POSTED: August 11th 2014

Rio 2016: First sailing test event for the Games proves successful

The Nacra 17 fleet in Guanabara Bay in Olympic host city Rio / ISAF
The Nacra 17 fleet in Guanabara Bay in Olympic host city Rio / ISAF

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Sailing Regata 2014, the largest sailing event ever held in Brazil, concluded Saturday at Marina da Glória as the first test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

Thirty-two Olympic medallists featured in the 326-athlete field that trekked Guanabara Bay. The Rio 2016 Organising Committee released the test event schedule last week.

“The first test event comes to a close with a sense of mission accomplished,” Rio 2016 Committee Sports Director Rodrigo Garcia said. “This has been a wonderful experience and a successful event, but most importantly we have learned a lot.”

“Conditions throughout the week were extremely positive,” British athlete and race champion Giles Scott said. “We had at least 10 knots of wind every day which was great, especially because we were prepared for much less. Rio pulled off a great regatta this year.”

The week-long competition utilised to Pão de Açucar, Escola Naval, Ponte, Copacabana, and Niteroí courses. The final course to be used in the Games will be selected following the second test event in 2015.

The 10 Olympic sailing classes of men’s and women’s RS:8, 49er, 49er FX, men’s and women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, and Nacra 17 (mixed) were all represented in the test event.

“The Aquece Rio International Regatta has been a very successful regatta for ISAF,” International Sailing Federation Head of Competitions Alastair Fox said. “We have completed many of our goals in testing the competition areas, building our understanding of the local conditions and getting to know the national officials and the Rio 2016 team. We have a lot of information to take away and evaluate.”

Students from Rio schools involved with the Rio 2016 Education Programme, Transforma, created graffiti-style art using sails, which were placed in an exhibition around the Marina da Glória.

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