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Too little wind, then a demolition derby to round off the day

by Andy Rice on 16 Aug 2016
Peter Burling / Blair Tuke (NZL) in 49er - 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games Sailing Energy/World Sailing
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - It was the most frustrating day so far of the Olympic sailing competition with the wind refusing to play fair on Guanabara Bay. After sitting around for most of the day in next to no wind, the ten finalists for the Women's Laser Radial Medal Race were released from the shore just before 16:00 local time.

At the time, the idea of wind arriving seemed optimistic, but just ten minutes later the breeze had risen to a very pleasant 15 knots. Just five minutes after that, the wind was gusting in at over 30 knots and the waves were building up quickly. The race committee made the reluctant call to postpone the Medal Race until Tuesday (16 August).

The Men's Laser Medal Race will also be pushed back to the same day, which will make for a very busy afternoon's entertainment as the Finns and Nacra 17s are also set to decide their medals.

The 470 Men's and Women's fleets didn't manage any racing in the Bay as they waited for wind, but when the big 16:00 buster arrived, boats were capsizing everywhere. There were sails shredded in the gusts and it will be a long evening for some crews making sure their boats are repaired and ready for the next day.

Out on the ocean courses the 49er Men and 49erFX Women enjoyed some stunning conditions but for the Men's fleet it was a race to get back to the Marina da Gloria as the worst of the late afternoon gusts struck just as the last boats were crossing the finish line.

Of the abandoned Radial Medal Race, second placed Anne Marie Rindom (DEN) commented, 'It was okay, no problems. Sailors are used to this. Sometimes we have days and days where we wait. It was no different today. Of course it was an important race that we had to sail today but it's okay. I think it was not a good decision to be sent out because we knew that the storm was coming and it was a good decision we didn't start.

'The wind was not only a little bit too much but it was also a bit shifty and we wouldn't have found the right winner today. They have all day tomorrow to do a race in 20 minutes so it's the right decision.”



Women's Skiff – 49erFX

Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP) fired two bullets from today's three races on the Niterói course moving the reigning World Champions to the top of the scoreboard. Behind them are two former World Champion crews, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) who are four points behind the Spanish in second, and Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) just one point behind the Kiwis in third overall.

Although previous overnight leaders Jena Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen (DEN) scored a second in the last race of the day their earlier scores of nine, sixteen have hurt the Danish team who are now fourth overall. However, the Danes are only nine points off the lead and there are still three more qualifying races scheduled for Tuesday before Thursday's Medal Race.

Echegoyen, the London 2012 Olympic Champion in match racing, commented, 'We are very happy, we have sailed very well today. It was very important to be very open minded, to be able to adapt ourselves to what was happening. We were well prepared for today's three races, both in terms of understanding the conditions with our meteorologist and also regarding the tactics.

'In the two first races it was clear where to go, but the third one was really crazy and we just sailed with the wind shifts. It has been a good day, but also quite difficult, we have had to work a lot. These results give us the confidence to keep on going in this way. Now we are leading but we are all very close on points. Still three races and the Medal Race ahead, so we have to go step by step and keep on going.”



Men's Skiff - 49er

Perhaps inspired by French gold and bronze in the Windsurfing the previous day, Julien d'Ortoli and Noe Delpech fired their way up the rankings into fourth place after mastering the Copacabana course with two firsts and a third place. This puts the French just two points behind the third-placed Australians, reigning Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.

Meanwhile its business as usual for the ever dominant Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) whose scores of two, three, one have opened up an 18-point lead over Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER). Even if the gold is beginning to get away from the Germans, they do at least have a healthy 15-point lead over the Aussies, with just three qualifying races remaining before the Medal Race.

Burling said, 'We're pleased with three low scores, the boat was going really fast. We had some beautiful conditions for racing but got hit by a massive squall on the way in. It was maybe 45 or 50 knots.” Tuke added, 'A south-west front came in and it went from 11 knots to more than 40 knots in the space of ten minutes.” Even the four-time World Champions capsized in the storm-force conditions. 'We struggled to stay upright just with the mast up. Some massive waves out there, just happy to be back on shore,” said Burling, shivering and itching to get back to checking over the boat for any damage.

The Germans seemed to enjoy the mad ride in through the storm a little more than the Kiwis. 'We ragged it quite fast on the way in,” said Heil. 'But what lucky timing. Just after the last guy came across the finish line, the breeze came in 130 degrees from the other side, and with massive force. Even with just the mast up and no sails, we still needed to get on the trapeze to stop the boat tipping over. We have some boat work to do, we have damaged the sails, we have to check the mast.”

Noe Delpech was barely thinking about what a good day he'd had after getting ashore - just happy to be in one piece. 'We had three good starts and are very happy with our speed and strategy today. But then there was the wind that arrived straight afterwards. We capsized many times. The mainsail went flying through the air and it fell in the water but our coach managed to save it before we lost it. We had a bad last hour on the water. The sails are not in great condition but I think we are OK mostly.”

Delpech was pleased to have closed in on the podium, but like all Olympic sailors never likes to get ahead of himself. 'We are two points behind the bronze medal position, so yes, for sure we can start thinking about the options to get a medal, but we have still three important races to do tomorrow. We just go race by race.”

The Skiffs will have to work quickly with another three races scheduled for tomorrow which looks to be a busy day. The Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and Nacra 17 will all have their Medal Race due to the postponements from today.

Overall Results

49erFX - Women

Pos NOC Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 MR Total Net
1 ESP 4 (13) 3 1 11 5 4 1 1 43 30
2 NZL 6 5 4 4 5 1 6 (12) 3 46 34
3 BRA 9 1 1 10 2 6 3 3 (11) 46 35
4 DEN (21)
UFD
2 2 2 4 2 9 16 2 60 39
5 GBR 2 (11) 5 8 7 10 2 5 9 59 48
6 FRA 1 9 10 12 12 (13) 1 9 4 71 58
7 ITA 3 7 7 6 10 8 (15) 13 5 74 59
8 NED (21)
UFD
10 12 3 8 3 5 7 13 82 61
9 USA 13 (16) 14 5 1 4 11 8 8 80 64
10 SWE 11 6 9 15 3 9 10 2 (16) 81 65
11 GER (21)
UFD
8 8 7 6 7 17 10 7 91 70
12 IRL 8 3 6 18 13 14 (19) 6 18 105 86
13 NOR 10 (18) 15 17 9 17 13 4 6 109 91
14 ARG 14 (20) 13 9 19 12 7 11 10 115 95
15 CAN 5 4 11 16 16 16 (18) 17 12 115 97
16 FIN 7 12 16 13 (21)
DSQ
15 14 15 14 127 106
17 SIN 12 19 17 11 14 11 8 (20) 15 127 107
18 CHI 16 14 18 14 15 (19) 12 14 17 139 120
19 EST 15 17 19 (20) 17 18 16 18 19 159 139
20 JPN (21)
UFD
15 20 19 18 20 20 19 21
UFD
173 152


49er - Men

Pos NOC Crew Race Points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 MR Total Net
1 NZL 1 1 5 2 (7) 6 2 3 1



28 21
2 GER 6 3 1 3 4 13 (14) 4 5



53 39
3 AUS (13) 8 2 5 10 12 4 5 8



67 54
4 FRA (20) 12 16 12 2 9 1 1 3



76 56
5 POL 2 13 9 9 5 9.3
RDG
(18) 11 7



83.3 65.3
6 IRL 14 2 4 1 13 (17) 12 7 13



83 66
7 GBR 15 10 7 (20) 14 4 5 6 9



90 70
8 DEN 8 9 (21)
DSQ
15 1 5 6 13 14



92 71
9 ARG 11 7 6 16 12 16 (21)
DSQ
2 2



93 72
10 BRA 10 11 8 7 (19) 7 10 17 10



99 80
11 ESP 16 5 3 13 6 10 13 15 (18)



99 81
12 JPN 3 15 17 8 8 2 (19) 12 17



101 82
13 POR 4 4 18 6 16 (21)
DSQ
11 19 4



103 82
14 BEL (19) 14 13 17 9 3 8 8 12



103 84
15 ITA 7 (20) 19 11 15 8 9 9 6



104 84
16 AUT 17 6 10 18 3 14 3 14 (21)
DNF




106 85
17 CRO 9 17 11 10 11 1 17 (18) 15



109 91
18 SUI 5 16 12 4 (17) 15 15 10 16



110 93
19 USA 18 19 14 14 (21)
DSQ
11 16 16 11



140 119
20 CHI 12 18 15 19 18 (21)
DSQ
7 20 21
DNF




151 130

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