Rio Olympics: Freo sailor Carrie Smith progressing well in 470 Women’s competition


Australia's Jaime Ryan and Australia's Carrie Smith the 470 Women sailing class. Picture: William West/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's Jaime Ryan and Australia's Carrie Smith the 470 Women sailing class. Picture: William West/AFP/Getty Images

FREMANTLE Sailing Club’s Carrie Smith had a great weekend in the water in the 470 Women’s competition in Rio.

After a shaky opening four races, during which Smith and her partner Jaime Ryan could only manage to finish in eighth place or worse, races five and six provided a much better showing.

The Australian pair finished seventh in race five, improving to finish in sixth in race six but faltering in race seven to go across the line in 14th place.

The duo has climbed two spots to 11th overall with three races to go before the medal race.

Following their seventh-placed finish, Smith said it was “a slower day” for them.

“The wind took a little while to come in, so we only got one race in and it ended up to be a great race,” she said.

“We got about 10 knots, maybe a little bit less, but we raced really well.”

Race eight, nine and 10 were due to set off after midnight tonight, but have been rescheduled to an as yet unknown later time.