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London Olympics 2012 - 470 Australians on a winning streak *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jed Kennedy, 7:05 PM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Malcolm Page, the Beijing and now London 2012 Olympic winner and Mat Belcher, the 2012 Gold Medal skipper, were in an expansive mood when they came ashore. Malcolm was first to talk. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Match Racing for Gold *Feature By Mark Chisnell, , 6:21 PM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, match racing started early on the Nothe Course today - scheduled for 14:30 when the Elliotts were due to take to the water, it actually began at 12:00 with the 470 Men's medal race, and carried right on through the 470 Women's decider. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Aleh and Price win Gold in the Women’s 470 clas *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 11:48 AM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
While the wind gods came close to shutting down the medal-race party in the Women’s 470 class today, some smart fore-thinking on the part of the RC enabled the ladies to get in a proper contest, thus determining the class' podium positions. As was previously reported, the battle for Gold and Silver was a predetermined tussle between New Zealand and Team Great Britain, while Bronze was up for grabs ...

London Olympics 201 - Belcher and Page win Gold in the Men's 470 class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:28 AM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
Light-air racing tests racers in unique ways as crucial fractions of a knot are earned and lost with micro adjustments in body position, sail trim and tactics. For the Gold-medal winning Australian Men’s 470 team of Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page, however, today was their opportunity to prove to the world that they are equally quick in the sticky, light stuff as they are in a proper Aussi ...

London Olympics 2012 - Overview of the day’s racing *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 9:41 AM Fri 10 Aug 2012 GMT
Today should be an interesting day of racing on the Nothe course (and possibly on the Portland Harbor course, as well) today, just off of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK. Two medal races and the Women’s Match Racing semifinals are all expected to unfurl today, provided that the wind gods cooperate and deliver the goods. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Perfidious Albion up close *Feature By Mark Chisnell, , 9:38 PM Thu 9 Aug 2012 GMT
The Nothe Course (aka Perfidious Albion) is the... ahem, difficult venue for the Olympic Medal Races, today I got to see it up close for the first time. The idea was to live blog the 470 Men's medal race from there, to add some live colour and atmosphere to the normal data-fed information. Unfortunately, this was the first day of the Olympics where the breeze failed to show and there was no racing ...

London Olympics 2012 - Australia looks to 2016 and beyond *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 1:13 PM Thu 9 Aug 2012 GMT
Yachting Australia High Performance Director Peter Conde heads up a very focused sailing program Mid-way through the 2012 Olympic regatta Australia have secured two gold medals and with at least a silver and with prospects of better yet to come. ...

London Olympics- That Finn Race - How the Bronze was Lost and Won *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Weymouth, England , 11:29 AM Thu 9 Aug 2012 GMT
The Medal Race for the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) was probably the most watched race in Olympic sailing history. A crowd estimated at over 30,000 were gathered on the Nothe, a natural horse-shoe shaped amphitheatre, just outside the seawall at Weymouth. ...

Sailing Shack – specialist sailing classifieds *Feature By Brendan Maxwell, 10:41 PM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Sometimes only the consumers can see the problem and the solution – in this case it’s for specialist sailing classifieds. ...

London Olympics 2012- Closing on gravy strokes - Thursday at Weymouth *Feature By Bob Fisher, 8:09 PM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
One of the most logical of all sailors has corresponded regarding the illogicality of the scoring system used at the Olympic regatta. He points out that, quite rightly, the ten-race system allows for one discard because the sailors' performances can best be measured on an average system. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Massive upsets in the Women’s Elliot 6M class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 7:03 PM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Big upsets defined the second day of the quarterfinals of the Women’s Match Racing event today at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK. Eight teams entered the quarterfinals, but only four teams are continuing on to the semi-finals. The winners of these next races will advance to Saturday’s medal race. ...

London Olympics 2012—Women’s 470 class medals partially determined *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 1:48 PM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Things got serious today in the Women’s 470 class today at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in here in Portland, UK, as the fleet completed its last non-medal race of this Olympiad. For the women who emerged from the salty spray of today’s battle in the top-ten, overall, the door to entry for Friday’s medal race has now opened, although Gold and Silver are all but determined ...

London 2012 Olympics 49ers – Aussies and Kiwis confirm domination *Feature By Rob Kothe & the, 1:19 PM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
With Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen having won Olympic Gold in the 49er class and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke Silver, conditional upon both teams starting in the medal race and making an effort to sail the course the pressure was completely off for the ANZAC teams today. ...

London Olympics 2012—49er fury at Weymouth *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 9:58 AM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Few Olympic classes have the ability to grab a viewer by the lapels and shake their imagination quite like the turbo-charged 49er. This high-performance skiff attracts sailors with lightning-fast reaction times and the ability to deal with closing speeds that are typically reserved for motor sports. And while today’s medal race is a dash for Bronze, expect to see some great skiff racing. ...

London Olympics 2012 - 470 Mens showdown *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 2:16 AM Wed 8 Aug 2012 GMT
Australia's 470 World Champions Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page and Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have cleared away from the rest of the London Olympic 2012 Men’s 470 fleet. ...

London Olympics 2012 Laser Radial – in the mixed zone *Feature By Rob Kothe and Jeraldine Murphy, 8:17 PM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
At the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, there was an impressive display from the Laser Radial sailor of the 2012 season, China’s Lijia Xu, who snagged the Gold Medal by winning the medal race. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist had a great season with three World Cup wins and now Olympic Gold. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing's last hurrah *Feature By Bob Fisher, 6:40 PM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
As the medal race of the Women's RS:X windsurfer was played out, the thoughts of many must have been with the competing women for whom this was a last hurrah in the five-ring circus. Those five competitors were probably cursing the idiocy of the ISAF Council that robbed them of the highest level participation for their sport. ...

London Olympics 2012— Marina Alabau Neira wins Gold in the Women’s RSX *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:37 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
A gathering breeze greeted the Women’s RS:X fleet, who had the historic honor of being the last class of windsurfers to compete in the Olympics, now that kiteboarding has been voted to replace the 'planks' (lighthearted speak referring to windsurfers) for the 2016 Games. Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira captured Gold, Finland’s Tuuli Petaja took Silver and Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka nabbed Bronze. ...

London Olympics 2012—Van Rijsselberge (NED) wins Gold in the Men’s RSX *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:32 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
The water was flat but the action was hot on the Nothe course today as the Men’s RS:X class put on their final Olympic performance. As earlier reported, Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) had already secured Gold prior to today’s medal race. Team Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey racked up an impressive Silver, while Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski rouded-out the podium with a well-earned Bronze. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Windsurfing’s final Olympic performance *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:16 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
For fans of Olympic windsurfing, today is the last dance. Come the Summer Olympics 2016, kiteborders will replace the 'planks' as the go-fast, pyrotechnic class, making today the final chance for windsurfers to earn their coveted medals. Here at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, situated in Portland, UK, these final hours have added an extra sense of urgency to the day’s racing. ...

Tom Slingsby – Gold at Last - What he said *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, 5:37 AM Tue 7 Aug 2012 GMT
Dockside yesterday before the medal ceremony the 27 year old Australian, five times Laser World Champion and now Olympic Gold medallist, talked about his success. ...

London Olympics 2012 - A tale of two Medal races *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:47 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
When the medal race was introduced at the Olympic Sailing Competition, the hope was that it would bring heart-stopping action for spectators. Yesterday it delivered plenty, with the Star and Finn. And today, we saw a couple more classic medal race stories play out in the two Laser classes. There was the all-but unassailable lead that dissolves into a match race at the back of the fleet. ...

Mauri Pro Sailing Point and Click - Part II *Feature By John Curnow, 5:09 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
In Part One of Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing, we saw how sailors all over the globe are turning to Juan Mauri and his team to assist them with anything and everything from a new furler to deck shoes. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Monday is washing day! *Feature By Bob Fisher, 3:57 PM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012 - Little was left to doubt in the Laser Radials before the medal race even started - there were only four women, all within a point, and well clear of the fleet, who could win the medals, effectively making the finishing order of the top three the medal winners. ...

London Olympics 2012— Slingsby captures a gold in the Laser class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 10:53 AM Mon 6 Aug 2012 GMT
Tom Slingsby (AUS) crossed the finishing line one position ahead of his only Gold-medal rival, Pavlos Kontides (CYP), to take home Gold. For Kontides, the disappointment of missing Gold was quickly usurped by the realization that he had won a proud Silver medal—the first Olympic medal that Cyprus has ever won in any Olympiad. Rasmus Myrgren (SWE) rounded out the podium with a Bronze. ...

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