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    Posted: 06 Aug 12 at 9:15am
It's time to start a campaign to scrap that nothe course. 

The needs of the live spectators are destroying the integrity of the competition. 

Percy and Simpson were robbed and Ainslie was lucky Postma stumbled at the final hurdle..

Whilst the masses may be entertained by the place changing of a lottery race in fickle winds it certainly isn't pleasing to watch for anyone who knows anything about sailing. Excruciatingly nail biting maybe but certainly not pleasing. 

These athletes and support staff have given years of their lives to the pursuit of gold and the Olympic organisers owe them the fairest and most level playing field they can provide.

Not some horror show for the delight of the crowd. 

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Couldn't agree more. I can see no reason why the entertainment of a couple of thousand spectators should be put ahead of what is supposed to be the pinnacle of competitive dinghy sailing. Once again the 'old farts' in the IOC & ISAF are letting the competitors down.
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Agreed; does any other sport make a non-sense of their events in this way?
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Just looked at the mark placings; on one beat Anslie went from 2nd to 9th ... and slater from 9th to 2nd ... those kind of changes just don't happen at that level unless the wind is wacky.
 
They binned off a 470W race yesterday which looked far more stable than that ...
 
Please don't make a lottery of our sport.
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Just to be clear!  Most of the competitors expressed their doubts with regard to the wisdom of using the Nothe course at all for the reasons you have all mentioned.  As we all know ISAF knows best!!!
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Originally posted by L192444

Just looked at the mark placings; on one beat Anslie went from 2nd to 9th ... and slater from 9th to 2nd ... those kind of changes just don't happen at that level unless the wind is wacky.
 
They binned off a 470W race yesterday which looked far more stable than that ...
 
Please don't make a lottery of our sport.


Ainslie was matching Jonas which was why he dropped down the leaderboard.... With everyone covering each other you can expect a lot of place changes.
Needs to sail more...
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Pretty sure Ainslie even criticised it post-race yesterday? In Athletics and Track Cycling, the tracks and stadiums have been carefully engineered to be as fast and fair as possible- the partial roof of the Olympic Stadium for example is designed to try to reduce the swirling winds that oft plague such venues. Whilst with sailing, they've gone out of their way to produce a course that's slow and random.
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This is what others are making of it ....
 
 
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Originally posted by rodney

Just to be clear!  Most of the competitors expressed their doubts with regard to the wisdom of using the Nothe course at all for the reasons you have all mentioned.  As we all know ISAF knows best!!!
 
Well it's time to stop this now and run some better racing ... it may have been a "good idea" at the time but the way this is unfolding as as per expectation of the sailors ... lets not make the sport look any more daft ...
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Originally posted by tgruitt

Originally posted by L192444

Just looked at the mark placings; on one beat Anslie went from 2nd to 9th ... and slater from 9th to 2nd ... those kind of changes just don't happen at that level unless the wind is wacky.
 
They binned off a 470W race yesterday which looked far more stable than that ...
 
Please don't make a lottery of our sport.


Ainslie was matching Jonas which was why he dropped down the leaderboard.... With everyone covering each other you can expect a lot of place changes.
Were we watching the same race ... looked like a loose cover to me with a big windshift and pressure change ... benefiting the other side of the course.
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