One year out from the largest sporting event in the world, the Australian Sailing Team is set to start racing at the second Olympic Sailing Test Event to be held on Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – the Aquece Rio (Warm-up) – International Sailing Regatta 2015. Racing is scheduled to start on Saturday, 15 August.
The Aquece Rio International Regatta is the second official Test Event for the sport of sailing and will see ten Australian sailors, including four London 2012 Olympic medallists, compete against their international rivals in six of the ten Olympic classes in what is a key dress rehearsal at the 2016 sailing venue.
At the Rio Test Event, Australian Sailing will be represented in all of the six of these boat classes that are already qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with the following sailors representing Australia at this event:
470M: Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD)
49er: Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW)
Laser: Tom Burton (NSW)
Nacra17: Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW)
Finn: Jake Lilley (QLD)
49erFX: Olivia Price (NSW) and Jaime Ryan (QLD)
– Cora Zillich