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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rio Update : Frustration for Laser Medal Races While Sun Shines On Aussie 49er Boys

It was a day of postponements on-shore as the sailors waited for wind on Day 8 in Rio. Tom Burton in the Laser and Ashley Stoddart in the Laser Radial were scheduled for Medal Races on Pao de Acucar course today.
Tom Burton Photo: © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
With the wind being far too light for racing inside Guanabara Bay, Laser sailor Tom Burton will have to wait until tomorrow to sail off for the medals. Burton is assured a medal, but the colour will be determined in the double-point medal race, which is now scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
Ashley Stoddart Photo: © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Laser Radial sailor, Ashley Stoddart, had her fleet sent out late in the afternoon for their medal race; however, a south-westerly front wreaked havoc, taking the breezes from nothing to too much, so their race was also postponed today.
Outteridge/Jensen Photo: © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
The 49er class completed three races out on Copacabana in consistent 10-15 knots, finishing just before over 40 knots of breeze hit from the South West. The 470 men and women fleets were held on shore for two and a half hours longer than planned and were moved to the Niteroi course, outside the bay, but were sent back in after the intense front hit.
Photo: © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Australia’s 49er team of Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen revelled in today’s conditions out on the Copacabana course. The Aussies put together a consistent day, scoring 4, 5, 8 in today’s three races, which moves them up into third overall.
Photo: © Sailing Energy/World Sailing
“The conditions today were awesome. After a bit of a wait, the seabreeze filled in nicely offshore and we had about 10-15 knots for the three races. Today was the first time the 49er fleet has done any offshore racing and it’s pretty nice to have stable conditions for three races. We had a much better day which moved us up the leaderboard,” Outteridge said.
Jake Lilley Photo: Robert Deaves
Medal Races Tuesday 16 August Rio / Wednesday 17 August AEST
  • Ashley Stoddart Laser Radial 1.00pm (Rio) / 2am AEST Pao de Acucar
  • Tom Burton Laser 1.45pm (Rio) / 2.45am AEST Pao de Acucar
  • Jake Lilley Finn 2.30pm (Rio) / 3.30am AEST Pao de Acucar
  • Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin Nacra 17 3.15pm (Rio) / 4.15am AEST) Pao de Acucar
Tomorrow, we have all of our Australian teams racing.

Ashley Stoddart (Laser Radial) Medal Race 1pm (Rio)/2am (AEST); Tom Burton (Laser) Medal Race 1.45pm (Rio)/2.45am (AEST); Jake Lilley (Finn) 2.30pm (Rio)/3.30am (AEST) and Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin (Nacra17) 3.15pm (Rio) / 4.15am (AEST).

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen will race their final three full fleet races tomorrow in the 49er class. Mat Belcher & Will Ryan and Carrie Smith & Jaime Ryan will also race to complete their series before the 470 class medal races on Wednesday (Rio) / Thursday AM AEST.

Australian Sailing Team Media

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