Four young New Zealanders have just begun racing at the 2012 420 Open and Ladies World Championships- joining nearly four hundred sailors from 28 nations. Read this report from Team Leader Rob Burn.
We're now three days into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition and it was as as tricky as could be with the full works of weather conditions experienced- yet the Kiwis made gains.Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, sailing the 49er high performance skiff, opened the day with a race win, clocking boat speeds of up to 20kn downwind.
New Zealand’s Olympic Sailors fared well on day two of the Olympic Sailing Competition in Weymouth as both Dan Slater in the Finn, and Hamish Pepper with Jim Turner in the Star won a race each.
“It was nice to get away out of the blocks and be able to sail my own race where as yesterday I got sort of got trapped at the start and forced to do things” said Dan Slater after racing.
Kiwis competing at the Sailing event of the London 2012 Olympic Games made a solid start in near perfect sailing conditions off the shores of Weymouth.
Winds of 12-18kn saw Finn sailor Dan Slater finish his first two races in seventh and eleventh place, leaving him in seventh place overall at the end of day one in this extremely competitive fleet of 24 boats.
“I’m sailing quite well but it’s just that 300m of off the start I have to sort. I couldn’t quite get out to sail where I wanted to go” Dan said after racing.
New Zealand's Olympic Sailors are ready to start racing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The first practice races have been completed off the shores of Weymouth on England’s South West Coast, and the first of the fifteen New Zealanders at this event will start racing at mid day Sunday July 29th (11:00pm Sunday night NZT) .
In the final stages of their preparation for the 2012 Olympics to begin this weekend, the NZ Olympic Sailing Team is getting an edge through the use of new rugged Panasonic technology.
“As sailing coaches we are always fighting the elements, with good effective equipment the athletes are the winners” said Mark Howard, coach of Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch.
“This will make a difference to the quality of information that we are able to deliver to the sailors and enhance our on the water outcomes.”
Here is a selection of great videos and websites for coaches to reference. Not only are they useful, but some are just down right cool.
Here is a selection of great quotes from coaches I found in the News this month.
From Duncan Laing about double gold medallist Danyon loader:
"Beneath the laid-back exterior is a steely determination. He does not speak of it, he just does it."
This gives a great insight into what it takes to be a champion, determination and actions, not words.
Story from NZ herald click here for more
Tim Coltman, James de Lisle and Adam Middleton have won the 2012 Governors Cup, a youth match racing event at California's Balboa Yacht Club. Twelve teams from four nations competed, but the RPNYC Crew reigned supreme.
The ISAF Youth Worlds came to an end on July 21st in Dublin, Ireland. “This year was an exceptionally tough and trying event and all the sailors did well to stay focused right to the very end” said lead coach Ian Neely. “The team really finished off the last race of the regatta strongly.”