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Monday, August 15, 2016

Heartbreak Turns To Joy For Australia's Jake Lilley As He Books Medal Race Spot Thanks To A Protest

Updated news this morning that following a protest after racing in the Finn class in Rio today, Jake Lilley has moved into 10th place overall and will now compete in the Medal Race on Tuesday in Rio (Wednesday AM AEST).
Jake Lilley Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Jake came into today’s racing in third place overall, but two results at the back of the fleet saw him finish the preliminary series in 11th place. However, a protest was heard and Jake has now moved into 10th place and will line-up in the Medal Race. Full results here
Jake Lilley Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
It was a tough day for all of the Aussies on Guanabara Bay, in light conditions that saw the start of racing postponed. The light winds slowly built in the afternoon, but once again, each course saw varied conditions, with it being lighter outside the bay.
Waterhouse/Darmanin Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
It was the final day of full fleet racing for the Nacra17 and Finn class ahead of the medal races on Tuesday in Rio (Wednesday AM AEST). The 470 Men and Women were back for their third day of racing, with the plan to complete three races. The wind, however, only allowed the fleets to get two races in.
Jake Lilley Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
There was heartbreak for Finn sailor, Jake Lilley, who came into today’s racing in third place overall, but two results at the back of the fleet saw him finish the preliminary series in 11th place, one place off making Tuesday’s medal race.
Jake Lilley Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
However a protest post racing in Rio has Jake move into 10th place overall and he will line up in Tuesday’s medal race in Rio (Wednesday AM AEST).
Jake Lilley Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
On the conditions for racing today, Lilley said, “We just had a bit of remnant swell and a really soft sea breeze today. The first race got off in little wind, in the second race the wind built a bit more and we got two good races in.
 Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“I think those conditions, that amount of wind, the remnant swell is something that is a bit of a weakness of mine. Not as weak as the points I put on the board and failure to execute in the start box of the first race and the second race. I just didn’t piece it together and you have those days sometimes,” he added.
 Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the 470 Men, Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan continue to hold onto second place overall. They are currently 11 points behind the Croatians who are leading the event. The Aussies posted an 8th and an 11th in today’s two races, but have three races scheduled tomorrow to complete their preliminary series.
 Belcher/Ryan Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“Today there was a little bit of swell, really patchy pressure and a struggling sea breeze, which didn’t really build. When we went right it went left, when we went left it went right. It was just a difficult day for us, both of us felt quite ok. We struggled to get off the line a bit, a lot of the teams were risking quite a bit. We just seemed to be in that group that were pushing it a bit," Belcher said.
Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“We’re proud of how we’re putting together our series, we’ve got to be a bit patient and keep fighting Aussie style, right to the end,” he added.
 Smith/Ryan Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the 470 women’s event, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan are also looking forward to the final three races in their preliminary series as the Aussies vie for a position in the top 10 to go through to the medal race. The girls are currently in 11th overall after a 6th and a 13th in today’s two races.
Smith/Ryan Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was pretty tricky out there, it was a light sea breeze but it was still very up and down.We finished the first race and the breeze completely died again then re-established, so we moved a little bit further offshore,” Smith said at the end of the day.
Smith/Ryan Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“So, it was quite tricky from the point of view that there was a lot of opportunities from both sides of the course. It wasn’t equal at all, it was sort of just anyone’s game the whole way round, it was tricky out there but we tried to hold it as best we could,” she added.
Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was really tricky racing and we could have easily been a long way in front or a long way behind, so I think we’ll take that and be happy. I think the points will be close and we’re just on the edge of being in or out of the medal race. I guess the plan will be the same as today, try and get a few top tens and secure our spot for the medal race,” concluded Jaime Ryan.
Smith/Ryan Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
When racing finally got underway an hour later than scheduled, the day started well for Sydney cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin in the Nacra 17 class. They won their first race of the day in compelling fashion, leading the fleet from start to finish.
Waterhouse/Darmanin Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
However, in the following two races the Aussies finished in 12th and 17th bringing them to fourth overall and will sail in the Medal Race on Tuesday in Rio (Wednesday 3am AEST).
Waterhouse/Darmanin Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“Our execution in the first race was great, we had our knowledge and our heads in the game. In the last two we just really struggled.Both races the right hand was favoured so we wanted to get out of the start and tack out straight away and get over there, to that side. Unfortunately it just didn’t work. Most of our competitors were going left and we weren’t prepared for them to sail that strategy," Waterhouse said.
Waterhouse/Darmanin Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It’s getting tricky because we’re here to win the gold medal. In saying that, we have a couple of competitors for medals who are just behind us, as well. I think we’re just going to have to really just keep our eyes open and really go full force to win the gold medal.”
Waterhouse/Darmanin Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Tomorrow is a day off for the Nacra 17 class and in Rio on Tuesday (Wednesday AM AEST), the top ten teams will fight it out in the medal race.
Laser Fleet Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Tomorrow, Tom Burton will race in the Laser Medal Race to decide which colour medal he will take home (3am Tuesday AEST). Ashley Stoddart will also race in her Laser Radial Medal Race, going into it in ninth position (2am Tuesday AEST).
Ashley Stoddart Photo: © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Racing also continues tomorrow for Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen in the 49er class and the 470 Men (Mat Belcher & Will Ryan) and Women (Carrie Smith & Jaime Ryan). The Nacra 17 (Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin) and Finn (Jake Lilley) have tomorrow off before their Medal Race on Tuesday.

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