49er – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sailed four races today and came off the water pleased. The overnight leaders placed 5th, 2nd, 8th and 6th in racing today and are now halfway through their qualifying series with a reserve day tomorrow to rest.
Blair Tuke said, “We didn’t feel like we sailed that well, but to come away from it with four low scores we’re really happy. It was a tough day, but we’re happy.
“With four races today it was a big chunk of the fleet racing so, like we’ve been saying it was really solid just to keep ticking away. Certainly not as pretty as we maybe did yesterday, but we’re really happy with it.”
Burling reported that sailing conditions on the Aeroporto course were less shifty than yesterday on Guanabara Bay.
“It was a lot more consistent, so you only had one shot to get it right and if you were behind half way up the first beat and were pretty deep you had to deliver some pretty good racing to get back to the top five,” said Burling.
“We were really happy, from where we were in a few of the races, to get some low scores on the board and to keep it pretty clean.”
Burling and Tuke end the day three points ahead of Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER). The top two placed crews have opened a solid gap on the rest of the fleet with Jonas Warrer and Christian Lubeck (DEN) 15 points adrift of the Germans.
After tomorrow’s rest day the 49er fleet return for two more days of qualifying, before another rest day which precedes their medal race on Thursday 18 August in Rio.
49erFX – Alex Maloney and Molly Meech
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech also finsihed the day with a race win and add that with another three top five finishes to their points tally. The New Zealand women skiff pair have now pulled themselves up into 3rdoverall, tied on points with the Brazilian crew of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze in 2nd.
“We had a pretty consistent day and managed to win the last race so that was a really cool way to finish it off,” said Meech.
Helm Alex Maloney said, “We had glamour conditions today. Molly and my teamwork is going really well so we’re really happy with how we are going.”
“There are probably eight girls who could potentially medal and a lot of the others are really pushing hard so it’s really good racing.”
Their schedule mirrors that of the men’s 49er fleet, and they enjoy a rest day tomorrow before getting back into it.
1st Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er) (1, 1, 5, 2, 8, 6)
3rd Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (49erFX) (6, 5, 4, 4, 5, 1)