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Olympic sailing: Day 6 preview

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A full slate of opening series races will take place in sailing on day six of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The men’s Finn single-man dinghy fleet will race for the third-straight afternoon, while men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing, men’s and women’s 470 two-person dinghy, and mixed Nacra 17 two-person catamarans all return to Marina da Glória.

In total, 16 races will be run in what will be the most crowed afternoon of sailing yet at these Olympics.

Men’s Finn

The one-man heavy dingy fleet will race its fifth and sixth races Thursday.

Heavy gold medal favorite Giles Scott of Great Britain will look to tighten his hold on the series. He currently leads by five net points over the rest of the field after posting second- and first-place finishes on Wednesday.

Team USA’s Caleb Paine holds a top-seven spot going into Thursday. He will attempt to build off a third-place finish in race four.

Men’s and Women’s 470

Competition got underway Wednesday in the two-person dinghy class.

Both American teams had success on the first day of racing. Annie Haegar and Briana Provancha will begin the day in third position overall thanks to a pair of top-seven finishes.

On the men’s side, Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes sit in eighth position overall, 14 points behind the Croatian duo of Sime Fantella and Igor Marenic.

Men’s and Women’s RS:X

The windsurfers will return to action Thursday with a trio of races in each series.

Both the men’s and women’s series, two sailors have separated themselves from the rest of the fleet.

Every men’s RS:X race thus far has been won by either Nick Dempsey of Great Britain or Dutch racer Dorian Van Rijsselberghe. One point separates the pair with half of the opening series left to run.

A near identical scenario has taken shape on the women’s side. One net point separates Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini and France’s Charline Picon. Between them the pair has won five out of six races.

Mixed Nacra 17

Weather delays on Wednesday postponed the third of three Nacra 17 races to  the next day. In total, four races in this class will take place Thursday.

With just two of 12 results in the books, it is far too early to begin drawing conclusions from the current overall standings.

That said, the Swiss, British and Brazilian teams will all feel confident after their results on Wednesday as the fleet prepares for a busy day of sailing.

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