Rhu's Luke Patience and Chris ‘Twiggy’ Grube moved into the 470 Men’s medal positions as they won their only race in Rio yesterday.

The 470 Men are now set for a rest day tomorrow and the Brits signed off in style as they led from start to finish to pick up their first race win of the regatta.

In was a difficult day on Guanabara Bay as at first the 470s were held for over an hour on shore as race officials waited for the wind to fill in and swing from the east to a more favourable westerly.

And when they did finally get afloat they continued playing the waiting game until almost the last available chance to start a race.

The 470s are now at the halfway point of their regatta and are set to resume action on Sunday. Patience and Grube admit they are now looking forward to the business end of proceedings.

Patience said: “We were dead happy with our performance today.

"Our strategy was to really lock into the conditions, we spent a long time talking about it and observing what was going on and just felt at ease with what our first move was.

“We executed it exactly how we wanted it to and even in an unpredictable venue like this, if you can execute what you plan to do so often it reaps the rewards.”

Grube added: “We’re feeling like we’ve got some good flow and momentum behind us.

"We’re just trying to build our regatta and it really feels like now we can start knocking in some results and taking a bit more risk.

"I am really enjoying it, I think winning a race at the Olympics should be exciting."

Double World Champions, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) lead the class with seven points, with Australia’s three-time World Champions, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in second two points behind. Patience and Grube are in third on 17 points.

The 470 Men’s class is scheduled to contest an 11 race series, with two races per day on 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 August before the final one off medal race on Wednesday, August 17.