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Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Finn

The Finn was a sailing event on the Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics program in Qingdao International Sailing Centre.[2] Eleven races (the last one a medal race) were scheduled. Only nine races were completed, including the medal race, due to lack of wind. 26 sailors, on 26 boats, from 26 nations competed.[3] Ten boats qualified for the medal race.[4]

Mixed Finn[1]
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Finn dinghy.svg
Line drawing of the Finn
VenueQingdao International Sailing Centre
DatesFirst race: August 9, 2008 (2008-08-09)
Last race: August 16, 2008 (2008-08-16)
Competitors26 from 26 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ben Ainslie  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Zach Railey  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Guillaume Florent  France
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Contents

Race scheduleEdit

 ●  Practice race  ●  Race on Yellow  ●  Race on Pink  ●  Medal race on Yellow
Date August
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
18
Mon
19
Tue
20
Wed
21
Thu
22
Fri
23
Sat
24
Sun
Mixed Finn 2 2 2 Spare
day
1 No
wind
1 No
wind

[1][5]

Course areas and course configurationsEdit

For the Finn course areas A (Yellow) and E (Pink) were used. The location (36°2'23"N, 120°23'12"E) points to the center of the 0.6 nm radius Yellow course area and the location (36°2'44"N, 120°28'9"E) points to the center of the 0.75 nm radius Pink course area. The target time for the course was about 75 minutes for the races and 30 minutes for the medal race. The race management could choose from several course configurations.[6]

Outer coursesEdit

  • O1: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • O2: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • O3: START – 1 – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3s/3p – 2 – 3p – FINISH

Inner coursesEdit

  • I1: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • I2: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH
  • I3: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 2 – 3p – FINISH

Windward-leeward coursesEdit

  • W2: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH
  • W3: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH
  • W4: START – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – 4s/4p – 1 – FINISH

Weather conditionsEdit

In the leadup to the Olympics many questioned the choice of Qingdao as a venue with very little predicted wind. During the races the wind was pretty light and quite unpredictable. Due to lack of wind (< 1.6 knots) one racing day had to be cancelled and the medal race needed to be postponed to the next day.[7]

Final results[8][9]Edit

Rank Country Helmsman Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Medalrace Total Total

discard
Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts. Pos. Pts.
    Great Britain Ben Ainslie   10 10.0 1 1.0 4 4.0 1 1.0 1 1.0 10 10.0 2 2.0 2 2.0 1 2.0 33.0 23.0
    United States Zach Railey   2 2.0 5 5.0 2 2.0 2 2.0 7 7.0 8 8.0 7 7.0 19 19.0 6 12.0 64.0 45.0
    France Guillaume Florent   5 5.0 8 8.0 20 20.0 3 3.0 4 4.0 6 6.0 4 4.0 21 21.0 4 8.0 79.0 58.0
4   Sweden Daniel Birgmark   14 14.0 17 17.0 1 1.0 6 6.0 12 12.0 3 3.0 3 3.0 5 5.0 7 14.0 75.0 58.0
5   Canada Christopher Cook   8 8.0 3 3.0 7 7.0 10 10.0 23 23.0 5 5.0 15 15.0 3 3.0 8 16.0 90.0 67.0
6   Denmark Jonas Høgh-Christensen   16 16.0 6 6.0 12 12.0 16 16.0 25 25.0 4 4.0 5 5.0 7 7.0 2 4.0 95.0 70.0
7   Slovenia Gašper Vinčec   9 9.0 11 11.0 6 6.0 5 5.0 3 3.0 13 13.0 8 8.0 10 10.0 10 20.0 85.0 72.0
8   Croatia Ivan Kljaković-Gašpić   7 7.0 10 10.0 10 10.0 8 8.0 16 16.0 9 9.0 1 1.0 13 13.0 9 18.0 92.0 76.0
9   Spain Rafa Trujillo   12 12.0 4 4.0 3 3.0 14 14.0 20 20.0 20 20.0 OCS 27.0 1 1.0 3 6.0 107.0 80.0
10   Poland Rafal Szukiel   3 3.0 2 2.0 19 19.0 12 12.0 10 10.0 14 14.0 22 22.0 12 12.0 5 10.0 104.0 82.0
11   Italy Giorgio Poggi   17 17.0 7 7.0 14 14.0 21 21.0 6 6.0 12 12.0 9 9.0 9 9.0 - - 95.0 74.0
12   New Zealand Dan Slater   21 21.0 19 19.0 18 18.0 4 4.0 9 9.0 7 7.0 13 13.0 6 6.0 - - 97.0 76.0
13   Brazil Eduardo Couto   6 6.0 16 16.0 DNF 27.0 7 7.0 2 2.0 17 17.0 14 14.0 OCS 27.0 - - 116.0 89.0
14   Netherlands Pieter-Jan Postma   19 19.0 15 15.0 16 16.0 22 22.0 15 15.0 2 2.0 10 10.0 16 16.0 - - 115.0 93.0
15   Greece Emilios Papathanasiou   1 1.0 DNF 27.0 5 5.0 DNE 27.0 18 18.0 15 15.0 DNE 27.0 8 8.0 - - 128.0 101.0
16   Australia Anthony Nossiter   11 11.0 22 22.0 8 8.0 17 17.0 13 13.0 21 21.0 11 11.0 20 20.0 - - 123.0 101.0
17   Russia Eduard Skornyakov   24 24.0 20 20.0 17 17.0 13 13.0 8 8.0 18 18.0 12 12.0 14 14.0 - - 126.0 102.0
18   Finland Tapio Nirkko   18 18.0 9 9.0 9 9.0 9 9.0 19 19.0 22 22.0 16 16.0 22 22.0 - - 124.0 102.0
19   Norway Peer Moberg   23 23.0 DSQ 27.0 11 11.0 19 19.0 22 22.0 1 1.0 DSQ 27.0 4 4.0 - - 134.0 107.0
20   Turkey Ali Kemal Tüfekçi   20 20.0 21 21.0 13 13.0 18 18.0 14 14.0 19 19.0 6 6.0 17 17.0 - - 128.0 107.0
21   Ireland Tim Goodbody   22 22.0 13 13.0 15 15.0 15 15.0 17 17.0 16 16.0 21 21.0 15 15.0 - - 134.0 112.0
22   Cyprus Haris Papadopoulos   13 13.0 18 18.0 21 21.0 11 11.0 24 24.0 11 11.0 17 17.0 OCS 27.0 - - 142.0 115.0
23   India Nachhatar Singh Johal   4 4.0 24 24.0 23 23.0 24 24.0 11 11.0 24 24.0 18 18.0 24 24.0 - - 152.0 128.0
24   China Zhang Peng   25 25.0 23 23.0 24 24.0 20 20.0 5 5.0 26 26.0 23 23.0 11 11.0 - - 157.0 131.0
25   Czech Republic Michael Maier   15 15.0 14 14.0 22 22.0 25 25.0 21 21.0 23 23.0 19 19.0 23 23.0 - - 162.0 137.0
26   Venezuela Johnny Senen Bilbao Bande   26 26.0 12 12.0 25 25.0 23 23.0 26 26.0 25 25.0 20 20.0 18 18.0 - - 175.0 149.0

Legend:      – Qualified for next phase; DNE – Non excludable disqualification; DNF – Did not finish; DSQ – Disqualified; OCSOn the course side of the starting line;
Discard is crossed out and does not count for the overall result.

Gender:   – male;   – female;


Daily standingsEdit

 
Graph showing the daily standings in the Finn during the 2008 Summer Olympics

Further readingEdit

  • "Digital Library Collection (Official Olympic Reports 1896 - 2008)". Digital Library Collection at la84.org. la84foundation. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  • "Beijing 2008". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume II Ceremonies and Competitions: Celebration of the Games (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  2. ^ Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume I Bid Documents and Analysis: Passion behind the Bid (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ The 2008 Olympic scoring system was used.
  4. ^ For the medal race the top ten boats qualified. Each position scored double points. All medal races were sailed on course area Yellow in front of the Qingdao International Sailing Centre.
  5. ^ Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume III Preparation for the Games: New Beijing Great Olympics (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. ^ "The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Sailing Competition: Sailing Instructions" (PDF). International Sailing Federation. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Qingdao Report - Luke Van Der Kamp" (PDF). Team GBR. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  8. ^ Official Results book Part 3 (Sailing) (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Mixed One Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 March 2014.