The heavyweight men’s dinghy has been a Games ever-present since Helsinki 1952. The boat was designed by Swede Rickard Sarby, who, quite wonderfully, juggled his boat designing with a job as a hairdresser. Great Britain is enjoying a remarkable run of success. Up to 1996, Charles Currey was the only Briton to win a medal in the class, with silver in 1952. Iain Percy won the nation’s first Finn gold at Sydney 2000, before Sir Ben Ainslie’s remarkable run of three golds in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The onus is now on Giles Scott to win the title for a fifth successive time.
Who is on Team GB?
Giles Scott ( below) is the most successful sailor in the fleet, and one of Team GB’s best gold medal prospects. Scott narrowly missed out on selection for London 201 to Ainslie. He responded by winning 19 of 21 events over the past four years — finishing second in the other two — as well as three consecutive Finn World Championships.
Who is favourite?
It is hard to look beyond Scott, but competition will come from London silver medallist Jonas Hogh Christensen, the Dane who prompted Ainslie’s memorable “I’m angry … he did not want to make me angry” line four years ago. Kiwi Josh Junior is one to watch.