U.S. Olympic sailor David Hughes, son of retired Beaufort County assessor Ed Hughes, teamed with Stuart McNay to earn a berth in the final race of the men’s 470 class in Rio de Janeiro. However, they already know they can’t bring home a medal.
Though Hughes and McNay stood fourth in points after the 10-race preliminaries, they cannot make up enough ground to crack the top three even with double points available in the medal race.
Wednesday’s finale, along with the rest of the schedule, had to be pushed back a day when winds failed to materialize off Guanabara Bay.
Hughes, who grew up in Maine, and McNay came to Rio among the favorites, having medaled 16 times at elite-level events since 2012. But they never built enough momentum on Brazilian waters, despite a victory in the eighth preliminary.
With a chance of moving into medal contention, Hughes/McNay finished outside the top 10 in the final two races.