Aug. 11, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University alum Charlie Buckingham (C'11) is currently tied for 14th place with 67 points in the men's laser sailing event at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. Competing on the Copacabana and Niteroi open-ocean courses on day three, the men's laser event has completed six of its scheduled 10 preliminary round fleet races.
Buckingham and the 46-boat fleet have sailed two races each day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with each finish tallying a point total for that round. Each sailor has a drop race and through six races, Buckingham has tallied 67 points (20 / 7 / 10 / 22 / 8 / 26).
"I'm definitely sailing well, and I'm fast," Buckingham, who is competing in his first Olympic Games, said in an interview with US Sailing following the first two races. "I just have to go back out and do it again tomorrow. I survived the day and am feeling good."
The field will rest on Thursday and return to the water on Friday and Saturday for the final four races of the preliminary round. The top 10 advance to the medal round, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 15 at 1:05 p.m. ET.