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19 Dec 2014

The 2014 Copa Brazil de Vela moves into the final day of racing on Saturday 20 December with the top ten medal race line-up all ready and waiting.

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2014 Copa Brazil de Vela
Racing on the waters of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2014 Copa Brazil de Vela is a valuable event for experience acquisition

Still early days in the build-up to Rio 2016, but every moment spent on the water here is a plus and there is no doubt that the frontrunning teams are setting the marker for others to aspire to.

470 Men
A slow start has converted into a phenomenal run of 5 back to back race wins for 470 World ChampionsMat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS), to position them 6 points ahead of the USA's Stuart McNay/Dave Hughes. The McNay/Hughes partnership led the series for race days 1 and 2, but Belcher/Ryan took over the yellow jerseys yesterday. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR) count a steady top 10 scoreline in 3rd overall, just 4 points behind the Americans.

470 Women
Brazil's Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Barbachan edged into the lead yesterday, but were reeled back in today by a 2,1 scorecard from 470 World Champions Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT), which places them just 1 point behind the Brazilians going into Saturday's double points medal race. The 2013 470 World Champions and 2012 Olympic Champions, Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) are on an equal 32 points with the Austrians, so there is all to play for. Behind the leading three are early series leaders Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance (FRA), just 2 points behind the Kiwis.

There is absolutely no guarantee of a podium finish to any of the top three, so they will all be watching their backs in the medal race. Theoretically, any of the top 6 teams are in with a shout at a podium result.

Follow the race updates at: www.copabrasildevela.com.br

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