Olympic sailing has arrived in Brazil, in the Rio de Janeiro bay, for the Aquece Rio-International Sailing Regatta 2014, the test event dedicated to the ten Olympic classes scheduled from tomorrow, Sunday the 3th of August, until Saturday the 9th, with a logistic base in Marina da Gloria and regattas scheduled in the same regatta fields that will host the sailing competitions during the next Olympic Games in 2016. Five Italian saling National team athletes are present, lead by Technical Director Michele Marchesini, together with the Federal feminin RS:X windsurf technician Adriano Stella, competing in this occasion which is gathering in Rio 320 sailors representing 34 nations, with most of the best exponent of the Olympic classes attending: Flavia Tartaglini and Laura Linares (RS:X F), Marcantonio Baglione (RS:X M), Francesco Marrai (Laser Standard) and Giorgio Poggi (Finn). The regattas for RS:X and single Finn will start tomorrow, having thus from the start four Italian athletes competing. This is the program per class (distributed on the 5 regatta fields): RS:X M (3-7 August, 12 competitions + Medal), RS:X F (3-7 August, 12 competitions + Medal), Laser Standard (4-9 August, 10 competitions + Medal), Laser Radial (4-9 August, 10 competitions + Medal), Finn (3-8 August, 10 competitions + Medal),
470 M (4-9 August, 10 competitions + Medal), 470 F (4-9 August, 10 competitions + Medal), 49er (4-8 August, 12 competitions + 3 Medal), 49er FX (4-8 August, 12 competitions + 3 Medal) and Nacra 17 (4-8 August, 12 competitions + Medal).
"The guys are healthy and have overcome the effects of jet lag," Technical Director Michele Marchesini has declared. "They have been training in the next few days and they have started to get to know the Rio bay. The meteorological and sea conditions are very good, a southerly breeze has been blowing into the bay regularly for ten days with a speed of between 8 and 14 nodes. Out of the bay, in Niteroi and Copacabana fields, the long wave of the oceanic swell is present, while inside the bay the waves are short.In exchange, there is a lot of sea current, particularly around the Ponte field, and the
problem of the bay pollution, already highlighted in the past, is still present. Our guys are all very concentrated, we have an optimal logistic situation (the only nation, together with Japan, to stay near the Marina da Gloria) and have a great desire to give the best we can," Marchesini concluded, "even if the priority of this transfer is to gather useful data in view of the Rio Games and the study of the regatta fields."