06 August 2012

Mainly boats

A weekend in Weymouth without a sniff of Portland, Lodmoor or Radipole.

The most decorated sailor in Olympics history. Ben Ainslie celebrating his fourth gold following a nervy tussle with Jonas Hogh-Christensen and Pieter-Jan Postma.  Jonathan Lobert won the final race and grabbed overall bronze as Postma's challenge imploded on the last upwind leg.  Hogh-Christensen had been Ainslie's primary concern but it was Postma who almost snatched gold until he collided with Dan Slater, was forced to take a penalty turn, and slid from potential gold to overall fourth.

The Star fleet and an unfeasibly large Union Jack. At this point Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were keeping pace with Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen whilst their nearest rivals, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, were some way back. Unfortunately, the GB pair lost out at the death as Loof and Salminen took first, and a light, shifty wind did for the GB boat in the last few metres.

Silver medalists Percy and Simpson, taking the applause of the adoring hordes on the Nothe.  In non-sailing news, during the race two Mediterranean Gulls (one adult, one second-summer) headed west towards Ferrybridge.

The women's 470 fleet. Cardiff-born Hannah Mills and partner Saskia Clark are just out of shot.  They finished sixth in this, the sixth, race but lead the overall standings.

Gwent Birding, precious little birding, bugger all Gwenting.

PS. Click on the images for larger versions,... if you wanna. 

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