Parkhill leads the charge - Aquece Rio Test Event
Monday, August 17, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sailors continue the hard fought battle after 3 days of racing at the Aquece Rio Olympic Test Event. The Laser and Radial fleet made the ocean voyage out to the furthest reaches of the Rio race course today bobbing around for 3 hours before making the return journey to the harbour where racing took place on the Naval course following the 470 fleets. Forecasts for solid breeze outside did not materialize while the inner course areas saw tricky but rateable conditions of 6-11 knots. The committee recouped the day by rescheduling racing for the Laser/Radial, Finn and FX classes on the inner courses once the previous fleets racing for the day had concluded.
At the halfway point of the event, Lee Parkhill continues to battle gamely in the tight packed Laser fleet hanging onto podium potential sitting 5th overall, only 1 point back from 4th and well within striking distance of the silver medal. The front of the Laser fleet is stacked up with Tonci Stiponovic of CRO leading on 18th points hotly pursued by 2015 World Champion Nick Thompson (GBR - 23), Italian Francesco Marrai (23 pts), Frances Jean Baptiste Bernaz (27 pts) and Canada's Parkhill on 28 points. Parkhill has established himself as a player, however takes no race for granted as the battle ensues this week. Lasers will sail one race tomorrow in order to play catch up with medal racing scheduled for Friday.
Nacra 17 Canadian contenders, Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke sit just outside top 10 position with lots of room to move after 4 races. The Nacra fleet will enjoy a day of rest tomorrow while the RSX fleets get back to work.
Jacob Chaplin-Saunders and Graeme Chaplin-Saunders had a solid final race on the 470 course today marking up their top finish thus far in the event with a 13th.
Racing continues tomorrow through until Saturday!