Skandia Sail for Gold - Videos of a windy week in Weymouth

For many sailors this was their first look at the Olympic venue for Weymouth 2012, and what a week it was. The first four days were full-on hardcore high-wind races. And then the Medal Race day went out with a whimper, testing a whole different range of skills.

SailJuice partnered up with Sailing Talk podcaster Justin Chisholm of OffshoreRules.com to record some of the action and interviews with the Olympic stars who had flown in from round the world.

Here's a selection of stuff from a windy week in Weymouth...


49ers - how to bear away (and not bear away) in the breeze...





Some gentler-paced sailing from the Star fleet...




Tom Slingsby banishes the ghost of Olympics past to re-assert his windy-weather dominance in the Laser....




Sari Multala won the Laser Radial Worlds a few weeks ago in windy Japan, and now Finland's finest has also beaten the Radial fleet in Weymouth at Skandia Sail for Gold...




After a two-year break from racing, Lisa Westerhof returned to 470 sailing this year to win the World Championship with new crew Lobke Berkhout (Olympic silver medallist and already a three-time Worlds winner with Marcelien de Koning)...




Sven & Kalle Koster are one of the most accomplished teams on the Men's 470 circuit. The Dutch brothers narrowly missed a medal in a tense showdown in Qingdao last year but, coached by their father, they aim to put that right in Weymouth 2012...




Phil Sparks & Chris Grube are a new partnership in the 470.
They may only have finished half way in the silver fleet but you read it here first: these two are a team to watch in the coming years. This was their first time racing together and Sparks's first 470 event. Just two years ago he was winning Optimist championships, then he switched to the 420 and won the ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil earlier this year. Now, still only 16 years old, he's made the change to senior-level Olympic racing...




Pom Green talks about a difficult day in the 470, when he and helmsman Nick Rogers got holed by the Australian boat of Matt Belcher and Malcolm Page. Luckily Pom's a boatbuilder, and he has a hi-tech solution to fixing the hole midway through the regatta...












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