SAIL Olympics Update: Plenty of Breeze, More Tough Racing

Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
04-Opening-Photo_main

A low overcast, rain and winds that varied dramatically from course to course marked Day 4 of the 2016 Olympic regatta, a day in which the event can be said to have truly hit its stride as six of the 10 classes have now had a chance to compete. Inside Guanabara Bay, the wind would come and go as it shifted from place to place. But out on the open ocean, it was breeze-on for the Laser and Laser Radial classes racing on the Copacabana circle off the beach of the same name.

Once again, it was a battle in every class, with veteran U.S. men’s 470 sailors Stu McNay and Dave Hughes finishing 10th and 7th in their first two races of the regatta on the inshore Escola Naval course. Throughout their two races, the wind was up and down, starting at around 10 knots, building to 15 and eventually falling back to 10. The direction was also unsteady, starting out in the west and then backing into the southeast.

In the women’s 470 class, which also competed on the “navy” course, first-time Olympians Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha, began their regatta by finishing 10th out of 26 but came roaring back in the second race to finish in 3rd to show they mean business.

Meanwhile, out on open ocean off famed Copacabana Beach, Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey battled a healthy chop and winds in the low 20s to finish 2nd and 7th, putting her in 7th overall after six races. Consistency is proving to be the name of the game in this class, with Irish sailor Annalise Murphy in the lead and Danish sailor Anne-Marie Rindom in 2nd overall, thanks to that fact they’ve both only once finished outside the top 10.

Railey, on the other hand, has had two bad races, which means she’s been forced to keep her 15th in the opening race after throwing out her 21st in the fourth.

In other racing, U.S. Finn sailor now sits in 7th place following a 21st and 3rd-place finish today. British sailor Giles Scott, widely favored to win gold, is also back on top finishing 2 and 1 today after an uncharacteristically poor 17th in the opening race.

In the Laser class, Charlie Buckingham is in 15th after finishing 8th and 26th. Today was a rest day for the men’s and women’s RS:X sailboard classes. U.S. Nacra 17 sailors Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee finished 13th out of 20 in the opening race of their series. The second race was postponed because of unsettled weather. For the complete result, click here

August 2016

Related

101218BTSC-9887

Just Launched: Little Big Boat

Peter Nielsen looks at Beneteau’s latest entry-level boat and a new cruiser from Tartan Group Beneteau’s commitment to entry-level boats has been reaffirmed over the last year with the assimilation of the sporty Seascape line of pocket cruisers and the ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com No chafe, safe stay  If you’re leaving the boat unattended for a longish period, there’s a lot to be said for cow-hitching the shorelines, as this sailor did. They’ll never let go, and so long as the ...read more

belize600x

Charter Special: Belize

It would be hard to imagine a more secure spot than the Sunsail base on the outskirts of the beachside community of Placencia, Belize. The entire marina is protected by a robust seawall with a channel scarcely a few boatlengths across. It’s also located far enough up Placencia ...read more

DSC00247

DIY: a Top-to-Bottom Refit

I found my sailing “dream boat” in the spring of 1979 while racing on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. Everyone had heard about the hot new boat in town, and we were anxiously awaiting the appearance of this new Pearson 40. She made it to the starting line just before the race ...read more

01-oysteryachts-regattas-loropiana2016_063

Light-air Sails and How to Handle Them

In the second of a two-part series on light-air sails, Rupert Holmes looks at how today’s furling gear has revolutionized sail handling off the wind. Read part 1 here. It’s easy to look at long-distance racing yachts of 60ft and above with multiple downwind sails set on roller ...read more

HanseCharles

Video Tour: Hanse 348

“It’s a smaller-size Hanse cruiser, but with some big-boat features,” says SAIL’s Cruising Editor, Charles J. Doane. At last fall’s Annapolis Boat Show, Doane had a chance to take a close look at the new Hanse 348. Some of the boat’s highlights include under-deck galleries for ...read more

amalfitown

Charter Destination: Amalfi Coast

Prego! Weeks after returning from our Italian flotilla trip last summer, I was still feeling the relaxed atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast. It’s a Mediterranean paradise, with crystal-clear waters, charming hillside towns and cliffside villages, plenty of delicious food and wine, ...read more

image005

Inside or Outside When Sailing the ICW

Last April, my wife, Marjorie, and I decided to take our Tartan 4100, Meri, north to Maryland from her winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. This, in turn, meant deciding whether to stay in the “Ditch” for the duration or go offshore part of the way. Although we had both been ...read more