Olympics: Sailing

Van Rijsselberge sails to RS-X gold

Dorian van Rijsselberge on his way to gold. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands won the medal race and the gold Tuesday in the RS-X.

Nick Dempsey of Britain was third in the medal race but won silver when his points from that race were added to his points from his previous races.

Przemyslaw Miarczynski won the bronze.

Competitors in the RS-X sail in 10 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish of the 10 is thrown out and then the total is used to determine the top 10 sailors, who compete in one medals race. Points from that race are doubled, added to the points from the previous races, and the winner determined.

Australian Slingsby wins Laser sailing gold

Australia's Tom Slingsby flies the colors after winning the men's Laser. (William West -- AFP/Getty Images)

Australia’s Tom Slingsby won the men’s Laser at Weymouth and Portland, with Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus taking the silver and Rasmus Myrgen of Sweden the bronze.

Competitors in the Laser sail in 10 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish of the 10 is thrown out and then total is used to determine the top 10 sailors, who compete in one medals race. Points from that race are doubled, added to the points from the previous races, and the winner determined.

China’s Xu wins Laser Radial gold

China's Xu Lijia celebrates her Laser Radial gold medal. (Benoit Tessier -- Reuters)

Xu Lijia of China won gold in the women’s Laser Radial at Weymouth and Portland.

Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands won silver and Evi Van Acker of Belgium took the bronze.

American Paige Rainey was eighth out of 10 sailors in the medal race.

Competitors in the Laser Radial sail in 10 races, accumulating points for each finish. The worst finish of the 10 is thrown out and then total is used to determine the top 10 sailors, who compete in one race for the medals.

Ainslie wins fourth straight sailing gold

Britain's Ben Ainslie shows off his flare after yet another gold medal. (Pascal Lauener -- Reuters)

Britain’s Ben Ainslie became the most decorated sailor in Olympic history on Sunday by winning the Finn class gold medal, his fourth straight gold and fifth straight Olympic medal overall.

Ainslie has won the last three Finn class gold medals and won Laser class gold at the 2000 Sydney Games. He won silver in Laser in 1996.

Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom previously held the record after winning four straight gold medals from 1948 to 1960.

Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark took silver this year, and Jonathan Lobert took bronze.

Sweden pulls off sailing shocker

Max Salminen, front, and Fredrik Loof reach after finishing their Star class race (Pascal Lauener -- Reuters)

Sweden’s Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen scored an upset in the Star sailing class, winning gold and denying the British of another gold medal.

Defending champions Iain Percy (trying for his third gold medal) and Andrew Simpson of Britain faltered in the last 200 meters and took silver. Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada took bronze.

P. Railey’s strong start on the water

American Paige Railey, shown with her brother Zach at a news conference before the Olympics, stands in fifth in the Laser Radial competition. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

American Paige Railey is fifth after the first two races in the Laser Radial competition. Both races were won by Annalisa Murphy of Ireland.

Paige’s brother, Zach, is in 13th place after four races in the Finn.

Zach Railey was 13th and 17th in Monday’s third and fourth races at Weymouth. The Finn  includes 10 races.

Jonas Hogh-Christensen remained in first place with second- and seventh-place finishes.

After the first two races in the men’s 49er, Denmark has a lead with finishes of second and fourth at the sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland.

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Faith finished fifth and third in the two men’s Star races Monday at Weymouth, moving them to sixth in the overall standings after four of 10 races.

Iain Simpson and Andrew Simpson of Britain are in first after finishing second and third, respectively, on Monday.

The American pair of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore is in seventh after placing sixth in the first race and 10th in the second.

Sailors will race 15 times in the 49er before the 10 best teams advance to the medal race.

Rob Crane is 39th in the men’s Laser after finishes of 35th and 42nd on Monday.

Tom Slingsby of Australia is leading after finishes of second and first.

U.S. pair in 10th, Brazilians stars of Star class

Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Faith are in 10th place after two races in the Star class Sunday at Weymouth and Portland.

Iaian Percy and Andrew Simpson of Britain, defending gold medalists in this event, were 11th in the first race but runners-up in the second, just two seconds behind Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada of Brazil – silver medalists in  Beijing. That left the Brazilians in first place and the Brits in fourth with the next two races to be held Monday.

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows of Ireland are second.

There are 10 races in the Star. Each team receives a point corresponding to the place of his finish. At the end of 10 races, points from the team’s worst race are thrown out, the remaining points are added together and the ten lowest totals determine which teams move to the medal round.

Dane wins first two Finn races

Jonas Hogh-Christensen won the first two races in the men's Finn. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

American Zach Railey finished 10th and 15th in the first two races in the men’s Finn Sunday at Weymouth and Portland.

Britain’s Ben Ainslie, who won the gold in this event in Athens and Beijing, was second in both races Sunday; Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark won both.

There will be ten races in the Finn. Each competitor receives a point corresponding to the place of his finish – Railey has 25 points after the first two races, for instance. At the end of ten races, points from the sailor’s worst race are thrown out, the remaining points are added together and the ten lowest totals determine which sailors move to the medal round.