The women’s skiff 49erFX makes its debut alongside the men’s 49er, first introduced at Sydney 2000. A double-handed class, during the race it is the responsibility of the helm to make tactical decisions and steer, while the crew does the majority of the sail control. Britain have a history of success, with Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks taking silver at Sydney before Hiscocks joined Chris Draper to win bronze in Athens.
Who’s on Team GB?
In the 49erFX, Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth will be buoyed by their recent Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland victory. Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (left), meanwhile, won a fiercely competitive selection battle against John Pink and Stuart Bithell to secure their place at the Games.
Who is favourite?
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who were New Zealand’s flagbearers for opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium, are overwhelming favourites for gold, having won an astonishing 27 successive regattas since London. In the 49erFX, local girls Martine Grael and will Kahena Kunzel will start as favourites.