Olympic sailors Chris Grube and Luke Patience are are vowing to 'turn the burners on' today (August 15) after their medal hopes took a hit in Rio yesterday.
Grube, 31, of Mickle Trafford , and his Scottish sailing partner Patience are competing in the 470 men’s dinghy class.
The Brits head into the final three races of their series today sitting in 10th overall knowing they need a big day on Guanabara Bay to give themselves a shot of a podium finish in Wednesday’s double points Medal Race.
After Saturday's rest day, Grube and Patience were judged to have been too overeager on the start line in yesterday's opening race, meaning they immediately carried that disqualification as their 'discarded race', so their opening day 21st place finish now counts towards their overall score.
They followed that with a 20th in race two.
But Patience, a London 2012 silver medallist with Stuart Bithell, insists they can still be in the hunt come Medal Race day.
He said: “I’m forever optimistic. What happened to us can happen to our competitors. I mustn't forget that. We come back, turn the burners on and hopefully make it good and something that were proud of.
“In the first race, we started early evidently, which you don’t find out until the end of the race. We had a really good race and were firing on all cylinders then our coach told us that we had been disqualified so I'm gutted.
“In the next race we inevitably we were a bit cautious on the start line so were hanging back a bit and we got punished for it. Not a fine day in the office and it’s frustrating but I'm sure all is not lost.”
The 470 Men’s class is an 11-race series. There are two races today, before a one-off medal race on Wednesday (August 17).