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    Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 12:34pm

For what is worth.....

49ers.  Looks like they've blown it.  Unless the teams in front of them have a day like they did yesterday then they are too far out of contention.  Having to count 2 14ths is gonna hurt even if they won the medal race (assuming they qual)

Finn.  You really wouldn't bet against Ben would you?  With the lead he and Zach have at this point, and Ben's match racing skills it looks like the new format is a BENifit to Ainsle (see what I did there?)

RSx Men.  Nicks gotta be looking at a medal but the Israeli sailor is well out in front and looking unstoppable.  Guess its gonna be Nick Ayton then....silly boy!

RSx Women  The Chinese girl is on fire.  Gotta be the safest position of any sailor at the moment.  Byrony looks like she's in with a shout for a medal.  Like Nick she's gonna need to turn it on in the medal race.

Yngling.   Wow who saw the dutch coming?  A good position for the girls though  very consistent, if they sail a shocker from now on they count a 7, if the dutch sail another shocker it's a 13.  Thats a nice feeling! They are showing their experience and staying cool.  Could make for an interesting last normal race if they still haven't sailed worse than 7.  Sail the dutch to the back sew up the event and go for a no pressure cruise in the Medal race. 

470 Men.  Well after a poor 1st race normal service has resumed, only problem being of course there's not a lot of room for any more mistakes.  thats a lot of pressure to handle for a whole series. One more shocker could be the difference between a hunting for a gold and not making the medal race......

Laser men.  Paul the example set by the 470 boys was not one to follow....see above.

Laser women. Ditto.

470 women.  Alright enough now folks just cause Ben does it doesn't mean it's clever!! outside chance of a medal.

Of course it the lottery world of Qingdo (Jim your wrong it is a S**te venue and should never have been allowed to host an Olympic regatta) anything could happen in the next 5 days!!

I might be sailing it, but it's still sh**e!
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Have to agree about the venue! good sum up really Tack'ho  Whats going on with the 9er boys, good start but peaked to soon me thinks!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender 541 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 1:01pm

Have to agree with most of that

I don't think Ben has it all done and dusted though - a couple of bad results and its all open again

Yngling - I think they will do it despite the Dutch

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 1:20pm

Fair review but I suspect given the conditions nothing is in the bag until it's over ... very unpredictable venue as expected.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote kanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 1:55pm
i think the 9er boys will pull it back together, there's such a long way to go and like they unfortunatly proved yesterday, it can happen to anyone - its too hard to predict still.
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Remember the 9ers have 15 races- 4 more than everyone else.....
Do they get an extra discard?
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49ers only get one discard too aparently:

http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/08_OG_SailingInstruct ions-[5934].pdf

thought they got two last time, oh well, better start winning some races then

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 3:36pm

cant seem to follow the link, but the fleets only get one discard??  even if all races are completed?  I thought it would have been two discards for that many races?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote kanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 3:55pm
nah, but thank god they didnt go for the no-discard series as first planned, for these games !!!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote getafix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 4:43pm
heard the dutch yngling crew only raced together for the first time at the Olympics itself - talk about an interesting selection policy!.... still doesn't seem to have hurt their performances so far.

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