Shifty situation - Aquece Rio Test Event

Shifty situation - Aquece Rio Test Event

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Rio de Janeiro

A beautiful day of 8-12kts of breeze in Rio set the stage up for a full day of racing on all courses at the Aquece Rio Olympic Test Event. The RSX fleets completed their medal racing with Aichen Wang (CHN) crowned champion in the mens fleet while Charline Picon (FRA) took the title on the women's side.

The Nacra 17 fleet logged 3 races today Ponte course with Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke scoring an 8, 9, 15 ending their event in 14th overall. "It was such a challenging day. The shifts were coming from every direction and could turn the fleet totally upside down in one beat. It was almost like they were sailing two seperate courses. It was crazy out there," explains Nacra coach Ian Andrews. 

The Laser and Radial fleets punched out 3 races on the Neteroi course in very shifty conditions. 

In the Radial class, Isabella Bertold rounds out her Olympic test event in 21st overall. "I haven't done much sailing here in Rio. It is a challenging venue and I look forward to spending more time here." Gintare Volungeviciute Scheidt (LTU) heads into the medal race in the lead with Evi Van Acker (BEL) in 2nd and Paige Railey (USA) in 3rd. 

Canadian Laser sailor Lee Parkhill experienced his most difficult day of the regatta with 13, 12, 21, moving him back to 7th overall for medal racing tomorrow. "I actually sailed well today. I had the best start of my career on the last race. While the results don't reflect it today, the gains are there and I achieved my goal for this event. Tomorrow I have an outside shot at a medal. That's a bonus." Parkhill, most recently capturing the Bronze medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games, will put it all on the line as the point spread illustrates another shot at the bronze medal here in Rio. Francesco Marrai (ITA) heads into the medal race with a nice lead behind Tonci Stipanović (CRO) and Tom Burton (AUS). 

470 sailors Jacob and Graeme Saunders (featured photo) will sail their last race tomorrow and currently sit 21st. 

Tomorrow marks the medal races for Laser, Radial & Nacra fleets. Find the below links to cheer on Canadian Laser sailor Lee Parkhill. 

Racing Schedule - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/schedule.php
Sailing Instructions - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/AqueceRio2015SIFINAL-%5B19017%5D.pdf
Click here to access the Tracking and Competition Status Screen -www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php
ISAF Olympic Website - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/home.php

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photo credit: sailing energy/Jesus Renedo