Designed in France in the 1960s, the 470 double-handed dinghy (so named because boat is 4.70 metres long) has been an Olympic class since Montreal 1976. Originally an open class, it was split into respective men’s and women’s divisions for the 1988 Games. The 470 is a small, exceptionally fast, and highly technical boat, and is designed to plane easily in high winds – skimming across the top of the waves in the fashion of a powerboat. Britain have won five silver medals across the men’s and women’s divisions, but so far a gold medal has eluded the nation.
Who is on Team GB?
Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills ( below) will aim to go one better in Rio, having won silver in
London. Luke Patience – who also won silver four years ago – competes alongside Chris Grube after his original partner, Elliot Willis, was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Who is favourite?
The women’s fleet looks very open, with no one team dominating during the quadrennial, although Austria’s Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar have two world titles and will be in medal contention. Meanwhile, the men to beat are Australian duo Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page, who won gold in London.