The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta is serious business for the 326 registered sailors from 50 countries with high stakes and bragging rights on the line.
The Olympic Test Event is an opportunity for sailors to prove themselves as Olympic medal candidates to their National Olympic Committees and to set themselves apart from their rivals.
And this is where Stefano Marcia, the lone South African campaigner, came in as he finished the 6th race in 3rd spot – a fantastic result especially as he was ahead of former world champ and multiple Olympic medallist in the Laser Class – Robert Scheidt. Well done Stefano!
It appears that Stefano considered himself a little lucky as saw a left hand shift coming through before the majority of the fleet. This was on the second beat, and from there on he held the opposition off.
It was a long hard day for the competitors with a light 6-8 knots southerly breeze prevalent across all six racing areas. The hard working Race Committees put on seven races across the three racing areas inside Guanabara Bay with no racing possible outside.
21 RSA Stefano Marcia 15; (35); 26; 12; 33; 3