SAIL Olympics Update: Light Air Stymies Medal Races

Author:
Updated:
Original:
09-E-blast-Blast-PhotoOpenLogo

Everyone knew the wind can shut down on Rio’s Guanabara Bay from time to time, and shut down it did on Day 8 of the 2016 Olympic regatta. The only races that came off were those held on the open Atlantic on the Niteroi and Copacabana courses, where the 49er and 49erFX classes competed. As a result, Tuesday will be an especially busy day for regatta organizers as the Finn, Laser, Laser Radial and Nacra 17 classes will all be having their medal races.

In the 49erFX class, U.S. sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, have fallen off the pace a bit, finishing 11, 8 and 8 in their three races today leaving them in 9th place overall with 64 points. At the front of the pack, Spanish sailors Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez and Berta Betanzos Moro continue to have a strong regatta, with just 30 point and no less than three bullets to their credit.

However, the three podium spots remain wide open as New Zealanders Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, and Brazilians Martine Soffiatti Grael (daughter of the famed Olympic gold medalist sailor Torben Grael) and Kahena Kunze are just four and five points behind respectively.

As for the medal races tomorrow, at this point, the only U.S. sailor with a chance at a medal is Finn sailor Caleb Paine, who’s had a strong regatta in a tremendously deep and talented fleet and now stands in 4th overall. As evidence of the extraordinary depth of the Finn class, sailors as far down in the rankings as 19th have managed to win individual races in the course of the series—which only makes the fact that British sailor Giles Scott has already sealed up the gold with a race to spare all the more extraordinary.

In other medal races, Paige Railey will be participating in the Laser Radial race, but is too far back to be returning home with a medal, having just made the cutoff for the medal race in 10th position. Leading the Laser Radial series is Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands with 47 points. Right behind her are Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom and Ireland’s Annalise Murphy with 55 and 57 points respectively, so look for some interesting competition there.

Similarly, U.S. sailors Bora Gulari and Louisa Chafee will be taking part in the Nacra 17 medal race, but are not in the running for a spot on the podium. Currently in first place in that class are Argentinian sailors Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, with Italy’s Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri in second and Austria’s Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank in third. A mere two points separate the latter two with Australian’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin only two additional points away in fourth.

Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic is in first place in the Laser fleet with Australia’s Tom Burton 10 points behind in second and New Zealand’s Sam Meech another 10 points behind him in third. U.S. sailor Charlie Buckingham will not be sailing in the medal race having placed 11th overall at the end of the preliminaries.

For complete results in the sailing events, click here.

August 2016

Related

IMG_7556

The Great Divide: Foiling vs Floating

I well remember the first time I ever saw a flying sailboat. I was on Narragansett Bay several years ago, test-sailing one of those old-fashioned boats—the ones with hulls that float in the water 100 percent of the time—when we spotted a foiling Moth speeding out of Newport like ...read more

04-Tamure,-pictured-during-a-Bermuda-One-Two-Race-some-years-ago.-300-dpi

Experience: Storms and Pirates

Most people have no idea what it’s like to be out on the ocean away from their comfortable lifestyle here in the United States. Back in the early 1970s, though, my wife, Kitty, and I spent four years circumnavigating the globe on our 30ft Allied Seawind ketch, Bebinka. Before ...read more

80_for OCC - 3

Racing: Ocean Cruising Club and Figure 8

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded its Barton Cup, the club’s highest award, to U.S. sailor Randall Reeves. The award comes in recognition of Reeves’ Figure 8 Voyage, in which he circumnavigated not just Antarctica but also North and South America, all in a single year. ...read more

IMG_6855

Charter: Florida's Gulf Coast

Last summer, I was delighted to be invited to join two of my girlfriends on a sailing trip—my third, no less! This trip would surely herald my promotion from nautical novice to savvy seafaring expert. I was to join them on a charter in Southwest Florida and sail along the ...read more

SF3300-Jean-Marie_LIOT

Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300

Though best known for its cruising boats, Jeanneau has long kept a hand in competitive racing with its Sun Fast line. The newest of these French-built speedsters is the Sun Fast 3300, which takes the place of the long-lived 3200. Design & Construction A collaboration between ...read more

03-200123_PM_MIAMI_31326_3065

U.S. Team Strikes Miami Gold

If there was ever a time for the U.S. Sailing Team, which has been experiencing a serious medal drought of late, to start peaking it would be now, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to begin in July. Luckily, it appears the team, which has won only three Olympic medals since 2004, ...read more

shutterstock_1466239997

Charter: the Greek Isles

If there’s one charter destination that’s impossible to tire of, it’s Greece. This Mediterranean jewel is simply so large, so varied and so special it’s impossible to relegate it to just a single checkbox on a list. This past year a group of friends and I chartered from Navigare ...read more

IDECsport_180919_106-2048

IDEC Tri Breaks Tea Route Record

Francis Joyon and his crew aboard the maxi-tri IDEC Sport have set a new record for the “tea route” from Hong Kong to London of just 31 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes. In doing so they bested the previous record set by Italian skipper, Giovanni Soldini aboard the trimaran Maserati ...read more