Stu McNay and David Hughes compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 1, 2021 in Fujisawa, Japan.
On the last day of the Olympic sailing competition in which the U.S. wasn’t able to bring home a medal, Stu McNay and Dave Hughes provided an uplifting final performance.
Competing in the Men’s 470 medal race Wednesday on the Enoshima course, McNay (Providence, Rhode Island) and Hughes (Miami, Florida) finished in fourth place. It was a valiant effort by the Americans, who had entered the finale in 10th place overall and boosted themselves up to a ninth-place finish, one of three top-10 finishes in Tokyo for the U.S. sailing team.
“At the at the end of the day, we’re happy to have made the medal race,” Hughes said prior to the final. “This regatta has been a knife fight, and the standard that this 470 fleet has shown is impressive.
“Our class has really grown during this five-year period since the last Olympics, and it is amazing to see what people have done to build their performance, ourselves included. It is just so inspiring to sail at this level against competitors who we’ve known for years, and who we really respect.”
The men’s and women’s medal races were the last at the Olympic Games in this class. Going forward, 470 will be a mixed-gender event.
“It’s absolutely an honor to be part of that,” Hughes said.