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Aug 12-22, 2015 / Rio, Brazil

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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 the 49erFX. The wind came a little earlier and the Race Committee ran the full compliment of four races per fleet on the Sugarloaf course.

Among men the 49er, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke opened five point lead after nine races and prepare to celebrate another title in Brazilian waters.

“We enjoyed sailing here. The day was quite challenging, with many puffs. We are sailing well, but the results are not as good as we would like. We still need to train more for the Test Event. When we think we know the area of ​​race, everything changes. Despite the confidence, there is nothing like being a local sailor here,” said Peter, who is the skipper of Team New Zealand in the next America’s Cup.  Together they won the Test Event and the Intergalactic Championship 2014. Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges are the best Brazilian in 10th place.

Among women, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, compatriots Peter and Blair, have not had such a good day and dropped to second place. With two wins and a second place, the Danish Maiken Schutt and Anne-Julie Schutt took the tip. In this class there is no Brazilian representatives. Martine Grael and Kunze Kahena, they are written, just not sailing due to commitments with sponsors.

 

On Thursday the competition comes to an end with the intent to do 3 races for the 49er and 49erFX. The start is scheduled for 12 pm, but the weather forecast indicates another day of light winds.

To check out all the competition results visit the official site: www.sivrio.com.br. The 28th International Week River Sailing is organized Yacht Club of Rio de Janeiro and has the support of CBVela.

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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