Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Laser

The Laser was a sailing event on the Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics program in Qingdao International Sailing Centre.[2] Eleven races (last one a medal race) were scheduled. Only ten races were completed including the medal race due to lack of wind. 43 sailors, on 43 boats, from 43 nations competed.[3] Ten boats qualified for the medal race.[4][5]

Men's Laser[1]
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Laser dinghy.svg
Line drawing of the Laser
VenueQingdao International Sailing Centre
DatesFirst race: 12 August 2008 (2008-08-12)
Last race: 19 August 2008 (2008-08-19)
Competitors43 from 43 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Paul Goodison  Great Britain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Vasilij Žbogar  Slovenia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Diego Romero  Italy
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Race schedule[1][6]Edit

 ●  Practice race  ●  Race on Yellow  ●  Race on Green  ●  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
Men's Laser 2 1 No
wind
1 1 1 3

Course areas and course configurations [7]Edit

For the Laser course areas A (Yellow) and C (Green) were used. The location (36°1'26"’N, 120°26'52"E) points to the center of the 0.6nm radius Yellow course area and the location (36°2'44"N, 120°28'9"E) points to the center of the 0.75nm radius Green course area. The target time for the course was about 60 minutes for the races and 30 minutes for the medal race. The race management could choose from several course configurations.

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 lead up 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.[8]

Final results[9][10]Edit

Results of individual races
Pos Helmsman Country I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX MR Tot Pts
  Paul Goodison   Great Britain 15 2 15 1 9 7 1 4 6 9 78.0 63.0
  Vasilij Žbogar   Slovenia 24 4 14 6 2 11 18 1 11 2 95.0 71.0
  Diego Romero   Italy 6 3 5 36 10 15 11 9 10 3 111.0 75.0
4 Gustavo Lima   Portugal 5 8 3 27 17 6 16 8 3 5 103.0 76.0
5 Andrew Murdoch   New Zealand 2 5 40 20 24 5 5 17 1 1 121.0 81.0
6 Rasmus Myrgren   Sweden 7 16 8 2 8 13 22 7 2 10 105.0 83.0
7 Julio Alsogaray   Argentina 1 12 10 28 14 1 2 31 16 4 123.0 92.0
8 Jean-Baptiste Bernaz   France 19 1 12 9 6 10 30 5 34 6 138.0 104.0
9 Mike Leigh   Canada 13 23 26 5 4 3 28 2 19 7 137.0 109.0
10 Kristian Ruth   Norway 10 11 17 10 3 8 13 21 38 8 147.0 109.0
11 Igor Lisovenko   Russia 11 14 4 8 7 26 37 19 7   133.0 96.0
12 Luka Radelić   Croatia 26 15 7 21 1 21 3 16 17   127.0 101.0
13 Pavlos Kontides   Cyprus 8 7 24 14 5 12 14 29 35   148.0 113.0
14 Javier Hernández   Spain 17 25 11 3 28 BFD 44 19 13 5   165.0 121.0
15 Evangelos Cheimonas   Greece 22 21 9 11 DSQ 44 BFD 44 9 6 8   174.0 130.0
16 Maciej Grabowski   Poland 9 19 22 18 16 23 32 20 4   163.0 131.0
17 Alejandro Foglia   Uruguay 12 27 33 7 36 4 6 26 18   169.0 133.0
18 Kemal Muslubaş   Turkey 4 42 27 19 15 27 7 15 32   188.0 146.0
19 Andreas Geritzer   Austria 28 6 2 30 20 BFD 44 DNC 44 18 9   201.0 157.0
20 Shen Sheng   China 40 35 6 4 37 14 10 28 25   199.0 159.0
21 Thomas Barrows   Virgin Islands 20 28 20 24 26 31 15 10 21   195.0 164.0
22 Tom Slingsby   Australia 21 22 21 22 35 20 12 11 40   204.0 164.0
23 Anders Nyholm   Denmark 18 26 19 15 19 BFD 44 27 27 13   208.0 164.0
24 Deniss Karpak   Estonia 16 20 41 37 38 2 4 35 14   207.0 166.0
25 Andrew Campbell   United States 14 18 1 26 32 BFD 44 8 DSQ 44 31   218.0 174.0
26 Matías del Solar   Chile 3 34 30 25 21 9 25 23 DNE 44   214.0 180.0
27 Bruno Fontes   Brazil 31 17 31 12 12 24 35 22 39   223.0 184.0
28 Ha Jee-min   South Korea 23 33 37 31 13 17 17 34 22   227.0 190.0
29 Zsombor Berecz   Hungary 27 31 36 23 18 22 24 14 37   232.0 195.0
30 Pierre Collura   Finland 25 10 18 41 23 25 20 33 DNE 44   239.0 198.0
31 Martin Trčka   Czech Republic 29 36 38 13 29 19 26 DNF 44 12   246.0 202.0
32 Allan Julie   Seychelles 33 37 13 33 27 16 21 30 30   240.0 203.0
33 Juan Ignacio Maegli   Guatemala DSQ 44 9 39 16 BFD 44 32 39 12 5   250.0 206.0
34 Rutger van Schaardenburg   Netherlands 32 29 34 32 25 18 38 25 20   253.0 215.0
35 Yoichi Iijima   Japan 36 32 16 17 31 BFD 44 31 DNF 44 28   279.0 235.0
36 Koh Seng Leong   Singapore 35 41 29 39 BFD 44 33 23 3 36   283.0 239.0
37 Christoph Bottoni   Switzerland 34 13 32 40 39 BFD 44 36 24 23   285.0 241.0
38 Kevin Lim   Malaysia BFD 44 24 28 42 22 34 34 39 26   293.0 249.0
39 José Ruíz   Venezuela 39 40 23 29 40 29 33 32 24   289.0 249.0
40 Raúl Aguayo   Dominican Republic 37 30 35 38 34 28 29 36 29   296.0 258.0
41 Marc Schmit   Luxembourg 30 39 25 35 30 35 41 40 33   308.0 267.0
42 Adil Mohammad   United Arab Emirates 38 38 42 43 11 36 42 38 27   315.0 272.0
43 Greg Douglas   Barbados 41 43 43 34 33 30 40 37 41   342.0 299.0

Scoring system: low-point system;
Legend:   – Qualified for medal race(s); BFD – Black flag disqualification; DNE – Non excludable disqualification; DNF – Did not finish; DPI – Discretionary penalty imposed; OCSOn the course side of the starting line; – Discarded race not counted in the overall result;

Daily standingsEdit

 
Graph showing the daily standings in the Laser 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". Olympics.com. 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. ^ "Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics: One Person Dinghy (Laser), Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  6. ^ Official Report of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games • Volume III Preparation for the Games: New Beijing Great Olympics (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  7. ^ "The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Sailing Competition: Sailing Instructions" (PDF). International Sailing Federation. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Qingdao Report - Luke Van Der Kamp" (PDF). Team GBR. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  9. ^ Official Results book Part 3 (Sailing) (PDF). Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Sailing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's One Person Dinghy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2014.