Day eleven of the Olympic Games will be a key day for Great Britain's 49er sailors Chris Draper and Olympic silver medallist Simon Hiscocks as they sail the penultimate day of their competition
Day eleven of the Olympic Games will be a key day for Great Britain’s 49er sailors Chris Draper and Olympic silver medallist Simon Hiscocks as they sail the penultimate day of their competition.
Three races are schedules in the high performance 49er class and with the points so close a further three races could still shake up the fleet. Draper and Hiscocks are currently lying in second place overall, tied on equal points with third placed Rodion Luka and George Leonchuck of Ukraine, and nine points away from first placed Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez of Spain. They will be going flat out today to ensure they are in reach of a medal position going into the final race of the series on Thursday.
Also out racing will be the Star fleet, which fell behind schedule yesterday when only one race was completed. The highly competitive fleet will be back out on the racecourse to complete race six, and Great Britain’s Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell will be hoping that the wind blows in their favour today. The 2000 Sydney gold medallist and team mate Mitchell are currently lying in ninth place overall but the points are incredible close and there is still all to play for as they are just seven points off a medal position.
The weather forecast for Tuesday begins as another Meltemi day, with the offshore north-easterly wind reaching speeds of 10-20 knots. However, the weather chart and knowledge from yesterday suggests that this wind shall decrease rather than increase during the afternoon. It could turn into another day of the offshore shifty wind fighting an onshore sea breeze, which created very light conditions on the race courses yesterday.
Today’s sailing on TV
Interactive 1 will show live coverage at 1100 (BST) from the 49er course and BBC1 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).