Battle heats up -Aquece Rio Test Event
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro
Another hot and arduous day at the Marina da Gloria office today. Fleets were held ashore until bits of wind materialized late in the day. The race organizers made some great choices in redirecting fleets to course areas with breeze which limited the competitors to three race areas, all within the Bay.
The RSX class sailed on the naval course where the first race was light but decent, and the second race truly challenging as winds dropped below 5 knots making the event a pumping contest. Canadian Zac Plavsic currently sits 19th overall while Aichen Wang (CHN) holds the overall lead.
Canada's interests in the Laser and Radial fleets were well served when the committees sent the fleets to Ponte, in the base of the bay. By all accounts this course area had the best conditions with winds ranging from 6-11 knots and moving through 12 to 15 degrees of range.
Lee Parkhill continues to demonstrate confident and quality decision making, keeping it simple while using his speed in these conditions to his advantage. After rounding the 1st mark 2nd, Lee conscientiously managed the race area, making small inroads on the leader while never exposing himself to any threats. A disruptive ferry created some chaos on the final windward leg as it cast a large wind shadow over the lead group allowing those that had hung out to the left well behind. Parkhill maintained his composure, crossing the line 2nd, moving himself into nice position - 2nd overall. "I knew it would be our only race today and I wanted to play smart," says Parkhill. There is no major strategy change for the next few days according to the Oakville native. "Good starts and speed."
Radial sailor Isabella Bertold (featured photo) found her form, scoring an 11th on the day.
Forecast is set to to be similar tomorrow with potential for change in the coming days. Tomorrow will be a full day of racing for all fleets as they make up for lost time today.