Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On the Water Boat Show

Report from Rio- Team Jolly on the South American 470 Nationals

by Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie on 2 Aug 2014
Team Jolly get off the start line in the South American 470 Nationals at Rio . ..
Current 470 World Champions, Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh, are currently competing in the South American 470 Championships in Rio, Brazil, ahead of the Olympic Test event starting on Monday.

They report from Rio:

Gonzo (their new boat) seeing some action for the first time in Rio, we are currently taking part in the South American Championships, racing in Rio for the first time...

So basically it is another continent, another blue boat named after a muppet... But it happens to be winter - a bit of a shock after the sun and warmth of Athens, although to be fair, Brazilian winter is a lot like NZ summer... Although possibly more rain...

We have been here in Rio for nearly two weeks, training at our training base in Niteroi (other side of the harbour from the Olympic venue - sort of like the North Shore to Auckland) and now we have raced for two days, with one day and two races still remaining in these SA Champs.. Been great racing, all the top boats are out, we are all going hard, getting some races right.. some, not so much...

It is awesome to be doing a regatta that is not a Europeans/World Cup/World Champs.. a little less pressure, a little more opportunity to try a few things, have some fun, make some mistakes (but no capsizing - we are finished with that nonsense), and basically just start learning about Rio harbour as a sailing venue...

It is now two years to go until the Games, with the Test Event taking place from the Olympic Venue starting on Monday - The real reason we are here. We are happy to be here, this is an amazing city, yes - the water ain't the best we have seen, but it is better than last year and its not like we will be doing any swimming anyway (!).
Insun - AC ProgramMariners Museum 660x82RS Sailing 660x82

Related Articles

Keep the water out with Zhik’s new Superthermal Hydrobase
The lower arm and leg of the new Superthermal Hydrobase is made from a water-repellent, stretch woven fabric We’ve all done it - and fished a rope out of the water, pushed the rudder down or stepped down the slipway one foot too far and gained that unwanted wet sleeve or leg.
Posted on 9 Aug
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
Zhik named official technical clothing partner by team AkzoNobel
Zhik has been selected by team AkzoNobel as its official technical clothing partner for the Volvo Ocean Race. The crew will race across four oceans and encounter some of the most extreme weather conditions known to man during their nine-month circumnavigation. From the freezing waters and winds of the southern latitudes, to the sweltering heat of the equatorial zones, the sailors will rely on Zhik's technology and design expertise to keep them operating at peak performance.
Posted on 6 Apr
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live coverage from Hobart presented by Zhik
All the interviews and perspectives on what happened in the Rolex Sydney Hobart from the inimitable Nic Douglass. Leading sailing apparel manufacturer, Zhik, has sponsored Nic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl's coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, live dockside from Sydney. All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen in the 628nm offshore classic from the inimitable Nic Douglass.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live coverage pre race presented by Zhik
All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen from the inimitable Nic Douglass. Leading sailing apparel manufacturer, Zhik, has sponsored Nic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl's coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, live dockside from Sydney. All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen in the 628nm offshore classic from the inimitable Nic Douglass.
Posted on 26 Dec 2016
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug 2016
Rio 2016- World Sailing pleased to be wearing Zhik at Rio 2016
World Sailing staff have been grateful for the technical apparel supplied by clothing partner Zhik. Rio 2016 has thrown all kinds of weather at the Olympic sailing competition, from hot and humid days to chilly and rainy ones. So the people working at World Sailing have been grateful for the technical apparel supplied by clothing partner Zhik.
Posted on 14 Aug 2016
Zhik New Zealand officially open Auckland store - join the team!
Zhik officially opened their store and showroom at a function at Auckland's historic Victoria Park Market on Wednesday. Zhik officially opened their New Zealand store and showroom at a function at Auckland's historic Victoria Park Market on Wednesday evening. The elegantly styled showroom is the only place in New Zealand where the full range of Zhik clothing can be viewed.
Posted on 26 May 2016
Zhik open new store in Victoria Park, Auckland
The brand trusted by several top Olympic Teams has a new home in Auckland, New Zealand. The brand trusted by several top Olympic Teams has a new home in Auckland, New Zealand. The store is themed around the successful NZL Sailing Team The flagship store is located in historic Victoria Park Market in central Auckland a few hundred metres from the Auckland Waterfront, and Viaduct Harbour.
Posted on 23 May 2016
Zhik announce sponsorship of 2015 29er World Championships
Zhik are the new headline sponsor of the 29er World Championships 8-14 August 2915 Zhik are the new headline sponsor of the 29er World Championships 8-14 August 2915, as well as the UK Nationals and EuroCup taking place from 1 - 6 August at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli in North Wales, UK.
Posted on 18 Jul 2015