August 10, 2012

Aussie Olympic Sailing

By Doug
Another reason to use the Aussies as sailing role models. In the women's match racing semifinals the conditions were light, so only one race was used to determine the winner who advances to the final. Australia was up against the current world champion Finland who led for the entire race. We pick them up on the final run close to the finish:

FIN ahead:

 On the line, FIN (with the blue bow) still ahead, but its spinnaker collapses:

AUS's spinnaker beats FIN's bow:

I'm reminded of the Thomas Jefferson quotation, "The harder I work, the luckier I get."


  1. Was it luck? Or did AUS manage to collapse FIN's spinnaker by positioning themselves to windward and creating a wind shadow? In other words was it superior tactics?

    By the way, I know you've spent a lot of time in Australia so I hope you will write a post about why you think Australia does so well in sailing at the Olympics.

    1. Great comment on the tactics. From the angle of the video, I thought that FIN had the separation to keep clear air, but then why did its spinnaker collapse?

      Brett Beyer has commented on Aussie sailing success.


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