RIO 2016 - FINAL DAY

by Celia Snedden | 13 December 2016

Sailing on Guanabara Bay, Rio

KIWIS DRAW WITH CANADA FOR THIRD BUT LOOSE ON A COUNT BACK, PUTTING THEM IN FORTH OVERALL...

What a regatta it's been for Kiwi Gold Sailing's Rick Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp in Rio this week, The extremely tricky conditions have seen the team finish day one in 2nd place, day two dropped back to 4th day 3 back up to 3rd and day four and five in sixth. However in the top 8 boats of the fleet everyone has been at the back of the fleet at some stage during the week, except for the Australians who secured Gold last night with a very consistent regatta.

The incredibly tight racing and mixed positions of the fleet thought the 6 day regatta saw the Kiwi team coming into the last race on day 6 only 5 points off Bronze and 6 off Silver, with 7 boats fighting for the last two podium positions.

*This is what we trained for" were the words of support sent from Tom Dodson. "Everything to race for and nothing to loose" from Don Cowie, "the key now is how they come back, they know they have the goods" from Matty Mason. David Barnes has been following closely with interest and is happy with how his old team mates are performing in what he knows if a tough fleet.

Race 11 saw the New Zealanders in 8th round the first mark however they then gained on downwind to take first place by the bottom mark, which they held most of the race until USA secured Silver by overtaking them on the last upwind leg to pip them on the finish line by 1 second. This left the Kiwis in 3rd place until Canada overtook the French on the last short reach to the finish beating them by 1 second. This meant the New Zealanders were on equal points with the Canadians, but lost on a count back finishing 4th overall.

Such a close finish is hard, however the team is happy with they way they finished the regatta.

The support from you and the New Zealand yachting community has been what has kept the teams fighting spirit high this week. From the start of the campaign 4 years ago our friends, family and sailing community have showed their faith in this team.

THANK YOU 
Rick, Andrew and Chris
NZ PARALYMPIC SAILING TEAM - KIWI GOLD SAILING

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