- 14 August 2009 | Windsurfing
The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games at their meeting in Berlin, Germany today. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) had made a request to keep the number of sailing events at 11, maintaining the Open Multihull event.
The IOC President Jacques Rogge wrote today to ISAF: "Whilst the IOC Executive Board fully recognises the value that Sailing brings to the Olympic Games, it decided to maintain its decision of 2005 regarding the overall quota of sailors and medals. As a consequence, Tornado Multihull shall not be on the programme of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London.
The decision to reduce the number of sailing events at the 2012 Games from 11 to 10 was previously made by the IOC Executive Board in 2005, based on the recommendation from the IOC Olympic Programme Commission. ISAF was one of 17 International Sports Federations who submitted a request to modify their events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These requests were analysed by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, which submitted its finding to the Executive Board.
At a press conference following today's Executive Board meeting, the IOC President said the main reason for not granting requests for additional events received by sports was because the Games has reached maximum capacity, "Most of the applications have been politely declined because all of the applications combined resulted in a potential accumulation of 720 athletes to the already 10,500 of Games. So we kindly said to the Federations, sorry but we cannot accommodate your request," Rogge said.
- 14 August 2009 | Windsurfing
Alaçati served up another day of strong Meltemi winds allowing two more rounds of high-octane slalom racing. The leaders maintained their supremacy, but the battle for the podium positions was intense.
The first race of the day, race seven, saw Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) finally notch up a well-deserved victory. His performance has been awe-inspiring all week, but he lacked that crucial bullet next to his name until this morning. At the close of today’s proceedings he moved up into second overall by a comfortable margin.
Maynard “Results only count at the end of the event. For me nothing is certain until the race director finally calls it off at the end of the contest. I have had some personal problems here but I am just trying to stay focused.”
Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) however recorded the lowest points score of the day with a first and a second, once again stating to the fleet why he is the world Champion.
Albeau “I am more relaxed than normal knowing I am already World Champion. It takes the pressure off, but still I want to win. I want everyone to know I am still here and fighting just as hard!”
- 13 August 2009 | Windsurfing
Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) continues to dominate the 2009 Pegasus PWA world Cup despite jumping the gun in race six. Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) holds firm in second with consistent sailing throughout, whilst Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) storms into the remaining podium position after a strong day on the water.
Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) looks ever more likely to take the PWA slalom crown as she finishes day three counting a clinical score of straight wins. Two more bullets were added to her tally after she delivered another dominating performance.
Valerie Ghibaudo: “I am very easy with my gear and I like these conditions. It’s not finished yet, but for the moment it is OK for me.”
Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) once again delivered a determined display of sailing, particularly in the second final. After a terrible start Karin fought her way back, finishing second after a tantalizing battle with Marta Hlavaty (Starboard/MauiSails).
Karin Jaggi: “I pressed my start watch two seconds late. I knew it at the time, but when it came to the start I forgot. It was super windy so everyone was really over powered and I just held on.”
Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish Sails) holds onto third place with a mixed bag of results. However a solid second place in race five proved she deserves to be on the podium, for both the event and the overall.
Sarah Herbert: “I have learned to tune my equipment really well and my speed is solid. Now I just need to be a bit more consistent.”
Lena Erdil (Starboard/The Loft) also raced fantastically today, showing moments of magic but failing to capitalize on a number of advantages. Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) proved her worth with a second position in race five, but finished down the pan in the final race. Still, her performance was enough to move her up into fourth place overall.