49er

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Key info

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.

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