London 2012 form guide: Women's Match Racing

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Anna Tunnicliffe's team stand out but there are six principle contenders
Download our form guide for the Women's Match Racing (see all our Olympic coverage here) A discipline making its first and last appearance at the Olympic Games at London 2012 is Women’s Match Racing. While an entirely unrelated discipline, this has effectively filled the slot left by the widely unpopular Yngling women’s keelboat that featured in the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games. For ticketed spectators watching the sailing in Weymouth, the Women’s Match Racing will be significant as, with the exception of medal race days, it will feature almost every day on the Nothe course. When Women’s Match Racing was ushered into the Olympic Games it was deemed essential that it be in ‘supplied equipment’. This represents a significant departure from most circuit match racing events where part of the skill is in being able to adapt to whatever boat the local organiser supplies - from modern purpose-built kit to the ancient IODs in Bermuda, the Bavarias at Match Race Germany to the DS37s in Scandinavia, etc. At an Olympic level this was rightly thought unlikely to work, so while the boats for the Olympics are ‘supplied equipment’, the type of boat was revealed early on as the Elliott 6, designed by Kiwi Greg Elliott (who also penned the supermaxi Maximus, was involved with the design of Mari Cha IV, etc). This allowed all the larger MNAs to buy their own boats to enable their crews to get up to speed for the Games. So for the teams, the scenario with the Elliott 6s at the Games is halfway between that of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, where competitors pitch up to sail different boats at each regatta and that of the America’s Cup where teams race their own highly tuned and refined boats. As a result, teams have been able