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3 August 2014, 02:40 pm
Finn And RS:X Fleets To Kick Off Rio Test
Guanabara Bay
Guanabara Bay

Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Finn and RS:X racing will kick off the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Sailing Regatta, the first test event of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Medal Race Course, Pão de Açúcar, will be tested from the off with the Men's RS:X kicking off proceedings with a 13:00 start line. The women's RS:X fleet will follow shortly afterwards at 13:10.

Finn racing will start at 13:00 local time on the Ponte race area. Both Pão de Açúcar and Ponte are inside Guanabara Bay. Escola Naval is the third race course in Guanabara Bay whilst Niterói and Copacabana are outside of the Bay, all three will feature racing for the first time on 4 August.

A morning north easterly breeze at 4-6 knots filled Marina da Gloria at 10:00 but as the day goes on the wind will switch to the south east and is expected to increase from 7-12 knots before the day is done.

The Finn and Men's and Women's RS:X fleets strongly resemble the Olympic size, providing the sailors with perfect conditions to test themselves on Olympic waters. Aquece Rio 2014 Test Event fleet sizes and Rio 2016 fleet sizes below:
Event Aquece Rio 2014 Rio 2016
Finn 15 23
Men's RS:X 28 36
Women's RS:X 22 26

Strength is evident throughout the fleets with numerous World Champions and Olympic medallists within.

Giles Scott (GBR) will spearhead the Finn fleet but will face tough competition from the likes of home nation sailors Jorge Zarif and Bruno Prada, London 2012 bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and the ever dangerous Pieter Jan Postma (NED).

The Men's RS:X sees London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) among the entrants however Nick Dempsey (GBR), Piotr Myszka (POL) and Ricardo Santos (BRA) are all in excellent form so the Dutchman will be hard pressed to assert his dominance many are acquainted to.

Eight of the world's top ten Women's RS:X competitors are registered to race in Rio. No one has been able to take the bull by the horns and take command in the Women's RS:X fleet in recent months. The Aquece Rio is the perfect opportunity for any of the 22-boat fleet to set down a marker in the build-up to the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds and beyond.

Media coverage and results from the Aquece Rio will be delivered by the Rio 2016 team and ISAF through and
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