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Sailors thwarted by lack of wind

Ben Ainslie
Ainslie has won Olympic medals in both Finn and Laser classes

Great Britain's medal hopes must wait to continue their quest after all sailing was cancelled on Thursday due to lack of winds and poor visibility.

Double gold medallist Ben Ainslie (Finn) and the first-placed Yngling crew of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson were affected.

Officials said reserve days would be used for some classes, but organisers must now deal with a large backlog.

Four races were lost on Wednesday, to go with the 15 cancelled on Thursday.

Racing was due to start at 0600 BST in the 49er, 470, Laser, Laser Radial, windsurfing, Finn and Yngling classes on Thursday but was called off because winds were so light that they barely stirred flags and banners at the Qingdao sailing venue, 500km south of Beijing.

Organisers said reserve days would be used to complete the opening series of races, of which there are 10 in all classes except the 15-race 49er class.

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A medal race showdown will then take place between the top 10 competitors with the lowest score in each class, with finishing positions in the final race counting for double points which are added onto the total.

The Finn and Yngling classes have completed seven races and will come out again on Friday - originally planned as a reserve day for both fleets - when winds are forecast to pick up for better sailing conditions.

On Wednesday, attempts to start the day's second races for the Finn, Yngling, Laser and Laser Radial classes were dropped due to light winds.

Thursday respresents the first full day of racing lost due to wind conditions.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGreat Britain 4 1 1 6
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 1 0
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 1 0 0
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 1 0 0
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 1 0 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 2 1 0 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 1 0 0
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 1 0 0
Tornado - Multihull 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forSpain 1 1 0 2
49er - Skiff 0 1 0
Tornado - Multihull 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 0 2
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 1 0
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forChina 1 0 1 2
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forDenmark 1 0 0 1
49er - Skiff 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forNew Zealand 1 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forNetherlands 0 2 0 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 1 0
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 2 3
470 - Men's Two Person Dinghy 0 0 1
Finn - Heavyweight Dinghy 0 0 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forBrazil 0 1 1 2
470 - Women's Two Person Dingh 0 0 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 0 1
RS:X - Women's Windsurfer 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forLithuania 0 1 0 1
Laser Radial - Women's One Per 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Laser - Men's One Person Dingh 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forArgentina 0 0 1 1
Tornado - Multihull 0 0 1
15 also show each event results forGermany 0 0 1 1
49er - Skiff 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forGreece 0 0 1 1
Yngling - Women's Keelboat 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forIsrael 0 0 1 1
RS:X - Men's Windsurfer 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forSweden 0 0 1 1
Star - Men's Keelboat 0 0 1

see also
GB sailors move into medal place
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Mixed day for Britain's sailors
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11 Aug 08 |  Olympics
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