Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
An update was given on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and the upcoming test event.
The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay.
The first phase of registration closed on 1 May with 340 sailors, in 238 boats from 50 nations all set to compete on Olympic waters in advance of the Olympic Sailing Competition.
The Test Event will allow ISAF the opportunity evaluate and make key decisions in advance of making the final decisions that will govern the main event. Pollution was also discussed and it was agreed that flexibility across race courses was key.
A world famous city, Rio is famous for Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
Race courses in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain and in the watch of Christ the Redeemer will ensure these iconic features of the city and the athleticism and dedication of each Olympic sailor will be showcased side by side.
In terms of displaying the sport, Rio will certainly provide a perfect platform for the beauty of the sport to be promoted alongside natural and man-made wonders.
Plans to build an Olympic sailing marina in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games were abandoned earlier this year as the organizers changed the original blueprint to cut costs and to reduce the impact of the airport on live television coverage.
ISAF is working closely with Tokyo 2020 to finalise the venue decision.
Looking further afield, the first test event will take place in September 2018. The 2019 test event will take place in the same window as the 2020 Olympic Games.
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Multihull
The Events Committee accepted the Equipment Committee recommendation on the Nacra 15 becoming the ISAF Youth Worlds multihull with the boat to be implemented and included as soon as possible. This submission goes to ISAF Council in November for final approval as a formality. But what is the Nacra 15? We caught up with Nacra Sailing’s Gunnar Larsen to find out a little bit more: For facebook page ISAF with video click here