On day 5 the weather was quite rough. The Brazilians and the Brits held through and showed their true champion spirit in rough waters. On Wednesday the sailing competition was quite a challenge as the weather turned rough.
With brackish waters and the winds being heavy the sailors faced quite a bit of a challenge in the bay area. The races were also delayed as the weather conditions were harsh. One race, which was a mixed race of the catamaran category, had to be postponed on this day.
There were six fleets that ran two opening series races on this day. That includes men’s races in the Laser and Finn category as well mixed category races in Nacra 17 and 470 series as well as the laser radial category. Even though the weather was a challenge (not quite at the level of a Dubrovnik Bareboat Yacht Charter, with still winds, but bad enough!) many of the favorites were able to navigate successfully while in other cases less likely members emerged as winners.
For instance, in the Finn category Giles demonstrated why he is considered a favorite in the Finn category and why many fans are pinning their hopes that he would bring back gold this time from Rio. He was placed second in early two races while in a later race he was outright victorious. Caleb Paine from US also did not have a good start as he finished 21st but he added to a third place finish later on to hold his position in the top ten.
Jonathan Lobert lagged behind Scott and had his position as fifth overall. In the laser radial category for women Xu seemed to be rising above the fleet, but she fell back to fourth place finally. Paige Railey on the other hand, from US finished in seven and second in two races which elevated her position to seventh and remaining in the top ten.