Saturday 10:45 AM — Darien’s Rob Crane finished his last two Olympic events on Saturday, finishing 33rd place in Race 9, and 44th place in Race 10. The winner of both of those races was Tom Slingsby of Australia.
Slingsby also placed 1st in overall standings after 10 races. Crane finished the 10-race event in 29th place overall, out of 49 sailors. He placed highest out of the 10 in Race 8, when he finished in 8th place.
The top ten sailors in these 10 races make it to the medal races, which start Monday. Other countries that will be represented in the medal races include New Zealand, England, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Guatemala, France, and Uraguay.
10:29 AM — Rob Crane finished Race 8 in 8th place, 1:34 behind the winner, Australia’s Tom Slingsby. He remains in 26th place after 8 races. The top ten sailors in these 10 races make it to the medal races next week. Races 9 and 10 are Saturday, Aug. 4.
9:56 AM — Rob Crane has dropped to 10th place in Race 8, 0:36 behind Colin Cheng, of Singapore, who remains in the lead.
9:47 AM — At Mark 4, in Race 8, Darien’s Rob Crane is in 6th place, 0:25 behind the leader, Colin Cheng of Singapore.
Friday 8:17 AM — Darien’s Rob Crane finished in 19th place in Race 7 on Friday in the Men’s Laser event. He was 1:16 behind the winner, Julio Alsogaray of Buenos Aires. Crane is in 29th place after Race 7. The next race is at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
11:44 AM — After his 25th place finish in Race 6 of 10 today off the coast of England, Rob Crane of Darien remains 32nd in the Men’s Laser event. The top 10 sailors make it to the medal race next week.
Thursday is an off-day for the Laser event. It picks up again on Friday, Aug. 1, with Race 7 at 7 a.m. EDT and Race 8 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
11:11 AM — Darien’s Rob Crane finishes in 25th place in Race 6 of the 2012 Olympics Men’s Laser event. He was 2:54 behind the winner, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia.
11:08 AM — At the last mark, Crane is still in 26th place, 2:50 behind the leader.
11:06 AM — Crane moves up to 26th place at Mark 6. He’s 2:47 back of the leader with one more mark before the finish line.
11:01 AM — Crane is now in 28th place at Mark 5 (of 7) in Men’s Laser Race 6. He is 2:29 back of Stipanovic of Croatia, who’s regained the lead.
10:49 AM — Crane is now in 25th place at Mark 4 (of 7) in Men’s Laser Race 6. He is 1:42 back of the new leader, Tom Slingsby of Australia, who is also the overall event leader.
10:43 AM — Crane has fallen to 21st place at Mark 3 (of 7) in Race 6. He’s 1:33 back of the leader, Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia.
10:31 AM — Race 6 of the Men’s Laser finally got started about 20 minutes ago. At Mark 2 (of 7), Darien’s Rob Crane is in 17th place, after being in 28th at Mark 1. He is currently 53 seconds behind the leader.
9:25 AM — Race 6 of the Men’s Laser event is delayed right now. We’ll get back to updates once it starts.
9:07 AM — After his best finish in the Men’s Laser event at the 2012 Olympics, Darien’s Rob Crane moved up from 36th to 32nd overall.
Race 6 was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT. But the first race was delayed by over a half hour when it had to be restarted after a general recall.
After 10 races, the top 10 sailors make it to the medal race, which is on Monday, Aug. 6.
8:52 AM — Rob Crane of Darien finishes 16th in what was his best race yet in the 2012 Olympics.
8:49 AM — At Mark 7, with just the finish line next, Crane is in 16th place, 1:52 back of the leader.
8:45 AM — With just one more mark to go before the finish line, Crane remains 14th place in at Mark 6. He’s 1:31 back of the leader and 10 seconds back of 11th place.
8:42 AM — Crane falls back to 14th place at Mark 5 (of 7), but he’s just six seconds back of 10th place and 1:25 back of the Australian leader.
8:33 AM — Crane moves up to 12th place at Mark 4 (of 7), 1:25 back of leader Murdoch. This is the best place at any mark for the Darienite in any of his Olympic races.
8:24 AM — Crane still in 17th place at Mark 3 (of 7), 1:11 back of leader Murdoch.
8:14 AM — Crane falls to 17th place at Mark 2 (of 7), 1:04 back of the leader, Andrew Murdoch of Australia.
8:06 AM — And they’re off — officially. In Race 5, Mark 1, Darien’s Rob Crane is in 16th place, 27 seconds behind the leader. This is his best start of the Olympic Games.
7:45 AM — The race began but there was a “general recall,” according to US Sailing’s Twitter feed.
7:19 AM — According to the official Olympics website, the Men’s Laser Race 5, which was scheduled to being at 7:05, is being delayed. It is not clear why though.
6:30 AM — Darien’s Rob Crane, coming off his best race of the London Games, sets to sail at 7:05 a.m. EDT in Race 5 Wednesday. Race 6 will follow at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
• The Darien Times provides live updates of the race, as it happens, at Twitter.com/DarienTimes.
Crane had a much better second day on the Olympic waters off the coast of southern England Tuesday. The Darien sailor followed up a 30th place finish in Race 3 with a 28th place finish in Race 4 of the Men’s Laser event.
Crane made quite a comeback in Race 4 considering he was next to last of the 49 sailors after the second mark of the race. At the roughly halfway point in the race, he was 39th and continued to creep up as the race went on — finishing 28th, 4:04 behind the winner, Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus.
There are 10 races before the medal race on Monday, Aug. 6. Crane currently ranks 36th in the event with 135 points. The top 10 sailors make the medal race.
Points are awarded in each race: first scores one point, second scores two points, etc. After 10 races, points from the worst race are discarded. The points in the medal race are doubled, so first place gets two points, second gets four, etc., total after the medal race determines the placings.
“In the first race I had a pretty good start in the middle,” Crane told The Darien Times after the first day of competition. “The breeze was going left and we hadn’t anticipated that and once you get behind in that fleet it is hard to get back.”
The Darien Times provides live updates of the race, as it happens, at Twitter.com/DarienTimes.