Day 4: Rio Olympic Sailing - Epic Breeze
Friday, August 12th – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Three Canadian fleets battled the big breeze (20+kts) yesterday in Rio de Janeiro – Nacra 17, Finn and 470 Men finished a full set of races on separate yet equally exhausting courses.
The Nacra fleet punched out 4 races on the big and breezy Ponte course yesterday. Canadian Nacra team Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke maintained their top 10 position despite the taxing conditions. “It was wild out there with four races in big shifty breeze. It was mentally and physically exhausting but we stayed out of trouble and that was our main focus for these first few days of competition,” explains Luke Ramsay. “We squeezed in a fourth race today and now we get to rest.”
The Nacra fleet will return to action on Saturday with 3 races scheduled.
Luke Ramsay & Nikola Girke – 8, 10, 16, 9 – 10th overall
Canadian Tom Ramshaw rose to the massive challenge on the big roller Copacabana course. The Toronto native is taking it one race at a time saying, “I was definitely taken out by a few big waves today but managed to hang in there in the first race. Looking forward to a day of recovery.”
The Finn fleet have a reserve day today with more Finn action returning on Saturday.
Tom Ramshaw – 9, 17 – 20th overall
Jacob and Graeme Saunders look to regain some momentum as the survival conditions took a toll on them yesterday. “We had our moments but those conditions were exhausting. We capsized a few times and there is no coming back from that. The 470 fleet have a short recovery as they are scheduled for another 2 races today.
Jacob and Graeme Saunders – 22, 19 - 24th overall
Today, the Canadian 49er FX team Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd take to the Olympic stage for their debut here in Rio. Laser, Radial return to action while the 470 Men sail another 2 races today.
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