Aquece Rio Int'l Regatta: van Rijsselberge and Picon claim RS:X wins

by ISAF 
Charline Picon - 2014 Aquece Rio
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Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) and Charline Picon (FRA) took the Men's and Women's RS:X honours at Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 as the Medal Races on Pão de Açucar brought the windsurfing proceedings to an end.

Giles Scott (GBR) wrapped up gold in the Finn with a race to spare whilst the Medal Race places were confirmed in the 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was plagued with light winds across the five race areas making life difficult for the Race Committees and the sailors. A light south easterly breeze was present with all fleets, bar the 49erFX and Nacra 17, getting at least one race in.

Dorian van Rijsselberge - 2014 Aquece Rio
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Men's RS:X

Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) wrapped up gold in the Men's RS:X by taking a fourth in the Medal Race.

The Dutchman ended up ten points clear of Pierre Le Coq (FRA) who took second in the Medal Race to clinch silver whilst Piotr Myszka (POL) picked up bronze.

'It was a nice Medal Race,' said van Rijsselberge. 'It was the first race where we weren't planing this week so that was interesting and a little bit different. We coped well and there was enough to play for. It was pretty shifty still but it was fun.'

On taking a good win on Olympic waters the Dutchman added, 'It's good for my self esteem. We've taken in knowledge this whole week, from the wind, the waves, the current and all the little things you need to recognise next time you come back.'

Van Rijsselberge had a narrow three point lead over Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) heading into the Medal Race with plenty to play for on the race course, 'I had to keep an eye on Byron so he wasn't going to be two places in front of me. I also had to keep an eye on Ponce [Przemyslaw Miarczynski] because if he won, it wouldn't have gone well for me either. It was funny to keep an eye on everybody but in the end it played out well.'

Kokkalanis finished at the back of the pack and dropped out of the medals to fourth. France's Le Coq capitalised on this as he explained, 'The last race was really intense. I didn't have a good start but I took a little shift from the right and I managed to come back a little bit. After that I knew that the Polish guy had to be behind me so I concentrating on them and trying to keep them behind me. And that's what I did.

'I passed second at the first upwind and I was fighting with the Chinese guy for first place and finally I managed to keep the Polish behind, that was my first objective and I finished second. I didn't know the Greek guy was so far behind so it was a little bit of a surprise for me to finish second. It was a great surprise.'

Charline Picon (FRA). Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio Day five - Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Plenty was discovered and picked by the fleet throughout the week and Le Coq concluded, 'It was a really interesting week. We had a lot of different conditions. Mainly planing conditions but today was nice to finish in light winds. I worked a lot in light winds because I heard that in Rio we would get light winds and that's not been true.'

Women's RS:X

Charline Picon (FRA) took a 16 point lead into the final day and stylishly sealed gold with a Medal Race bullet.

The French racer mastered Rio's conditions and finished within the top five in every race but despite her dominance she ventured into the Medal Race unsure what to expect, 'I was not so confident this morning because light winds aren't my favourite conditions. I know I had to finish in the top eight but I had a very good start and fought for the win. I pushed very hard with a lot of pumping and put everything into it.

'I am very happy to win in light winds. At the Europeans I won the Medal Race in 30 knots and here I won the Medal Race in light winds so I am very happy and confident for Santander.'

Picon started exceptionally well and was able to capitalise on her start and push forward. Sailing clean air Picon pushed forward, asserting her dominance to finish well ahead of Lilian de Geus (NED), who finished second to seal silver. De Geus knocked Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) down to bronze medal position whilst Marina Alabau (ESP) was pushed down to fifth.

Much has been learnt by the RS:X racers as Picon explained, 'Yesterday [6 August] was very nice because we had the upwind mark just 20 metres away from Sugarloaf and it was planing conditions. It was so nice.

'It's an incredible bay because everybody said it's a no wind place and there's no wind, no wind, no wind and we did six races in planing so I think we have to be very good in all winds and I'm happy with that.'

RS:X attentions now turn to the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship where 50% of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition spots will be decided.

Finn fleet - 2014 Aquece Rio
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Finn

The Finn fleet took to the Niterói course and Giles Scott (GBR) was bang on form once again. He took his fifth bullet of the week and also secured a fourth which gives him an unassailable 25 point lead over Jorge Zarif (BRA) going into the Medal Race.

After racing Scott said, 'I'm really happy. It allows me to have a relaxed approach to tomorrow which I suppose is good and bad in some ways but just looking forward to the Medal Race tomorrow and going racing again.

'It's been a windy week which was kind of unexpected in all honesty but the week's gone great and we managed to complete a full series so it's been a very good week.

'For a lot of the sailors it's been a bit of a surprise as to how good the breeze has been for the two weeks we have been here. We haven't seen too much wind under nine knots. The majority of the fleet came here expecting seven knots tops. This week it wasn't quite like that so I think in that regard, actually knowing what the wind speed is, is a big step for learning.'

Scott only finished outside the top five on one occasion, a seventh in Race one and he has seamlessly found good form in the mixed bag of conditions that Rio has thrown out.

The race for the remaining podium spots is wide open with any sailor placed second to fifth realistically in with a shout of the medals. Zarif is second on 45 points with Ed Wright (GBR) third on 46 points. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Andrew Murdoch (NZL) have 50 and 55 points respectively.

49er - 2014 Aquece Rio
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49er and 49erFX

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) moved to the top of the tree in the 49er after taking the single race victory on Escola Naval. In fickle conditions the Kiwis edged a tight race as very little separated the fleet.

Burling and Tuke lead on 19 points, tied with overnight leaders Julien D'Ortoli and Noe Delpech (FRA). Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) are third on 26 points.

The 49erFX were due to start racing after the 49ers but with light shifty winds prevalent across the course, no further racing was possible on the day.

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) keep their lead on 10 points followed by Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) on 15 and Olivia Price and Eliza Solly (AUS) on 22 points.

Three single point theatre style races will decide the medals on Friday 8 August.

470 class - 2014 Aquece Rio
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Men's and Women's 470

A solitary point separates ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) in the Women's 470.

Racing on Copacabana the 470 fleets only managed a single race in testing conditions. The Americans took the honours but were closely followed by the Kiwis who took second. As a result Aleh and Powrie lead on eight points with the Americans on nine points. Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) sit in third.

A ninth from Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan saw them keep their lead in the Men's 470. The Aussies are 11 points clear of Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR). Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) won the day's race and are third overall.

Laser and Laser Radial

Tom Burton (AUS) leads Nick Thompson (GBR) by two points after the Australian took a second and the Briton took a third in the only race on the Ponte race area. Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED) remains in contention on 24 points.

Robert Scheidt (BRA) took the day's race victory and progresses up to fourth.

In the Laser Radial, Evi Van Acker (BEL) moved to the top after a second place in Race six, the only race of the day for the Radial fleet. Van Acker leads Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) by one point whilst Anne Marie Rindom (DEN) is third, two points off Tenkanen.

Overnight leader Annalise Murphy (IRL) struggled in the lighter breeze and posted a 20th place finish. As a result she drops to seventh. Race victor Erika Reineke (USA) moves up to sixth.

Billy Besson and Marie Riou - 2014 Aquece Rio
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Nacra 17

No Nacra 17 racing was possible on the fifth day however an additional race has been added. A new Race four has been included in the series following a protest by many of the teams to reinstate a race result that was abandoned upon completion.

As it stands, Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) lead on 19 points, Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) are second on 24 points tied with Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond who occupy the final podium spot.

Racing resumes at 12:00 on Friday 8 August. The Finn Medal Race will commence first on the Pão de Açucar race area and will be followed by the Nacra 17 at 12:50, the 49er at 13:45 and the 49erFX at 15:00

The remaining fleets will start at 12:00 inside Guanabara Bay.



Results Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 Marina da Gloria - Rio de Janeiro RS:X men FINAL Results as of 15:14 on August 7, 2014 Overall Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A
PosNatSailNoCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8MedalTotalNett
1st
NED
NED8Dorian Van Rijsselberge1.01.03.06.04.05.0(7.0)1.08.036.029.0
2nd
FRA
FRA77Pierre le Coq6.02.010.02.01.0(17.0)6.08.04.056.039.0
3rd
POL
POL82Piotr Myszka3.07.09.01.08.02.0(10.0)4.06.050.040.0
4th
GRE
GRE8Byronas Kokkalanis2.03.02.05.02.0(8.0)8.02.020.052.044.0
5th
POL
POL126Przemyslaw Miarczynski5.010.0(15.0)3.07.01.01.03.018.063.048.0
6th
BRA
BRA1Ricardo Santos(16.0)8.07.010.012.04.02.012.012.083.067.0
7th
CHN
CHN1Wang Aichen(20.0)5.018.020.05.03.03.013.02.089.069.0
8th
GBR
GBR1Nick Dempsey8.012.0(20.0)14.03.07.05.010.010.089.069.0
9th
NED
NED9Kiran Badloe(15.0)13.04.013.06.06.011.06.016.090.075.0
10th
ESP
ESP7Ivan Pastor10.06.06.011.0(14.0)14.014.05.014.094.080.0
11th
FRA
FRA155Louis Giard11.015.01.08.0(29.0 OCS)12.013.09.0--98.069.0
12th
ARG
ARG8Mariano Reutemann(23.0)17.011.04.09.011.015.011.0--101.078.0
13th
ESP
ESP3Joan Carles Bocarando8.0 SP9.05.012.011.021.020.0(23.0)--109.086.0
14th
ISR
ISR21Nimrod Mashiah9.014.019.07.0(21.0)19.04.017.0--110.089.0
15th
NOR
NOR7Sebastian Wang-Hansen(21.0)4.08.016.017.010.017.020.0--113.092.0
16th
GBR
GBR931Tom Squires12.0(20.0)17.015.016.09.016.07.0--112.092.0
17th
SUI
SUI36Mateo Sanz Lanz4.011.013.09.0(29.0 OCS)23.021.019.0--129.0100.0
18th
HKG
HKG16Chun Leung Michael Cheng18.0(29.0 DNC)22.019.010.024.09.016.0--147.0118.0
19th
CHN
CHN5Shi Chuankun14.016.012.022.013.020.022.0(24.0)--143.0119.0
20th
BRA
BRA12Albert Carvalho19.0(23.0)16.021.015.016.019.018.0--147.0124.0
21st
ITA
ITA2Marcantonio Baglione(25.0)22.021.017.019.015.018.015.0--152.0127.0
22nd
POR
POR75João Rodrigues24.018.024.023.0(29.0 DNC)13.012.014.0--157.0128.0
23rd
HKG
HKG2Ho Tsun Andy Leung22.025.014.018.0(29.0 OCS)18.024.022.0--172.0143.0
24th
MEX
MEX1David Mauricio Mier Y Teran17.026.023.0(29.0 BFD)20.026.023.021.0--185.0156.0
25th
MEX
MEX11Igancio Berenguer(27.0 SP)22.0 SP25.024.018.022.025.025.0--188.0161.0
26th
USA
USA75Carson Crain(27.0)24.026.025.022.025.026.026.0--201.0174.0
27th
CYP
CYP1Andreas Cariolou13.019.0(29.0 DNC)29.0 DNC29.0 DNC29.0 DNC29.0 DNC29.0 DNC--206.0177.0
28th
USA
USA528Jonathan Rudich28.028.0 SP(29.0 DNF)27.0 SP29.0 DNF27.027.029.0 DNF--224.0195.0
RS:X Women Final Results as of 16:06 on August 7, 2014OverallSailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A
PosNatSailNoCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8MedalTotalNett
1st
FRA
FRA4Charline Picon1.01.01.0(5.0)3.04.02.01.02.020.015.0
2nd
NED
NED171Lilian De Geus7.05.07.0(12.0)6.05.05.08.04.059.047.0
3rd
ITA
ITA46Flavia Tartaglini8.0(14.0)3.09.01.02.04.02.018.061.047.0
4th
GBR
GBR94Bryony Shaw(12.0)7.012.01.04.09.09.03.010.067.055.0
5th
ESP
ESP5Marina Alabau Neira4.0 SP(23.0 DNF)8.017.02.03.01.05.016.079.056.0
6th
FRA
FRA22Eugénie Ricard5.06.02.06.07.014.0(15.0)15.06.076.061.0
7th
BRA
BRA8Patricia Freitas4.04.04.011.08.01.0(17.0)9.020.078.061.0
8th
POL
POL7Maja Dziarnowska(20.0)12.05.010.05.06.03.07.014.082.062.0
9th
NZL
NZL8Natalia Kosinska13.02.0(15.0)2.012.07.011.014.08.084.069.0
10th
CHN
CHN9Sun Jiali(14.0)11.010.03.010.08.06.012.012.086.072.0
11th
ISR
ISR1Maayan Davidovich2.03.06.08.017.018.08.0(23.0 OCS)--85.062.0
12th
CHN
CHN5Jiahui Wu15.0(17.0)9.04.013.010.07.04.0--79.062.0
13th
GBR
GBR30Isobel Hamilton9.09.011.0(18.0)15.011.010.06.0--89.071.0
14th
ITA
ITA11Laura Linares6.010.013.016.09.0(21.0)13.013.0--101.080.0
15th
MEX
MEX9Demita Vega10.0(16.0)14.015.016.012.014.010.0--107.091.0
16th
HKG
HKG5Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan11.08.016.014.0(19.0)17.016.011.0--112.093.0
17th
NOR
NOR23Maria Mollestad(17.0)13.017.013.014.015.012.016.0--117.0100.0
18th
JPN
JPN470Yuki Sunaga16.016.0 SP(23.0 OCS)7.011.016.020.017.0--126.0103.0
19th
BRA
BRA49Bruna Martinelli18.0(20.0 SP)20.0 SP19.018.013.019.018.0--145.0125.0
20th
MEX
MEX13Nicole Level(23.0 DNC)18.018.023.0 DNF23.0 DNF19.018.020.0--162.0139.0
21st
ARG
ARG363Maria Celia Tejerina(21.0)21.020.020.020.020.021.019.0--162.0141.0
22nd
ARG
ARG431Lucia Cristina19.020.021.0(23.0 DNF)23.0 DNF22.022.021.0--171.0148.0
FINN Results are PROVISIONAL as of 18:51 on August 7, 2014OverallSailed: 10, Discards: 1, To count: 9, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankNatSailNoHelmNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalNett
1
GBR
GBR41Giles Scott(7.0)1.05.01.02.01.04.01.01.04.027.020.0
2
BRA
BRA109Jorge Zariff1.02.0(13.0)5.05.08.06.09.03.06.058.045.0
3
GBR
GBR11Edward Wright2.04.07.010.0(14.0)2.05.05.0 SP8.03.060.046.0
4
FRA
FRA112Jonathan Lobert9.03.06.06.09.04.03.02.0(13.0)8.063.050.0
5
NZL
NZL16Andrew Murdoch10.012.08.04.03.03.01.010.04.0(14.0)69.055.0
6
NZL
NZL24Josh Junior5.016.0(18.0 DSQ)3.01.06.07.016.07.01.080.062.0
7
FRA
FRA29Thomas le Breton6.07.01.011.010.09.0(16.0)3.02.015.080.064.0
8
ITA
ITA117Giorgio Poggi13.010.04.02.04.07.012.08.05.0(16.0)81.065.0
9
POL
POL17Piotr Kula3.06.011.08.011.05.08.05.0(18.0 RET)9.084.066.0
10
NED
NED842Pieter Jan Postma11.0(18.0 OCS)3.09.06.010.02.013.014.07.093.075.0
11
SWE
SWE33Max Salminen8.08.012.07.012.011.0(15.0)7.010.05.095.080.0
12
USA
USA6Caleb Paine14.05.0(16.0)15.08.016.09.06.012.02.0103.087.0
13
FIN
FIN218Tapio Nirkko(15.0)14.02.012.07.015.010.011.09.013.0108.093.0
14
CHN
CHN1226Gong Lei12.09.09.014.0(18.0 OCS)12.011.015.06.010.0116.098.0
15
SWE
SWE6Björn Allansson4.011.014.0(17.0)15.013.013.012.015.012.0126.0109.0
16
SLO
SLO5Gasper Vincec16.015.010.013.013.014.014.0(18.0 DNC)16.017.0146.0128.0
17
BRA
BRA1Bruno Prada(17.0)13.015.016.016.017.017.014.011.011.0147.0130.0
49er PROVISIONAL Results as of 16:37 on August 7, 2014OverallSailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A
PosNatSailNoHelmNameCrewNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1st
NZL
NZL1Peter BurlingBlair Tuke9.02.02.0(14.0)3.02.01.033.019.0
2nd
FRA
FRA6Julien D’OrtoliNoé Delpech(13.0)5.04.02.01.04.03.032.019.0
3rd
AUS
AUS5Nathan OutteridgeIain Jensen1.08.01.01.08.0(9.0)7.035.026.0
4th
GBR
GBR4Dylan FletcherAlain Sign2.04.0(12.0)7.06.07.02.040.028.0
5th
AUT
AUT84Niko Delle KarthNicolaus Resch5.01.0(17.0)4.07.010.010.054.037.0
6th
GBR
GBR10John PinkStuart Bithell3.06.06.09.05.0(12.0)8.049.037.0
7th
GER
GER7Erik HeilThomas Ploessel7.5 RDG7.5 RDG5.03.0(11.0)11.05.050.039.0
8th
NZL
NZL2Josh PorebskiMarcus Hansen11.03.011.012.04.01.0(16.0)58.042.0
9th
USA
USA150Brad FunkTrevor Burd6.07.014.06.02.0(18.0)11.064.046.0
10th
BRA
BRA332Marco GraelGabriel Borges(14.0)12.07.08.010.05.06.062.048.0
11th
SWE
SWE16Carl SylvanOtto Hamel7.09.09.011.014.06.0(18.0)74.056.0
12th
AUS
AUS20Steve ThomasRhys Mara4.013.03.0(17.0)13.013.017.080.063.0
13th
FRA
FRA144Kévin FIischerMarc Mallaret11.0 SP11.018.05.012.08.0(19.0)84.065.0
14th
JPN
JPN81Yukio MakinoKenji Takahashi15.017.015.0(18.0)18.03.04.090.072.0
15th
BRA
BRA300Dante BianchiThomas Lowbeer(20.0 RET)10.016.010.09.014.013.092.072.0
16th
URU
URU1263Santiago SilveiraPhilipp Umpierre8.016.0(19.0)15.015.017.09.099.080.0
17th
USA
USA17Frederick StrammerZach Brown12.018.010.013.017.0(19.0)14.0103.084.0
18th
ARG
ARG133Klaus LangeYago Lange16.014.08.019.0(20.0 OCS)15.015.0107.087.0
19th
AUT
AUT29Benjamin BildsteinDavid Hussl(17.0)15.013.016.016.016.012.0105.088.0
49erfx PROVISIONAL Results as of 19:16 on August 7, 2014OverallSailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
PosNatSailNoHelmNameCrewNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
1
BRA
BRA12Martine GraelKahena Kunze2.02.01.01.0(9.0)1.03.019.010.0
2
NZL
NZL1Alexandra MaloneyMolly Meech1.01.0(7.0)4.02.05.02.022.015.0
3
AUS
AUS88Olivia PriceEliza Solly3.06.0(10.0)2.01.04.06.032.022.0
4
NED
NED5Annemiek BekkeringAnnette Duelz(9.0)3.06.06.04.07.01.036.027.0
5
GBR
GBR22Charlotte DobsonSophie Ainsworth5.08.02.05.06.0(12.0)7.045.033.0
6
GER
GER161Tina LutzSusann Beucke6.04.08.0(14.0)5.02.09.048.034.0
7
SWE
SWE381Lisa EricsonHanna Klinga11.05.03.03.07.06.0(13.0)48.035.0
8
GBR
GBR8Frances PetersNicola Groves(10.0)7.05.08.08.03.08.049.039.0
9
SWE
SWE25Julia GrossCecilia Jonsson7.09.04.09.010.0(13.0)4.056.043.0
10
BRA
BRA198Juliana SenfftGabriela Nicolino8.010.0(12.0)11.03.011.05.060.048.0
11
AUT
AUT911Laura SchofeggerElsa Lovrek4.0(15.0)9.013.015.010.011.077.062.0
12
USA
USA121Kristen LaneMaggie Shea14.0 SP11.011.0(15.0)11.08.010.080.065.0
13
JPN
JPN611Chika HataeNoriko Okuma(15.0)13.013.07.012.09.012.081.066.0
14
ARG
ARG19Victoria TravacioMaria Sol Branz12.012.014.010.013.0(16.0 OCS)16.0 OCS93.077.0
15
USA
USA216Genevieve TullochKathleen Tocke14.014.0(15.0)12.014.014.014.097.082.0

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