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Race wins for NZ Olympic Finn and Star

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.

Olympic Sailing Underway

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.

Panasonic technology gives NZ Olympic Sailors an edge

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.”

Quotes from Coaches

 

 

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

 

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