Day three in Rio was a make up day for 49erFX having only 4 races from a scheduled 6 after the first two days. The 49er sailors took the day…Read More
49er and 49erFX teams have seen two days of class Rio (in August) conditions. The sea breeze establishes by early afternoon, there is time for some racing and then it…Read More
Teams are approaching the 2015 Rio Test Event in two very different manners. There are some federations that are treating the event as a full examination of their teams potential,…Read More
The overall regatta comes to an end after two weeks and more than 120 races in 16 classes... best for last! We ended on Thursday at the Yacht Club of…Read More
The penultimate day of the 28th International Sailing Week in Rio de Janeiro ended with foreign rule in Guanabara Bay Rays. New Zealand leads into the 49er while Denmark leads in…Read More
The second day of races in classes 49er and 49erFX was long, with more hoped for in terms of the wind. But on a winter sunny Rio de Janeiro there is…Read More
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.