Sailing has completed after an exciting week in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. Congratulations to all sailors; Nacra F17 medal winners are GOLD - Santi Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli(ARG) with 77 points, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) took silver with 78 points and bronze goes to Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) with 78 points.
Santiago Lange is a six time Olympian, and two-time bronze medallist in the discontinued Tornado catamaran class. His sons Yago and Klaus were also racing in the Olympics in the 49er.
Conditions in general were tricky. The Olympic sailing competition produced the extremes of flat water and shifty conditions on the inshore courses with the giant wind and size-of-a-house waves out on the seaward courses. This regatta is testing every extreme of a sailor’s ability, which some argue is exactly what the Olympic competition should be. The word of the day for those that went out to sea on day four was ‘survival'.
In the Medal Race the Argentineans got a penalty and ended up rounding A mark at the back of the pack but they fought back to third by the top of the final leg, only to incur another penalty for sailing too close to the Austrians. After dropping the spin and doing their 360, Lange and Saroli pulled a rabbit out to make sixth place, just seven seconds ahead of the Italian team. The young Aussies crossed the finish behind the New Zealand team of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL), but more importantly finished ten seconds ahead of the Austrians who crossed for third place. Australia and Austria were tied on points, but silver goes to Waterhouse and Darmanin as they finished higher in the Medal Race.
RESULTS / ENTRIES
A full list of sailors racing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is available to view here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/qualification/sailors.php#.V6ZHvo6BLqM. Results are available here - https://www.rio2016.com/en/sailing-schedule-and-results
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php