The Aussie sailors are doing very well at this year's Olympics in Weymouth SW of London as reported in the Herald Sun. All the crew at TackTracker are very proud to have played a small part in helping to reinforce Australia's excellent reputation in sailing.Yesterday the match-racers Olivia Price and crew Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty have pretty much qualified, barring any unforeseen mishap, for the quarter-finals of the fleet race. Australia's desperate call for medals be they gold, silver or bronze should be well catered for in the days to come. Olivia, Nina and Lucinda have a perfect winning record of eight from eight races at Weymouth.
The Price, Curtis and Whitty crew beat the Dutch and Swedish Olympic crews to remain ahead of all sailing teams in the round-robin series. Spain's Tamara Echegoyen and Russia's Ekaterina Skudina are equal second with six points. Olivia Price has her 20th birthday tomorrow and hopes to celebrate with another win at Weymouth.
Tom Slingsby, the World No. 1, in the Lasers came from behind to record a ninth and second place in his two races, leaving him a point behind Cypriot Pavlos Kontides, who is on 14 points. Tom Slingsby ditched the ninth position he picked up in race 5 to add a second from race 6 to be just one point off the pace of a surprise rival in Pavlos. Slingsby said "Pavlos is taking more risks than me, but it's paying off for him." "I just have to hope he slips up. He's sailing really well at the moment. I just have to sail my way." TackTracker would love to see Slingsby add 2012 Olympic Gold to his bulging trophy cabinet.
Nathan Outteridge showed his sense of humour by wearing a green snorkel and goggles out to the start line as a joke about the previous day's capsize when he finished in the sea. He hoped it would help Iain Jensen and himself relax ahead of the race. It worked! Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen opened up a 13-point gap over New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke after claiming race 6 in the 49ers and finishing second in race 5.
Outteridge showed his experience being very cautious and as the Herald Sun reported saying: "All it takes is one bad day and you can lose 20 points very quickly." "At the moment things are going nicely but we're not going to get ahead of ourselves."
As the Herald Sun reported: in the Laser Radials Krystal Weir finished with a seventh and 35th place to remain 16th overall, while RS:X sailor Jessica Crisp is 14th overall.
Hot gold medal 470 favourites and defending their gold medal from Beijing, Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher with Victor Kovalenko as their coach officially race for the first time at Weymouth on Thursday. TackTracker will be eagerly watching this as another opportunity for sailing to dominate the medal winning efforts for Australia. The pair heads into the London 2012 Olympics as favourites, they've been undefeated this year, have won the last three 470 World Championships and have held the world number one ranking since the middle of 2010. Working alongside coach Victor Kovalenko the pair rose to the top of the class and has been there ever since.
From all at TackTracker, go AST!!!