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Aug 12-22, 2015 / Rio, Brazil

2015 Test Event

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Alex Maloney with Molly Meech (NZL) gave up their lead after today’s first race, but then stormed back in the second and third race to retake the lead and now sit 12 points ahead of the rest heading into the medal race.

Charlotte Dobson with Saskia Tikey (GBR) rode yesterdays wave and pulled into first overall before slipping a bit back in races two and three. They now sit tied with the 2016 Gold medalists, Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA), for second, but remain in striking distance of the leaders with just the single race remaining.

Dobson and Tidey Charging Ahead in Miami ©JESUS RENEDO/SAILING ENERGY/WORLD SAILING 31 January, 2019

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) had their worst result of the regatta in the second of three races in the 49er class. But they won the other two and will carry an 11.7-point lead into the Medal Race. They are guaranteed at least a silver medal, Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell (GBR) are second while countrymen James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) are third.

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and the RS:X windsurfer Medal Races will be live across World Sailing’s YouTube and Facebook from 12:00 local time on Saturday 2 February.

The test event, formerly known as the pre-Olympics, is a test for the organization more so than the sailors.  However, many federations and teams take the event very seriously and there has been reasonable correlation between pre-Olympic performance and Olympic performance historically.

Only 1 team may enter from any nation, so the intra-squad competition has been tight for many competitors.  Further, many squads will bring complete support staff to the event to give everyone a full warm up to the Olympics.

Both the 49er and 49erFX regattas will be tightly fought, though last year was a disapointment wind wise and organizationally as the best winds were in the early morning hours and the organization was not flexible enough to conduct the racing then.  The 49erFX raced only 2 days of 4 while the 49er raced 3 days of 4, though one of the days there was only 1 race which is always a good indicator of poor racing conditions.

Much of the focus for the worlds press will be on the pollution in the water of Gunabara bay, but the sailors, like always will be looking at the wind, current, and possibly trash, but certainly their competitors.

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