49ers at the Olympics
The 2008 Olympics has almost come to an end and some of the toughest conditions for any of the Olympic athletes was arguably experienced by those 20 sailors in the 49er medal race.
With winds in excess of 20knots and huge waves it was almost impossible conditions for any dinghy to race in, never mind the 49er which is designed to sail at the limit all the time, even in ideal conditions!
Watch race footage on YouTube
Our congratulations go to all the 49er teams but in particular to the medal winners. Jonas and Martin who won Gold for Denmark had thought they had done all the hard work in the races leading up to the medal race. However, they needed one more heroic effort to secure the Gold. Breaking their mast just before the race they managed to return to shore and borrow the Croatian 49er to join the medal race with 4 seconds before the cutt-off. They then had to sail in an unfamiliar boat in the horrendous conditions but hung on to finish the race and take the Gold even despite a protest against them.
The Spanish team of Iker and Xabier complimented their Gold from Athens with a Silver this time around, while the Peckolt brothers took Bronze, most deserving for a team that has showed so much promise.
We also watched our training partners, Akira and Macky from Japan. Finishing in 12th position they secured some great results during the regatta including several top 10 and a 3rd. A great performance from a team that never stopped improving even till their last race.
49ers at the Olympics
Friday, 22 August 2008