Matt Bugg 4th on day 1 at Paralympics
Australia was the dominant force on day one of the Rio Paralympics, with AUS crews leading in the Skud 18 and the Sonars and Matt Bugg a close fourth in the 2.4 Norlin OD.
Bugg had a third a fifth place and is on equal points with third-placed Dee Smith (USA), five points the leader sailor.
London gold medallist Helena Lucas (GBR) heads the leader board in the 2.4s with a 1-2 results, followed by Heiko Kroeger (GER) with a 2-3, Smith (USA) with a 7-1 and Bugg (AUS) with a 3.5 scorecardl.
“Matt did a great job today. Tomorrow may be tricky (according to the forecast), ” coach RIchard Scarr said after the racing.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing competition started in testing, yet good racing conditions with Rio turning on the charm with sunshine and breeze for a ‘thrilling opening day’, reports World Sailing.
‘Casting an eye over the results it’s fair to say that Australia was the dominant force after two races across the three Paralympic events,’ World Sailing commented.
Both the AUS Sonar and Skud 18 crews had a 1-2 result today, with the Sonar crew opening up a 6 point lead of their nearest rival and the Skud 18 crew leading by 3 points.
World Sailing/Peter Campbell