In early August the NZL Sailing Team will be competing at one of this year’s most significant events on the journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Andy Maloney, NZL Sailing Team - Mens Laser
Officially titled Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014, the August regatta is a ‘Test Event’ for the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Regatta. On between 2 and 9 August all ten Olympic classes will be based at Marina da Glória for racing inside and outside the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For the NZL Sailing Team next month’s event will provide a valuable opportunity. High Performance Director Jez Fanstone explains; 'A key goal for us is to gain knowledge about Rio. We want to be as familiar with the 2016 Olympic sailing venue as possible.'
'This year we will use the Rio Test Event, which is the first of all 2016 Olympic Test Events, to build on all aspects of our knowledge around Guanabara Bay, Rio.'
This year each nation is permitted two entries per class, but come 2016 this will be reduced to one per class for nations that have qualified.
The event: Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
Otherwise known as: Rio Test Event 2014
Dates: 2-9 August 2014
The New Zealand Team
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 49er
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 49er
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – 49erFX
Andy Maloney – Laser
Sam Meech – Laser
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – Women’s 470
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox – Men’s 470
Josh Junior – Finn
Andrew Murdoch – Finn
Natalia Kosinska – Women’s RS:X
Sara Winther – Laser Radial
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – Nacra 17
Support and coaching:
Jez Fanstone, Mark Howard, Nathan Handley, Simon Briscoe and Hamish Willcox, Craig Panther, David Slyfield, Louise Johnson, Christel Dunshea- Mooij
The Racing Schedule
|Event||Racing dates||Number of scheduled races|
|Women’s RS:X (windsurfer)||3-7 August||12 + Medal Race|
|Laser (Men’s one person dinghy)||4-9 August||10 + Medal Race|
|Laser Radial (Women’s one person dinghy)||4-9 August||10 + Medal Race|
|Finn (Men’s one person heavy-weight dinghy)||3-8 August||10 + Medal Race|
|Men’s 470 (Two person dinghy)||4-9 August||10 + Medal Race|
|Women’s 470 (Two person dinghy)||4-9 August||10 + Medal Race|
|49er (Men’s skiff)||4-8 August||12 + Medal Race|
|49erFX (Women’s skiff)||4-8 August||12 + Medal Race|
|Nacra17 (Mixed multihull)||4-8 August||12 + Medal Race|