard was the fight for Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns to become the most successful Olympic Champion of all times with four Gold Medals in a row. Admittedly, he succeeded to control the previous leader Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN during the Medal Race, but the third-ranked Pieter-Jan Postma NED looked like the final overall winner until a collision with a penalty turn removed all his chances for a medal. Ainslie GBR earned Gold followed by Hoegh-Christensen DEN on Silver and Jonathan Lobert FRA on Bronze, the first sailing medal 2012 for France. The report. In the 470 women, the gaps remain small after 6 races. Mills/Clarke GBR lead one point ahead of Aleh/Powrie NZL and 3 points on Westerhof/Berkhout NED. As best of the day, Conti/Michol ITA are now only 3 points behind the Dutch team. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are on the way for a premature Gold Medal, as their advantage on Burling/Tuke NZL before the two last qualification races today is already 20 points. Thrilling is the fight for the Medal Race qualification as the ranks 9-14 are only separated by 12 points. Dorian Van Rijsselberge had his Gold Medal already after race 9 and in the Medal Race of Tuesday, the interest goes therefore on the fight for Silver and Bronze between Nick Dempsey GBR, Toni Wilhelm GER and Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL. In the women RS:X windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP needs only rank 7 in the Medal Race to become Olympic Champion. During the qualifications, she was only once on a worse position as 7th ! But the ranks 2 -7 are separated by 11 points only ! All ranking lists and the event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Race 6 of the 470 women was abandoned, apparently due to the dying and more and more circlings winds, combined with a strong current, to the regret of the former Swiss Optimist Champion Lara Vadlau AUT with Elisabeth Schimak AUT as crew, who were leading from the start. The resultat-overview. Race 6 will be resailed tormorrow Monday.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that he is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank today. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal.
Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 13th in the last race, just made rank 10 qualifying for the Medal Race. But his backlog is too big to achieve his goal, an Olympic Diploma (rank 8). Nevertheless, he achieved his best Olympic result in his third Games, and enlightens the disappointing results of the Swiss Sailsing Team AG so far. All rnking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Race 12 of the 49ers, sailed in the lightest breeze so far - 9-10 kn - has just been completed, confirming the overall rankings so far. Outteridge/Jensen AUS are the winners extending their lead on Burling/Tuke NZL, 2nd, by one point. Kostov/Cupac CRO finished 3rd in race 12. The Australians are now in the overall rankings 10 points ahead of the Kiwis. Lehtinen/Bask follow 24 points behind on rank 3. Dyen/Christidis FRA moved up on rank 4, seven points behind the Finnish, and back again in the race for the medals. Three qualification races are still to be sailed. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Ben Ainslie GBR did what he had to do to win Gold: Cover Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN leading with a 2 points advance before the Medal Race from start to finish and arrive just one rank in front of him, i.e. on position 9 with Hoegh on rank 10. The Dane finished 2nd overall with the same number of points as Ainslie. Bronze went to Jonathan Lobert FRA, winner of the Medal Race. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR were the winner of race 5, taking at the same time the overall lead ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 2nd in heat 5 and new 2nd overall only one point behind. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL had to content themselves with rank 10 and are now on the 3rd place with a 3 points' backlog. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The RS:X-women windsurfers have finished their second race of the day, the 10th and final qualification heat. The Medal Race will take place next Tuesday.
Tuuli Petäjä FIN was the winner and advances on rank 3 overall. Marina Alabau ESP, 3rd in this race, keeps a solid 14 points' lead, a good plafform for Gold lateron. But the fight for Silver and Bronze will be very tight, as Lee-El Korzits ISR and Tuuli Petäjä FIN are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3, and only one point behind follows Moana Delle GER, the day's best with the ranks 3 and 2. But with options for medals are also Zofia Klepacka POL (3 points behind Silver) and Olga Maslivets UKR (6 points behind Silver). All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen SWE succeeded to compensate their 12 points backlog in an exciting Medal Race taking the Gold Medal ahead of Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA. This outcome reverses 2008 where Lööf started to the Medal Race as first and finished 3rd at the end of the race. This is the 3rd Olympic Medal for Lööf, and also for Percy. For Robert Scheidt, it is even the 5th Olympic Medal. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Starboat Medal Race is underway and SWE leads at mark 1 ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, overall leader with a 7 points advantage on Scheidt/Prada BRA and 14 points on Lööf/Salminen SWE. These three teams fight for the medals. The Medal Race can be followed live in Switzerland on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Women Windsurfers terminated race 9 in 35 minutes. While the first three overall ranked had nothing to do with the outcome of this heat, there were Bryony Shaw GBR winning with Patricia Freitas BRA second and Moana Delle GER 3rd. Marina Alabau ESP protects the overall lead 6 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR. Olga Maslivets UKR follows on 3rd. The last qualification race will be crucial for the the Medal Race selection. Nicola Gierke CAN on rank 10 has an 11 points lead on rank 11 and should be able to defend this position. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Welcome to our Olympia afternoon, on a day, the first 6 sailing medals will be awarded. At 14 hrs CET, the Starboats will start to their Medal Race, and on 15 hrs CET, it is the Finn's turn. But first of all, qualification races resume with the RS:X women underway now. The breeze off Weymouth is around 14 kn for the moment. Stay tuned for the first results in a few minutes.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Top conditions again in Weymouth yesterday with an 12 to 18 kn breeze. There were the varying currents, gusts and shifts, that made sailing very challenging. No surprise, that the favorites have taken command in all events, such as Belcher/Page AUS 470 men, Outteridge/Jensen AUS 49ers, Tom Slingsby AUS Laser Standard or Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X-Surfers. In the 470 women, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL lare on top of the 470 women. The most exciting situation will be in the Lasers Radial Medal Race (next Monday), where the first four are separated by one point only. Concerning today's race, the gaps between the teams will probably increase in the forecasted wind conditions. Major changes might occur in the 470 women, where the discard results comes into effect by this evening. All ranking lists and the reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
It was again the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who showed the best Swiss performances yesterday in the RS:X men. Thanks to an 8th place, he remains on rank 12 overall after 8 of the 10 qualification races, only 11 points behind rank 10. A medal race qualification today is possible. The youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on the 470 show performances as never before in a fleet full of experienced sailors. With the ranks 12 and 14, they are now on rank 18 overall, with four more qualification races to go. As obvious already two days ago, Nathalie Brugger SUI was just not successful enough to reach her personal goal to fight for the medals with the best of the class. She finished her second Olympics on rank 14 yesterday. The report of the Swiss Team.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. Richard Stauffacher SUI sailed a good 8th race rank an keeps the 12th overall position, 11 points behind rank 10, still a good option for the Medal Race with two heats to go tomorrow. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Fernanda Oliveira BRA, Bronze-Medal 2008, together with Ana Luiza Barbachan BRA, are the winners of race 4 of the 470 women. Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA, leading at the begin of the race, finished 2nd. Maria-Fernanda Sesto/Consuelo Monsegur ARG, up to now last-ranked, finished 3rd. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are on top, 2 points ahead of Mills/Clark GBR, who are 2 points in front of Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA advanced on rank 5 overall. Lecointre/Geron FRA follow as 6th. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th, while Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with the good day ranks 13 and 14 advanced on rank 18, however already 30 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Women Match Racers have just finished the Round Robin of the 2012 Olympics, and the eight best-ranked proceed to the Quarter Finals of Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Olivia Powrie AUS dominated the Matches with a flawless 11-0 score ahead of Ekaterina Skudina RUD, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Anna Tunnicliffe USA, all with 8-3 wins. Silija Lehtinen FIN, Claire Leroy FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED complete the Quarter finalist table.The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! Nathalie Brugger SUI finished her Olympic Regatta with a 16th race rank and remains on the 14th place overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The third race of the 470 women, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, brought partly new teams on top of the race ranking. Camille Lecointre/Matilde Geron FRA, sailing below their standard so far, were the winners and advance on position 6 overall. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the overall lead with a 2nd race rank. 3rd in race 3 are the Olympic Champion 2008 Elise Rechichi AUS, having started the 2012 campaign since November 2011 only, together with Belinda Stowell AUS, Olympic Champion 2004 (as crew). They are already on rank 5. The ranks 2 and 3 overall after 3 races remain with Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR and jointly Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. The 14th race rank of Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI is their second-best result so far, leaving them on rank 19 overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished on rank 20 and is now 14th overall, 13 points behind rank 10. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Lasers Standard just finished their 10th and last qualification race, again with Tom Slingsby AUS as the winner. The Australian has his 2012 Olympic Gold or Silver Medal for sure and only Pavlos Kontides CYP could overtake him in the Medal Race of next Monday, but 14 points behind, this will hardly happen. Kontides, finishing 4th in the 10th race, has the Silver Medal granted - the first sailing medal for Cyprus - as Rasmus Mygren SWE on the 3rd position is 21 points farther back. The fight for Bronze will be tight with Tonci Stipanovic CRO only one point behind the Swede. Qualified for the Medal Race are also the defeated Olympic Champion 2008 Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6, Simon Grotelüschen GER rank 7 and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA rank 10. All Ranglisten.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winner of race 8 of the RS:X female windsurfers, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, is Lee-El Korzits ISR ahead of Tuuli Peäjä FIN and Olga Maslivets UKR. Marina Alabau ESP remains on top overall, but Lee-El Korzits ISR is now only 3 points behind the Spanish. New on rank 3 is Olga Maslivets UKR 12 points behind Alabau ESP. Herewith, the Women windsurfers have concluded the program of the second-last qualification day. Races 9 and 10 will be sailed tomorrow Sunday. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. All Ranglisten
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. Nathalie Brugger SUI finished on the good 10th place but has as 14th overall, 31 pts behind rank 10 no chance to bridge the gap in the last race. All Ranglisten
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Up to 18 kn was the breeze during the first Laser Standard race today, and Tom Slingsby AUS finished 1st in front of Javier Hernandez ESP and Andrew Murdoch NZL, extending his overall lead on Pavlos Kontides CYP to 11 points. Tonci Stipanovic CRO is on rank 3 another 11 points back. With the second race today, the Laser Standards conclude the qualification phase and it might well be, that even the decisions for the final podium will fall considering the large points' gaps between the athletes. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The RS:X women windsurfers sailed their first race of the day in a 17-19 kn breeze, with the favorites taking the first places: Olga Maslivets UKR was 1st ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Moana Delle GER. Overall, the top surfer still are close together with Marina Alabau ESP 7 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR, and Zofia Klepacka POL another 4 points behind. Olga Maslivets UKR and Moana Delle GER are not far behind. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
All classes except the Finns, Starboats and 49ers are racing today. The wind forecast promises again a 18-20 kn breeze.
Beginning after 12 hrs UCT, we shall cover this afternoon's activity again in our live ticker.
The event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Yesterday, the Finns and Starboats terminated their qualification races, and tomorrow Sunday, the Medal Races are on the program. In the Stars, the same teams as in 2008 will be on the podium this time. Only the final sequence has to be determined in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR lead 8 points ahead of Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, and Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE are 12 points behind the Brits. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen and Ben Ainslie GBR two points behind have a medal for good. Which one will be seen on Sunday.
For the first time, the women 470 were in action yesterday. Mills/Clark GBR took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 6, ahead of Jo Aleh/Powerie AUS and Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Patience/Bithell GBR lead in the 470 men, but the favorites Belcher/Page AUS are on the way up. The surprising Schmid/Reichstädter AUT remained on rank 3. In the 49ers, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS have a clear lead, but, Burling/Tuke NZL reduced the gap on the leaders. The two Laser fleets resumed racing after their lay day. Tom Slingsbx AUS finally succeeded to replace Pavlos Kontides CYP on top of the rankings. In the Radials, Evi Van Acker BEL replaced Annalise Murphy IRL by a small margin. The RS:X-windsurfers and Match Race women had their lay day yesterday, and shall resume racing today. All results and the reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
A black day for the Swiss Medal hopes yesterday: Marazzi/De Maria SUI twice finishing last in the Starboats and Nathalie Brugger SUI with a blackflag disqualification in the Lasers Radial are on the ranks 13 and 16 and the Medal Race is over. Admittedly, Brugger has a non realistic theoretical chance to jump over 6 ranks and 31 points separating her from rank 10. At least, an improvement of her final ranking with two good races 9 and 10 today is still possible. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI could not confirm the good results of the first day in the 470 men, and dropped on rank 19 overal. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI will be sailing the races 7 and 8 after yesterday's lay day. As 12th, 4 points behind rank 10, he is in a good position to correct the situation for the Swiss. Brauchli/Hausser SUI sail the races 5 and 6 in the 470 men.
For Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, the Olympic Games 2012, having aimed for eagerly for four years, are over, and with this their Olympic sailing career. 2016, the Starboats are no longer Olympic. All ranking lists and the report of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49ers were the last to finish the Friday program, and Burling/Blair NZL are the winners of the 11th race and reduced the gap on the leaders Outteridge/Jensen AUS to 9 points. Lehtinen/Bask FIN advanced on rank 3 with good results today, and have already an 8 points' lead on the 4th Morrison/Rhodes GBR. Finishing 2nd, Dyen/Christidis FRA are again up on rank 6, coming closer to the Medal ranks. Four more races will be sailed on Sunday and Monday before the Medal Race on next Wednesday. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winners of the second 49er race of the day were Tobias Schadewaldt/Hannes Baumann GER, approaching slowly again the top-10 (now on rank 15), after 10 of 15 qualification heats. Finishing 2nd, Burling/Tuke NZL reduced the gap on the leading World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS a little bit, but the Aussies are still 12 points ahead. Morrison/Rhodes GBR defended rank 3. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winning the last qualification race, the defending Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR extended their lead on Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA on 8 points before the Medal Race. Freddie Lööf/Max Salminen SWE are 12 points behind the Brits. These three teams will fight for the Medals and cannot be passed during the Medal Race. Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA as 10th just made the qualification for the last race. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI finished last in the second race of the day, and this after having passed the first mark on the 3rd place. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN is the winner of the first race of the day, race 7 overall, ahead of Annalise Murphy IRL and Sari Multala FIN. With this comeback after a downer, the surprising Irish women extends her lead in the overall rankings again and is 8 points ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED follows one point behind. Lijia Xu CHN has now joined the top group and is as 4th only 12 points behind Murphy. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN is the winner of the first race of the day, race 7 overall, ahead of Annalise Murphy IRL and Sari Multala FIN. With this comeback after a downer, the surprising Irish women extends her lead in the overall rankings again and is 8 points ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED follows one point behind. Lijia Xu CHN has now joined the top group and is as 4th only 12 points behind Murphy. With a Blackflag disqualification, Nathalie Brugger SUI has destroyed her chances for the Medal Race. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winning the second race of the day, Tom Slingsby AUS reclaimed the first place overall, as Pavlos Kontides CYP had to content himself with rank 7 and is now 5 points behind Slingsby on rank 2. After 8 races sailed, this duo has quite a lead over the rest of the fleet. Colin Cheng SIN and Alejandro Foglia URU, 2nd and 3rd in race 8, are quite behind in the overall rankings. Tonci Stipanovic CRO as 3rd, Rasmus Mygren SWE 4th and Juan Maegli GUA 5th are the most serious contenders for the Bronze Medal. Two races are left tomorrow to decide on the Medal Race qualification. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Finns are the first to conclude the qualification phase with Ben Ainslie GBR adding another bullet and reducing the gap on Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN to 2 points. The advantage of this duo over the rest of the fleet is 15 points and Gold and Silver will go to GBR and DEN. Excitement will be in the fight for Bronze with Pieter-Jan Postma NED, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Ivan Klijakovic Gaspic and Vasilij Zbogar SLO. Zach Railey USA, Silver Medal 2008, and Brendan Casey did not qualify for the Medal Race of Sunday. All ranking list.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 women fleet is quite balanced on the first Olympic regatta day. Winners of race two are Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, taking the overall lead ahead of Jo Aleh/Oivia Powrie AUS, 7th in race 2, and Cohen/Bouskila GRE, 6th in race 2. A difficult start had Lecointre/Geron FRA finishing 18th in the 2nd race and taking rank 15 overall. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Champions Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are the winners of the second race of the day, followed by Patience/Bithell GBR and McNay/Biehl USA. The favorites have taken control in the 470 men as well after four races. Patience/Bithell GBR leads 6 points ahead of Belcher/Page AUS. In spite of a 19th race rank, Schmid/Reichstädter AUT remain on the 3rd rank. With the discard of the worst race result, the rankings might change quite considerably by tomorrow evening. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finished 22nd and lost some places overall, descending on rank 22. The ranking list. The 470 men have completed their Friday program. Tomorrow, another two races are scheduled.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49ers terminate their qualifications for the Medal Race as well today with three races on the program. The first race, sailed in a 17 kn breeze, was just finished with Lehtinnen/Bask FIN as winners ahead of Storck/Moore USA, Schadewaldt/Baumann GER and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. Outteridge/Jensen AUS remain on top 15 points ahead of Burling/Tuke NZL, Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Lehtinen/Bask FI follow on rank 3 at equal points. The fight for the Medal Race will remain close, as the ranks 8 to 13 are separated by 10 points only. All ranking lists .
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winning the second-last qualification race this morning, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA have somewhat reduced the gap on the leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR. Lööf/Salminen SWE remain 3rd. Solidly within the top-10 are Stanjek/Kleen GER (rank 8), while Rohart/Ponsot FRA on rank 10 are still on a shaky position for the Medal Race. Game over for Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI who have lost all chances for the Medal Race with a last rank finish in race 9. Race 10 to be started in a few moment will be the very last race of this team on the Olympic Starboat scene. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Finns too have finished the first race of the day. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN still has his first position overall, and the advantace on Ben Ainslie GBR, 7th today, is 7 points. Rafa Trujillo ESP added another bullet to his score line and is now as 11th close to the Medal Race qualification, unexpectedly after the slow beginning of the competition. The ranks 8-12 are separated by 15 points only. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 women have started their Olympic Regatta as last today. Race 1, sailed in a 15-18 kn wind, has Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED on top ahead of Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Bouskila/Cohen ISR. Lecointre/Geron FRA follow on rank 10. Alle
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 470 men were the first to finish today's races, sailed in a 11-13 kn breeze, lighter as announced by the weather men. Zandona/Zucchetti ITA were the winners ahead of Belcher/Page AUS and Calabrese/De la Fuente ARG. Again confirming their top form were Patience/Bithell GBR (rank 4) and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT (rank 7), who defended their first two places overall. Brauchli/Hausser SUI had a bad first upwind, but the came back strongly and advanced on rank 18, securing their 10th place overall. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Except the Women Matchracers and Windsurfers (men and women), all classes are in action. The 49ers, Finns and Starboat terminate the qualificaitions for the Medal Races. The 470 women sail their first two races. According to the wind forecast, a 15 to 20 kn breeze will prevail again. As in the previous days, we shall continuously report on race after race during the day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After 8 races sailed in the Finns, the Starboats and 49ers, and 6 races in the RS:X-Windsurfers and Lasers Standard and Radial, some top contenders for medals are clearly visible. While with Percy/Simpson GBR in the Stars, Outteridge/Jensen AUS in the 49ers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X windsurfers the most mentioned favorites are on top, some surprises happened in other classes, above all in the Lasers. Annalise Murphy IRL leads with the Radials after a brilliant 4-wins-in-a-row series during the first two days, and the young Pavlos Kontides CYP is on top of the Lasers Standard ahead of the dominator of the class and ISAF World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby AUS. The superstar Ben Ainslie GBR shooting for his 4th Gold Medal was yesterday for the first time the day's best in the Finns, but he is still behind the top-sailing Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN. The Women Match-Race really starts with the Quarterfinals. Up to now, Olivia Powrie AUS, age 20, showed a flawless performance winning all 10 matches in the Round Robin so far. For the first time sailing yesterday were the 470 men, and Patience/Bithell GBR are the firs leaders with the day ranks 1 and 2. Surprisingly on the 2nd place are Schmid/Reichstätter AUT. All results and he daily reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After the rather disappointing performance of the Swiss so far with mid-fleet ranks by Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial and Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats - in both events the Swiss earned Olympic Diplomas at the 2008 Games - there comes some light on the horizon: Thanks to rank 6 in yesterday's first race, the best individual performance so far, Richard Stauffacher advanced on rank 12 overall, 4 points behind rank 10. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are actually on their personal's best with the interims rank 14 in the 470 men. Marazzi/De Maria need a top performance today to avoid the 'game-over' situation by the end of the day. As 12th, they have an 8 point backlog on rank 10, the barrier for the Medal Race of next Sunday. All ranking lists and the Communiqué of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
At the end of Round Robin Day 4, half of the teams have sailed 10 races, the other 6 are at 9 races. Olivia Powrie AUS remains undefeated with a 10-0 score and is qualified for the Quarter Finals. Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP can also plan for the knock-out phase, as can Anna Tunnicliffe USA. One, resp. two Round Robin matches are still open, and will be sailed next Saturday. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Zofia Klepacka POL is also the winner of the second race of the day, race 6 overall, ahead of Marina Alabau ESP and Olga Maslivets UKR. In the overall rankings, Alabau is still 3 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR. Zofia Klepacka POL is 3rd and still 6 points behind Alabau. Moana Delle GER defended her fourth rank and has still theoretical chances for a medal. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Zofia Klepcka POL appeared for the first time on top of the RS:X women windsurfers in today's fresher breeze, leaving Lee-El Korzits ISR and Olga Maslivets UKR on the ranks 2 and 3 in race 5 overall. Marina Alabau ESP remains on top, 3 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR on rank 2. Zofia Klepacka POL replaced Moana Delle GER on rank 3. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Rafael Trujillo ESP, rather discrete in the 7 races so far, is the winner of race 8, and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished again 2nd. Ben Ainslie GBR on rank 3 is again in front of the overall leader Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN, reducing the gap on 3 points. Iwan Klijakovic CRO remains on rank 3 with a backlog of 16 points, and has to defend this podium's place against Jonathan Lobert FRA only 3 points behind. Tomorrow, the last two qualification races are on the program. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Starboats sailed their second race of the day in an initial 17 kn breeze, decreasing to 13 kn during the competition. Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE were the winners ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR and Hestbaek/Oleson DEN. Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR extended their lead on the second-ranked Scheidt/Prada BRA - only 5th in race 8 - on 9 points. Lööf/Salminen SWE have now the same number of points as the Brazilians. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL remain on rank 4. Tomorrow, the last two qualification races are on the program. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The second 470 men race was sailed in a fresh 20 kn breeze with Patience/Bithell GBR as winners, taking the overall top place after day one. The only ones matching more or less the performance of the Brits were Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, who, after winning race one, finished 4th in race 2 confirming their form. Marinho/Nunes POR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL were 2nd and 3rd in race 2. Overall leaders are Patience/Bithell GBR with a small margin over Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, Dahlberg/Östling SWE follow on rank 3. The Australian favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 6th with the day ranks 3 and 9. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The second 470 men race was sailed in a fresh 20 kn breeze with Patience/Bithell GBR as winners, taking the overall top place after day one. The only ones matching more or less the performance of the Brits were Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, who, after winning race one, finished 4th in race 2 confirming their form. Marinho/Nunes POR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL were 2nd and 3rd in race 2. Overall leaders are Patience/Bithell GBR with a small margin over Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, Dahlberg/Östling SWE follow on rank 3. The Australian favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 6th with the day ranks 3 and 9. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 9. A good first day had also the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hauser SUI, who are 13th with the day ranks 13 and 16. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49ers have done their daily program with the second race, i.e. race 8 oveall. And again, Morrison/Rhodes GBR were the winners, moving up on 2nd 11 points behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Burling/Tuke NZL are down on rank 3. Lehtinen/Bask FIN finished twice on rank 2 today and are up on position 5 overall. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR just finished the first race of the Starboats, race 7 overall, ahead of Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The Brazilians strongly came from behind - rank 13 - on 3rd reducing the points 'damage' to a minimum. But nevertheless, the Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR extended the lead on 6 points. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR just finished the first race of the Starboats, race 7 overall, ahead of Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The Brazilians strongly came from behind - rank 13 - on 3rd reducing the points 'damage' to a minimum. But nevertheless, the Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead on 6 points. Marazzi/De Maria SUI finished 11th and slightly improved their chance to make the Medal Race qualification. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The first 470 men race ended with a sensation. Not the favorite teams, but Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT realised a start-to-finish victory and - above all- crossed the finish line roughly 30 seconds before the first opponents. Ranks 2 and 3 went to the favorites Patience/Bithell GBR and Belcher/Page AUS. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The first 470 men race ended with a sensation. Not the favorite teams, but Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT realised a start-to-finish victory and - above all- crossed the finish line roughly 30 seconds before the first opponents. Ranks 2 and 3 went to the favorites Patience/Bithell GBR and Belcher/Page AUS. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the excellent 13th position. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 49ers are the frst to have finish their (short-) race again today. In a 16-21 kn breeze, Morrison/Rhodes GBR realised their first race win. Lehtinen/Bask FIN nd Martinez/Fernandez ESP are on the ranks 2 and 3. The overall leading OZ teams Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL terminated the race on the ranks 10, rsp. 9. Morrison/Rhodes GBR advanced on rank 3 with this race win. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
High traffic again today on the races courses of Weymouth. The 49ers, Starboats and Finns sail their races 7 and 8, the Match Race Women continue with the Round Robin, and the RS:X windsurfers start to their heats 5 & 6. For the first time, the 470 men will be in action. We shall again update the news ticker continuously from 13 p.m. CET on during the whole afternoon. With up to 25 kn, the forecast predicts the highest wind speed at the 2012 Olympics so far.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Excellent conditions prevailed again on the Olympic waters of Weymouth yesterday with winds between 16 and 18 kn. The two Laser fleets have their lay day today with 6 of the 10 planned races completed each. With Pavlos Kontides CYP in the Lasers Standards and Annalise Murphy IRL in the Lasers Radial, unexpected names are on top of both events. In the 49er however, the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS have already a 13 points' lead ahead of Burling/Tuke NZL. Superior leaders are also on top of the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED with the men and Marina Alabau ESP with the women, both having won 3 of the 4 races. The Women Match Race comes to a crucial phase. With an 8-0 score, Olivia Powrie AUS is the first having her quarter final ticket, and Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are also on a good way. All ranking lists and the reports.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
After 3 days and 8 matches sailed, Olivia Powrie AUS is leading the Round Robin still unbeaten with 8-0 victories. Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP both on 6-2 follow on second, Anna Tunnicliffe USA (5-3) is on 4th. In the pending three flights tomorrow and on Saturday, the quarter finalists will be decided. Some big names like Silija Lehtinen FIN, Claire Leroy FRA, Renee Groenveld NED or Lucy McGregor GBR all on 4-4 will have to watch out. All results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
By winning both races, Marina Alabau ESP was the queen of the day in women's windsurfing. After only four races she is leading by already 8 points on Lee-El Korzits ISR, who hadn't her best day by posting a 7th and a 2nd. Moana Delle GER improved to 3rd. Tomorrow two more races are scheduled. All rankings.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 22 year old Pavlos Kontides CYP, ISAF Youth World Champion 2008, continues to surprise. By posting a 2nd and a 4th he even passed Tom Slingsby AUS and is leading the overall with a 2-points-lead on the Australian. The last race of the day was won by Tonci Stipanovic CRO, who had the most succesful day of the fleet. As 3rd overall he stays in the race for the medals. After tomorrow's layday, four more races are scheduled. Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR moved up to 6th. All rankings.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Winner of race 6 of the Lasers Radial was one of the top rated favorites, Marit Bouwmeester NED, moving up now on rank 3 overall. Veronica Fenclova CZE as 2nd and Nufer Edelmann ISR as 3rd realised their best results of this Chamionship. Annalise Murphy IRL however, the shining star with 4 race wins, had a bad day finishing 8 and 19 (!). She keeps her overall lead, but Evi Van Acker BEL is now only two points behind. With a race rank 10, Nathalie Brugger SUI sailed also her best result of this championship, and taking into account the discarded results, she is now on rank 13 overall, 11 points behind rank 10 leading to the Medal Race. Four races are still on the program. Tomorrow is the lay day. All ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Racing will resume at noon UCT with two races for each class on the program, i.e. the 49ers, Lasers Standard and Radial as well as the male RS:X-windsurfers. On 14 p.m. UCT, the female RS:X windsurfer join in and the Round Robin Day 4 will start for the Women Matchracers. After 6 of 10 planned races, the Finn nd Starboat sailors can enjoy a lay day,
Our Newsticker will follow the action in Weymouth continuously providing the latest news.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
After three days' competitions, the Olympic Regatta has been successfully launched with 6 events on the go. Good sailing conditions prevailed up to now and racing has been thrilling and varied so far.
The outstanding facts so far are the smashing dominance of Annalise Murphy IRL winning all four Laser Radial races so far. See the report). Another highlight is the strong performance of Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN in the Finns, controlling the big favorite Ben Ainslie GBR clearly up to now leading with a 10 points' advantage after 6 races. The Bericht. The Finns have their lay day today. The Starboat leading trio after six races is identical with the Olympic Podium 2008 with Percy/Simpson GBR four points ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE following on rank 3. The report. Surprising also the performance of the young Pavlos Kontides CYP in the Lasers Standard: After two race wins yesterday, he is only 4 points behind the World Champion and ISAF Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby AUS. Other Australian leaders are - no surprise - Outteridge/Jensen AUS in the 49ers. See report), and in the Women Match Race, where Olivia Powrie AUS are undefeated at half-time of the Round Robin and on a safe way to the Quarter Finals. In the male windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is on top winning the first two races. See report). Favorites in front of the female windsurfers as well with Marina Alabau ESP (1/2) and Lee-El Korzits ISR (3/1) in a duel for the lead. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
After Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats and Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, it is the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who started his Olympic regatta with two races. After a remarkale 10th place in his first race, he had to content himself with a 21st ranks in the following race, bringing him on rank 15 of the interims rankings, certainliy below his justified expectations. Thanks to an 8th race rank, Marazzi/De Maria SUI are one rank up on position 12 among the 16 Starboats. The first race of yesterday however ended with a frustrating 15th rank, the discard result so far. No top performance yet by Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial. However, with the day ranks 18 and 14, she moved up on rank 18 overall. The report of the Swiss Team and all ranking lists. Today's program has the windsurfers with Richard Stauffacher SUI and the Lasers Radial with Nathalie Brugger SUI scheduled. Marazzi/De Maria SUI enjoy their lay day, while Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have their Practice Race with the 470s.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is also the winner of race 2 of the RS:X-windsurfers, and again, ranks 2 and 3 went to Przemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER. Richard Stauffacher SUI could not confirm his remarkable 10th place from race 1. Finishing 21st, he is now on rank 15 overall. Van Rijsselberge NED, Miarcynski POL and Wilhelm GER are obviously heading the overall rankings. The World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA follows on position 19. The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is also the winner of race 2 of the RS:X-windsurfers, and again, ranks 2 and 3 went to Przemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER. Richard Stauffacher SUI could not confirm his remarkable 10th place from race 1. Finishing 21st, he is now on rank 15 overall. Van Rijsselberge NED, Miarcynski POL and Wilhelm GER are obviously heading the overall rankings. The World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA follows on position 19. The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Six of the ten Olympic Classes were racing yesterday again in good weather conditions with a 12-18 kn wind. In the Finns, the dominator of day one, Jonas-Hoegh Christensen DEN, could defend his lead with the ranks 2 and 7. Even more important is the fact, that he was again twice ahead of the declared favorite for Gold Ben Ainslie GBR on rank 3 after a mediocre day. New on rank 2 is Jonathan Lobert FRA. The Starboats sailed the races 3 and 4 too and the ranking list is very packed with Percy/Simpson GBR and Melleby/Pedersen NOR jointly leading one poin ahead of Lööf/Salminen SWE, and another point back Scheidt/Prada BRA down on rank 4. The Lasers sailed their first two races. In the Radials, Annalise Murphy IRLwas the winner in both heats and she leads clearly overall in front of Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED.In the Lasers Standard, Tom Slingsby AUS lived up to his reputation taking ranks 1 and 2 and leading overall ahead of Juan Maegli GUA and Tonci Stipanovic CRO with the same number of points on rank 2. Pavlos Kontides CYP follows as 4th. Two races as well for the 49er on their first day of the Olympic program. Norregard/Lang DEN lead one point ahead of Van Geijer/Düring SWE and the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS on 3rd for the moment. In the Women's Match Race, the Round Robin continued, and after 4 matches sailed for all, Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Olivia Powrie AUS are the only undefeated teams. Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Claire Leroy FRA follow with 3-1 scores each. The ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
At 1 pm CET the 49ers and both Laser Classes will open todays regattas. Later the Stars and the Finns will continue their series with the races 3 & 4. The Match racing Women should complete the first Round Robin since the weather forecast promises good conditions with 15 to 20 kn and sunshine. The tidal current could be an important factor today.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
Favorable sailing conditions - sun and a 12-17 kn breeze - prevailed off Weymouth GBR on day one of the Olympic Regatta with the Finns and Starboats sailing the first two (of 10) races, while the Women Matchracers completed four flights of the Round Robin.
In the Finns - here the report and the interims classifications - it was surprisingly Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN and not the favorite and superstar Ben Ainslie GBR who dominated with two race wins ahead of the Brit with two times second and Iwan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO two times third. This leading trio has already opened a certain gap on the remaining fleet, lead by Jonathan Lobert FRA. Today, two more races are on the program.
The Starboat races were extremely close and exciting with numerous positions changes and even a dead heat in race two with Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR crossing the finish line at the same second, where the Race Officials had to decide about the winner. Here the report. The favorites for Gold Scheidt/Prada BRA have already taken the lead with the day rank 4/1 ahead of O'Leary/Burrows IRL, the winners of the Olympic Test Event. With the same number of points follow Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Melleby/Pedersen NOR on rank 3. The results. Today, two more races are on the program.
In the Women's Match Race, Tamara Echegoyen ESP (defeating the favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Olivia Powrie AUS with 2-0 scores each on top. The results.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
At 11 a.m., racing continues in Weymouth today, and we shall follow the competition continuously and report with 'live-ticker-type' news during the whole day. So keep in touch with sailing-news.ch
Finns and Starboats sail races 3 and 4. Women Match Race continues the Round Robin. First races will follow by the 49ers, where the comeback of the two-times Olympic Medalists Iker Martinez/Xavier Fernandez ESP after their Volvo Ocean Race two months ago will be of special interest. The Lasers Standard and Radial start also to the first races today. he wind forecast promise good conditions with a westerly breeze around 15 kn.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI were the first to open the 2012 Olympic Regatta for Switzerland. With the day ranks 13 and 8, they are at present 12th among the 16 teams. The next to enter the competition today is Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial. Here the report from the Swiss Team.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Today at noon (13 Uhr CET), the start to the first Finn race will be given, followed by the Starboats and the Women Matchracers. The wind forecast announces 15-19 kn, but later this week, the breeze will exceed 20 kn.
The local hero Ben Ainslie GBR is the outstanding favorite in 24 Finns' fleet. His clear objective is a forth Gold Medal in a row. Candidates for medals are also Zach Railey USA, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Pieter-Jan Postma NED or Vasilij Zbogar SLO.
In the 15 Starboats, the eternel duel between Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA will certainly have a follow-up. But with Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL, Lööf/Salminen SWE, Rohart/Ponsot FRA or O'Leary/Burrows IRL, a number of teams are ready to intervene, as they did frequently during the past 24 months. .
The favorite in Women's Match Race is definitely Anna Tunnicliffe USA despite of the fact, that she had a number of unexpected defeats to absorb during the past two months. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Ekaterina Skudina RUD or Claire Leroy FRA are the first challengers. As always in Olympic regattas, surprises are possible.
We shall continuously report on the action during the races based on the information available. Unfortunately, there is no live GPS tracking available according to ISAF, a major failure in the negotiations with the IOC in our opinion. Sailing is an Internet and not a TV sport, and media-right contracts can be established accordingly to cover the interest of IOC sponsors. In 1996, we had mark-rounding details of all races on the ISAF website ... 2012 nothing ... lousy job by ISAF in the meantime. We miss Paul Henderson, who made it possible 16 years ago !
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Today at noon (13 Uhr CET), the start to the first Finn race will be given, followed by the Starboats and the Women Matchracers. The wind forecast announces 15-19 kn, but later this week, the breeze will exceed 20 kn.
The local hero Ben Ainslie GBR is the outstanding favorite in 24 Finns' fleet. His clear objective is a forth Gold Medal in a row. Candidates for medals are also Zach Railey USA, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Pieter-Jan Postma NED or Vasilij Zbogar SLO.
In the 15 Starboats, the eternel duel between Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA will certainly have a follow-up. But with Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL, Lööf/Salminen SWE, Rohart/Ponsot FRA or O'Leary/Burrows IRL, a number of teams are ready to intervene, as they did frequently during the past 24 months. Representing Switzerland are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the declared objective to win a medal.
The favorite in Women's Match Race is definitely Anna Tunnicliffe USA despite of the fact, that she had a number of unexpected defeats to absorb during the past two months. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Ekaterina Skudina RUD or Claire Leroy FRA are the first challengers. As always in Olympic regattas, surprises are possible.
We shall continuously report on the action during the races based on the information available. Unfortunately, there is no live GPS tracking available according to ISAF, a major failure in the negotiations with the IOC in our opinion. Sailing is an Internet and not a TV sport, and media-right contracts can be established accordingly to cover the interest of IOC sponsors. In 1996, we had mark-rounding details of all races on the ISAF website ... 2012 nothing ... lousy job by ISAF in the meantime. We miss Paul Henderson, who made it possible 16 years ago !
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The Olympic Games 2012 were launched yesterday evening with the big Opening Celebrations in London. For sailing in Weymouth, the first races are scheduled for Sunday with the Starboats with Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI and the Finns with the Engish super-star and big favorite Ben Ainslie GBR.
As four years ago, www.sailing-news.ch will post continuously all import information on this website. In addition, the Olympia section will contain links to more details, films, interviews as available on the Internet for your convenience. The ISAF Olympia website and the official London 2012 webstie.
 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Closing Ceremony in London yesterday night ended the 2012 Olympic Games with a big show. Really good sail racing was seen at the Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth/Portland, run in mostly perfect wind conditions between 10 and 25 kn, decreasing only during the last days. With three Gold and a Silver Medal, Australia was the most successful nation this time, replacing Great Britain after 16 years on top. With only one Gold, but at least four times Silver, the GBR team, sailing on its home waters, did not quite meet the high expectations of the local public. Lijia Xu in the Laser Radial earned the first sailing Gold Medal for China, not the last probably for the fast developing country. Among the nations without medals are the USA (since 1936), Germany and Austria, who were traditionally always in the Medals. With only one Bronze Medal, France cannot be satisfied either. Special exploits came from smaller nations like Cyprus and Belgium, for the first time on the Medal Tally, that contains only 14 nations (4 continents) this time (25 in former Games). With the radical changes in the events for 2016, the statistics might look quite different in four years. All ranking lists and the official Olympia reports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The last event of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition ended yesterday with the Women Match Race, sailed in a solid 15 to 22 kn breeze, allowing not too many position changes, but with the boats most of the time in tight duels. Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with NZL leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during an unwanted gybing manoeuvre. Gold went finally to Spain, Silver to NZL, the fourth 2012 Olympic sailing medal for Team NZL. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning the fifth race of a very close Olympic Women Match Race Final with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with AUS clearly leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during a gybing manoeuvre. Gold for Spain, Silver for AUS. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
With these news, the sailing-news.ch Olympic Special Ticker comes to an end. Thank you very much for your interest in our pages and the many valuable feedbacks. Over twice the number of readers have visited our Specials during the last two weeks.
We shall be back in the coming days with comments, analysis, reports, interview concerning the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The first match for Gold between Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP ended a few minutes ago with the victory of the Spanish, and Silja Lehtinen FIN just crossed the finish line defeating Ektarina Eskudina RUS for the 3rd time. With the overall score 3-1, Finland is taking Bronze. The results. The final can be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN are underway to race one of the Petit Final for Rank 3. The wind conditions are much better than yesterday and the Best-of-Five Series will be over on time. The races can be followed live on the Internet. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Olympic Sailing Competition comes to an end today with the Women Match Race Finals. Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP sail for Gold, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS duel for the Bronze Medal. The Petit Final is scheduled for 12 hrs UCT / 13 hrs CET, the Final will be at 13.05 hrs UCT / 14.05 hrs CET. We shall continuously report on the outcome of the two Best-of-Five Matches on the sailing-news Olympic Ticker.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 Medal Races in Weymouth were sailed yesterday in a very light breeze, and - in spite of the small points' gaps between the top-2 teams, the positions on top did not change. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the men's class after an intense fight, already the third sailing Gold for Australia. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithill GBR had to content themselves with Silver. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG on rank 3 earned the first sailing medal for Argentina.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL, taking the lead just after the start with a move on the right side, were the superior winners of the Medal Race. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, forced to go left trying an attack, were last on the first mark, and the game was over. Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED defended their Bronze Medal ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Géron FRA 4th.
The Women's Match Race ended - after a long postponement - just at time-limit with a Best-of-Three instead of the planned Best-of-Five result. Olivia Price AUS defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN after a very intense gybing duel just on the finish line with a few centimeters (from the spinaker) with 2-1, Tamara Echegoyen ESP had the upper hand on Ekaterina Skudina RUS, leading initially, also with 2-1. With this result, the two dominators of the Round Robin will sail the Final today, the loosers meet in the Petit Final. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Flight 3 is over and AUS, defeating FIN, and ESP, ahead of RUS are both leading 2-1 and will sail in tomorrows' final. While the Match between Olivia Price ESP and the constantly leading Silja Lehtinen FIN was decided on the finish line by a few centimetres, Tamara Echegoyen ESP made it clearer against Ekatarina Skudina RUS after an early lead by the Russians. FIN and RUS will compete in the Petit Final. Meet you again tomorrow. Olympic Live Blog.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
And the wind came back unexpectidly. AUS and FIN are racing again in a very close fight with FIN leading on the first downwind. RUS and ESP are also underway. Live coverage available again.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
An hour earlier as predicted by the weather men, the wind disappeared in the bay of Weymouth. The Race Committee keeps on waiting until 17.30 UCT, 18.30 CET, the latest time for the attention signal for a flight. But the chances that more sailing will be possible today are almost nil. We therefore close the Olympic Ticker early and refer to the live coverage to check whether nevertheless some breeze filled in. Check also the official website for updated informations. If no more semi-final races are held, the results of the Round Robin will become valid, and AUS and RUS go to the final, ESP and FIN to the Petit Final.
Good-bye until tomorrow. We shall inform on these pages on the schedule as soon as available. Thank you and have a nice evening.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Both Women Match Race Semi Finals are tied 1-1 after two Flights. The races are quickly usually decided by the start because of the very light wind. In the mean-time, further racing has been postponed. The competition can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The first Women Match Race between Olivia Price AUS, winner of the Round Robin, and Silja Lehtininen FIN is underway. In the second Semi,Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will compete. The Matches can be followed on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the 470 Women Gold Medal having moved to the paying right side on the first upwind and controlling the fleet, while their only opponents Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR stuck in a pack of boats risked all and attacked over the left side, ending last at the first mark. In a tight duel, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berckhout NED, 6th race rank, earned Bronze, one point ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, who finished the Medal Race on race rank 5. For Lobke Berkhout NED, it is the second Olympic Medal after Silver 2008 in Qingdao. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 Women are underway in the Medal Race and the duel for Gold is between Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR. The one that is ahead has Gold. The race can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The ranking list before the Medal Race
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS win the 470 men Gold Medal in an exciting light wind race. Rounding mark 1, the only opponents for the title Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR had the upper hand, but on the downwind leg, the Australians sneacked past and controlled the Brits to the end. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG finished 3rd in the Medal Race and take the Bronze Medal.
This is the 3rd Medal for the Australian Team, and in Women Match Racing, another medal could be achieved. Once more, the Australian Head Coach Victor Kovalenko confirms his reputation as 'Mr. Medal Maker'.
The ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 Medal Race is underway and a tight match race between the leading Australians and the Brits is guaranteed. Already before the start, Patience/Bithell GBR forced Belcher/Page AUS into a penalty, but the Australians did the correction circle and regained the first place. The Medal Races can be followed under www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Today, on the second-last day of the Olympic Sailing Competition at Weymouth, the Medal Races of the 470 Men and Women, as well as the Match Race Semi Finals are on the program. At 13 hrs CET, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR start their duel for Gold in the Men event, while in the Women event, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR at equal points will fight for Gold. Their start is at 14 hrs CET. The fight for Bronze will be equally thrilling, as Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED are only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The pairs for the Match Race Semis, beginning at 15 hrs CET, are Olivia Price AUS vs Silja Lehtinen FIN and Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Due to lack of sufficient wind, the 470 Men Medal Race and the Sail-Offs of the Women Matchracer for the ranks 5-8 were cancelled. The 470 Men Medal race is now planned for 13 hrs CET today, while instead of a 5-8 ranks' Sail-Off, the results of the Round Robin will be valid for the Diploma ranks 5 to 8. The report.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
No sufficient wind for racing during the whole afternoon, as forecasted. All races are postponed on tomorrow Friday as follows: 13.00 CET 470 men Medal Race, 14.00 CET 470 women Medal Race, 15.30 CET Women Match Race Semi Finals. The time for the Match Race Sail-offs has not yet been published.
We shall continue our Olympia-Special tomorrow at 13.00 CET. All ranking lists. Have a nice evening !
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Due to lack of wind all races are posponed this afternoon. The 470 men normally should start their medal race at 2 pm CET. The weatherforecast with maximal strength of 8kn doesn't look very promising. All rankings.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Highlight of day 12 is the 470 men Medal Race at 13 p.m. UCT with Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR fighting for Gold. The Australians have an advantage of 4 points and the Brits must finish two ranks ahead to overtake the leaders. Main opponents in the duel for Bronze are Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG and Gabrio Zandona/Pietro Zucchetti ITA, but in theory, also Snow-Hansen NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA could climb on rank 3.
In addition, the Sail-off matches for tha Women Match Race ranks 5 to 8 are on the program. The event-website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS succeeded to overtake Lucy McGregor GBR on the final leg of of match 5, winning the best-of-five Quarter Final, qualifying for the Semi Final, together with Tamara Echegoyen ESP, Olivia Price AUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN already qualified for the Semis on Friday. All results.
Day 11 of the Olympic Competition in Weymouth is over. Tomorrow Thursday, the 470 men Medal Race, and the Sail-offs 5-8 of the Women Matchracers are on the program.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The flight 4 made everything clear in three of the four pairs. After Tamara Echegoyen ESP, the QF winners and qualifiers for the semi-finals are: Olivia Price AUS defeating Renée Groenveld AUS, Silja Lehtinen FIN defeating Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-1. The 4th Quarter Final between Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Lucy McGregor GBR is 2-2, and the decision will be known in a few minutes. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Women Matchracers are still active this afternoon concluding their Quarter Finals. After flight 3, just terminated, Tamara Echegoyen ESP is the first semi finalist, defeating Claire Leroy FRA for the third time. The other three QFs are all at a 2-1 score: Olivia Price AUS leads vs Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA reduced the score vs Silja Lehtinen FIN on 1-2, and Ekaterina Skudina RUS took the lead over Lucy McGregor GBR winning flight 3. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The light-wind race 10, concluding the 470 women qualification phase, brought an unexpected close-up on top. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, finishing 2nd behind the Olympic Champions Elise Rechichi (2008)/Belinda Stowell (2000) and protecting their theoretical chances for Bronze, closed the gap to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver. A thrilling battle will take place for Bronze with Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, and 9 points behind the Dutch ladies follow the Olympic medalists 2008 Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, and even Rechichi/Stowell AUS 15 points behind, retain a small chance. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49er Medal Race was also sailed in a light breeze. Gold for Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS - the outstanding dominators of the whole season - and Silver for Peter Burling/Tuke Blair NZL were won prematurely before the Medal Race, and all interest was on the fight for Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT attacked right from the beginning and celebrated a start-to-finish victory. For a long time, it looked as if Austria - without any Medals in the 2012 Games so far - would arrive on the podium. But Norregard/Lang DEN coming back from behind finally defended their 3rd place overall, crossing the finish line as 3rd. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Race 9 of the 470 women, sailed in a light wind, was just finished. As yesterday, the Chinese Wang/Huang CHN performed again extremely well and finished first. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL crossed the line as second, extending their lead overall on 8 points. The second up to now, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, arrived only on position 8 (discard result), and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 3rd so far even risk to drop considerably with their 20th race rank (discard result too). Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA finished 3rd and are only 5 points behind the Dutch. Even the Olympic Champions 2008 Elise Rechichi/Belinda Stowell AUS are only 20 points behind Bronze. The start to the last qualification race will be given soon. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Today, the Medal Race of the 49ers is on the program with the top two seats on the podium are already taken by Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS Gold and Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL Silver. Only the Bronze Medal is at stake with six teams withing 12 points. Norregard/Lang DEN 3rd are on the pole position, but Lehtinen/Bask FIN, Morrison/Rhodes GBR, Dyen/Christidis FRA, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Freitas/De Andrade POR will not hesitate to fully attack. An exciting situation to be followed as from 13 hrs UCT this afternoon. The 470 women sail their last two qualification races with the clearly leading trio Aleh/Powrie NZL, Mills/Clarke GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Will there be other teams succeeding to close the gap? The wind forecast is on lighter winds, possibly favoring other teams. In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals continue today. The most important surprise up to now is the the bad start of the favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA in der Best-of-Five-Serie against Silja Lehtinen FIN being down 0-2 after two heats. The US Sailing Team has no medals up to now, and Anna is their last hope. We shall again cover the event live as from 13 hrs on our News Ticker.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Olympic Windsurfing competition, the last one if the Kite-Surfing decision for 2016 is not reconsidered, ended with two impressive Medal Race victories of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP, both already clearly ahead after the qualifcation races. With Nick Dempsey GBR on rank 2 and Przemyslav Miarczynski POL as 3rd, no changes happened on the last day. In the Women RS:X fleet however, major changes happened as the World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR flopped in the Medal Race, allowing Tuuli Petäjä FIN to take Silver, the very first Medal for Finland at these Games. Bronze went to Zofia Klepacka POL. The Women Matchracer started with the Quarter Finals to be concluded today. The 470 men completed the qualification races with Belcher/Page AUS and Patience/Bithell GBR fighting for Gold and Silver. In the 470 women, Aleh/Powrie NZL reclaimed the top with two bullets, but Mills/Clark GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED stay close, with two races to go. All results and the report.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI terminated his Olympic competition yesterday on rank 10, the best Swiss result of these Games, and a very remarkable performance as best real amateur with only one year preparation time. His major opponents had the possibility to prepare the Olympics 2012 during four years full-time supported by their federations. In Switzerland, the effective direct support for athletes has been drastically reduced by the Swiss Sailing Team AG during the past seven years.
The young and talented 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI confirmed the progress made during the past months, finishing on rank 16 in a highly competitive fleet - the best result of a 470 male team in a top international environment in the last years. A generous sponsor made a professional preparation possible.
With yesterday's regattas, the Olympic Games 2012 are over for Switzerland. In spite of a relatively conciliating last day, it was the greatest disaster at Olympics ever, not a surprise considering the unprofessional expensive SST project, as foreseeable already seven years ago. We have commented on this several times on our pages. A new begin is urgent, but unfortunately, it seems that the interest for Olympic sailing is rather low with the responsible stake-holders of Swiss Sailing, the Delegates of Clubs and Classes, who - at the end of the day - have the responsibility for the wrong track taken by approving the projects submitted at the General Assemblies.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The positions after two Quarter Final flights are: Olivia Price AUS vs Renée Groenveld NED 1-1, Silja Lehtinen FIN vs Anna Tunnicliffe USA 2-0, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy 2-0, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Ekatarina Skudina RUS 1-1. The Quarter Finals are sailed in a best-of-five mode. Matchracing resumes tomorrow no earlier than 15 hrs CET. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The situation seems settled in the 470 women's fleet, as the finish of race 8 is almost identical to race 7. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are first ahead of Hanna Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. These three teams are also clearly in the overall lead with 20 points and more on the rest of the fleet. Tomorrow, the last two qualifaction races are on the program and it might well be, that the three medal winning teams are already known. NZL leads 4 points ahead of GBR and NED are another 3 points behind. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. In this last race, sailed in a 10 kn breeze, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finishing 7th confirmed again that they arrived in the international top ranks, a promise for the future ! The terminate their first Olympics on the 17th place overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Olympic Champion in the RS:X women windsurfers is Marina Alabau ESP, clearly dominating the competition and adding a Medal Race victory as highlight to the race series. The fight for the other Medals was - as expected - very exciting .. and ended with a surprise. The World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR finished on rank 9 only and dropped out of the Medals. On her place, it was Tuuli Petäjä FIN taking Silver, and Zofia Klepacka POL is on rank 3, one point behind the 2nd. Olga Maslivets UKR, another point back is on rank 4. The Ukrainian was leading the Medal Race almost to the finish when Alabau overtook her, and relegated her to rank 4 overall. Only 4 points behind the Bronze Medal is Moana Delle GER on rank 5. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal.
All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished 7th and remains on rank 10 overall, the best result in his three Olympic campaigns. Congratulations !
All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are the winners of the 470 women race 7, reclimbing on rank 1 overall. Wang/Huang CHN, second-last overall so far (!), finished 2nd, Clark/Lihan USA 3rd. Overall second are Mills/Clarke GBR 3 points behind, and Westerhof/Berkhout NED follow another 2 points back on rank 3. The leading three overall have already a considerable advantage on the rest of the fleet, and it might well be, that preliminary medal decision will fall before the Medal Race. Three races are still pending. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had difficulties in this light to moderate wind race (10 kn) and sailed their discard race rank 23, descending them on rank 16 overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Welcome to the 10th Olympic afternoon with www.sailing-news.ch. On the program today are the last qualification races of the 470s, the Women Match Race Quarter Finals and the Medal Races of the Windsurfers male and female.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is only 4 points behind.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals will be alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is onl 4 points behind. The only Swiss so far to qualify for the Medal Race is the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI. As 10th, he can theoretically overtake Ricardo Santos BRA 10 points in front of the Swiss, and move up on rank 9. But the Diploma, rank 8, has gone.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals a alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Laser Medal Races were the highlight of yesterday. In the Lasers Standard, not much was to dispute, as the points' gaps on top were quite considerable before the race. Tom Slingsby AUS covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP from start-to-finish and sailed him down in the fleet, adding the Olympic Gold Medal to his important collection of titles. The young Cyprus sailor can be proud having earned Silver, the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Rasmus Mygren SWE defended rank 3 winning the Bronze Medal. The report.

Extremely exciting however was the Laser Radial Medal Race. Separated by one point only, four athletes were fighting for the three medals. Lijia Xu CHN, 2008 Bronze Medalist, sailed a superior Medal Race, compensating even a pumping penalty. She was the clear winner, taking Gold for China. Marit Bouwmeester NED - the most successful Radial sailor during the past 12 months - finished 2nd, coming from behind towards the end of the heat, earning Silver. The Bronze Medal went to Evi Van Acker BEL, and Annalise Murphy IRL, leading the Medal Race at the beginning, remained without Medal. The report.
At the end of qualification phase yesterday, the Gold and Silver Medal winners in the 49ers were known, and this after 15 races. The top favorites Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS take Gold, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL take Silver. The Medal Race to determine the Bronze Medal winner takes place next Wednesday.The report.
A tight duel between Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR will take place in the 470 races 9 and 10 today, with both having a Medal for sure. The goal today is to end the day on an optimum position for the Medal Race of Thursday, where a close fight for the title between GBR and AUS is expected. The report and all ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The only Swiss racing yesterday were Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men. With the day ranks 12 and 7, the young Swiss team achieved results as never before, inmidst the best teams of the world. Overall, they are now on rank 14, ahead of the former World Champions Coster/Coster NED, the Worldcup winners McNay/Biehl or the European Champions Kampouridis/Papadopoulos GRE. In the final two qualification heats today, they might even progress more, but for the Medal Race, the gap seems to be too big, as they are still 22 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Today, Richard Stauffacher SUI resumes racing in the RS:X-windsurfers. As 10th before the Medal Race he has nothing to loose and can take risks to move up on rank 9. The start to the Medal Race will be given at 14 hrs CET. We shall report live as every day.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49ers concluded the qualification phase with race 15 late this afternoon. As expected, Gold- and Silvermedals can already be awarded before the Medal Race. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS finished 3rd and are on top with a 28 points' advantage on the second-ranked Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, who have themselves a 32 points lead on the third-ranked Norregard/Lang DEN. The ranks 3 to 8 however are all within 12 points and the heat is on for the Bronze Medal. The Medal Race will take place on next Wednesday. All ranking list.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Laser Standard World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS avoided all risks and covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP ruthlessly. They finished the Medal ('Match') race on the ranks 9 and 10. Rasmus Mygren SWE had the upper hand in the fight for Bronze over Tonci Stipanovic CRO, who remains on the ungrateful 4th place. Winner of the Medal Race was Simon Grotelüschen GER, finishing 6th overall ahead of the enthroned Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR 6. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN won the tension loaded Medal Race of the Laser Radials and grabbed the Gold Medal, her second Medal after Bronze in Qingdao 2008. Second in the medal race and as well in the overall is World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED, who started slowly in the race rounding the second upwind mark only as 8th, during the second half of the medal race she moved up to 2nd. The Bronze Medal goes to Evi Van Acker BEL. A bitter end for Annalise Murphy who dominated the first half of the Olympic Regatta and lost a medal only on the last downwind. The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. With a good 12th rank, Yannik Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI advanced on rank 18, 23 points behind the Medal Race. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The ESP - DEN resail after Jury decision opened the 9th Olympic day in Weymouth. It was an extremely close match between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN with again the Spanish as winners by a very small margin. Denmark is eliminated after the Round Robin. The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal. See the complete results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal.
Today, the 49ers will terminate their qualifcations, and the 470 men (with Brauchli/Hausser SUI) sail their qualification heats 7 and 8. Moreover, the Women Match Race duel between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN will be resailed after a protest. Should the Danish team win, Renée Groenveld NED and her team would loose the Quarter Final place. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Francois Richard)
The first two sets of Medals were awarded after two exctiting and entertaining Medal Races of the Starboats and the Finn. And in addition, the RS:X windsurfer Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED earned his Gold Medal prematurely with his huge points advantage after 9 qualification races already. The report. In the Starboats, the Gold Medal was a well merited 'revenge' for Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE who descended from rank 1 to 3 in the Medal Race 2008. With a start-to-finish race win, they catched up 12 points and took Gold ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The report.
Hard was the fight for Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns to become the most successful Olympic Champion of all times with four Gold Medals in a row. Admittedly, he succeeded to control the previous leader Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN during the Medal Race, but the third-ranked Pieter-Jan Postma NED looked like the final overall winner until a collision with a penalty turn removed all his chances for a medal. Ainslie GBR earned Gold followed by Hoegh-Christensen DEN on Silver and Jonathan Lobert FRA on Bronze, the first sailing medal 2012 for France. The report. In the 470 women, the gaps remain small after 6 races. Mills/Clarke GBR lead one point ahead of Aleh/Powrie NZL and 3 points on Westerhof/Berkhout NED. As best of the day, Conti/Michol ITA are now only 3 points behind the Dutch team. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are on the way for a premature Gold Medal, as their advantage on Burling/Tuke NZL before the two last qualification races today is already 20 points. Thrilling is the fight for the Medal Race qualification as the ranks 9-14 are only separated by 12 points. Dorian Van Rijsselberge had his Gold Medal already after race 9 and in the Medal Race of Tuesday, the interest goes therefore on the fight for Silver and Bronze between Nick Dempsey GBR, Toni Wilhelm GER and Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL. In the women RS:X windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP needs only rank 7 in the Medal Race to become Olympic Champion. During the qualifications, she was only once on a worse position as 7th ! But the ranks 2 -7 are separated by 11 points only ! All ranking lists and the event-website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Race 6 of the 470 women was abandoned, apparently due to the dying and more and more circlings winds, combined with a strong current, to the regret of the former Swiss Optimist Champion Lara Vadlau AUT with Elisabeth Schimak AUT as crew, who were leading from the start. The resultat-overview. Race 6 will be resailed tormorrow Monday.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that he is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank today. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal.
Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 13th in the last race, just made rank 10 qualifying for the Medal Race. But his backlog is too big to achieve his goal, an Olympic Diploma (rank 8). Nevertheless, he achieved his best Olympic result in his third Games, and enlightens the disappointing results of the Swiss Sailsing Team AG so far. All rnking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Race 12 of the 49ers, sailed in the lightest breeze so far - 9-10 kn - has just been completed, confirming the overall rankings so far. Outteridge/Jensen AUS are the winners extending their lead on Burling/Tuke NZL, 2nd, by one point. Kostov/Cupac CRO finished 3rd in race 12. The Australians are now in the overall rankings 10 points ahead of the Kiwis. Lehtinen/Bask follow 24 points behind on rank 3. Dyen/Christidis FRA moved up on rank 4, seven points behind the Finnish, and back again in the race for the medals. Three qualification races are still to be sailed. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Ben Ainslie GBR did what he had to do to win Gold: Cover Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN leading with a 2 points advance before the Medal Race from start to finish and arrive just one rank in front of him, i.e. on position 9 with Hoegh on rank 10. The Dane finished 2nd overall with the same number of points as Ainslie. Bronze went to Jonathan Lobert FRA, winner of the Medal Race. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR were the winner of race 5, taking at the same time the overall lead ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 2nd in heat 5 and new 2nd overall only one point behind. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL had to content themselves with rank 10 and are now on the 3rd place with a 3 points' backlog. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The RS:X-women windsurfers have finished their second race of the day, the 10th and final qualification heat. The Medal Race will take place next Tuesday.
Tuuli Petäjä FIN was the winner and advances on rank 3 overall. Marina Alabau ESP, 3rd in this race, keeps a solid 14 points' lead, a good plafform for Gold lateron. But the fight for Silver and Bronze will be very tight, as Lee-El Korzits ISR and Tuuli Petäjä FIN are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3, and only one point behind follows Moana Delle GER, the day's best with the ranks 3 and 2. But with options for medals are also Zofia Klepacka POL (3 points behind Silver) and Olga Maslivets UKR (6 points behind Silver). All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen SWE succeeded to compensate their 12 points backlog in an exciting Medal Race taking the Gold Medal ahead of Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA. This outcome reverses 2008 where Lööf started to the Medal Race as first and finished 3rd at the end of the race. This is the 3rd Olympic Medal for Lööf, and also for Percy. For Robert Scheidt, it is even the 5th Olympic Medal. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Starboat Medal Race is underway and SWE leads at mark 1 ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, overall leader with a 7 points advantage on Scheidt/Prada BRA and 14 points on Lööf/Salminen SWE. These three teams fight for the medals. The Medal Race can be followed live in Switzerland on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Women Windsurfers terminated race 9 in 35 minutes. While the first three overall ranked had nothing to do with the outcome of this heat, there were Bryony Shaw GBR winning with Patricia Freitas BRA second and Moana Delle GER 3rd. Marina Alabau ESP protects the overall lead 6 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR. Olga Maslivets UKR follows on 3rd. The last qualification race will be crucial for the the Medal Race selection. Nicola Gierke CAN on rank 10 has an 11 points lead on rank 11 and should be able to defend this position. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Welcome to our Olympia afternoon, on a day, the first 6 sailing medals will be awarded. At 14 hrs CET, the Starboats will start to their Medal Race, and on 15 hrs CET, it is the Finn's turn. But first of all, qualification races resume with the RS:X women underway now. The breeze off Weymouth is around 14 kn for the moment. Stay tuned for the first results in a few minutes.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Top conditions again in Weymouth yesterday with an 12 to 18 kn breeze. There were the varying currents, gusts and shifts, that made sailing very challenging. No surprise, that the favorites have taken command in all events, such as Belcher/Page AUS 470 men, Outteridge/Jensen AUS 49ers, Tom Slingsby AUS Laser Standard or Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X-Surfers. In the 470 women, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL lare on top of the 470 women. The most exciting situation will be in the Lasers Radial Medal Race (next Monday), where the first four are separated by one point only. Concerning today's race, the gaps between the teams will probably increase in the forecasted wind conditions. Major changes might occur in the 470 women, where the discard results comes into effect by this evening. All ranking lists and the reports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
It was again the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who showed the best Swiss performances yesterday in the RS:X men. Thanks to an 8th place, he remains on rank 12 overall after 8 of the 10 qualification races, only 11 points behind rank 10. A medal race qualification today is possible. The youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on the 470 show performances as never before in a fleet full of experienced sailors. With the ranks 12 and 14, they are now on rank 18 overall, with four more qualification races to go. As obvious already two days ago, Nathalie Brugger SUI was just not successful enough to reach her personal goal to fight for the medals with the best of the class. She finished her second Olympics on rank 14 yesterday. The report of the Swiss Team.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. Richard Stauffacher SUI sailed a good 8th race rank an keeps the 12th overall position, 11 points behind rank 10, still a good option for the Medal Race with two heats to go tomorrow. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Fernanda Oliveira BRA, Bronze-Medal 2008, together with Ana Luiza Barbachan BRA, are the winners of race 4 of the 470 women. Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA, leading at the begin of the race, finished 2nd. Maria-Fernanda Sesto/Consuelo Monsegur ARG, up to now last-ranked, finished 3rd. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are on top, 2 points ahead of Mills/Clark GBR, who are 2 points in front of Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA advanced on rank 5 overall. Lecointre/Geron FRA follow as 6th. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th, while Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with the good day ranks 13 and 14 advanced on rank 18, however already 30 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Women Match Racers have just finished the Round Robin of the 2012 Olympics, and the eight best-ranked proceed to the Quarter Finals of Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Olivia Powrie AUS dominated the Matches with a flawless 11-0 score ahead of Ekaterina Skudina RUD, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Anna Tunnicliffe USA, all with 8-3 wins. Silija Lehtinen FIN, Claire Leroy FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED complete the Quarter finalist table.The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! Nathalie Brugger SUI finished her Olympic Regatta with a 16th race rank and remains on the 14th place overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The third race of the 470 women, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, brought partly new teams on top of the race ranking. Camille Lecointre/Matilde Geron FRA, sailing below their standard so far, were the winners and advance on position 6 overall. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the overall lead with a 2nd race rank. 3rd in race 3 are the Olympic Champion 2008 Elise Rechichi AUS, having started the 2012 campaign since November 2011 only, together with Belinda Stowell AUS, Olympic Champion 2004 (as crew). They are already on rank 5. The ranks 2 and 3 overall after 3 races remain with Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR and jointly Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. The 14th race rank of Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI is their second-best result so far, leaving them on rank 19 overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished on rank 20 and is now 14th overall, 13 points behind rank 10. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Lasers Standard just finished their 10th and last qualification race, again with Tom Slingsby AUS as the winner. The Australian has his 2012 Olympic Gold or Silver Medal for sure and only Pavlos Kontides CYP could overtake him in the Medal Race of next Monday, but 14 points behind, this will hardly happen. Kontides, finishing 4th in the 10th race, has the Silver Medal granted - the first sailing medal for Cyprus - as Rasmus Mygren SWE on the 3rd position is 21 points farther back. The fight for Bronze will be tight with Tonci Stipanovic CRO only one point behind the Swede. Qualified for the Medal Race are also the defeated Olympic Champion 2008 Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6, Simon Grotelüschen GER rank 7 and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA rank 10. All Ranglisten.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winner of race 8 of the RS:X female windsurfers, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, is Lee-El Korzits ISR ahead of Tuuli Peäjä FIN and Olga Maslivets UKR. Marina Alabau ESP remains on top overall, but Lee-El Korzits ISR is now only 3 points behind the Spanish. New on rank 3 is Olga Maslivets UKR 12 points behind Alabau ESP. Herewith, the Women windsurfers have concluded the program of the second-last qualification day. Races 9 and 10 will be sailed tomorrow Sunday. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. All Ranglisten
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. Nathalie Brugger SUI finished on the good 10th place but has as 14th overall, 31 pts behind rank 10 no chance to bridge the gap in the last race. All Ranglisten
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Up to 18 kn was the breeze during the first Laser Standard race today, and Tom Slingsby AUS finished 1st in front of Javier Hernandez ESP and Andrew Murdoch NZL, extending his overall lead on Pavlos Kontides CYP to 11 points. Tonci Stipanovic CRO is on rank 3 another 11 points back. With the second race today, the Laser Standards conclude the qualification phase and it might well be, that even the decisions for the final podium will fall considering the large points' gaps between the athletes. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The RS:X women windsurfers sailed their first race of the day in a 17-19 kn breeze, with the favorites taking the first places: Olga Maslivets UKR was 1st ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Moana Delle GER. Overall, the top surfer still are close together with Marina Alabau ESP 7 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR, and Zofia Klepacka POL another 4 points behind. Olga Maslivets UKR and Moana Delle GER are not far behind. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
All classes except the Finns, Starboats and 49ers are racing today. The wind forecast promises again a 18-20 kn breeze.
Beginning after 12 hrs UCT, we shall cover this afternoon's activity again in our live ticker.
The event-website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Yesterday, the Finns and Starboats terminated their qualification races, and tomorrow Sunday, the Medal Races are on the program. In the Stars, the same teams as in 2008 will be on the podium this time. Only the final sequence has to be determined in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR lead 8 points ahead of Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, and Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE are 12 points behind the Brits. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen and Ben Ainslie GBR two points behind have a medal for good. Which one will be seen on Sunday.
For the first time, the women 470 were in action yesterday. Mills/Clark GBR took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 6, ahead of Jo Aleh/Powerie AUS and Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Patience/Bithell GBR lead in the 470 men, but the favorites Belcher/Page AUS are on the way up. The surprising Schmid/Reichstädter AUT remained on rank 3. In the 49ers, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS have a clear lead, but, Burling/Tuke NZL reduced the gap on the leaders. The two Laser fleets resumed racing after their lay day. Tom Slingsbx AUS finally succeeded to replace Pavlos Kontides CYP on top of the rankings. In the Radials, Evi Van Acker BEL replaced Annalise Murphy IRL by a small margin. The RS:X-windsurfers and Match Race women had their lay day yesterday, and shall resume racing today. All results and the reports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
A black day for the Swiss Medal hopes yesterday: Marazzi/De Maria SUI twice finishing last in the Starboats and Nathalie Brugger SUI with a blackflag disqualification in the Lasers Radial are on the ranks 13 and 16 and the Medal Race is over. Admittedly, Brugger has a non realistic theoretical chance to jump over 6 ranks and 31 points separating her from rank 10. At least, an improvement of her final ranking with two good races 9 and 10 today is still possible. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI could not confirm the good results of the first day in the 470 men, and dropped on rank 19 overal. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI will be sailing the races 7 and 8 after yesterday's lay day. As 12th, 4 points behind rank 10, he is in a good position to correct the situation for the Swiss. Brauchli/Hausser SUI sail the races 5 and 6 in the 470 men.
For Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria, the Olympic Games 2012, having aimed for eagerly for four years, are over, and with this their Olympic sailing career. 2016, the Starboats are no longer Olympic. All ranking lists and the report of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49ers were the last to finish the Friday program, and Burling/Blair NZL are the winners of the 11th race and reduced the gap on the leaders Outteridge/Jensen AUS to 9 points. Lehtinen/Bask FIN advanced on rank 3 with good results today, and have already an 8 points' lead on the 4th Morrison/Rhodes GBR. Finishing 2nd, Dyen/Christidis FRA are again up on rank 6, coming closer to the Medal ranks. Four more races will be sailed on Sunday and Monday before the Medal Race on next Wednesday. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winners of the second 49er race of the day were Tobias Schadewaldt/Hannes Baumann GER, approaching slowly again the top-10 (now on rank 15), after 10 of 15 qualification heats. Finishing 2nd, Burling/Tuke NZL reduced the gap on the leading World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS a little bit, but the Aussies are still 12 points ahead. Morrison/Rhodes GBR defended rank 3. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winning the last qualification race, the defending Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR extended their lead on Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA on 8 points before the Medal Race. Freddie Lööf/Max Salminen SWE are 12 points behind the Brits. These three teams will fight for the Medals and cannot be passed during the Medal Race. Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA as 10th just made the qualification for the last race. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI finished last in the second race of the day, and this after having passed the first mark on the 3rd place. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN is the winner of the first race of the day, race 7 overall, ahead of Annalise Murphy IRL and Sari Multala FIN. With this comeback after a downer, the surprising Irish women extends her lead in the overall rankings again and is 8 points ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED follows one point behind. Lijia Xu CHN has now joined the top group and is as 4th only 12 points behind Murphy. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN is the winner of the first race of the day, race 7 overall, ahead of Annalise Murphy IRL and Sari Multala FIN. With this comeback after a downer, the surprising Irish women extends her lead in the overall rankings again and is 8 points ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED follows one point behind. Lijia Xu CHN has now joined the top group and is as 4th only 12 points behind Murphy. With a Blackflag disqualification, Nathalie Brugger SUI has destroyed her chances for the Medal Race. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winning the second race of the day, Tom Slingsby AUS reclaimed the first place overall, as Pavlos Kontides CYP had to content himself with rank 7 and is now 5 points behind Slingsby on rank 2. After 8 races sailed, this duo has quite a lead over the rest of the fleet. Colin Cheng SIN and Alejandro Foglia URU, 2nd and 3rd in race 8, are quite behind in the overall rankings. Tonci Stipanovic CRO as 3rd, Rasmus Mygren SWE 4th and Juan Maegli GUA 5th are the most serious contenders for the Bronze Medal. Two races are left tomorrow to decide on the Medal Race qualification. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Finns are the first to conclude the qualification phase with Ben Ainslie GBR adding another bullet and reducing the gap on Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN to 2 points. The advantage of this duo over the rest of the fleet is 15 points and Gold and Silver will go to GBR and DEN. Excitement will be in the fight for Bronze with Pieter-Jan Postma NED, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Ivan Klijakovic Gaspic and Vasilij Zbogar SLO. Zach Railey USA, Silver Medal 2008, and Brendan Casey did not qualify for the Medal Race of Sunday. All ranking list.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 women fleet is quite balanced on the first Olympic regatta day. Winners of race two are Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, taking the overall lead ahead of Jo Aleh/Oivia Powrie AUS, 7th in race 2, and Cohen/Bouskila GRE, 6th in race 2. A difficult start had Lecointre/Geron FRA finishing 18th in the 2nd race and taking rank 15 overall. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The World Champions Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are the winners of the second race of the day, followed by Patience/Bithell GBR and McNay/Biehl USA. The favorites have taken control in the 470 men as well after four races. Patience/Bithell GBR leads 6 points ahead of Belcher/Page AUS. In spite of a 19th race rank, Schmid/Reichstädter AUT remain on the 3rd rank. With the discard of the worst race result, the rankings might change quite considerably by tomorrow evening. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finished 22nd and lost some places overall, descending on rank 22. The ranking list. The 470 men have completed their Friday program. Tomorrow, another two races are scheduled.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49ers terminate their qualifications for the Medal Race as well today with three races on the program. The first race, sailed in a 17 kn breeze, was just finished with Lehtinnen/Bask FIN as winners ahead of Storck/Moore USA, Schadewaldt/Baumann GER and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. Outteridge/Jensen AUS remain on top 15 points ahead of Burling/Tuke NZL, Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Lehtinen/Bask FI follow on rank 3 at equal points. The fight for the Medal Race will remain close, as the ranks 8 to 13 are separated by 10 points only. All ranking lists .
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winning the second-last qualification race this morning, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA have somewhat reduced the gap on the leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR. Lööf/Salminen SWE remain 3rd. Solidly within the top-10 are Stanjek/Kleen GER (rank 8), while Rohart/Ponsot FRA on rank 10 are still on a shaky position for the Medal Race. Game over for Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI who have lost all chances for the Medal Race with a last rank finish in race 9. Race 10 to be started in a few moment will be the very last race of this team on the Olympic Starboat scene. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Finns too have finished the first race of the day. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN still has his first position overall, and the advantace on Ben Ainslie GBR, 7th today, is 7 points. Rafa Trujillo ESP added another bullet to his score line and is now as 11th close to the Medal Race qualification, unexpectedly after the slow beginning of the competition. The ranks 8-12 are separated by 15 points only. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 women have started their Olympic Regatta as last today. Race 1, sailed in a 15-18 kn wind, has Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED on top ahead of Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Bouskila/Cohen ISR. Lecointre/Geron FRA follow on rank 10. Alle
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 470 men were the first to finish today's races, sailed in a 11-13 kn breeze, lighter as announced by the weather men. Zandona/Zucchetti ITA were the winners ahead of Belcher/Page AUS and Calabrese/De la Fuente ARG. Again confirming their top form were Patience/Bithell GBR (rank 4) and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT (rank 7), who defended their first two places overall. Brauchli/Hausser SUI had a bad first upwind, but the came back strongly and advanced on rank 18, securing their 10th place overall. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Except the Women Matchracers and Windsurfers (men and women), all classes are in action. The 49ers, Finns and Starboat terminate the qualificaitions for the Medal Races. The 470 women sail their first two races. According to the wind forecast, a 15 to 20 kn breeze will prevail again. As in the previous days, we shall continuously report on race after race during the day.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
After 8 races sailed in the Finns, the Starboats and 49ers, and 6 races in the RS:X-Windsurfers and Lasers Standard and Radial, some top contenders for medals are clearly visible. While with Percy/Simpson GBR in the Stars, Outteridge/Jensen AUS in the 49ers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X windsurfers the most mentioned favorites are on top, some surprises happened in other classes, above all in the Lasers. Annalise Murphy IRL leads with the Radials after a brilliant 4-wins-in-a-row series during the first two days, and the young Pavlos Kontides CYP is on top of the Lasers Standard ahead of the dominator of the class and ISAF World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby AUS. The superstar Ben Ainslie GBR shooting for his 4th Gold Medal was yesterday for the first time the day's best in the Finns, but he is still behind the top-sailing Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN. The Women Match-Race really starts with the Quarterfinals. Up to now, Olivia Powrie AUS, age 20, showed a flawless performance winning all 10 matches in the Round Robin so far. For the first time sailing yesterday were the 470 men, and Patience/Bithell GBR are the firs leaders with the day ranks 1 and 2. Surprisingly on the 2nd place are Schmid/Reichstätter AUT. All results and he daily reports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
After the rather disappointing performance of the Swiss so far with mid-fleet ranks by Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial and Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats - in both events the Swiss earned Olympic Diplomas at the 2008 Games - there comes some light on the horizon: Thanks to rank 6 in yesterday's first race, the best individual performance so far, Richard Stauffacher advanced on rank 12 overall, 4 points behind rank 10. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are actually on their personal's best with the interims rank 14 in the 470 men. Marazzi/De Maria need a top performance today to avoid the 'game-over' situation by the end of the day. As 12th, they have an 8 point backlog on rank 10, the barrier for the Medal Race of next Sunday. All ranking lists and the Communiqué of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
At the end of Round Robin Day 4, half of the teams have sailed 10 races, the other 6 are at 9 races. Olivia Powrie AUS remains undefeated with a 10-0 score and is qualified for the Quarter Finals. Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP can also plan for the knock-out phase, as can Anna Tunnicliffe USA. One, resp. two Round Robin matches are still open, and will be sailed next Saturday. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Zofia Klepacka POL is also the winner of the second race of the day, race 6 overall, ahead of Marina Alabau ESP and Olga Maslivets UKR. In the overall rankings, Alabau is still 3 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR. Zofia Klepacka POL is 3rd and still 6 points behind Alabau. Moana Delle GER defended her fourth rank and has still theoretical chances for a medal. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Zofia Klepcka POL appeared for the first time on top of the RS:X women windsurfers in today's fresher breeze, leaving Lee-El Korzits ISR and Olga Maslivets UKR on the ranks 2 and 3 in race 5 overall. Marina Alabau ESP remains on top, 3 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR on rank 2. Zofia Klepacka POL replaced Moana Delle GER on rank 3. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Rafael Trujillo ESP, rather discrete in the 7 races so far, is the winner of race 8, and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished again 2nd. Ben Ainslie GBR on rank 3 is again in front of the overall leader Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN, reducing the gap on 3 points. Iwan Klijakovic CRO remains on rank 3 with a backlog of 16 points, and has to defend this podium's place against Jonathan Lobert FRA only 3 points behind. Tomorrow, the last two qualification races are on the program. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Starboats sailed their second race of the day in an initial 17 kn breeze, decreasing to 13 kn during the competition. Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE were the winners ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR and Hestbaek/Oleson DEN. Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR extended their lead on the second-ranked Scheidt/Prada BRA - only 5th in race 8 - on 9 points. Lööf/Salminen SWE have now the same number of points as the Brazilians. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL remain on rank 4. Tomorrow, the last two qualification races are on the program. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The second 470 men race was sailed in a fresh 20 kn breeze with Patience/Bithell GBR as winners, taking the overall top place after day one. The only ones matching more or less the performance of the Brits were Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, who, after winning race one, finished 4th in race 2 confirming their form. Marinho/Nunes POR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL were 2nd and 3rd in race 2. Overall leaders are Patience/Bithell GBR with a small margin over Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, Dahlberg/Östling SWE follow on rank 3. The Australian favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 6th with the day ranks 3 and 9. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The second 470 men race was sailed in a fresh 20 kn breeze with Patience/Bithell GBR as winners, taking the overall top place after day one. The only ones matching more or less the performance of the Brits were Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, who, after winning race one, finished 4th in race 2 confirming their form. Marinho/Nunes POR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL were 2nd and 3rd in race 2. Overall leaders are Patience/Bithell GBR with a small margin over Schmid/Reichstädter AUT, Dahlberg/Östling SWE follow on rank 3. The Australian favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 6th with the day ranks 3 and 9. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 9. A good first day had also the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hauser SUI, who are 13th with the day ranks 13 and 16. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49ers have done their daily program with the second race, i.e. race 8 oveall. And again, Morrison/Rhodes GBR were the winners, moving up on 2nd 11 points behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Burling/Tuke NZL are down on rank 3. Lehtinen/Bask FIN finished twice on rank 2 today and are up on position 5 overall. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR just finished the first race of the Starboats, race 7 overall, ahead of Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The Brazilians strongly came from behind - rank 13 - on 3rd reducing the points 'damage' to a minimum. But nevertheless, the Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR extended the lead on 6 points. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR just finished the first race of the Starboats, race 7 overall, ahead of Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The Brazilians strongly came from behind - rank 13 - on 3rd reducing the points 'damage' to a minimum. But nevertheless, the Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead on 6 points. Marazzi/De Maria SUI finished 11th and slightly improved their chance to make the Medal Race qualification. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The first 470 men race ended with a sensation. Not the favorite teams, but Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT realised a start-to-finish victory and - above all- crossed the finish line roughly 30 seconds before the first opponents. Ranks 2 and 3 went to the favorites Patience/Bithell GBR and Belcher/Page AUS. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The first 470 men race ended with a sensation. Not the favorite teams, but Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT realised a start-to-finish victory and - above all- crossed the finish line roughly 30 seconds before the first opponents. Ranks 2 and 3 went to the favorites Patience/Bithell GBR and Belcher/Page AUS. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the excellent 13th position. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 49ers are the frst to have finish their (short-) race again today. In a 16-21 kn breeze, Morrison/Rhodes GBR realised their first race win. Lehtinen/Bask FIN nd Martinez/Fernandez ESP are on the ranks 2 and 3. The overall leading OZ teams Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL terminated the race on the ranks 10, rsp. 9. Morrison/Rhodes GBR advanced on rank 3 with this race win. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
High traffic again today on the races courses of Weymouth. The 49ers, Starboats and Finns sail their races 7 and 8, the Match Race Women continue with the Round Robin, and the RS:X windsurfers start to their heats 5 & 6. For the first time, the 470 men will be in action. We shall again update the news ticker continuously from 13 p.m. CET on during the whole afternoon. With up to 25 kn, the forecast predicts the highest wind speed at the 2012 Olympics so far.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Excellent conditions prevailed again on the Olympic waters of Weymouth yesterday with winds between 16 and 18 kn. The two Laser fleets have their lay day today with 6 of the 10 planned races completed each. With Pavlos Kontides CYP in the Lasers Standards and Annalise Murphy IRL in the Lasers Radial, unexpected names are on top of both events. In the 49er however, the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS have already a 13 points' lead ahead of Burling/Tuke NZL. Superior leaders are also on top of the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED with the men and Marina Alabau ESP with the women, both having won 3 of the 4 races. The Women Match Race comes to a crucial phase. With an 8-0 score, Olivia Powrie AUS is the first having her quarter final ticket, and Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are also on a good way. All ranking lists and the reports.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
After 3 days and 8 matches sailed, Olivia Powrie AUS is leading the Round Robin still unbeaten with 8-0 victories. Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP both on 6-2 follow on second, Anna Tunnicliffe USA (5-3) is on 4th. In the pending three flights tomorrow and on Saturday, the quarter finalists will be decided. Some big names like Silija Lehtinen FIN, Claire Leroy FRA, Renee Groenveld NED or Lucy McGregor GBR all on 4-4 will have to watch out. All results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
By winning both races, Marina Alabau ESP was the queen of the day in women's windsurfing. After only four races she is leading by already 8 points on Lee-El Korzits ISR, who hadn't her best day by posting a 7th and a 2nd. Moana Delle GER improved to 3rd. Tomorrow two more races are scheduled. All rankings.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The 22 year old Pavlos Kontides CYP, ISAF Youth World Champion 2008, continues to surprise. By posting a 2nd and a 4th he even passed Tom Slingsby AUS and is leading the overall with a 2-points-lead on the Australian. The last race of the day was won by Tonci Stipanovic CRO, who had the most succesful day of the fleet. As 3rd overall he stays in the race for the medals. After tomorrow's layday, four more races are scheduled. Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR moved up to 6th. All rankings.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Winner of race 6 of the Lasers Radial was one of the top rated favorites, Marit Bouwmeester NED, moving up now on rank 3 overall. Veronica Fenclova CZE as 2nd and Nufer Edelmann ISR as 3rd realised their best results of this Chamionship. Annalise Murphy IRL however, the shining star with 4 race wins, had a bad day finishing 8 and 19 (!). She keeps her overall lead, but Evi Van Acker BEL is now only two points behind. With a race rank 10, Nathalie Brugger SUI sailed also her best result of this championship, and taking into account the discarded results, she is now on rank 13 overall, 11 points behind rank 10 leading to the Medal Race. Four races are still on the program. Tomorrow is the lay day. All ranking lists.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Racing will resume at noon UCT with two races for each class on the program, i.e. the 49ers, Lasers Standard and Radial as well as the male RS:X-windsurfers. On 14 p.m. UCT, the female RS:X windsurfer join in and the Round Robin Day 4 will start for the Women Matchracers. After 6 of 10 planned races, the Finn nd Starboat sailors can enjoy a lay day,
Our Newsticker will follow the action in Weymouth continuously providing the latest news.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
After three days' competitions, the Olympic Regatta has been successfully launched with 6 events on the go. Good sailing conditions prevailed up to now and racing has been thrilling and varied so far.
The outstanding facts so far are the smashing dominance of Annalise Murphy IRL winning all four Laser Radial races so far. See the report). Another highlight is the strong performance of Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN in the Finns, controlling the big favorite Ben Ainslie GBR clearly up to now leading with a 10 points' advantage after 6 races. The Bericht. The Finns have their lay day today. The Starboat leading trio after six races is identical with the Olympic Podium 2008 with Percy/Simpson GBR four points ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE following on rank 3. The report. Surprising also the performance of the young Pavlos Kontides CYP in the Lasers Standard: After two race wins yesterday, he is only 4 points behind the World Champion and ISAF Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby AUS. Other Australian leaders are - no surprise - Outteridge/Jensen AUS in the 49ers. See report), and in the Women Match Race, where Olivia Powrie AUS are undefeated at half-time of the Round Robin and on a safe way to the Quarter Finals. In the male windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is on top winning the first two races. See report). Favorites in front of the female windsurfers as well with Marina Alabau ESP (1/2) and Lee-El Korzits ISR (3/1) in a duel for the lead. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
After Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats and Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, it is the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who started his Olympic regatta with two races. After a remarkale 10th place in his first race, he had to content himself with a 21st ranks in the following race, bringing him on rank 15 of the interims rankings, certainliy below his justified expectations. Thanks to an 8th race rank, Marazzi/De Maria SUI are one rank up on position 12 among the 16 Starboats. The first race of yesterday however ended with a frustrating 15th rank, the discard result so far. No top performance yet by Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial. However, with the day ranks 18 and 14, she moved up on rank 18 overall. The report of the Swiss Team and all ranking lists. Today's program has the windsurfers with Richard Stauffacher SUI and the Lasers Radial with Nathalie Brugger SUI scheduled. Marazzi/De Maria SUI enjoy their lay day, while Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have their Practice Race with the 470s.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is also the winner of race 2 of the RS:X-windsurfers, and again, ranks 2 and 3 went to Przemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER. Richard Stauffacher SUI could not confirm his remarkable 10th place from race 1. Finishing 21st, he is now on rank 15 overall. Van Rijsselberge NED, Miarcynski POL and Wilhelm GER are obviously heading the overall rankings. The World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA follows on position 19. The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is also the winner of race 2 of the RS:X-windsurfers, and again, ranks 2 and 3 went to Przemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER. Richard Stauffacher SUI could not confirm his remarkable 10th place from race 1. Finishing 21st, he is now on rank 15 overall. Van Rijsselberge NED, Miarcynski POL and Wilhelm GER are obviously heading the overall rankings. The World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA follows on position 19. The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Six of the ten Olympic Classes were racing yesterday again in good weather conditions with a 12-18 kn wind. In the Finns, the dominator of day one, Jonas-Hoegh Christensen DEN, could defend his lead with the ranks 2 and 7. Even more important is the fact, that he was again twice ahead of the declared favorite for Gold Ben Ainslie GBR on rank 3 after a mediocre day. New on rank 2 is Jonathan Lobert FRA. The Starboats sailed the races 3 and 4 too and the ranking list is very packed with Percy/Simpson GBR and Melleby/Pedersen NOR jointly leading one poin ahead of Lööf/Salminen SWE, and another point back Scheidt/Prada BRA down on rank 4. The Lasers sailed their first two races. In the Radials, Annalise Murphy IRLwas the winner in both heats and she leads clearly overall in front of Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED.In the Lasers Standard, Tom Slingsby AUS lived up to his reputation taking ranks 1 and 2 and leading overall ahead of Juan Maegli GUA and Tonci Stipanovic CRO with the same number of points on rank 2. Pavlos Kontides CYP follows as 4th. Two races as well for the 49er on their first day of the Olympic program. Norregard/Lang DEN lead one point ahead of Van Geijer/Düring SWE and the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS on 3rd for the moment. In the Women's Match Race, the Round Robin continued, and after 4 matches sailed for all, Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Olivia Powrie AUS are the only undefeated teams. Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Claire Leroy FRA follow with 3-1 scores each. The ranking lists and the report.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
At 1 pm CET the 49ers and both Laser Classes will open todays regattas. Later the Stars and the Finns will continue their series with the races 3 & 4. The Match racing Women should complete the first Round Robin since the weather forecast promises good conditions with 15 to 20 kn and sunshine. The tidal current could be an important factor today.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Richard Gladwell)
Favorable sailing conditions - sun and a 12-17 kn breeze - prevailed off Weymouth GBR on day one of the Olympic Regatta with the Finns and Starboats sailing the first two (of 10) races, while the Women Matchracers completed four flights of the Round Robin.
In the Finns - here the report and the interims classifications - it was surprisingly Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN and not the favorite and superstar Ben Ainslie GBR who dominated with two race wins ahead of the Brit with two times second and Iwan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO two times third. This leading trio has already opened a certain gap on the remaining fleet, lead by Jonathan Lobert FRA. Today, two more races are on the program.
The Starboat races were extremely close and exciting with numerous positions changes and even a dead heat in race two with Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR crossing the finish line at the same second, where the Race Officials had to decide about the winner. Here the report. The favorites for Gold Scheidt/Prada BRA have already taken the lead with the day rank 4/1 ahead of O'Leary/Burrows IRL, the winners of the Olympic Test Event. With the same number of points follow Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Melleby/Pedersen NOR on rank 3. The results. Today, two more races are on the program.
In the Women's Match Race, Tamara Echegoyen ESP (defeating the favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Olivia Powrie AUS with 2-0 scores each on top. The results.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
At 11 a.m., racing continues in Weymouth today, and we shall follow the competition continuously and report with 'live-ticker-type' news during the whole day. So keep in touch with sailing-news.ch
Finns and Starboats sail races 3 and 4. Women Match Race continues the Round Robin. First races will follow by the 49ers, where the comeback of the two-times Olympic Medalists Iker Martinez/Xavier Fernandez ESP after their Volvo Ocean Race two months ago will be of special interest. The Lasers Standard and Radial start also to the first races today. he wind forecast promise good conditions with a westerly breeze around 15 kn.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI were the first to open the 2012 Olympic Regatta for Switzerland. With the day ranks 13 and 8, they are at present 12th among the 16 teams. The next to enter the competition today is Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial. Here the report from the Swiss Team.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Today at noon (13 Uhr CET), the start to the first Finn race will be given, followed by the Starboats and the Women Matchracers. The wind forecast announces 15-19 kn, but later this week, the breeze will exceed 20 kn.
The local hero Ben Ainslie GBR is the outstanding favorite in 24 Finns' fleet. His clear objective is a forth Gold Medal in a row. Candidates for medals are also Zach Railey USA, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Pieter-Jan Postma NED or Vasilij Zbogar SLO.
In the 15 Starboats, the eternel duel between Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA will certainly have a follow-up. But with Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL, Lööf/Salminen SWE, Rohart/Ponsot FRA or O'Leary/Burrows IRL, a number of teams are ready to intervene, as they did frequently during the past 24 months. .
The favorite in Women's Match Race is definitely Anna Tunnicliffe USA despite of the fact, that she had a number of unexpected defeats to absorb during the past two months. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Ekaterina Skudina RUD or Claire Leroy FRA are the first challengers. As always in Olympic regattas, surprises are possible.
We shall continuously report on the action during the races based on the information available. Unfortunately, there is no live GPS tracking available according to ISAF, a major failure in the negotiations with the IOC in our opinion. Sailing is an Internet and not a TV sport, and media-right contracts can be established accordingly to cover the interest of IOC sponsors. In 1996, we had mark-rounding details of all races on the ISAF website ... 2012 nothing ... lousy job by ISAF in the meantime. We miss Paul Henderson, who made it possible 16 years ago !
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Today at noon (13 Uhr CET), the start to the first Finn race will be given, followed by the Starboats and the Women Matchracers. The wind forecast announces 15-19 kn, but later this week, the breeze will exceed 20 kn.
The local hero Ben Ainslie GBR is the outstanding favorite in 24 Finns' fleet. His clear objective is a forth Gold Medal in a row. Candidates for medals are also Zach Railey USA, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO, Jonathan Lobert FRA, Pieter-Jan Postma NED or Vasilij Zbogar SLO.
In the 15 Starboats, the eternel duel between Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA will certainly have a follow-up. But with Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL, Lööf/Salminen SWE, Rohart/Ponsot FRA or O'Leary/Burrows IRL, a number of teams are ready to intervene, as they did frequently during the past 24 months. Representing Switzerland are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the declared objective to win a medal.
The favorite in Women's Match Race is definitely Anna Tunnicliffe USA despite of the fact, that she had a number of unexpected defeats to absorb during the past two months. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Ekaterina Skudina RUD or Claire Leroy FRA are the first challengers. As always in Olympic regattas, surprises are possible.
We shall continuously report on the action during the races based on the information available. Unfortunately, there is no live GPS tracking available according to ISAF, a major failure in the negotiations with the IOC in our opinion. Sailing is an Internet and not a TV sport, and media-right contracts can be established accordingly to cover the interest of IOC sponsors. In 1996, we had mark-rounding details of all races on the ISAF website ... 2012 nothing ... lousy job by ISAF in the meantime. We miss Paul Henderson, who made it possible 16 years ago !
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
The Olympic Games 2012 were launched yesterday evening with the big Opening Celebrations in London. For sailing in Weymouth, the first races are scheduled for Sunday with the Starboats with Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI and the Finns with the Engish super-star and big favorite Ben Ainslie GBR.
As four years ago, www.sailing-news.ch will post continuously all import information on this website. In addition, the Olympia section will contain links to more details, films, interviews as available on the Internet for your convenience. The ISAF Olympia website and the official London 2012 webstie.
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Closing Ceremony in London yesterday night ended the 2012 Olympic Games with a big show. Really good sail racing was seen at the Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth/Portland, run in mostly perfect wind conditions between 10 and 25 kn, decreasing only during the last days. With three Gold and a Silver Medal, Australia was the most successful nation this time, replacing Great Britain after 16 years on top. With only one Gold, but at least four times Silver, the GBR team, sailing on its home waters, did not quite meet the high expectations of the local public. Lijia Xu in the Laser Radial earned the first sailing Gold Medal for China, not the last probably for the fast developing country. Among the nations without medals are the USA (since 1936), Germany and Austria, who were traditionally always in the Medals. With only one Bronze Medal, France cannot be satisfied either. Special exploits came from smaller nations like Cyprus and Belgium, for the first time on the Medal Tally, that contains only 14 nations (4 continents) this time (25 in former Games). With the radical changes in the events for 2016, the statistics might look quite different in four years. All ranking lists and the official Olympia reports.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The last event of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition ended yesterday with the Women Match Race, sailed in a solid 15 to 22 kn breeze, allowing not too many position changes, but with the boats most of the time in tight duels. Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with NZL leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during an unwanted gybing manoeuvre. Gold went finally to Spain, Silver to NZL, the fourth 2012 Olympic sailing medal for Team NZL. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Tamara Echegoyen/Sofia Toro/Angela Pumariego ESP finished as Olympic Champions winning the fifth race of a very close Olympic Women Match Race Final with a 3-2 score. The crucial moment was in flight 3 with AUS clearly leading, when the Kiwi helmswomen Olivia Price fell overboard during a gybing manoeuvre. Gold for Spain, Silver for AUS. 3-1 winner of the Petit Final was Silja Lehtinen FIN taking the Bronze Medal defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
With these news, the sailing-news.ch Olympic Special Ticker comes to an end. Thank you very much for your interest in our pages and the many valuable feedbacks. Over twice the number of readers have visited our Specials during the last two weeks.
We shall be back in the coming days with comments, analysis, reports, interview concerning the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The first match for Gold between Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP ended a few minutes ago with the victory of the Spanish, and Silja Lehtinen FIN just crossed the finish line defeating Ektarina Eskudina RUS for the 3rd time. With the overall score 3-1, Finland is taking Bronze. The results. The final can be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN are underway to race one of the Petit Final for Rank 3. The wind conditions are much better than yesterday and the Best-of-Five Series will be over on time. The races can be followed live on the Internet. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Olympic Sailing Competition comes to an end today with the Women Match Race Finals. Olivia Price AUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP sail for Gold, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS duel for the Bronze Medal. The Petit Final is scheduled for 12 hrs UCT / 13 hrs CET, the Final will be at 13.05 hrs UCT / 14.05 hrs CET. We shall continuously report on the outcome of the two Best-of-Five Matches on the sailing-news Olympic Ticker.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 Medal Races in Weymouth were sailed yesterday in a very light breeze, and - in spite of the small points' gaps between the top-2 teams, the positions on top did not change. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the men's class after an intense fight, already the third sailing Gold for Australia. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithill GBR had to content themselves with Silver. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG on rank 3 earned the first sailing medal for Argentina.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL, taking the lead just after the start with a move on the right side, were the superior winners of the Medal Race. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, forced to go left trying an attack, were last on the first mark, and the game was over. Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED defended their Bronze Medal ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Géron FRA 4th.
The Women's Match Race ended - after a long postponement - just at time-limit with a Best-of-Three instead of the planned Best-of-Five result. Olivia Price AUS defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN after a very intense gybing duel just on the finish line with a few centimeters (from the spinaker) with 2-1, Tamara Echegoyen ESP had the upper hand on Ekaterina Skudina RUS, leading initially, also with 2-1. With this result, the two dominators of the Round Robin will sail the Final today, the loosers meet in the Petit Final. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Flight 3 is over and AUS, defeating FIN, and ESP, ahead of RUS are both leading 2-1 and will sail in tomorrows' final. While the Match between Olivia Price ESP and the constantly leading Silja Lehtinen FIN was decided on the finish line by a few centimetres, Tamara Echegoyen ESP made it clearer against Ekatarina Skudina RUS after an early lead by the Russians. FIN and RUS will compete in the Petit Final. Meet you again tomorrow. Olympic Live Blog.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
And the wind came back unexpectidly. AUS and FIN are racing again in a very close fight with FIN leading on the first downwind. RUS and ESP are also underway. Live coverage available again.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
An hour earlier as predicted by the weather men, the wind disappeared in the bay of Weymouth. The Race Committee keeps on waiting until 17.30 UCT, 18.30 CET, the latest time for the attention signal for a flight. But the chances that more sailing will be possible today are almost nil. We therefore close the Olympic Ticker early and refer to the live coverage to check whether nevertheless some breeze filled in. Check also the official website for updated informations. If no more semi-final races are held, the results of the Round Robin will become valid, and AUS and RUS go to the final, ESP and FIN to the Petit Final.
Good-bye until tomorrow. We shall inform on these pages on the schedule as soon as available. Thank you and have a nice evening.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Both Women Match Race Semi Finals are tied 1-1 after two Flights. The races are quickly usually decided by the start because of the very light wind. In the mean-time, further racing has been postponed. The competition can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The first Women Match Race between Olivia Price AUS, winner of the Round Robin, and Silja Lehtininen FIN is underway. In the second Semi,Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will compete. The Matches can be followed on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the 470 Women Gold Medal having moved to the paying right side on the first upwind and controlling the fleet, while their only opponents Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR stuck in a pack of boats risked all and attacked over the left side, ending last at the first mark. In a tight duel, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berckhout NED, 6th race rank, earned Bronze, one point ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, who finished the Medal Race on race rank 5. For Lobke Berkhout NED, it is the second Olympic Medal after Silver 2008 in Qingdao. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 Women are underway in the Medal Race and the duel for Gold is between Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR. The one that is ahead has Gold. The race can be followed live on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html . The ranking list before the Medal Race
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS win the 470 men Gold Medal in an exciting light wind race. Rounding mark 1, the only opponents for the title Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR had the upper hand, but on the downwind leg, the Australians sneacked past and controlled the Brits to the end. Lucas Calabrese/Juan De la Fuente ARG finished 3rd in the Medal Race and take the Bronze Medal.
This is the 3rd Medal for the Australian Team, and in Women Match Racing, another medal could be achieved. Once more, the Australian Head Coach Victor Kovalenko confirms his reputation as 'Mr. Medal Maker'.
The ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 Medal Race is underway and a tight match race between the leading Australians and the Brits is guaranteed. Already before the start, Patience/Bithell GBR forced Belcher/Page AUS into a penalty, but the Australians did the correction circle and regained the first place. The Medal Races can be followed under www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Today, on the second-last day of the Olympic Sailing Competition at Weymouth, the Medal Races of the 470 Men and Women, as well as the Match Race Semi Finals are on the program. At 13 hrs CET, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR start their duel for Gold in the Men event, while in the Women event, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR at equal points will fight for Gold. Their start is at 14 hrs CET. The fight for Bronze will be equally thrilling, as Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED are only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The pairs for the Match Race Semis, beginning at 15 hrs CET, are Olivia Price AUS vs Silja Lehtinen FIN and Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Due to lack of sufficient wind, the 470 Men Medal Race and the Sail-Offs of the Women Matchracer for the ranks 5-8 were cancelled. The 470 Men Medal race is now planned for 13 hrs CET today, while instead of a 5-8 ranks' Sail-Off, the results of the Round Robin will be valid for the Diploma ranks 5 to 8. The report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
No sufficient wind for racing during the whole afternoon, as forecasted. All races are postponed on tomorrow Friday as follows: 13.00 CET 470 men Medal Race, 14.00 CET 470 women Medal Race, 15.30 CET Women Match Race Semi Finals. The time for the Match Race Sail-offs has not yet been published.
We shall continue our Olympia-Special tomorrow at 13.00 CET. All ranking lists. Have a nice evening !
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Due to lack of wind all races are posponed this afternoon. The 470 men normally should start their medal race at 2 pm CET. The weatherforecast with maximal strength of 8kn doesn't look very promising. All rankings.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Highlight of day 12 is the 470 men Medal Race at 13 p.m. UCT with Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR fighting for Gold. The Australians have an advantage of 4 points and the Brits must finish two ranks ahead to overtake the leaders. Main opponents in the duel for Bronze are Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG and Gabrio Zandona/Pietro Zucchetti ITA, but in theory, also Snow-Hansen NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA could climb on rank 3.
In addition, the Sail-off matches for tha Women Match Race ranks 5 to 8 are on the program. The event-website.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Ekaterina Skudina RUS succeeded to overtake Lucy McGregor GBR on the final leg of of match 5, winning the best-of-five Quarter Final, qualifying for the Semi Final, together with Tamara Echegoyen ESP, Olivia Price AUS and Silja Lehtinen FIN already qualified for the Semis on Friday. All results.
Day 11 of the Olympic Competition in Weymouth is over. Tomorrow Thursday, the 470 men Medal Race, and the Sail-offs 5-8 of the Women Matchracers are on the program.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The flight 4 made everything clear in three of the four pairs. After Tamara Echegoyen ESP, the QF winners and qualifiers for the semi-finals are: Olivia Price AUS defeating Renée Groenveld AUS, Silja Lehtinen FIN defeating Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-1. The 4th Quarter Final between Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Lucy McGregor GBR is 2-2, and the decision will be known in a few minutes. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Women Matchracers are still active this afternoon concluding their Quarter Finals. After flight 3, just terminated, Tamara Echegoyen ESP is the first semi finalist, defeating Claire Leroy FRA for the third time. The other three QFs are all at a 2-1 score: Olivia Price AUS leads vs Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA reduced the score vs Silja Lehtinen FIN on 1-2, and Ekaterina Skudina RUS took the lead over Lucy McGregor GBR winning flight 3. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The light-wind race 10, concluding the 470 women qualification phase, brought an unexpected close-up on top. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR, finishing 2nd behind the Olympic Champions Elise Rechichi (2008)/Belinda Stowell (2000) and protecting their theoretical chances for Bronze, closed the gap to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver. A thrilling battle will take place for Bronze with Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED only 3 points ahead of Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA, and 9 points behind the Dutch ladies follow the Olympic medalists 2008 Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, and even Rechichi/Stowell AUS 15 points behind, retain a small chance. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 49er Medal Race was also sailed in a light breeze. Gold for Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS - the outstanding dominators of the whole season - and Silver for Peter Burling/Tuke Blair NZL were won prematurely before the Medal Race, and all interest was on the fight for Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT attacked right from the beginning and celebrated a start-to-finish victory. For a long time, it looked as if Austria - without any Medals in the 2012 Games so far - would arrive on the podium. But Norregard/Lang DEN coming back from behind finally defended their 3rd place overall, crossing the finish line as 3rd. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Race 9 of the 470 women, sailed in a light wind, was just finished. As yesterday, the Chinese Wang/Huang CHN performed again extremely well and finished first. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL crossed the line as second, extending their lead overall on 8 points. The second up to now, Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, arrived only on position 8 (discard result), and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 3rd so far even risk to drop considerably with their 20th race rank (discard result too). Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA finished 3rd and are only 5 points behind the Dutch. Even the Olympic Champions 2008 Elise Rechichi/Belinda Stowell AUS are only 20 points behind Bronze. The start to the last qualification race will be given soon. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Today, the Medal Race of the 49ers is on the program with the top two seats on the podium are already taken by Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS Gold and Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL Silver. Only the Bronze Medal is at stake with six teams withing 12 points. Norregard/Lang DEN 3rd are on the pole position, but Lehtinen/Bask FIN, Morrison/Rhodes GBR, Dyen/Christidis FRA, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Freitas/De Andrade POR will not hesitate to fully attack. An exciting situation to be followed as from 13 hrs UCT this afternoon. The 470 women sail their last two qualification races with the clearly leading trio Aleh/Powrie NZL, Mills/Clarke GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Will there be other teams succeeding to close the gap? The wind forecast is on lighter winds, possibly favoring other teams. In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals continue today. The most important surprise up to now is the the bad start of the favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA in der Best-of-Five-Serie against Silja Lehtinen FIN being down 0-2 after two heats. The US Sailing Team has no medals up to now, and Anna is their last hope. We shall again cover the event live as from 13 hrs on our News Ticker.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Olympic Windsurfing competition, the last one if the Kite-Surfing decision for 2016 is not reconsidered, ended with two impressive Medal Race victories of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP, both already clearly ahead after the qualifcation races. With Nick Dempsey GBR on rank 2 and Przemyslav Miarczynski POL as 3rd, no changes happened on the last day. In the Women RS:X fleet however, major changes happened as the World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR flopped in the Medal Race, allowing Tuuli Petäjä FIN to take Silver, the very first Medal for Finland at these Games. Bronze went to Zofia Klepacka POL. The Women Matchracer started with the Quarter Finals to be concluded today. The 470 men completed the qualification races with Belcher/Page AUS and Patience/Bithell GBR fighting for Gold and Silver. In the 470 women, Aleh/Powrie NZL reclaimed the top with two bullets, but Mills/Clark GBR and Westerhof/Berkhout NED stay close, with two races to go. All results and the report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI terminated his Olympic competition yesterday on rank 10, the best Swiss result of these Games, and a very remarkable performance as best real amateur with only one year preparation time. His major opponents had the possibility to prepare the Olympics 2012 during four years full-time supported by their federations. In Switzerland, the effective direct support for athletes has been drastically reduced by the Swiss Sailing Team AG during the past seven years.
The young and talented 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI confirmed the progress made during the past months, finishing on rank 16 in a highly competitive fleet - the best result of a 470 male team in a top international environment in the last years. A generous sponsor made a professional preparation possible.
With yesterday's regattas, the Olympic Games 2012 are over for Switzerland. In spite of a relatively conciliating last day, it was the greatest disaster at Olympics ever, not a surprise considering the unprofessional expensive SST project, as foreseeable already seven years ago. We have commented on this several times on our pages. A new begin is urgent, but unfortunately, it seems that the interest for Olympic sailing is rather low with the responsible stake-holders of Swiss Sailing, the Delegates of Clubs and Classes, who - at the end of the day - have the responsibility for the wrong track taken by approving the projects submitted at the General Assemblies.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The positions after two Quarter Final flights are: Olivia Price AUS vs Renée Groenveld NED 1-1, Silja Lehtinen FIN vs Anna Tunnicliffe USA 2-0, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy 2-0, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Ekatarina Skudina RUS 1-1. The Quarter Finals are sailed in a best-of-five mode. Matchracing resumes tomorrow no earlier than 15 hrs CET. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The situation seems settled in the 470 women's fleet, as the finish of race 8 is almost identical to race 7. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are first ahead of Hanna Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. These three teams are also clearly in the overall lead with 20 points and more on the rest of the fleet. Tomorrow, the last two qualifaction races are on the program and it might well be, that the three medal winning teams are already known. NZL leads 4 points ahead of GBR and NED are another 3 points behind. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The second 470 men's race of the day goes also to Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS, but Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR keep in contact finishing on rank 2. The advantage of the Australian before the Medal Race of Thursday is now 4 points. These two teams will fight for Gold and Silver with the Brits needing to finish two places ahead of the Aussies to win Gold. The fight for Bronze is mainly between Calabrese/La Fuente ARG and Zandona/Zucchetti ITA 3 points behind. But in theory, even Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL and Leboucher/Garos FRA have 15 and 17 points behind have chance for the third place. In this last race, sailed in a 10 kn breeze, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finishing 7th confirmed again that they arrived in the international top ranks, a promise for the future ! The terminate their first Olympics on the 17th place overall. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Olympic Champion in the RS:X women windsurfers is Marina Alabau ESP, clearly dominating the competition and adding a Medal Race victory as highlight to the race series. The fight for the other Medals was - as expected - very exciting .. and ended with a surprise. The World Champion Lee-El Korzits ISR finished on rank 9 only and dropped out of the Medals. On her place, it was Tuuli Petäjä FIN taking Silver, and Zofia Klepacka POL is on rank 3, one point behind the 2nd. Olga Maslivets UKR, another point back is on rank 4. The Ukrainian was leading the Medal Race almost to the finish when Alabau overtook her, and relegated her to rank 4 overall. Only 4 points behind the Bronze Medal is Moana Delle GER on rank 5. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal.
All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
A stellar Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED - he had Olympic Gold already after 8 of the 10 qualification heats - completed his triumph with a victory in the Medal Race, ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA who challenged him during the whole race. The Silver Medal goes to Nick Dempsey GBR, Medalist already four years ago, who finished this last race on rank 3. Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, 4th in the Medal Race, replaced Toni Wilhelm GER (9th) on the Bronze rank. The German is on the 4th position 4 points behind the Medal. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished 7th and remains on rank 10 overall, the best result in his three Olympic campaigns. Congratulations !
All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are the winners of the 470 women race 7, reclimbing on rank 1 overall. Wang/Huang CHN, second-last overall so far (!), finished 2nd, Clark/Lihan USA 3rd. Overall second are Mills/Clarke GBR 3 points behind, and Westerhof/Berkhout NED follow another 2 points back on rank 3. The leading three overall have already a considerable advantage on the rest of the fleet, and it might well be, that preliminary medal decision will fall before the Medal Race. Three races are still pending. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Winning race 9, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have already an Olympic Medal, and only Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finishing 3rd - 3 points behind overall - can challenge the Australians for Gold. Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO are on rank 2. Leboucher/Garos FRA follow on rank 4. The 10th and last qualification race in a few moments will decide on the composition of the Medal Race fleet. Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 9 are 15 points away from rank 11. But the positions 10-14 are separated by 8 points only. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had difficulties in this light to moderate wind race (10 kn) and sailed their discard race rank 23, descending them on rank 16 overall. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Welcome to the 10th Olympic afternoon with www.sailing-news.ch. On the program today are the last qualification races of the 470s, the Women Match Race Quarter Finals and the Medal Races of the Windsurfers male and female.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is only 4 points behind.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals will be alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The RS:X men Medal Race will be started at 14 hrs CET today with the Olympic Champion already known. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED had such an advantage in points already after 9 races, that he had his Gold Medal assured prematurely. The second-ranked Nick Dempsey GBR has good chances to take Silver this evening, considering his 11 points' lead over Toni Wilhelm GER on 3rd. The German will have to defend the Bronze Medal against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL who is onl 4 points behind. The only Swiss so far to qualify for the Medal Race is the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI. As 10th, he can theoretically overtake Ricardo Santos BRA 10 points in front of the Swiss, and move up on rank 9. But the Diploma, rank 8, has gone.
In the women windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP is first with a 14 points' advantage. The Gold Medal will be hers, as the direct chasers will be busy protecing their own interests for Silver and Bronze. Involved in this fight are all from rank 2 Lee-El Korzits ISR tied with Tuuli Petäjä FIN, to rank 11 Byrony Shaw GBR, 7 points behind rank 2. Die wind condition will be somewhat fresher with 15-20kn.
The 470 men have their races 9 and 10 on the program and it might well be that some more Medals a alloted prematurely. The 470 women sail the races 7 and 8.
In the Women Match Race, the Quarter Finals are on the program today after 16 hrs CET as well as tomorrow. Olivia Price AUS meets Renée Groenveld NED, Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Siljia Lehtinen FIN, Tamara Echegoyen ESP vs Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina vs Lucy McGregor GBR.
We shall - as in the previous days - cover these events continuously during the day on our live-ticker.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Laser Medal Races were the highlight of yesterday. In the Lasers Standard, not much was to dispute, as the points' gaps on top were quite considerable before the race. Tom Slingsby AUS covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP from start-to-finish and sailed him down in the fleet, adding the Olympic Gold Medal to his important collection of titles. The young Cyprus sailor can be proud having earned Silver, the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Rasmus Mygren SWE defended rank 3 winning the Bronze Medal. The report.

Extremely exciting however was the Laser Radial Medal Race. Separated by one point only, four athletes were fighting for the three medals. Lijia Xu CHN, 2008 Bronze Medalist, sailed a superior Medal Race, compensating even a pumping penalty. She was the clear winner, taking Gold for China. Marit Bouwmeester NED - the most successful Radial sailor during the past 12 months - finished 2nd, coming from behind towards the end of the heat, earning Silver. The Bronze Medal went to Evi Van Acker BEL, and Annalise Murphy IRL, leading the Medal Race at the beginning, remained without Medal. The report.
At the end of qualification phase yesterday, the Gold and Silver Medal winners in the 49ers were known, and this after 15 races. The top favorites Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS take Gold, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL take Silver. The Medal Race to determine the Bronze Medal winner takes place next Wednesday.The report.
A tight duel between Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS and Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR will take place in the 470 races 9 and 10 today, with both having a Medal for sure. The goal today is to end the day on an optimum position for the Medal Race of Thursday, where a close fight for the title between GBR and AUS is expected. The report and all ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The only Swiss racing yesterday were Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men. With the day ranks 12 and 7, the young Swiss team achieved results as never before, inmidst the best teams of the world. Overall, they are now on rank 14, ahead of the former World Champions Coster/Coster NED, the Worldcup winners McNay/Biehl or the European Champions Kampouridis/Papadopoulos GRE. In the final two qualification heats today, they might even progress more, but for the Medal Race, the gap seems to be too big, as they are still 22 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Today, Richard Stauffacher SUI resumes racing in the RS:X-windsurfers. As 10th before the Medal Race he has nothing to loose and can take risks to move up on rank 9. The start to the Medal Race will be given at 14 hrs CET. We shall report live as every day.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 49ers concluded the qualification phase with race 15 late this afternoon. As expected, Gold- and Silvermedals can already be awarded before the Medal Race. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS finished 3rd and are on top with a 28 points' advantage on the second-ranked Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, who have themselves a 32 points lead on the third-ranked Norregard/Lang DEN. The ranks 3 to 8 however are all within 12 points and the heat is on for the Bronze Medal. The Medal Race will take place on next Wednesday. All ranking list.
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The Laser Standard World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS avoided all risks and covered his only opponent Pavlos Kontides CYP ruthlessly. They finished the Medal ('Match') race on the ranks 9 and 10. Rasmus Mygren SWE had the upper hand in the fight for Bronze over Tonci Stipanovic CRO, who remains on the ungrateful 4th place. Winner of the Medal Race was Simon Grotelüschen GER, finishing 6th overall ahead of the enthroned Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR 6. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The European Champions Fantela/Marencic CRO protected their chances for the Medal Race with a clear start-to-finish victory in race 8, and advanced on rank 9 overall. Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG finished again 2nd and as best of the day, the are on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Zandona/Zucchetti ITA. Belcher/Page AUS remain on top but Patience/Bithell GBR reduced the gap to the Aussies on only one point. Fighting for the Medal Race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI further improve their chances with their best result so far, an excellent 7th rank. On rank 14 overall now, their backlog on rank 10 is still 22 points, but tomorrow, two other possibilities exist to realise the the unexpected Medal Race qualification. The ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Lijia Xu CHN won the tension loaded Medal Race of the Laser Radials and grabbed the Gold Medal, her second Medal after Bronze in Qingdao 2008. Second in the medal race and as well in the overall is World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED, who started slowly in the race rounding the second upwind mark only as 8th, during the second half of the medal race she moved up to 2nd. The Bronze Medal goes to Evi Van Acker BEL. A bitter end for Annalise Murphy who dominated the first half of the Olympic Regatta and lost a medal only on the last downwind. The results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 men sailed race 7 in a 12 kn breeze, with Patience/Bithell GBR as winner, approaching the still overall leading Belcher/Page AUS on 3 points. The Aussies finished the race on 3rd behing Calabrese/de la Fuente ARG. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL on rank 3 overall are already 27 points behind. With a good 12th rank, Yannik Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI advanced on rank 18, 23 points behind the Medal Race. And there are 3 races to go. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The ESP - DEN resail after Jury decision opened the 9th Olympic day in Weymouth. It was an extremely close match between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN with again the Spanish as winners by a very small margin. Denmark is eliminated after the Round Robin. The results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal. See the complete results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © OnEdition)
Today, the Medal Races of the Lasers are on the program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is extremely thrilling as there are four teams within one point. Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are tied on top, Annelise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow one point behind. Starting time is 14 hrs CET. In the Lasers Standard, all bets go on Tom Slingsby AUS with an advantage of 14 points, but Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 2 has nothing to loose. He is already a Cyprus hero winning the first Olympic sailing medal for his country. Separated by one point only are Rasmus Mygren SWE and Tonci Stipanovic CRO fighting for the Bronze Medal.
Today, the 49ers will terminate their qualifcations, and the 470 men (with Brauchli/Hausser SUI) sail their qualification heats 7 and 8. Moreover, the Women Match Race duel between Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Lotte Meldgaard DEN will be resailed after a protest. Should the Danish team win, Renée Groenveld NED and her team would loose the Quarter Final place. All results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Francois Richard)
The first two sets of Medals were awarded after two exctiting and entertaining Medal Races of the Starboats and the Finn. And in addition, the RS:X windsurfer Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED earned his Gold Medal prematurely with his huge points advantage after 9 qualification races already. The report. In the Starboats, the Gold Medal was a well merited 'revenge' for Freddy Lööf/Max Salminen SWE who descended from rank 1 to 3 in the Medal Race 2008. With a start-to-finish race win, they catched up 12 points and took Gold ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. The report.
Hard was the fight for Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns to become the most successful Olympic Champion of all times with four Gold Medals in a row. Admittedly, he succeeded to control the previous leader Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN during the Medal Race, but the third-ranked Pieter-Jan Postma NED looked like the final overall winner until a collision with a penalty turn removed all his chances for a medal. Ainslie GBR earned Gold followed by Hoegh-Christensen DEN on Silver and Jonathan Lobert FRA on Bronze, the first sailing medal 2012 for France. The report. In the 470 women, the gaps remain small after 6 races. Mills/Clarke GBR lead one point ahead of Aleh/Powrie NZL and 3 points on Westerhof/Berkhout NED. As best of the day, Conti/Michol ITA are now only 3 points behind the Dutch team. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are on the way for a premature Gold Medal, as their advantage on Burling/Tuke NZL before the two last qualification races today is already 20 points. Thrilling is the fight for the Medal Race qualification as the ranks 9-14 are only separated by 12 points. Dorian Van Rijsselberge had his Gold Medal already after race 9 and in the Medal Race of Tuesday, the interest goes therefore on the fight for Silver and Bronze between Nick Dempsey GBR, Toni Wilhelm GER and Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL. In the women RS:X windsurfers, Marina Alabau ESP needs only rank 7 in the Medal Race to become Olympic Champion. During the qualifications, she was only once on a worse position as 7th ! But the ranks 2 -7 are separated by 11 points only ! All ranking lists and the event-website.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Race 6 of the 470 women was abandoned, apparently due to the dying and more and more circlings winds, combined with a strong current, to the regret of the former Swiss Optimist Champion Lara Vadlau AUT with Elisabeth Schimak AUT as crew, who were leading from the start. The resultat-overview. Race 6 will be resailed tormorrow Monday.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that he is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank today. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The RS:X men just finished their 10th and last qualification race in a decreasing breeze. The light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR was the winner, but the 2008 Olympic medalist was not at ease during the whole competition and finished on the disappointing 19th place, far outside the Medal Race. Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED refrained from starting to race 10, as he has such an advantage that is already the overall winner and Olympic Champion 2012. However, he will be obliged to show up in the Medal Race on next Tuesday. In the fight for Silver and Bronze, Nick Dempsey GBR is favored after his 2nd race rank. He is now 11 points in front of Toni Wilhelm GER. The German will have to fight against Przemyslav Miarczyinski POL, who is only 5 points behind, to take the Bronze Medal. All other drivers are without chances for a medal.
Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 13th in the last race, just made rank 10 qualifying for the Medal Race. But his backlog is too big to achieve his goal, an Olympic Diploma (rank 8). Nevertheless, he achieved his best Olympic result in his third Games, and enlightens the disappointing results of the Swiss Sailsing Team AG so far. All rnking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Race 12 of the 49ers, sailed in the lightest breeze so far - 9-10 kn - has just been completed, confirming the overall rankings so far. Outteridge/Jensen AUS are the winners extending their lead on Burling/Tuke NZL, 2nd, by one point. Kostov/Cupac CRO finished 3rd in race 12. The Australians are now in the overall rankings 10 points ahead of the Kiwis. Lehtinen/Bask follow 24 points behind on rank 3. Dyen/Christidis FRA moved up on rank 4, seven points behind the Finnish, and back again in the race for the medals. Three qualification races are still to be sailed. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Ben Ainslie GBR did what he had to do to win Gold: Cover Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN leading with a 2 points advance before the Medal Race from start to finish and arrive just one rank in front of him, i.e. on position 9 with Hoegh on rank 10. The Dane finished 2nd overall with the same number of points as Ainslie. Bronze went to Jonathan Lobert FRA, winner of the Medal Race. All ranking lists.
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Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR were the winner of race 5, taking at the same time the overall lead ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED 2nd in heat 5 and new 2nd overall only one point behind. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL had to content themselves with rank 10 and are now on the 3rd place with a 3 points' backlog. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The RS:X-women windsurfers have finished their second race of the day, the 10th and final qualification heat. The Medal Race will take place next Tuesday.
Tuuli Petäjä FIN was the winner and advances on rank 3 overall. Marina Alabau ESP, 3rd in this race, keeps a solid 14 points' lead, a good plafform for Gold lateron. But the fight for Silver and Bronze will be very tight, as Lee-El Korzits ISR and Tuuli Petäjä FIN are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3, and only one point behind follows Moana Delle GER, the day's best with the ranks 3 and 2. But with options for medals are also Zofia Klepacka POL (3 points behind Silver) and Olga Maslivets UKR (6 points behind Silver). All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen SWE succeeded to compensate their 12 points backlog in an exciting Medal Race taking the Gold Medal ahead of Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA. This outcome reverses 2008 where Lööf started to the Medal Race as first and finished 3rd at the end of the race. This is the 3rd Olympic Medal for Lööf, and also for Percy. For Robert Scheidt, it is even the 5th Olympic Medal. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Starboat Medal Race is underway and SWE leads at mark 1 ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, overall leader with a 7 points advantage on Scheidt/Prada BRA and 14 points on Lööf/Salminen SWE. These three teams fight for the medals. The Medal Race can be followed live in Switzerland on www.eurovisionsports.tv/london2012/index.html .
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Women Windsurfers terminated race 9 in 35 minutes. While the first three overall ranked had nothing to do with the outcome of this heat, there were Bryony Shaw GBR winning with Patricia Freitas BRA second and Moana Delle GER 3rd. Marina Alabau ESP protects the overall lead 6 points ahead of Lee-El Korzits ISR. Olga Maslivets UKR follows on 3rd. The last qualification race will be crucial for the the Medal Race selection. Nicola Gierke CAN on rank 10 has an 11 points lead on rank 11 and should be able to defend this position. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Welcome to our Olympia afternoon, on a day, the first 6 sailing medals will be awarded. At 14 hrs CET, the Starboats will start to their Medal Race, and on 15 hrs CET, it is the Finn's turn. But first of all, qualification races resume with the RS:X women underway now. The breeze off Weymouth is around 14 kn for the moment. Stay tuned for the first results in a few minutes.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top conditions again in Weymouth yesterday with an 12 to 18 kn breeze. There were the varying currents, gusts and shifts, that made sailing very challenging. No surprise, that the favorites have taken command in all events, such as Belcher/Page AUS 470 men, Outteridge/Jensen AUS 49ers, Tom Slingsby AUS Laser Standard or Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X-Surfers. In the 470 women, Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL lare on top of the 470 women. The most exciting situation will be in the Lasers Radial Medal Race (next Monday), where the first four are separated by one point only. Concerning today's race, the gaps between the teams will probably increase in the forecasted wind conditions. Major changes might occur in the 470 women, where the discard results comes into effect by this evening. All ranking lists and the reports.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
It was again the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who showed the best Swiss performances yesterday in the RS:X men. Thanks to an 8th place, he remains on rank 12 overall after 8 of the 10 qualification races, only 11 points behind rank 10. A medal race qualification today is possible. The youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on the 470 show performances as never before in a fleet full of experienced sailors. With the ranks 12 and 14, they are now on rank 18 overall, with four more qualification races to go. As obvious already two days ago, Nathalie Brugger SUI was just not successful enough to reach her personal goal to fight for the medals with the best of the class. She finished her second Olympics on rank 14 yesterday. The report of the Swiss Team.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The top-3 overall were again on top of the last race of the day, race 8 of the RS:X men windsurfers, with Toni Wilhelm GER winning ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR. The Dutchman's lead is now 15 points over Dempsey GBR and Wilhelm GER tied on rank 2. Only Przemyslaw Miarczysnki POL, 4th with a 4 points backlog, is within reach of this leading trio. Richard Stauffacher SUI sailed a good 8th race rank an keeps the 12th overall position, 11 points behind rank 10, still a good option for the Medal Race with two heats to go tomorrow. All ranking lists.
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Fernanda Oliveira BRA, Bronze-Medal 2008, together with Ana Luiza Barbachan BRA, are the winners of race 4 of the 470 women. Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA, leading at the begin of the race, finished 2nd. Maria-Fernanda Sesto/Consuelo Monsegur ARG, up to now last-ranked, finished 3rd. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL are on top, 2 points ahead of Mills/Clark GBR, who are 2 points in front of Westerhof/Berkhout NED. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA advanced on rank 5 overall. Lecointre/Geron FRA follow as 6th. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS were also the winners of the second 470 men race of the day, their 3rd win in 6 races. Leboucher/Garos FRA - co-favorites up to now sailing below their level - finished on rank 2, Snow-Hansen/Saunder NZL were 3rd. Belcher/Page AUS lead in the overall ranking with a 4 points advantage on Patience/Bithell GBR. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are the new 3rd and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on rank 4 after a 17th place in race 6. Leboucher/Garos FRA improved their ranking on 7th, while Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with the good day ranks 13 and 14 advanced on rank 18, however already 30 points behind rank 10. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Women Match Racers have just finished the Round Robin of the 2012 Olympics, and the eight best-ranked proceed to the Quarter Finals of Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Olivia Powrie AUS dominated the Matches with a flawless 11-0 score ahead of Ekaterina Skudina RUD, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Anna Tunnicliffe USA, all with 8-3 wins. Silija Lehtinen FIN, Claire Leroy FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED complete the Quarter finalist table.The results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Marit Bouwmeester NED is the winner of the last qualification race ahead of Lijia Xu CHN and Evi Van Acker BEL. The situation for the Medal Race of next Monday is extremely exciting: Lijia Xu CHN and Marit Bouwmeester NED are now tied on top with 33 points each, Annalise Murphy IRL and Evi Van Acker BEL follow with 34 points. These four ladies will fight for the Medals ! Nathalie Brugger SUI finished her Olympic Regatta with a 16th race rank and remains on the 14th place overall. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The third race of the 470 women, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, brought partly new teams on top of the race ranking. Camille Lecointre/Matilde Geron FRA, sailing below their standard so far, were the winners and advance on position 6 overall. Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL take the overall lead with a 2nd race rank. 3rd in race 3 are the Olympic Champion 2008 Elise Rechichi AUS, having started the 2012 campaign since November 2011 only, together with Belinda Stowell AUS, Olympic Champion 2004 (as crew). They are already on rank 5. The ranks 2 and 3 overall after 3 races remain with Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR and jointly Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The 470 men have completed the first race of the day with the Australian favorites Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS as winners, taking the overall lead. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR finished 3rd and are on position 2 overall one point behind the Australians. Matthias Schmid/Florian Reichstädter AUT confirmed their solid performance so far with a race rank 6, keeping them on the 3rd place overall. The 14th race rank of Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI is their second-best result so far, leaving them on rank 19 overall. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Sorian Van Rijsselberge NED is the winner of the first RS:X men race today, his 5th bullet in 7 races ! And his discard race is a 3rd place !. Nick Dempsey GBR finished 2nd today and is also 2nd overall, 14 points behind the Dutchman as first challenger. Toni Wilhelm GER progressed again on rank 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished on rank 20 and is now 14th overall, 13 points behind rank 10. Three qualification races are pending. All ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The Lasers Standard just finished their 10th and last qualification race, again with Tom Slingsby AUS as the winner. The Australian has his 2012 Olympic Gold or Silver Medal for sure and only Pavlos Kontides CYP could overtake him in the Medal Race of next Monday, but 14 points behind, this will hardly happen. Kontides, finishing 4th in the 10th race, has the Silver Medal granted - the first sailing medal for Cyprus - as Rasmus Mygren SWE on the 3rd position is 21 points farther back. The fight for Bronze will be tight with Tonci Stipanovic CRO only one point behind the Swede. Qualified for the Medal Race are also the defeated Olympic Champion 2008 Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6, Simon Grotelüschen GER rank 7 and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA rank 10. All Ranglisten.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Winner of race 8 of the RS:X female windsurfers, sailed in a 16-18 kn breeze, is Lee-El Korzits ISR ahead of Tuuli Peäjä FIN and Olga Maslivets UKR. Marina Alabau ESP remains on top overall, but Lee-El Korzits ISR is now only 3 points behind the Spanish. New on rank 3 is Olga Maslivets UKR 12 points behind Alabau ESP. Herewith, the Women windsurfers have concluded the program of the second-last qualification day. Races 9 and 10 will be sailed tomorrow Sunday. All ranking lists.
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lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. All Ranglisten
Monday, September 15, 2014   
lijia Xu CHN wins the 9th race and appears for the first time on the podium. Alicia Cebrian ESP and Annalise Murphy IRL finish on the ranks 2 and 3. Murphy reclaims the first place 4 points ahead of the tied Evi Van Acker BEL - only 8th in race 9 - and Lijia Xu CHN. The 10th race to be started in a moment will decide on the Medal Race qualifications. Nathalie Brugger SUI finished on the good 10th place but has as 14th overall, 31 pts behind rank 10 no chance to bridge the gap in the last race. All Ranglisten
Monday, September 15, 2014