Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing: Ups and downs on Day 3

It started out with big breezes which eventually faded to nothing in Tokyo for the third day of the Olympic sailing regatta, writes Andy Rice

The excitement kicked up a gear on the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition as the women in the 49erFX Skiff put on a display of high speed boat handling and fast-thinking tactics.

The wind was gusting and shifting wildly for the courses close to shore, although the breeze dropped later in the day for the start of Men’s Skiff – 49er competition. Some pre-event favourites have made good comebacks in the Laser and Radial events, while two opening races in the Finn have gone extremely well for Turkey.

Brits Dobson and Tidey lead the 49erFX fleer. Photo: Sailing energy / World Sailing

Olympic sailing: Women’s Skiff – 49erFX

The 49erFX opened their Olympic sailing regatta with a dramatic race that fully showcased just how challenging and unpredictable these skiffs can be. Early on it was the gold and silver medallist teams from Rio 2016 who took the lead.

Rio silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) led around the first mark. The reigning Olympic Champions from Brazil, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze also had a go in the lead, but they couldn’t keep the British behind them.

After a slow start, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) put the hammer down, moved into the lead and were unstoppable. Behind them all kinds of unforced errors were striking other teams.

The Kiwis capsized, the Brazilians were lying in second down the final run to the finish but their gennaker sheet got jammed and they couldn’t clear the problem, watching almost the whole fleet sail past as they finished in 15th.

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