Sitting ducks on Day 12 take flight on final day of Olympic sailing

Olympic sailing: Day 12 recap, Day 13 preview

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha at the Rio Olympics

Another beautiful 79 degree day on Guanabara Bay.

Another weather delay.

The waters of Pão de Açucar were still and once again, the lack of wind caused a three and a half hour weather delay. 

Unfortunately, the wind did not cooperate and Olympic officials cancelled the men’s and women’s 470 medal race.

Thursday is a new day, wind is predicted to pick up and so is the abundance of sailing races.

Four to be exact: Men’s and women’s 470, men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX medal races.

Men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX

New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have already clinched gold heading into the medal race on Thursday. They have scored low enough (33 net points) in the opening series that no competitior can score lower to take the lead (similar to golf, the lower the points the better).

Germany’s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel head into the medal race with 67 net points, Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have 70 and Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Alain Sign of Great Britain have 80. They are the top contenders for bronze.

Americans Joe Morris and Thomas Barrows did not advance to the medal race.

The women’s side is sure to please in the medal race. Three crews are tied for first in net points with 46, Spain’s Tamara Dominguez and Berta Betanzos, Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze​ and Denmark’s Jena Hansen and Katja Salskoc-Iversen. New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, however, are only one point behind with 47. These are the only boats in medal contention heading into the medal race.

Team USA’s Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, advance to the medal race but are out of medal contention. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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