15 August in Rio was supposed to be the race of 470, Laser and 49er classes. As a result, the 470 and Laser classes were cancelled due to weather conditions, while the 49er races took place - with New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke leading by a wide margin. As the fleet returned to shore - some after hours of waiting on the water and the cancellation signal, others after successfully completing the race - a squall came in. The wind increased from 11 to 40 knots in a matter of minutes, capsizing several boats, among them New Zealand's Star Blow. The women's crew 470, representing Germany, had their sails torn to shreds.
Sails tear and boats capsize in Rio Olympics on August 15
Image courtesy of: Sailing Energy, World Sailing, Juerg Kaufmann go4image.com , Rio 2016