Dorian Van Rijsselberge wins gold with two races to spare

Extraordinary performance from the Dutch RS:X sailor at London 2012

Sunday August 5th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

49er

In the 49er it is safe to say the medals are firming up, despite having two more full fleet races to sail on Monday before Wednesday’s medal race.

Aussie favourites Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are now in their stride. They posted two bullets today, their third and fourth after 13 races. They now lead by 20 points over their Kiwi training partners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who are in turn a massive 26 points ahead of third place.

The good news is that holding the bronze slot at present are Brits Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who posted an okayish 13-3 today. The bad news is that they have a powerful posse breathing down their next. For example the strong French team of Manu Dyen and Stéphane Christidis are four points behind them in fifth.

According to Outteridge he accidentally deleted the weather files from his phone before racing today, but the conditions were mainly determined by a big cloud hovering over Portland. “What was happening was that the wind was on the edge of the cloud and if you went under it there was no wind and if you went too far there was no wind so we were just trying to keep in that little band of pressure and obviously it worked.”

In terms of how they got ahead, it was similar in both races: “Mostly it happened out of the start in the first couple of minutes. We were thinking it was going to be mostly be a left hand track but we got dealt a few bad cards and had to flop on to port and each time we can out we were on a lift and quite a bit of pressure and I think, because it was light, the convergence of the fleet meant that people weren’t sailing as fast as they should have been.

“We just got out and we hipped up on everyone and by that moment we were a bit closer to the cloud line where there was a bit more wind and we were able to have a controlling position on the fleet from there. A little bit happened at the top but we were ahead of the main pack.

“It was the exact same thing in both races. We got a lane and then we’d come back and again we were really close to the Kiwis in the both races.”

Results:

Pos Nat Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Tot Net
1 AUS Nathan Outteridge Iain Jensen 8 1 2 4 2 1 -10 6 9 5 4 1 1 54 44
2 NZL Peter Burling Blair Tuke 9 7 1 7 3 5 9 11 7 2 1 2 -15 79 64
3 GBR Stephen Morrison Ben Rhodes 12 12 3 18 4 2 1 1 17 4 -20 13 3 110 90
4 POR Bernardo Freitas Francisco Rebello De ANDRADE 7 2 10 9 10 6 -13 5 8 12 9 10 5 106 93
5 FRA Manu Dyen Stéphane Christidis 1 9 9 12 1 10 12 13 10 -21 2 5 10 115 94
6 FIN Lauri Lehtinen Kalle Bask -19 18 4 11 6 8 2 2 1 11 3 11 19 115 96
7 DEN Allan Norregaard Peter Lang 2 4 14 6 -16 15 5 7 13 6 16 4 4 112 96
8 AUT Nico Delle - Karth Nikolaus Resch 10 15 6 5 5 16 4 -19 4 9 6 17 11 127 108
9 SWE Jonas von Geijer Niclas Düring 5 3 12 8 17 4 14 3 16 8 -19 6 18 133 114
10 IRL Ryan Seaton matthew mcgovern 4 8 15 2 12 -19 11 9 14 7 15 7 13 136 117
11 POL lukasz Przybytek Pawel Kolodzinski 11 14 11 13 8 3 -15 10 5 13 11 12 7 133 118
12 ESP Iker Martinez de Lizarduy Xabier Fernandez Gaztañaga 15 6 7 3 14 -18 3 15 12 14 8 14 8 137 119
13 GER Tobias Schadewaldt Hannes Baumann 17 5 -20 19 15 9 7 14 3 1 10 9 12 141 121
14 ITA Giuseppe Angilella Gianfranco Sibello 14 11 13 10 11 7 8 12 15 3 13 -18 9 144 126
15 USA Erik Storck Trevor Moore 6 10 16 1 7 13 -20 18 2 17 5 20 17 152 132
16 CAN Gordon Cook Hunter Lowden 3 16 5 17 9 17 16 8 11 16 7 8 -20 153 133
17 CRO Pavle Kostov Petar Cupac 13 17 8 15 13 14 17 4 -19 15 17 3 14 169 150
18 BER Jesse Kirkland Alexander Kirkland -21 19 18 21 21 12 6 21 6 10 12 19 2 188 167
19 JPN Yukio Makino Kenji Takahashi 16 13 17 14 -18 11 18 16 18 18 14 15 6 194 176
20 GRE Dionisis Dimou Michalis Pateniotis 18 -20 19 16 19 20 19 17 20 19 18 16 16 237 217

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