All 2 weeks of the sailing Olympics itBoat maintains «logbook», reporting on the main events and achievements of each day.
Saturday marked the end of the
Our crew had two flights today - against Frenchwoman Claire Leroy (fligh 60) and New Zealander Stephanie Hazard (fligh 65). The first flyteam developed quite dramatically: having lost the start to the Frenchwoman, Skudina put up a very tough fight to her rival on the first tack, but came out on the top mark of the second, only three seconds behind Leroy. She had only three seconds ahead of Leroy. After the turn she managed to break the Frenchwoman's spinnaker. Leroy was not confused and went to the leeward position forcing Katia to overtake the mark. Here Skudina made a mistake - being on the left tack, she didn't give way and was penalized under Rule 10. She was the first to pass the mark by four seconds.
The second tack did not bring our crew luck - the whole fight was on a full course again. Here began something extravagant: once again Ekaterina managed to overtake the Frenchwoman and tried to catch her at a foul. Both crews dropped their spinnakers and began to spin, trying to force each other into mistakes or provoke a collision. Skudina tried to close the finish line for Leroy, but the latter was faster and our crew still needed to curl a penalty turn. It was a shameful defeat by a 15 second margin, but our crew kept fighting hard and competently till the end.
«The second flyteam of our girls went». Katya, who had sat too long at the start, beat her rival at the first tack and finished first at the top tack. On the fordak, the New Zealanders tried to close the wind and thanks to this, they were able to take the lead for
After winning 8 of the 10 flyteams, our crew finished second and will compete in
the quarter-finalsagainst world number two Lucy MacGregor .
Not the weakest fencer, but she is also motivated «» .
The quarter-finals in match race discipline will start on August 7, and the finals will take place on August 11.
In the other classes the following events took place: in men's 470 the leader was changed. The Austrian crew of Matthew Belscher won both races on Saturday and moved up to the first line of the table. As for the Sheremetev brothers, they had an uneven performance today - finishing
In RS:X class there are no positive changes: Dmytro Polishchuk is
And now, a few words again about the Finn class where the final medal race will be held today. To be exact, what we should expect and what tactical steps can be made by three leaders. No doubt, the main intrigue will be the fight of two stars: Jonas
Who will win? An enraged Ainslie from recent events? The utterly cool and collected
Hoig-Christensen? The secretive Postma, who has not said a word to reporters?
We'll find out after 5 p.m. today. But in any case this race will go down in sailing history.
The sailing race broadcasts (although without commentary) can be seen on Sportbox, the schedule of all races and results on the ISAF website, and a daily report on the performance of the Russian team on the VFS website.