In early August the NZL Sailing Team will be competing at one of this year’s most significant events on the journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Officially titled Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014, the August regatta is a ‘Test Event’ for the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Regatta. On between 2 and 9 August all ten Olympic classes will be based at Marina da Glória for racing inside and outside the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For the NZL Sailing Team next month’s event will provide a valuable opportunity. High Performance Director Jez Fanstone explains; 'A key goal for us is to gain knowledge about Rio. We want to be as familiar with the 2016 Olympic sailing venue as possible.'
'This year we will use the Rio Test Event, which is the first of all 2016 Olympic Test Events, to build on all aspects of our knowledge around Guanabara Bay, Rio.'
This year each nation is permitted two entries per class, but come 2016 this will be reduced to one per class for nations that have qualified.
The event: Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 Otherwise known as: Rio Test Event 2014 Dates: 2-9 August 2014
34 countries 320 athletes 250 boats
The New Zealand Team
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 49er Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 49er Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – 49erFX Andy Maloney – Laser Sam Meech – Laser Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – Women’s 470 Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox – Men’s 470 Josh Junior – Finn Andrew Murdoch – Finn Natalia Kosinska – Women’s RS:X Sara Winther – Laser Radial Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – Nacra 17
Support and coaching:
Jez Fanstone, Mark Howard, Nathan Handley, Simon Briscoe and Hamish Willcox, Craig Panther, David Slyfield, Louise Johnson, Christel Dunshea- Mooij
The NZL Sailing Team includes New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners who have made the top 20% in their most recent (respective) class World Championships or pinnacle event and have shown consistency of performance over the year including other significant Championships.
Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme is focussed on winning medals at the Olympics in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
NZL Sailing Team sailors all started out at grass roots yacht clubs around the country and with commitment, dedication and drive have risen to be world class athletes; they work hard in the gym, train long hours on the water and are supported by great coaches.