Please select your home edition
Edition
Vaikobi 2019 - Leaderboard 2

Rio Olympics – Croatia chasing its first sailing gold

by Andy Rice - World Sailing on 15 Aug 2016
Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Tom Burton (AUS) in Laser Men class on Day 6 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition Sailing Energy / World Sailing
With just seven knots breeze forecast from the north, the prospect of getting today's racing away on time at 1300 hours looks shaky. It's going to be the hottest day for a while, with 28 degrees Celsius set for race time. The crowd on Flamengo Beach will be cheering on the Men's Laser and Women's Laser Radial fleets as they watch the battle for the medals on Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) course.

It's a big day for the 470s with three races scheduled, and the Skiff fleets go out to sea for three races on the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser

Tonci Stipanovi? (CRO) has already secured Croatia's first ever medal in Olympic sailing with the silver guaranteed. With a ten-point buffer on Tom Burton (AUS), the only sailor that can threaten Croatian gold, will Stipanovi? look for a match race with the Australian? Burton meanwhile has the dilemma of going all out for gold, or doing his best to defend silver from Sam Meech (NZL) who is ten points behind his fellow Antipodean. Then again Meech has a similar worry, with three hungry athletes desperate to get on that podium. Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) is the closest threat to the Kiwi, nine points back, and a point further back are the reigning World Champion Nick Thompson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt (BRA). No surprises for guessing who the crowd on Flamengo Beach will be cheering for. The legendary Brazilian has a massive task on his hands to win bronze today, but if anyone is man enough for the job, it's the five-time Olympic medallist.

Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial


The fight for gold in the Women's Laser Radial will be a three-way battle between Marit Bouwmeester (NED), Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) and Annalise Murphy (IRL). For the Dutch and Irish sailors, this is familiar territory as there are similarities with the showdown four years ago at London 2012. Bouwmeester is looking to improve on London silver, Murphy would just like to stay on the podium after tearfully missing out last time.

The difference from London is that Bouwmeester has eight points on Rindom and ten on Murphy. Also looking to attack for the silver and bronze medals are the competitors in fourth and fifth, 2012 bronze medallist Evi van Acker (BEL) and Tuula Tenkanen (FIN).

Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) have extended their lead over arch-rivals Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS). Once again, whatever the wildly variable conditions in Rio can throw at the Croatians, they seem to have an answer and yesterday the result was 3,4 for Croatia, 8,10 for Australia. With an 11-point gap between them, Belcher will really need to turn it on for the final three qualifying races if he's to retain his Olympic crown. Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) are in third. Three races are scheduled on Escola Naval.

Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) hold the lead, although the team now closest to them are the Americans four points back, Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha. Third place is held by Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol (SLO), although just a point behind are reigning World Champions Camille Lecointre and Hélène de France (FRA) and a point further behind are Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN). With three races on the cards out on Escola Naval course, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) have to put in a sensational day to get back in medal contention after picking up a UFD start-line disqualification yesterday.

Men's Skiff - 49er

Copacabana course will present a new challenge for the Men's 49er fleet, and the big waves could make for a fun three races for those who don't struggle with sea sickness. No surprise that Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) are leading, but only by two points from Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) who are pushing the Kiwis hard. Then it's more than 15 points back to third placed Lukasz Przbytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) who have a big bunch of teams breathing down their necks and all within a couple of points of each other: Ireland, Japan, Australia, Spain and Denmark.

Women's Skiff – 49erFX

If the wind comes in the 49erFX racing on Niterói we'll see some of the most spectacular sailing yet in the Olympic competition. Jena Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen (DEN) are just ahead of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), although the Brazilians sail in these waters more than anyone so that could be a factor today. On equal points with Brazil are Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL), and just five points further back are reigning World Champions Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP).
Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterAnyport Ewincher 2019 FooterX-Yachts AUS X4 - FOOTER - 2

Related Articles

Laser Radial World Championship day 2
Wind drops early and some races cancelled Sailors headed out to the course under overcast skies and a light drizzle. Clouds perched on the peak of Daisen and nestled in the surrounding hills. But 10 to 15 knots out of the East showed for a promising day.
Posted on 20 Jul
Azzurra is in the lead of the 52 Super Series
Azzurra sailed well and her team showed style and class This morning Azzurra and her team docked out determined to recover the five points that separated them from Quantum, the event's provisional leader. It was going to be tough seeing how strong the adversary was
Posted on 20 Jul
Finn Silver Cup overall
Cardona and Theuninck secure silver and bronze in sunny Anzio With the pressure off after securing the 2019 U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup, a day early, Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, led all the way in the final race to record one of the biggest winning margins of the week.
Posted on 20 Jul
Cascais 52 Super Series Sailing Week overall
Quantum Racing clinch their first event of the 2019 season Quantum Racing clinched their first 52 Super Series regatta title of the 2019 season, but their perennial arch rivals Azzurra ran them close, the Italian-Argentine teams losing out by a matter of a only a couple of metres on the finish line.
Posted on 20 Jul
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek day 3
Multiple races put smiles on faces The unusually wet and stormy conditions at the regatta so far have caught many by surprise and today was payback for all the hard work the on-water Race Management team have done, getting in some fair racing for all the classes.
Posted on 20 Jul
Finn youth talk about Paris 2024 Olympic decision
Some sailors won't have an Olympic option after Tokyo 2020 During the 2019 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup in Anzio, Italy, we spoke to various sailors about what it means to them personally not to have the option of the Finn after Tokyo 2020.
Posted on 20 Jul
North Sails Weekly Debrief
A week of World Champions North Sails is proud to add three new world champions to the #NSVictoryList. Beyond cleaning up on World Champ titles, North Sails outfitted the inventories on 12 of the 14 podium finishers.
Posted on 20 Jul
ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff Worlds wrap-up
Medemblik got a bit of everything The two double MUSTO Skiff World Champions Jon Newman (AUS) and Bruce Keen (GBR) were again the main players in the exciting finale of the ACO 10th MUSTO Skiff World Championship 2019 in Medemblik.
Posted on 20 Jul
RIO100 wins Merlin Trophy in Transpac 50
Fastest monohull without powered performance systems With a finish time of 19:34:25 HST today, Manouch Moshayedi's Bakewell-White 100 RIO100 has become the fastest monohull without powered performance systems to finish the 50th edition of the biennial 2225-mile LA-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race.
Posted on 20 Jul
Every day a nightmare for this "Plastic Village"
Race for Water takes us to Indonesia Two poignant films showing the painful reality of an innocent population drowning in the waste of the world.
Posted on 20 Jul