Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta – A Day of Contrasts

Stefano Marcia pic by ISAF

Stefano Marcia
pic by ISAF

It was a day of contrasts at the Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 with the inside course areas playing host to all of the day’s competition.

A steady 10-12 knot southerly breeze inside Guanabara Bay under a beating Brazilian sun enabled some interesting racing for the competitors. Meanwhile, outside of Guanabara Bay, it was a different story as the wind failed to materialise for the sailors to compete.

With the fleets sailing inside completing their scheduled races, the decision to move those from outside the Bay to inside was made, enabling a single early evening race for each fleet.

In total, the Pão de Açúcar, Escola Naval and Ponte courses played host to eight fleets who completed 15 races between them.

Laser Fleet – Stefano 26th Overall
Heading into the day the Laser and Laser Radial sailors were prepared for a big challenge on the Pai course, the furthest racing area away from Marina da Gloria. Out in the open sea, big winds and waves were predicted, but both failed to materialise.

In the end, the flatter waters of Escola Naval were used for a single race apiece.

Result
26 Stefano Marcia    15; (35); 26; 12; 33