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  12 Aug 2016


Rio 2016 sailing comes alive on 'Brutal Thursday'

Womens 470 come back on port after start of Race 3 - shot a few seconds later form the same S-W photographer in the same position The shooting position was from a SW photographer standing in the raised bow of a RIB, in a harness - the shooting position is about 8 feet above water level  © Richard Gladwell
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.

470 Women head up the first leg - Race 3  © Richard Gladwell

London 2012 Silver Medallist Luke Patience summed it up the conditions and wave height in his own unique way, 'They were three or four metres, as big as houses. You could see the front door, two windows, a kitchen and the bedrooms upstairs. When you were in the trough you couldn't see the boat next to you.'

Ben Saxton / Nicola Groves pull a wheelie in the Nacra 17 class at the 2016 Rio Olympics  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Some epic battles are now developing; Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) are on equal points with Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (GBR) in the Nacra 17, Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) is turning the tables on Nick Dempsey (GBR), Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) are 3 points clear of reigning Olympic Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) and Giles Scott is... well he's just doing what Giles Scott does!

Even he has picked up a couple of bad results, but he was philosophical about it, 'The important thing to remember is that everyone has got big scores now. I don't think there is one person who has been massively consistent so you know you really have to fight for every single position, regardless of where you find yourself. There is a long way to go in this regatta and it's going to be tough.'

Giles Scott in the Finn class on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Unfortunately the TV feeds are concentrating on the Sugarloaf course - while this certainly provides place changes, we're sadly not seeing any video of the excitement on the big waves...

Read Gladwell's line on the challenges of Guanabara Bay at

Read the full round-up of day 4 at and find all the latest news from the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at

Meanwhile, enjoy some of the epic photos coming out of Rio... loads more on

Mens 470 fleet start - Race 3 - this was just as small swell  © Richard Gladwell

Luke Patience and Chris Grube on Brutal Thursday at the Rio 2016 Olympics  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Finn class on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Huge waves for the Finn class on Brutal Thursday at the 2016 Rio Olympics  © Robert Deaves

Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie in big waves at the 2016 Rio Olympics  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin on Brutal Thursday at the Rio 2016 Olympics  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan on Brutal Thursday at the Rio 2016 Olympics  Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Giles Scott on Brutal Thursday at the 2016 Rio Olympics  Richard Langdon/British Sailing Team

Mark Jardine, Managing Editor

Rio Olympics - Fourth gallery of images the fearsome Niteroi course
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Fourth image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds. believe it or not the sea conditions were worse inshore as the fleet encountered the backwashed Atlantic rollers... [more]

Jean Le Cam relaunches his boat for Vendée Globe
Olivier Bourbon / M&M,
It is thanks to some incredible support, sheer determination and hard work that King Jean has been able to get this far on his way to the non-stop solo round the world race. But with less than three months to go to the start in Les Sables d'Olonne, he still needs to find one or more partners. He tells us more.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Third image gallery of 470's braving the Atlantic Ocean
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Third image gallery from racing on Day 4 in the Mens and Womens 470 class on the Niteroi course in the Atlantic Ocean - sailing in 3-4 metre swells and 20kt plus winds... [more]

The Vendée Globe and North America – Life and death
Olivier Bourbon / M&M,
Out of the thirty skippers registered for the next Vendée Globe, nine are not French. Ten nations are represented including the United States with Rich Wilson, who will be setting sail on 6th November for his second attempt at the non-stop solo round the world race. We shall also see Conrad Colman, who has dual nationality (USA/New Zealand)... [more]

Day 2 goes swimmingly for Mills and Clark in Rio Olympics
The London 2012 medallists enjoyed an awesome race win in today's opening encounter before a capsize into the South Atlantic Ocean as they approached the finish line saw them drop from first to sixth in the day's second race.... [more]

Scott extends lead in Finn at Rio Olympics
The four-time World Champion held a five-point advantage over Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) overnight, but scores of 11th and his second race win of the regatta, combined with finishes of 15th and ninth for his nearest rival, saw Scott move further ahead.... [more]

RORC Île d'Ouessant Race – Preview
Louay Habib,
The start will mirror the Rolex Fastnet Race and getting a good start in the Solent will be on the minds of every competitor. Playing the tide and wind along the South Coast of England offers many tactical options and once the fleet round Wolf Rock, the next leg is fully offshore to Ouessant, 120 miles away.... [more]

Epic 470 racing pushes teams in big breeze day at Rio Olympics
World Sailing,
Racing tested every extreme of a sailor's ability, which is exactly what the Olympic competition should be. The conditions saw the 470 fleet steaming around the race track in the high, steady breeze and large swells.... [more]

Rio 2016 - 'Brutal conditions' in a test of survival
Andy Rice,
The Olympic sailing competition again produced the extremes of flat water and shifty conditions on the inshore courses with the giant wind and size-of-a-house waves out on the seaward courses. This regatta is testing every extreme of a sailor's ability, which some argue is exactly what the Olympic competition should be.... [more]

Rio 2016 - More from the Niteroi with the Mens and Womens 470
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Second image gallery from the Niteroi course where the Mens and Womens 470 had a complete contrast to the light winds and vague shifts of Guanabara Bay on their first day of racing on Tuesday. With 3-4 metre Atlantic rollers and 20-25ktwinds the 470 sailors had their hands full.... [more]

Rio 2016 - 470's get taste of the wet and wild Niteroi
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
he Niteroi course is one of three on the Atlantic Ocean being used in the 2016 Olympics. Today the Mens and Womens 470 sailors got a taste of what it is like to sail in 20-25kt winds and 3-4 metre swells. Sail-Worldwas on the course to provide these two galleries of images... [more]

Rio 2016 - Magical Rio turns it up two notches for Finn spectacular
Robert Deaves,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - You had to see it to believe it. The third day of racing for Finns at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was a spectacular day of sailing with big winds, huge seas and even bigger stakes. While Giles Scott moves into an 11-point lead and Vasilij Zbogar hangs onto second, Zsombor Berecz (HUN), rockets up the fleet to third after a great performance.... [more]

Svendborg welcomes sailors for EUROSAF Match Racing Open Europeans
Dan Ibsen,
12 crews from 11 different countries have lined up in Svendborg in order to fight got this title and the Trophy. The event was initiated in Denmark in the mid 1990s by the Royal Danish Yacht Club on behalf of the European Sailing Federation, and the championship has been organized every year since this.... [more]

Danish dominance in Lysekil Women's Match
WIM Series,
In excellent sailing conditions with bright sunshine and perfect winds, Thursday's racing offered an exciting conclusion to the round-robin. Not until the very last match of the day, Camilla Ulrikkeholm Klinkby (DEN) secured her top spot by beating local hope Anna Östling (SWE).... [more]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week – Day 6
Rupert Holmes / CWL,
Today's racing started in an unstable westerly breeze of 10-14 knots that gradually swung towards the north-west through the morning. It increased to give gusts in the upper teens as the thin cloud over the Solent broke up, giving way to long sunny periods.... [more]

First races of Laser Radial and Standard U-21 Worlds have been sailed,
Joel Rodriguez (Spain) is dominating the men's fleet of the Laser Standard by finishing in first and in second position, followed by Jonatan Vadnei (Hungary) and Santiago Sampaio (Portugal, both with seven points).... [more]

Sailing at Rio 2016 Day 4- Racing for Finns, Nacra 17s, 470s and RS:Xs
Mark Jardine,
Day four of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with the RS:X Men and Women, the Finns, the 470 Men & Women and the Nacra 17 Mixed Multihulls all in action. The wind at race time was from the West with 9 knots on the inshore Escola Naval inshore course and a building breeze elsewhere.... [more]

AAM Cowes Week– FAST40+ Race Circuit – Otra Vez wins the Britannia Cup
Fast40 Class,
Bill Coates was full of emotion as his Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez was in cruise control, crossing the finish line today. Leading for the entire race, to win one of Cowes Week most prestigious trophies; The Britannia Cup. In doing so it means that the trophy remains in American hands after Bella Mente's win last year.... [more]

Phaedo3 takes line honours in the tenth Artemis Challenge
Artemis Challenge,
Screaming around the Isle of Wight at top speeds of over 30 knots, Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 covered the 50 nautical mile course in three hours and 56 seconds, 50 minutes ahead of M32 Tranwall.... [more]

SAP 505 Worlds – 130 boats compete in superb conditions across 9 races
Martin and Lowry built up a massive 20-point lead securing three firsts in an exceptionally competitive fleet. The final race brought drama for the 2016 victors as they rounded the first windward mark buried deep into the 30s, putting their title hopes in significant jeopardy.... [more]

Rio Olympics – RS:X Windsurfers return to competition after a rest day
Andy Rice - World Sailing,
There is 14 to 17 knots forecast from the south-west, gusting up to 20 at times, although the wind didn't seem to reach the inner courses as much as expected on day three.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Scott lays down Finn gauntlet as he moves into pole
Four-time World Champion Scott took advantage of almost Britain-esque conditions of 20+ knots and grey skies to take second place in the day's opening race – race three of their event overall – before leading from start to finish in their second race to claim pole position at the top of the Finn class rankings.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Thompson's silver Laser lining at midway point
The Lasers now have a rest day tomorrow and Thompson admits it was important he made his move on the medal positions as the midway point of the regatta passed.... [more]

Rio 2016 - 470 racing images from Guanabara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
Images from mostly the first race in the Mens and Womens 470 as they started their Olympic Regatta racing on the Escola course a little further out in Guanabara Bay... [more]

Gladwell's Line - The challenges of Guanbara Bay
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The decision to run Medal Racing on the Pao de Acucer, probably won't be remembered as one of the brightest of the 2016 Sailing Olympics. Over shadowed by a 1300ft tall granite and quartz mountain in the shape of a sugarloaf, the bay suffers from dramatic windshifts, and huge variance in wind pressure.... [more]

Sail for Gold Live Day 3
James Eaves, RYA,
The latest news, views and expert opinion from Rio 2016. Mark Jardine talks to Andy Rice out in Rio, Matt Alvarado in Cowes and the British Sailing Team's Ben Cornish and Elliot Hanson.... [more]

Marine Resources job updates
Marine Resources,
Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Jobseekers register your CV now to receive the latest vacancies and be matched to your ideal job. Employers choose from a variety of recruitment options which include a full consultancy service as well as a unique job advertising package.... [more]

Rio Olympics - Images from Day 3 - Nacra 17, 470 men and Women
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
It was a bleak rainy day in Rio de Janeiro. Inside on Guanabara Bay it was as shifty ever, with some magnificent leads being established and then ripped away. Sail-World was on Guanabara Bay to capture some of the action in the Nacra 17, Mens and Womens 470 classes.... [more]

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - Day 5
Rupert Holmes,
2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - Today saw patchy sun, with a north-westerly airflow that produced a eight - twelve knots of wind for most of the morning. However by midday it became more variable in strength in the central Solent, with very light patches under areas of cloud.... [more]

2016 Olympics - Defending Womens 470 Olympic Champions disqualified
Richard Gladwell, NZL,
The defending Olympic champions in the Womens 470 class suffered a set back in their quest to win a second Gold medal . Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie were found by the Olympic jury to have infringed a rule soon after the start of Race 1, and they were protested by the Austrian crew.... [more]

WIM Series - Anna Östling undefeated leader of Lysekil Women's Match
WIM Series,
2016 WIM Series - Wednesday at lunchtime the racing at Lysekil Women's Match, the second event on the 2016 WIM Series, finally got going on the Swedish west coast.... [more]

2016 Rio Olympic Games - Swiss win opening day in the Nacra 17
Andy Rice,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - It was a game of two halves on day three of the Olympic Sailing Competition, with the inshore courses forcing the sailors to make the best of a light-wind lottery. Out to sea it couldn't have been more different, with the Niterói and Copacabana courses offering up high winds and mountainous waves.... [more]

Finn focus at Rio 2016 - Big day out on the high seas in Rio
Robert Deaves,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - It was a big day in Rio on the second day of racing for Finns at the Olympic Sailing Competition. Racing on the Niteroi courses area out on the open ocean, the Finn fleet excelled in the huge waves in big winds.... [more]

AAM Cowes Week – FAST40+ Race Circuit – Tenacity pays for Pace
Fast40 Class,
Johnny Vincent's British Ker40+ Pace is now the fourth team to have claimed victory in the FAST40+ Class after a tenacious comeback to win a tricky light airs race.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Windsurfers return to action after rest day
Dempsey goes into races 7-9 of the RS:X class' 11-race opening series with more than a three-point lead at the top of the leaderboard as he bids to become the most successful male Olympic windsurfer of all time by completing the full medal set.... [more]

The Artemis Challenge 2016 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Artemis Challenge,
Following the decision from British MOD70 team Concise 10 to withdraw from the Challenge due to sail damage, the Tranwall team and their 32ft match-racing cat stepped up to the plate to become the new Artemis Challenge sparring partner for Lloyd Thornburg's mighty white racing machine Phaedo3.... [more]

Rio Olympics – Big breeze set to greet Olympic debut of the Nacra 17
Andy Rice - World Sailing,
Big breeze up to 20 knots is set to greet the Olympic debut of the Mixed Multihulls - Nacra 17 and the start of competition for the Men's and Women's Two Person Dinghies - 470. While most of the 470 sailors will say 'bring it on' to the breeze, the Nacra 17 boys and girls will be heading out with a little more trepidation.... [more]

Soft shackles are a win-win
Phil Anniss,,
Soft shackles are a fraction of the weight, stronger, safer and have a similar life span as their metal equivalents. Generally made of single braid, polyurethane coated Dyneema® SK75 or SK78 with a diamond stopper knot, they can be used to replace virtually every stainless shackle on-board.... [more]

Sail for Gold Live Day 2
James Eaves, RYA,
The latest news, views and expert opinion from Rio 2016. Mark Jardine talks to Andy Rice out in Rio, the Sailor Girl Nic Douglass in Cowes and the British Sailing Team's John Gimson and Kate Macgregor.... [more]

Dragon Europeans - Coupe Virginie Heriot went to Anatoliy Loginov
Ivan Bidzilya,
The “Big Dragon week” in St.Petersburg YC started in the first ten days of June 2016 with the Silver cup practice regatta for dozen of early birds that arrived at the Europeans venue to train.... [more]

Record fleets due at Rolex Regattas in Porto Cervo
Preparations are well underway for a record-breaking September at Porto Cervo's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Both the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 Worlds (4 - 10 September) and the Rolex Swan Cup and Swan 45 Worlds (11 - 18 September) have already registered unprecedented numbers of entries.... [more]

2016 Rio Olympic Games - Zbogar makes sense of Sugarloaf lottery
Andy Rice,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - Day two of the Olympic Sailing Competition produced lighter winds more expected at this time of year in Rio. This made for a challenging opening day for the Finn sailors competing in the Heavyweight Men's One Person Dinghy, who raced two heats on the notoriously fickle Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) race course.... [more]

Rio 2016 - Dempsey overcomes Race 6 stumble, Italy leads Womens RS:X
World Sailing,
2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games - Day 2 of the Olympic Sailing Competition produced lighter winds more expected at this time of year in Rio, and the south-easterly breezes were mostly around five to seven knots with only occasional moments in double figures.... [more]

Sail for Gold Live Day 1
James Eaves, RYA,
The latest news, views and expert opinion from Rio 2016. Mark Jardine talks to Andy Rice out in Rio and Paralympic 2.4m Gold Medallist Helena Lucas, together with top 470 sailor Eilidh McIntyre in Cowes.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - First impressions of Rio
Richard Gladwell,
An Olympic travelogue as the Sail-World NZ Editor makes his way though South America en route to Rio, plus initial thoughts on the city, the Olympic organisation, the venue and its much-vaunted pollution and some initial thoughts after just one day on the water of how the racing could pan out.... [more]

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