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London 2012 – The starting hooter asks if its your time?
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Goto London 2012 Opening CeremonyJuly 29th: After recovering from the magnificent London 2012 Opening Ceremony hangover, which started at 03:45am East Asian Time, we searched for interesting and off-beat stories away from all the media hype to keep our readers amused. The highlights for TV viewers, amongst all the glitz and glamour was the Queen Elizabeth look alike pushing her way past James Bond and jumping out of the helicopter in front of him, the athletes Team arrival, a new and unique way of lighting the Olympic Cauldron and to finish off the spectacle, with a heart rendering edition of “Hey Jude” by Paul McCartney that inspired everyone to sing along and perhaps draw out a tear or two in anticipation of what’s to come.

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While all the shenanigans was taking place, the sailors that could not make it to London enjoyed some celebrations of there own on Weymouth beach (Watch RYA Video) and more notably the Cove Inn, the pub adopted by the Australian team, who exuded an air of quiet confidence and seem relaxed and content that their preparation is on track.

More news goto TwitterSailing does not get underway until Sunday with the Men’s Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn), Two man Keelboat (Star) and Womens Match Racing (Elliott 6m) but that has not stopped a flood of individual Tweet’s and images posted on Facebook, During the buildup sailors profiles and expectations have filled the news websites and one little gem “South Korean sailing coach sent home for drink-driving” slipped under the mainstream radar and was duly re-posted by a Facebook friend in Singapore.

Goto Windguru WaymouthYesterday the first gold medal of the games went to Chinese shooter Yi Siling in the women’s 10m air rifle.

The first day of sailing, WindGuru predicts 14-16 knot South Westerly breeze along the south coast of England. Day 2 they expect it to swing further West and increase a little in strength. By Tuesday and Wednesday returning to the more familiar South, South West direction and gusting over 20 kts in the afternoon. As the temperature is expected to be in the 14-16 degrees C range over the next two days it might take tropical sailors from Asia a bit to acclimatize wearing foul weather clothing.

Asian Nation, Sailors, Event competing at the Olympics.
Chinese Taipei: Hao Chang RS:X Men
Hong Kong: Ho Tsun Leung RS:X Men, Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan RS:X Women
Goto List of Olympic sailorsKorea: Tae Hoon Lee RS:X Men, Jeemin Ha Laser, SungMin CHO / Gunwoo Park 470 Men
Malaysia: Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy Laser
Singapore: Colin Cheng Laser, Elizabeth Yin Laser Radial
Thailand: Ek Boonsawad RS:X Men, Tansai Napalai RS:X Women, Bualong Keerati Laser
China PR: Aichen Wang RS:X Men, Ling Li RS:X Women, Jian Shi Laser, Lijia Xu Laser Radial, Lei Gong Finn, Daokun Deng / Weidong Wang 470 Men, Xufeng Huang / Xiaoli Wang 470 Women
Japan: Makoto Tomizawa RS:X Men, Yuki Sunaga RS:X Women, Manami Doi Laser Radial, Ryunosuke Harada / Yuugo Yoshida 470 Men, Ai Kondo / Wakako Tabata 470 Women, Yukio Makino / Kenji Takahashi 49er

Goto Curtain raises on London 2012The curtain raises on London 2012
The highly anticipated London 2012 Opening Ceremony began with an imagined trip down the Thames and came to a close with spectacular fireworks. Danny Boyle’s extravaganza opened on a ‘Green and Pleasant Land’, sped through industrial and internet revolutions. The theme was ‘this is for everyone’, a celebration of the creativity and exuberance of the British people. Athletes from 204 teams were welcomed, the Cauldron was lit and Her Majesty The Queen officially declared the Games open.(More Here)

Goto Olympic YouTube Channel YouTube captures all the live action
If you can’t find a TV to watch, don’t worry follow all the LIVE action at The Olympics the Official Olympic Channel by the IOC on YouTube. The first sailing event on the schedule is the Men’s Finn on 29 July 21:04 (CAST). Ben Ainslie is gunning for his third consecutive Finn gold medal, to go with his Laser gold from Sydney and Laser silver from Atlanta, would make him the most successful Olympic sailor ever. Currently only the great Paul Elvstrom has won four gold medals, and Torben Grael (BRA) is the only five times Olympic medallist with two gold, one silver and two bronze. Robert Scheidt has the chance to equal his countryman’s five medal tally in the Star. We have been reassured by the media down in Weymouth that the camera crews are busy getting ready, so keep an eye on the Olympic Channel Here…

Goto Korean coach sent home storySouth Korean sailing coach sent home for drink-driving
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The South Korea Sailing Federation has apologised on behalf of its coach Lee Jae-cheol after he was sent home from London 2012 for drink-driving. The Federation said Lee was pulled over by police after attending a banquet hosted by the mayor of Weymouth, which is staging the sailing regatta. “Lee Jae-cheol attended a banquet and drank wine and beer on 25 July,” said the South Korean federation. “It is true that Lee, who can’t drink well, was caught drunk-driving by the police when he was returning alone to the athletes’ village at 5am for training after sleeping for some time to get sober at the federation’s own place outside the village. (More Here) He is the second athlete or official to be sanctioned for disciplinary reasons after the Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was withdrawn for a racist tweet about African immigrants in Greece. (More Here)

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For all other sports check out the official London 2012 website at: http://www.london2012.com/

The official London 2012 – Sailing page has the results, competitor profiles at http://www.london2012.com/sailing/

Goto ISAF Olympic Sailing Microsite http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/home.php

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