British Sailing Team Enjoy the Swell in Rio
Despite controversy surrounding the cleanliness of the water in Guanabara Bay, the first sailing test event for the 2016 Olympic Games is successfully underway in Brazil’s second largest city.
The turn of the two year countdown until Brazil host the world’s biggest sporting event was marked with celebrations across Rio de Janeiro as the 324 sailors from 34 nations entered their third day of racing. The Aquece Rio International Regatta got off to a shaky start as competitors were kept off the water due to weak wind strength. With Monday written off, reorganising the ten classes and five race courses would have certainly been a worry.
470 Olympic and European silver medallist Hannah Mills told the RYA - “It is exciting that it’s two years out from the Games and we’re here in Rio racing,”
“That’s pretty cool – but we haven’t even started our selection trials yet. There’s a long way to go so we can’t get too swept up in that.”
Tuesday brought the 470 fleets a swell for three races on the Copacabana race course, allowing the British Sailing team duo second to take position after the first day of racing.
The British pair, Elliot Willis and Luke Patience also experienced a positive start to their regatta until their third race was ended by a jib halyard breakage.
Other successes were found the Finn fleet. Weymouth local Giles Scott sits in first place after five races. ISAF World Sailor of Year Awards nominee sits in Ed Wright in fifth position, and Nick Thompson finished second place at the end of the Laser competition first day.
Other positive British results were seen in the 49er and 49erFX men’s and women’s skiff fleets, the Nacra 17 class, and RS:X windsurfing classes. The regatta will continue through until Saturday (9th August).
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Article by Jack Bartrop