August 04, 2012

Olympic Sailing - Day 6 - Video Observations

By Doug
It's always interesting to see how much support a sailor gets. At the Open Worlds in Cancun, a Polish sailor apparently arrived without the proper equipment and was helped by the other competitors. At the other end of the scale is CRO at the Olympics in the Finns. He has his own personal trainer. And chef. And psychologist.

Laser race 7: most of the fleet pulled the trigger early and was over early. No sag. General recall:

Under a black flag, only CHI was over early for the second start:

On-board camera of defending Olympic champion Paul Goodison:

Series leader CYP with similar form:

Approaching the first mark... but watch out!

What a mess... GBR, AUS, and CYP all had to do 360's:

Coverage was spotty, here are the sailors in the teens at the next windward mark:

ARG with a big lead:

Final bottom mark, FRA after a fantastic run, but is rolled by ARG on the final reach:

Lasers race 8: big gap in the coverage, top mark with SIN leading and AUS right behind:

 SIN chooses to goes low through the pack, AUS takes the lead by sailing high:

Right behind... is that someone kicking the mark away?

The rest of the fleet:

Top of second beat:

Final run, AUS carving with SIN close behind. Isn't is amazing how important the first windward leg is! SIN is in 23rd place overall, yet had the speed to stay with Tom Slingsby to finish 2nd:

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