Olympic sailing: Day 3 preview

Olympic sailing: Day 3 preview

Paige Railey sailing in the Olympic Laser Radial class

Marina da Glória on Guanabara Bay hosts the men’s RS:X and women’s Laser Radial Olympic sailing events on Monday. Watch the stream of the Olympic sailing Day 3 races beginning at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Both the RS:X and the Laser Radial are raced in fleets, and the competition is simple: the first to cross the finish line wins.

Scoring is as follows: one point for first place, two points for second, three for third and so on. The lowest points total at the end of your race series wins.

Men’s RS:X

The increased popularity of the sport of windsurfing was the predominant reason Olympic organizers introduced the discipline into sailing competition in 1984. In 2012, windsurfing was almost replaced by kitesurfing after the conclusion of the London Games, but the International Sailing Federation voted against the change.

In windsurfing, all crafts are the exact same size and shape, crediting the sailor, not the gear, with a successful race.

At the 2012 London Games, Netherlands’ Dorian van Rijsselberge destroyed the competition winning six of the 10 races in the opening series. This year in Rio he is again the top candidate to win the gold medal in the event.

During the 2016 Sailing World Cup Miami, Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey won silver and China’s Aichen Wang took home bronze. Both are expected to battle it out for medals in Rio. Dempsey was also the silver medalist at the London Games.

Pedro Pascual is the young American looking for a spot on the podium as well. It’s definitely too early to rule him out.

Women’s Laser Radial

With a shorter lower-mast and a smaller sail than that of the Laser (men’s), the Laser Radial is more conducive for lighter sailors, making it a great boat for women’s racing.

A well-known name in the Laser Radial event, Netherlands’ Marit Bouwmeester, is looking to redeem herself from almost capturing gold in London, but barely falling short to China’s Xu Lijia.

Belgium’s Evi Van Acker, Great Britain’s Alison Young and Team USA’s Paige Railey are all in medal contention, and it could be anyone’s game depending on conditions and individual performance.

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