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International Sailing Regatta - RS:X and Finn fleets put Rio to test

'Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio day one. Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014'    ISAF ©

Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 - Racing kicked off at the Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 with the Finn and RS:X fleets taking to two race courses on Guanabara Bay.

The day began with a press briefing that saw over 120 national and international journalists, broadcasters and photographers turn up to witness the first Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Test Event first hand.

At the briefing the attendees included Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport, Agberto Guimaraes, Rio2016 Director of Sports, Rodrigo Garcia, Rio 2016 Director of Communications, Mario Andrada, ISAF Technical Delegate Alastair Fox and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Mat Belcher (AUS).

Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio day one. Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 -  ISAF ©  

Initiatives to improve water quality were explained – read more here – and an outline of the event, the largest ever Olympic classes' regatta held in Brazil, was given.

During the press briefing Belcher said, 'We're really excited to be here. It's the first time we've been here and we're really impressed with the venue, the organisers and what sort of event we can expect for our class.

'It's a big opportunity for the athletes to enjoy the environment, get an understanding as to what we can expect in a few years' time, the currents, geographical effects and what type of wind we can expect.'

Once the briefing concluded attention turned to the racing action. A south easterly breeze coming in at 8-12 knots ensured that two races were completed in all three fleets.

Men's RS:X

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) was on scintillating form in the 28-boat Men's RS:X fleet and took both the day's race victories.

Racing on Pão de Açúcar the Dutchman read the conditions perfectly to lead Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) who sits second on five points following a two-three.

On the course the Dutchman said, 'We were on one of the inside courses and close to Flamengo Beach. There's a little bit more breeze towards the middle of the bay so I just tried to find the breeze and go fast.

'It's not too crazy. The wind was lightish so it was tricky but still fun and plenty of opportunities.

'You have to put a lot of work into racing. There's a lot of pumping but once you pump it pays off if you go the right way so it's key.'

With 28 racers on the water it's not far off the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition fleet size. In two years' time 36 racers will take to water and van Rijsselberge is enjoying the similarities, 'We have a really nice fleet here. That's the biggest plus. Everybody is here and it's a strong field. I think it's a really good test. We have the top ten from the last World Championship so it's a high quality. That shows that everybody wants to see how it is and try to get the best out of it.'

Rio de Janeiro provides a beautiful backdrop to the fleets and the Dutchman enjoys his surroundings, 'It's nice to have two big monuments here. The Sugarloaf is a little bit in the way, it stops the breeze,' smiled Van Rijsselberge. 'But it's interesting and we're enjoying it. The scenery is really nice.'

Women's RS:X

Charline Picon (FRA) imitated Dorian van Rijsselberge's (NED) performance by taking both bullets in the Women's RS:X.

Picon has Rio experience under her belt and used the information she's gathered on the opening day to lead Maayan Davidovich (ISR) by three points.

'The first race I had a very bad start but I finished first so I'm very happy,' beamed Picon. 'I had a good downwind and good tactics. In the second I didn't have a good start but I had a good battle at the top and finished second behind Marina [Alabau].

'We've had a good time here and came here last year and we were here in the winter and it's very pleasant for competing. It's nice to have Sugarloaf and everything around us.'

Brazil's Patricia Freitas recorded two fourth places and is third overall on eight points.

Finn

Brazil's Jorge Zarif used his knowledge of Guanabara Bay to his advantage on the opening day of Finn racing as he took a bullet and a second.

The 21-year-old first took to the bay when he was seven years and having trained regularly inside and outside of the bay he came to the forefront on the opening day.

'It was a good day,' said Zarif, 2013 Finn World Champion. 'I've sailed here since I was seven in the Optimist but seriously I've been training here a lot for the last four or five years. Especially in the Naval School Course because it's the one we will use more but we always sail by the bridge and outside.'

Seventeen Finns will mix up racing on the Ponte course which is inside the bay and Niteroi, outside of the bay. Rio 2016 will see 23 take to water and Zarif is relishing racing in conditions that will be present in 2016, 'I like the fleet size because the Olympics will be like this. It's close to what we will have and normally I don't have good starts in big fleets so for me it's better to have fewer boats.'

Ed Wright (GBR) sits second overall on six points with Race two winner Giles Scott (GBR) third overall.

Racing in the Finn and RS:X resumes on 4 August at 13:00 whilst the remaining seven fleets kick off racing. All five race courses will be used on the second day of racing.

Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio day one. Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 -  ISAF ©  


Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio day one. Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 -  ISAF ©  


Results

Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014

Marina da Gloria - Rio de Janeiro

RS:X Men PROVISIONAL Results as of 19:43 on August 3, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 28, Scoring system: Appendix A
Pos Nat SailNo Crew Total Nett R1 R2
1
NED
NED8 Dorian Van Rijsselberge 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0
2
GRE
GRE8 Byronas Kokkalanis 5.0 5.0 2.0 3.0
3
FRA
FRA77 Pierre le Coq 8.0 8.0 6.0 2.0
4
POL
POL82 Piotr Myszka 10.0 10.0 3.0 7.0
5
SUI
SUI36 Mateo Sanz Lanz 15.0 15.0 4.0 11.0
6
POL
POL126 Przemyslaw Miarczynski 15.0 15.0 5.0 10.0
7
ESP
ESP7 Ivan Pastor 16.0 16.0 10.0 6.0
8
ESP
ESP3 Joan Carles Bocarando 17.0 17.0 8.0 DPI1 9.0
9
GBR
GBR1 Nick Dempsey 20.0 20.0 8.0 12.0
10
ISR
ISR21 Nimrod Mashiah 23.0 23.0 9.0 14.0
11
BRA
BRA1 Ricardo Santos 24.0 24.0 16.0 8.0
12
NOR
NOR7 Sebastian Wang-Hansen 25.0 25.0 21.0 4.0
13
CHN
CHN1 Wang Aichen 25.0 25.0 20.0 5.0
14
FRA
FRA155 Louis Giard 26.0 26.0 11.0 15.0
15
NED
NED9 Kiran Badloe 28.0 28.0 15.0 13.0
16
CHN
CHN5 Shi Chuankun 30.0 30.0 14.0 16.0
17
GBR
GBR931 Tom Squires 32.0 32.0 12.0 20.0
18
CYP
CYP1 Andreas Cariolou 32.0 32.0 13.0 19.0
19
ARG
ARG8 Mariano Reutemann 40.0 40.0 23.0 17.0
20
POR
POR75 João Rodrigues 42.0 42.0 24.0 18.0
21
BRA
BRA12 Albert Carvalho 42.0 42.0 19.0 23.0
22
MEX
MEX1 David Mauricio Mier Y Teran 43.0 43.0 17.0 26.0
23
HKG
HKG16 Chun Leung Michael Cheng 47.0 47.0 18.0 29.0 DNC
24
ITA
ITA2 Marcantonio Baglione 47.0 47.0 25.0 22.0
25
HKG
HKG2 Ho Tsun Andy Leung 47.0 47.0 22.0 25.0
26
MEX
MEX11 Igancio Berenguer 49.0 49.0 27.0 DPI1 22.0 DPI1
27
USA
USA75 Carson Crain 51.0 51.0 27.0 24.0
28
USA
USA528 Jonathan Rudich 56.0 56.0 28.0 28.0 DPI1


RS:X Women PROVISIONAL Results as of 19:40 on August 3, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A
Pos Nat SailNo Crew Total Nett R1 R2
1
FRA
FRA4 Charline Picon 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0
2
ISR
ISR1 Maayan Davidovich 5.0 5.0 2.0 3.0
3
BRA
BRA8 Patricia Freitas 8.0 8.0 4.0 4.0
4
FRA
FRA22 Eugénie Ricard 11.0 11.0 5.0 6.0
5
NED
NED171 Lilian De Geus 12.0 12.0 7.0 5.0
6
NZL
NZL8 Natalia Kosinska 15.0 15.0 13.0 2.0
7
ITA
ITA11 Laura Linares 16.0 16.0 6.0 10.0
8
GBR
GBR30 Isobel Hamilton 18.0 18.0 9.0 9.0
9
GBR
GBR94 Bryony Shaw 19.0 19.0 12.0 7.0
10
HKG
HKG5 Hei Man Hayley Victoria Chan 19.0 19.0 11.0 8.0
11
ITA
ITA46 Flavia Tartaglini 22.0 22.0 8.0 14.0
12
CHN
CHN9 Sun Jiali 25.0 25.0 14.0 11.0
13
MEX
MEX9 Demita Vega 26.0 26.0 10.0 16.0
14
ESP
ESP5 Marina Alabau Neira 27.0 27.0 4.0 DPI1 23.0 DNF
15
NOR
NOR23 Maria Mollestad 30.0 30.0 17.0 13.0
16
POL
POL7 Maja Dziarnowska 32.0 32.0 20.0 12.0
17
CHN
CHN5 Jiahui Wu 32.0 32.0 15.0 17.0
18
JPN
JPN470 Yuki Sunaga 32.0 32.0 16.0 16.0 DPI1
19
BRA
BRA49 Bruna Martinelli 38.0 38.0 18.0 20.0 DPI1
20
ARG
ARG431 Lucia Cristina 39.0 39.0 19.0 20.0
21
MEX
MEX13 Nicole Level 41.0 41.0 23.0 DNC 18.0
22
ARG
ARG363 Maria Celia Tejerina 42.0 42.0 21.0 21.0


FINN Results are PROVISIONAL as of 16:03 on August 3, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Nat SailNo HelmName Total Nett R1 R2
1st
BRA
BRA109 Jorge Zariff 3.0 3.0 1.0 2.0
2nd
GBR
GBR11 Edward Wright 6.0 6.0 2.0 4.0
3rd
GBR
GBR41 Giles Scott 8.0 8.0 7.0 1.0
4th
POL
POL17 Piotr Kula 9.0 9.0 3.0 6.0
5th
FRA
FRA112 Jonathan Lobert 12.0 12.0 9.0 3.0
6th
FRA
FRA29 Thomas le Breton 13.0 13.0 6.0 7.0
7th
SWE
SWE6 Björn Allansson 15.0 15.0 4.0 11.0
8th
SWE
SWE33 Max Salminen 16.0 16.0 8.0 8.0
9th
USA
USA6 Caleb Paine 19.0 19.0 14.0 5.0
10th
NZL
NZL24 Josh Junior 21.0 21.0 5.0 16.0
11th
CHN
CHN1226 Gong Lei 21.0 21.0 12.0 9.0
12th
NZL
NZL16 Andrew Murdoch 22.0 22.0 10.0 12.0
13th
ITA
ITA117 Giorgio Poggi 23.0 23.0 13.0 10.0
14th
NED
NED842 Pieter Jan Postma 29.0 29.0 11.0 18.0 OCS
15th
FIN
FIN218 Tapio Nirkko 29.0 29.0 15.0 14.0
16th
BRA
BRA1 Bruno Prada 30.0 30.0 17.0 13.0
17th
SLO
SLO3871 Gasper Vincec 31.0 31.0 16.0 15.0










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