LIGHT BREEZE OPENS RIO TEST EVENT FOR 470 TEAMS16 Aug 2015
Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters were packed full of exceptional sailing and athletic talent on Sunday 16 August with all ten Olympic events on show at the Aquece Rio - international Sailing Regatta 2015.
The Men's and Women's 470 fleets were the first to trial the Pai racing area and it stirred up tight leaderboards in both.
Nine points split the top eight in the men's fleet with 14 points separating the leading eight in the women's.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) lead the way in the men's and are followed by Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA), and Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA) in third. After racing Hughes commented on the course, "The entire fleet hasn't done a great deal of training on the course. Historically we have all focused on Niteroi and Copacabana so it was a balance of trying to take the lessons of those two courses and see what was applied and make some adjustments.
"It's always head out of the boat on those outside courses. We took what we learned from race one and applied it to the second.
"We are really happy with the start of the regatta. You can always look at single races and places to do better, but of course the way forward is to put in a solid day and look forward to the next."
In the Women's fleet Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao (CHN) and Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) share the lead, with Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR) in third. The conditions suited the teams with light frames and the Chinese and Americans capitalised.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Results will be available throughout the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015 on the ISAF Olympic website here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/index.php
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Entry List - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/ENTRYLISTPERCLASSTEV2015OFICIAL280715-%5B19025%5D.pdf
Racing Schedule - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/schedule.php
Sailing Instructions - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/AqueceRio2015SIFINAL-%5B19017%5D.pdf
Online Notice Board - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/notices/index.php
Race Areas - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/race_areas.php
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature 380 athletes competing across ten events.
Racing is scheduled to take place from 8-18 August 2016 and the competition format for all events is fleet racing.
Aquece Rio website - www.aquecerio.com/en