Ashley Stoddart (Laser Radial)
In another impressive performance, Laser Radial sailor, Ashley Stoddart has secured a place in Monday’s medal race in Rio (2am Tuesday AEST).
Stoddart finished the preliminary series with a seventh and an eighth in today’s two races and is currently laying ninth overall. Only the top 10 boats compete in the medal race.
“I didn’t really know the points going into today, I just knew that if I had a good day, it was possible, so I just went out.”
“We had a pretty interesting day because we were on both an outside course and an inside course, so it was really interesting.”
“Pretty wavy outside, we had a developing sea breeze so it was building as we were out there. It was hiking conditions and really nice sailing out there.”
“It was all on for the last race, everyone was hiking as hard as they could, and there was no rest or anything, everyone was going as fast as they can.”
The Laser Radial have a scheduled day off tomorrow and the medal race takes place on Monday in Rio (2am Tuesday AEST).
Looking ahead to the race, Ashley said, “I think the medal race is a completely different ball game to fleet racing, double points.
“I will just approach it like any race, try and get around the course as quickly as possible, so that’s what I’m going to try to do. Take a bit of rest now and go in as refreshed as I can”, added Ashley.