Olympic city of Rio is no stranger to major sailing events

Following Rio de Janeiro's successful bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay will be the venue for the Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Bay is already well known as a world-class sailing venue: earlier this year it was a stopover venue for the Volvo Ocean Race and in 2007 in was the sailing venue for the Pan American Games. Next year the Star class visits Rio for their World Championship battle.

Brazil has a proud record in Olympic sailing, in fact sailing is one of the nation's most successful Olympic sports. Torben Grael is the only sailor to have won five Olympic medals, whilst Robert Scheidt is only one behind with two golds and two silvers. At Beijing 2008 Fernanda Oliveira and Isabel Swan became the first female Brazilian sailors to win an Olympic medal.

Brazil also showed its dedication to the future of the sport as it hosted this year's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with great success.

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