If I could counter the Editor’s lament about the performance of Team USA at the Olympic Regatta for Sailing Anarchy’s Non-American Readership.

Team GBR continues its sparkling Olympic record since the Medal Race was introduced in Qingdao in 2008 showing the strength in depth of British Olympic Sailing

470 men – 2nd – Chance of a medal ( 4 races to go)
470 women – 2nd – Chance of a medal (4 races to go)
49’er men – 1st – Chance of a medal(3 races to go Burling & Tuke breathing down tehri neck)
49’er fx women – 4th  Chance of a medal (3 races to go)
Finn men – 1st – Chance of a medal (4 races to go but won last 4)
Laser men – 8th  – Had chance of medal race, blew it with a DSQ in the final race finished 12th
Laser radial – 10th – in medal race – no realistic medal opportunity
Nacra mixed – 2nd – Chance of a medal (halfway there)
RSX men – 6th – In medal race – slim chance of a medal – would have to finish 7 places ahead of Italy
RSX women – In Medal Race – Guaranteed a medal – If she finishes 2 places ahead of China  and ahead of France it could be gold.

Not to rub it in, but GBR’s strength in depth means that in the entire time the Medal Race has been part of the Olympic Regatta there had NOT been a single medal race so far without a British boat competing until today with Elliot Hansen’s DSQ in the final Men’s Laser race. Not sure of the reason but my best guess would be a 2nd RRS42 penalty (he already received one in Race 5) Not the smartest way to blow your medal race chances.

( NB: 1st RRS 42 Penalty in a regatta is a 2 turns penalty, 2nd RRS 42 penalty is a race DSQ). That’s right, so far 34 Olympic Medal Races raced or entries confirmed and 33 British boats have made it to the regatta ‘final’.

The remaining 6 classes where the Medal Race entrants have yet to be decided the British boats are in 1st x 2;  2nd x 3 & 4th x 1 meaning, short of a disaster the clean sweep should continue. 

Perhaps if Mr. Cayard wants to improve future US performance a good start would be to sit down with GBR Performance Director, Ian Walker for a few tips… – SS.