Day 13 of the 2004 Olympic Games will see a big day in the 49er fleet who will wrap up their 16-race series today
Day 13 of the 2004 Olympic Games will see a big day in the 49er fleet who will wrap up their 16-race series today.
Great Britain’s Chris Draper and Sydney Olympic silver medallist Simon Hiscocks have already secured themselves a bronze medal and will be racing today to see if they can trade up. They are currently lying two points behind Rodion Luka and George Leonchuck of Ukraine and 11 points off first placed Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez of Spain. As windsurfer Nick Dempsey proved yesterday, anything is possible in this sport and it really will come down to the wire.
Sydney Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy and crew Steve Mitchell will also be back out in the Star class. The points are extremely close in the class, and with just four points separating the British in sixth place and a podium position, there will be all to play for going into the final three races of the series.
Racing will also take place today in the Tornado catamaran class, like the Star, they have a further three races left and Great Britain’s Leigh McMillan and Mark Bulkeley are currently lying in 13th place overall after two good results yesterday.
Another day of light winds is forecast with a light south-westerly sea breeze predicted at race start time of 1300. Temperatures will reach once again into the early 30s.
You can follow the racing online at www.gbrsailing.org.uk and view the sailing on the BBC today. Interactive 4 will show live coverage at 11 00 (BST) from the 49er course and BBC 1 will also include live coverage throughout the afternoon as well as regular updates from the sailing venue. There will also be coverage of the day’s sailing activity on the BBC1 Olympic report programmes at 1900 (BST) and 1030 (BST). All TV details are correct at time of going to press.