Rio Olympic games: Leicestershire’s Fletcher sails into medal contention – Manchester Mercury

Their first race win from the regatta, coupled with a sixth and third, using their three races today powered them as much as 4th overall in sailing#8217;s men#8217;s 49er class.

With Thursday#8217;s Medal Race worth double points for each position, to assert a debut Games podium finish Fletcher and Sign need to put four motorboats between themselves and also the Australians, and 6 motorboats in front of the Spanish people. However they have only eyes on winning the race.

Sign added: #8220;I believe Dylan had a little more caffeine today! We chatted during the last couple of days about how exactly you want to set the boat up, and also have been reminding ourselves how you want to sail, just looking for that extra little bit of speed. It#8217;s moving away from the road again and providing ourselves the choice to possess a clean lane around the racecourse.#8221;

The 49er Medal Race is scheduled to occur at 5pm BST on Thursday, with New Zealand#8217;s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke already getting guaranteed gold.

Anybody can try sailing free of charge at Fletcher#8217;s local club, Rutland SC, included in the RYA#8217;s Sail for Gold Roadshows from 10am Thursday. All comers will be asked to look at the 49er Medal Race and cheer the Brits up with buddies, family and people from the British Sailing Team from 5pm.

Merket Harborough#8217;s Dylan Fletcher and team-mate Alain Sign traveled the world themselves into medal contention after a great day around the water in Rio.

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