AUSTRALIA AND GREAT BRITAIN ON TOP AT COPA DE BRASIL22 Dec 2015
As the countdown to Rio 2016 edges every closer, every bit of time on the water is critical. the 2016 Copa de Brasil marked one of the final opportunities teams have to face off against each other on the same waters that battle will unfold come the 2016 Olympic Games.
World #1 and 470 World Champions Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) finished off a successful year with a win in the Men’s 470 in Rio. The pair secured their second consecutive Copa Brasil de Vela title with one day to spare and after winning five out of ten races. A win in Sunday’s top ten Medal Race and a 43 points lead over Britain’s Luke Patience and Chris Grube sealed the deal on the Olympic venue with less than eight months to go to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Third to Stuart McNay/Dave Hughes (USA).
Delight for home sailors Henrique Haddad/Bruno Bethlem whose place in Brazil's Olymipc Sailing team was confirmed after Copa Vela de Brasil.
In the 470 Women, the lead exchanged multiple times as the event unfolded, with Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark claiming the lead over the final few days of racing from a super consistent series, counting four wins. Second to Japan's Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka, and thrid to France's Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance.
Mills commented, “It’s a relief! It’s been a really tricky week and we had a really tricky second day which put us back quite a long way, so to claw back enough points to be in with a chance of winning going in to the medal race was really cool.”