Another bullet for Ainslie
"The Chinese local forecast for today was 10-16 knots throughout the day with a peak at 3pm, but after the rain came through it killed all the rain and it just never got going again," recounted RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park.
In the light 1-4 knot conditions left the postponement flag flying across the race courses. After about two hours and with no sign of breeze, racing was abandoned on courses A (Laser Radials and 49ers) and B (RSXs) but as the committee boats on Courses C and D were preparing to abandon racing, so the offshore breeze picked up to around six knots and the Race Committee swiftly had windward-leeward and trapezoid courses set up.
Only the Finns and 470 men were able to get a race in. The RSXs went out but came straight back in again. The Ynglings did get away but the race was abandoned when the breeze ran out. The Tornados managed to finish a race, but the first finisher was six minutes outside of the maximum time allowance so this race has been canned. This was fortunate for the Austrian overall leaders Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinaucher , who had only managed a mid-fleet finish, while their nearest rivals French duo Xavier Revil and Christophe Espangon had finished first.
Sailors in the fleets which did race on courses C and D found themselves stuggling with the tide.
The Men’s 470 fleet were the first to get away, with the pin end favoured. The wind dropped off through the race, leaving a small leading pack ahead of the main fleet. Asian Sailing Champions and three-time Olympians Daeyoung Kim and Sungahn Jung from Korea used their experience to navigate their way up to second place overall. Overall leaders going into the race Americans Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl got caught up in a pile up at the downwind gate, as the weak breeze and strong current combined to compress the fleet into one mass at the starboard buoy. Already behind the leaders, McNay and Biehl emerged well down the fleet, and although their ultimate 17th finish instantly became their discard, they still lose their top spot on the leaderboard and fall to fourth overall.
Taking over at the top of the 470 Men's leaderboard are Skandia Team GBR's Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield, helped by their fourth place but also by being able to discard their black flag result from race three. They now lead by 15 points. The fight for second is close with French duo Nicolas Charbonnier and Olivier Bausset just one point behind the Koreans and one ahead of the Americans.
In the Finn class, Ben Ainslie has scored his fourth bullet out of five races and now the discard have kicked in he discards a second! As ever Ainslie is dominating the class leading on four points to second placed Greek Emilios Papathanasiou's and Jonas Hogh-Christensen's 15.
Right from the gun Ainslie was off and ahead down the middle of the course and he rounded the top mark with a 20 second lead over the Danish World Champion Hoegh-Christensen.
So why is Ainslie doing so well here? "I don't know," says the Athens Gold medallist. "I would like to say it's practice and preparation, but it's not really in this case. I think it's experience in racing. But the conditions so far are being good to me.'"
Wind prospects are not looking a whole lot better for the rest of the regatta. According to Skandia Team GBR meteorologist Fiona Campbell conditions over the next three days will be for light winds or no wind and this will certainly meaning racing all the way up to and including reserve day on 29 August.
Today the organised announced that on the final day there will be two medal race courses rather than just one. In addition to this they are doubling up some classes by sailing trapezoids. "That is a big change on the basis that all of the medal races sailed to date have all been using windward-leewards," says Stephen Park. "It's is because they don’t think they’ll get the races in otherwise. If they sail trapezoids they can sail men and women 470s and men and women Lasers at the same time on two courses, one on the outer loop, one on the inner loop. The problem is that if they don't do that they just won’t have a likely wind window that will last long enough to get that all in, certainly not on one course."
Alpha course one of the medal courses will be located so that it is just off the breakwater allowing spectators a bird's eye of what is going on.
As it is it looks like it will be a struggle to get all the racing in. While little wind is being forecast this doesn't mean it won't materialise. "It is a very difficult venue to forecast," admits Park. "The locals have got quite advanced weather models and plenty of information and they are struggling. And from the information we have got from the meteorologists from other countries - everyone seems to be finding it quite difficult."
|1||Nick ROGERS||Joe GLANFIELD||GBR 817||4||1||(BFD)||3||4||55||12|
|2||Daeyoung KIM||Sungahn JUNG||KOR 81||-28||4||5||17||1||55||27|
|3||Nicolas CHARBONNIER||Olivier BAUSSET||FRA 7||8||11||2||-14||7||42||28|
|4||Stuart MCNAY||Graham BIEHL||USA 1713||2||9||13||5||-17||46||29|
|5||Pavle KOSTOV||Petar CUPAC||CRO 111||11||-26||7||11||2||57||31|
|6||Francisco SANCHEZ||Alejandro RAMOS||ESP 1||9||2||12||13||-25||61||36|
|7||Nic ASHER||Elliot WILLIS||GBR 828||-16||5||15||16||6||58||42|
|8||Gideon KLIGER||Ehud (UDI) GAL||ISR 7||1||6||14||(BFD)||22||86||43|
|9||Enrico FONDA||Marco GUERRA||ITA 7||19||19||6||4||-37||85||48|
|10||Geoffrey WOOLLEY||Mark OVERINGTON||NZL 198||14||10||-31||18||9||82||51|
|11||Kazuto SEKI||Shoichi YANAGAWA||JPN 4181||21||15||3||(BFD)||15||97||54|
|12||Ante CESIC||Ante KUJUNDZIC||CRO 69||15||24||8||(BFD)||8||98||55|
|13||Yuan Zhen XU||Terence KOH||SIN 7||17||14||23||(BFD)||3||100||57|
|14||Matthias SCHMID||Florian REICHSTADTER||AUT 3||22||20||4||12||-39||97||58|
|15||Benjamin BONNAUD||Romain BONNAUD||FRA 11||-35||23||1||2||33||94||59|
|16||Tetsuya MATSUNAGA||Taro UENO||JPN 4207||24||7||9||20||-34||94||60|
|17||Tomaz COPI||Aljaz JADEK||SLO 141||5||31||17||8||-32||93||61|
|18||Mathew BELCHER||Nick BEHRENS||AUS 361||7||16||22||(BFD)||20||108||65|
|19||Michael ANDERSON-MITTERLING||David HUGHES||USA 1734||12||8||(BFD)||10||36||109||66|
|20||Tobias ETTER||Felix STEIGER||SUI 51||23||12||21||(BFD)||10||109||66|
|21||Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS||Andreas PAPADOPOULOS||GRE 131||20||18||18||(BFD)||13||112||69|
|22||Gerald OWENS||Hunt SAM||IRL 77||-32||27||10||21||12||102||70|
|23||Javier CONTE||Juan DE LA FUENTE||ARG 70||3||35||(BFD)||19||14||114||71|
|24||Stephane LOCAS||Oliver BONE||CAN 606||-25||21||16||15||21||98||73|
|25||Karlo HMELJAK||Luka VERZEL||SLO 16||-39||32||20||6||16||113||74|
|26||Roy Junhao TAY||Pei Ming CHUNG||SIN 6||31||-40||27||1||19||118||78|
|27||Feng ZHEN||Zhiqiang FU||CHN 428||13||17||-35||22||29||116||81|
|28||Ronan DREANO||Ronan FLOCH||FRA 24||18||34||(BFD)||7||24||126||83|
|29||Farokh TARAPORE||Vikas KAPILA||IND 17||(OCS)||3||28||27||26||127||84|
|30||Stephen KEEN||Philip KEEN||NZL 201||26||13||36||9||(OCS)||127||84|
|31||Hechi CHEN||Yongdong ZHANG||CHN 543||6||29||32||(BFD)||23||133||90|
|32||Nathan WILMOT||Malcolm PAGE||AUS 311||10||22||(BFD)||BFD||18||136||93|
|33||Weidong WANG||Daokun DENG||CHN 60||33||25||25||(BFD)||11||137||94|
|34||Panagiotis KAMBOURIDIS||Gerasimos OROLOGAS||GRE 165||36||30||11||(BFD)||28||148||105|
|35||Cheul YOON||Hyeongtae KIM||KOR 83||30||-36||24||28||27||145||109|
|36||Dmitriy BEREZKIN||Alexandr ZYBIN||RUS 4||29||33||26||24||-35||147||112|
|37||Vitaliy MOSHKOVSKYY||Yaroslav TALABUYEV||UKR 71||27||38||19||(BFD)||31||158||115|
|38||Gabrio ZANDONA'||Andrea TRANI||ITA 2||(DSQ)||39||29||BFD||5||159||116|
|39||Dylan CLARKE||Ayden MENZIES||AUS 359||34||28||(BFD)||25||30||160||117|
|40||Aung Myin THU||Sai Pyae Song HEIN||MYA 1||38||37||33||23||(DNF)||174||131|
|41||Pushparajan MUTTU||Nijeesh BHASKARAN||IND 18||37||42||34||26||(DNF)||182||139|
|42||Alberto GONZALEZ||Diego GONZALEZ||CHI 1101||40||41||30||(BFD)||38|
|1||Ben AINSLIE||GBR 3||1||-2||1||1||1||6||4|
|2||Emilios PAPATHANASIOU||GRE 7||2||1||(DNF)||9||3||34||15|
|3||Jonas HOGH-CHRISTENSEN||DEN 2||-16||3||6||4||2||31||15|
|4||Johan TILLANDER||SWE 736||7||4||-10||3||4||28||18|
|5||Dan SLATER||NZL 1||6||8||(OCS)||2||6||41||22|
|6||Zachary RAILEY||USA 4||-14||5||4||6||9||38||24|
|7||Gasper VINCEC||SLO 5||4||7||5||10||-16||42||26|
|8||Giorgio POGGI||ITA 117||9||6||8||-14||5||42||28|
|9||Thomas LAURSEN||DEN 7||5||10||9||5||-15||44||29|
|10||Ed WRIGHT||GBR 111||12||9||2||(OCS)||8||50||31|
|11||Rafael TRUJILLO||ESP 100||-15||12||3||8||12||50||35|
|12||Hongquan LI||CHN 43||3||11||15||7||-18||54||36|
|13||Brendan CASEY||AUS 188||10||-14||7||12||10||53||39|
|14||Darrell PECK||USA 81||-17||15||14||11||7||64||47|
|15||Waclaw SZUKIEL||POL 12||11||-16||12||16||11||66||50|
|16||Peng ZHANG||CHN 188||8||-17||11||17||17||70||53|
|17||Lei GONG||CHN 319||13||(DNF)||13||13||14||72||53|
|18||Tapio NIRKKO||FIN 216||18||13||(OCS)||15||13||78||59|