Day 5: CAN 49erFX takes an early lead - Rio Olympic Sailing
Friday, August 12th – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
It was a slow start to Day 5 with postponements for all classes at Marina da Gloria. Lasers and Radials were sent out on time with an on-water delay of 90 minutes. 49er FX fleet had a frustrating start to their event with postponements on and off-water until 16:30. Fortunately, Olympic race committees managed to squeeze in a shortened schedule for all fleets.
The 49erFX fleet was the last to launch this week but it was clearly worth the wait for Canadian 49erFX team Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd who stormed out of the gates with a 4, 5 on the day – securing an early lead in the FX fleet. “These conditions are right in our wheelhouse. Good starts also help. We don’t like to focus on the numbers but this is definitely our best start to a regatta.”
The FX duo will look to build on their scorecard with 4 races scheduled today.
Erin Rafuse and Danielle Boyd – 5, 4 – 1st overall
Lee Parkhill led the first race of the day until he succumbed to a yellow flag and dropped back to 14th in the race. He moves into 26th overall.
Brenda Bowskill maintains 19th place with a 10th place finish in Race 7.
Today marks the last day of racing for Laser and Radial before medal racing on Monday.
Jacob and Graeme Saunders executed their top race score 12th place half way through the event moving them up to 22nd.
All CAN fleets will be racing today with the exception of the 470 classes.
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