Kiwi Sonar crew start well at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

By Yachting NZ

New Zealands Paralympic sailing crew of Richard Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp claimed a race win on day one of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and lie 2nd overall after the opening day of the six-day regatta.

Racing in the three-person keelboat event featuring 14 boats from 14 nations, Dodson, May and Sharp returned an 8th in race one and then claimed the win in race two. The kiwis are locked on nine points with Greece and Germany.

Rio turned on the sunshine and a ten-knot breeze for the first day of racing.

"In the build-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition the sky has been a dull shade of grey, but the minute the first day of racing started, the stereotypical Rio de Janeiro sunshine came out with a 10 knot wind to boot. It was a glorious opening session of sailing," writes Richard Aspland in Rio for World Sailing.

Australias Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris were the top performers in the Sonar winning the opening race and crossing in 2nd behind the kiwis in race two. They end day one with the overall lead, six points clear of the trio of next-best crews.

Racing in Rio resumes tomorrow with the Sonar teams set to sail another two races.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Sonar Event top five

1st AUS Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris - 3 points

2nd NZL Richard Dodson, Andrew May and Chris Sharp - 9 points

3rd GRE Vasilis Christoforou, Anargyros Notaroglou and Thodoris Alexas - 9 points

4th GER Lasse Kltzing, Siegmund Mainka and Jens Kroker - 9 points

5th CAN Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes - 10 points

Full results here:

Rio 2016 Sonar Schedule

Monday 12 Sept - 2 races

Tuesday 13 Sept - 2 races

Wednesday 14 Sept - 2 races

Thursday 15 Sept - 2 races

Friday 16 Sept - 2 races

Saturday 17 Sept - 1 race

More here:

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Yachting New Zealand

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