Olympic Games 2010
coverage - Find out how the sailors are faring...
17th: The sailing competition
started today. If you want to follow how your sons and daughters or friends
of friends kids are faring in the sailing events at the Youth Olympic
Games presently being held in Singapore, the organisers have come up with
a few innovative ways of dealing with the digital age. The YOG
Sailing Competition features one hundred, 15-16 year sailors,
from 52 countries born between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1995, competing
across four events (Byte CII & Techno 293 Windsurfer) divided into
boys and girl classes. After completing the media accreditation we started
the usual search for competitors information and tried out some of the
2010 web pages to see how the general public can find out
what is going on. At the Press Centre at the National Sailing Centre we
received the Entry List by Event for the four classes with Date of Birth,
Height, Weight and Nationality. Also the Twitter sites where the teckies
in the Twitter Booth are posting blow by blow action during the racing
can be browsed (Below) if your online.
The Singapore 2010 website is the main distribution centre for all the sports news and results. On the Singapore 2010 Sailing page there is a brief description of sailing and links to the Competition Schedule & Results page plus more info on the NSC Venue and a Guide Map on how to get there. Click on the Class Start List to find the entries by Nationality, DOB and personal dimensions or the Event Report for the progressive Fleet Overall Results
Lots more information is posted daily on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Microsite for daily roundups, photo library and especially the On the Water ISAF Blogsite for all the online action as it happens. They also have links to the Qualifying Events, Class World Championships and the 6 continental qualification events held in 2009 and 2010 to rank the athletes that qualify for their National Olympic Council and selection based on quotas available per event. As this is the inaugural YOG and the competitors are so young and don't have a track record, so unlike the main Summer and Winter Olympic Games there is not a lot of information to be found on the competitors. There are sailors from countries I never heard of and national letters on the sails I didn't know existed. AHO is for Neth. Antilles and judging from today's performance Just van AANHOLT maybe the man to beat and may just end up in the Olympic record books.
As the official websites are doing a wonderful job of disseminating the news and the major media players have far greater access to the stories through the Main Press Centre, AsianYachting will not be covering the event in our usual way. Instead we will be dropping in and out of the event, taking photos and catching up with all the sailing gossip in the media centre.
Some of the European, American and sailors from down under are a bit on the big size (6ft plus) and are fiercely competitive by nature for 15-16 year olds compared with the Asian sailors. As Singapore this time of the year is a little on the light side, the Asian sailors may benefit from the size difference and patiently waiting for the wind then picking the shifts.
Meanwhile it was a pleasure just to sit back and take in some of the youthful exuberance and vigor being shown by the competitors and all the young Singaporean volunteers helping with launching and retrieving boats but most of all making sure their shoreside experience is just as good as the racing experience. We can leave confidently knowing that the future of sailing is in good hands.
YOG media websites and social media covering the games
Official Webcasting Platform of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games for Live TV coverage, schedule, video on demand and results.
This YOG 2010 - AY Event Report is proudly sponsored by:
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