After the postponement of the Laser and Laser Radial Medal Races due to too little then too much breeze, today's bumper schedule will include these races alongside the Finn and Nacra 17 final showdowns.
Yesterday saw the most frustrating day so far of the Olympic sailing competition with the wind refusing to play fair on Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After sitting around for most of the day in next to no wind, the 10 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 10 minutes later the breeze had risen to 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 today.
Britain’s Alison Young said: “It was certainly eventful. It was a shame we didn’t get racing in but I’m looking forward to a good medal race tomorrow. It was interesting. I managed to keep calm so we just get ready to go again tomorrow.’
The men’s Laser medal race was also pushed back until today, which will make for a very busy afternoon’s entertainment as the Finns and Nacra 17s are 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.
Britain’s Hannah Mills, who won silver at London 2012 with crew Saskia Clark, said: ‘We went out and it was nice winds and then 20-30 knots came in from behind. We managed to drop our main just in time in the waves and it was a pretty wacky ride in under jib!
‘We waited all day with no wind inside the bay where we were meant to be racing, so we waited until the 49ers were finished to go on to their course and we were just about to crack on and the wind changed.’
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.
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.
Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth achieved a second place in the day’s opening race followed by fifth and ninth places finishes from their three races, which has seen them move up a place to fifth overall, 13 points off bronze medal position.
There are still three more qualifying races scheduled today before Thursday’s medal race.
Dobson said: ‘It was really good to get outside on the ocean today, we did three races really quick back-to-back so it was all a bit of a blur but it was a good solid day so I think we’ve got to be pretty happy. I’m happy with the series that we’re building at the moment, we’ve had no big disasters so we’re looking forward to tomorrow.’
Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign moved into the top 10 for the first time in their regatta, moving from 13th overall overnight to seventh, thanks to scores of fifth, sixth and ninth from their three races.
Sign said: ‘We found a bit more speed today and we are a little bit happier in how we are sailing in the boat so it’s something to take forward to tomorrow, that we are not miles off the pace. We have three more races tomorrow and our aim is to again try to move up and have a consistent day.’
With Giles Scott scheduled to sail for gold in the Finn Medal Race and Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves also contesting their Nacra 17 Medal Race, the revised schedule for tomorrow is to be confirmed with racing due to resume from 5pm (BST).
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