Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Rio Test event, seventh Volvo entry, Sevenstar and more

by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World UK editor on 14 Aug 2014
Rio 2014 Test Event - Aquece Rio Day three ©Alex Ferro
Rio de Janiero Olympic test event for sailing - the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 - became a success for both the sailors and the organiser. This was the first opportunity for sailors to race in a top level fleet at the Guanabara Bay, the largest competition for Olympic classes ever in Brazil.

The 30 medals in the 10 Olympic Classes were won by only 11 nations. The 10 Gold medals won by seven different nations. Two for Australia, France and New Zealand, and one for Brazil, Denmark, Great Britain and Netherlands.

Great Britain performed outstandingly overall with eight medals in seven classes, one gold, three silver and four bronze.


Australia, France, Netherlands and New Zealand each won medals in four classes. Four other European countries won bronze medals, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Poland.

European sailors performed well in Rio and European nations won in total 21 of the 30 medals at the test event.
There is still a long way to Rio 2016, but in a month all the Olympic top sailors and nations will gather in Santander, Spain for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, fighting for World championship titles and medals, as well as a large portion of the Olympic nation quotas.


The Danish company Vestas, world leader in wind energy, secured the first ever Danish entry in Volvo Ocean Race and the seventh boat on the starting line in Alicante at October 4th.

What a match, the world leader in wind energy and the world’s pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race and one of the most covered events in sailing and sport, Volvo Ocean Race.

VOR reached their goal with seven boats on the starting line in Alicante, and CEO Knut Frostad had a big smile on the face in Copenhagen at the press conference Tuesday this week. Seven boats on the starting line with seven different sponsors are also remarkable.

‘Vestas Wind' is the latest entry ever for the event, and ‘Team Vestas Wind’ also is thereby also the VOR project with the shortest planning and preparation period ever. The OD VO65 makes this possible. Both Knut Frostad and Chris Nicholson expressed to Sail-World.com that the One Design concept will be the key to success in the future, for the teams, sponsors and event.

'Vestas Wind' is flying the Danish flag, the burgee of Royal Danish Yacht Club, where the whole crew are members, and the boats home port is Tuborg Harbour – it could not be more Danish! Inside read more about the Danish entry, including two interviews with Nicholson.


Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race was postponed because of Bertha, but the fleet is streaming south, with Musandam Oman Sail l, a MOD70 Trimaran crossing the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 12.42.36 BST on Thursday 14th August 2014 with an elapsed time of 3 days, 03 hours, 32 minutes, 36 seconds.

This breaks the previous World Record for a multihull held by Banque Populaire 5 in 2011, by 16 minutes, 38 seconds and is subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council


Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race Seven also marks the first time that so many of the new Volvo Ocean Race 65s have raced against each other. The five boats in the fleet are: the unnamed Spanish boat, Abu Dhabi, Dongfeng, Team Alvimedica and Team SCA. This will further be a valuable last test of the boats as well as crew training before they are heading south in order to assemble in Alicante, Spain.

While the five teams get miles in the book, Team Brunel continues training in Lanzarote and Vestas Wind is waiting for the launch in Southampton on August 21st.

Stay up with the latest sailing news, as it happens, on our websites www.sail-world.com/uk and www.sail-world.com/europe - Read about more sailing events going on: 505 World Championship, a new IMOCA boat for Vendee Globe, Star Class Eastern Hemisphere Championship and Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Good sailing,

Dan Ibsen, Sail-World UK editor
dan.ibsen@sail-world.com

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignT Clewring One Designupffront 660x82

Related Articles

Rio 2016- Wacky winds on Monday and a bumper schedule on Tuesday
A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. A tremendous squall struck the 49er fleet out on the Copacabana course on day 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. 2012 Olympic Gold medallist in the 49er, Nathan Outteridge described what happened.
Posted on 16 Aug
Rio 2016 sailing comes alive on 'Brutal Thursday'
In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the ocean course areas in huge waves. In what has become known as 'Brutal Thursday', the Finns and 470s raced on the Copacabana and Niterói ocean course areas, outside of Guanabara Bay in huge waves. Is was deemed that the Nacra 17s would have found the conditions too difficult to sail in so they were moved to the Ponte course near the bridge across the Bay.
Posted on 12 Aug
Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Volvo Ocean Race adds full Southern Ocean Leg and 5000nm to new course
Volvo Ocean Race has announced a new course for the 2017/18 round the world event. Several major changes are planned including a return to a full Southern Ocean leg, and the addition of a massive Leg 5 of 13,300nm - the longest leg ever sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. By way of comparison a minimum circumnavigation around the planet is approximately 21,600nm to be recognised as, a record for the course by WSSRC.
Posted on 28 Jun
Foiling into the Windy City
. .
Posted on 10 Jun
Australia and Britain - The best of rivals or the best of partners?
There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. There has always been a strong rivalry between Aussies and Poms in sport, with of course the Ashes being the pinnacle of it all. In the International Moth World Championship there is an Ashes trophy and, for the first time in a long while, the Brits took the trophy home.
Posted on 31 May
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
Races, Regattas and Disruptive Technology
x In the olden days, the major cost of attending a regatta for yacht owners and crew was the accommodation and still is. Of course for cruising yachties, traditionally the crew stays on boat, during regatta week, because after all it is replete with dishwasher, washing machine, a good cellar and an oven in which you could cook a roast. For racing boat owners or dinghy owners, life was not so easy.
Posted on 19 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
x x
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup - Ahead a Dead Rat in a Shoe v3 or Spring Daffodils
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphone while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 7 Apr