DAY 1 | DEMPSEY ON TOP

Guanabara Bay delivered some great sailing conditions to launch the Olympic Sailing Competition today, but it was still very, very tricky out there.

Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X

Nick Dempsey (GBR) could scarcely believe the fairy tale start to his fifth Olympic Games. Just days away from his 36th birthday, the British veteran managed to pick up scores of 1,1,2. The defending Olympic Champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe couldn’t quite match that level of excellence, but his freshly shaved head wasn’t hurting the Dutchman too much either as he finished the day with ever-improving scores of 5,3,1. Asked why he had shaved his head, as he had done four years earlier at London 2012, he said, “The Olympics are a good excuse to shave my head. Otherwise my wife wouldn’t let me do it.”

Dempsey was rightly pleased with his day.A perfect start. I was pretty nervous this morning, really nervous. Training has been going really well, sailing fast. I was just nervous about something not going right, but it went so well. In the last race, the breeze dropped a few bombs on the course. It caught a few people out, a few people did well out of it, and I managed to hold on to 2nd, which was probably the best bit of the day.”

The issue of debris in the water has been a big talking point in the build-up to these Games, but Dempsey said, Today was the best it’s ever been. When you’re winning a race and going fast, the only thing you worry about is another factor, like hitting something in the water, breaking a fin. But it didn’t, the water was fine and it’s a good result for Rio.

Byron Kokkalanis also sailed very solidly to notch up scores of 2,2,6, and puts him in 3rd overall on equal points with Rijsselberghe.

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RESULTS AFTER 3 RACES

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Text: World Sailing | Photography – Sailing Energy

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

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TODAY (Monday, 8th) at 1300 the men will start racing, followed by the women at 1310. The event lasts for 5 days, with 12 races scheduled.

The course area will be inside the bay, in front of the beach, known as Pão de Açucar. Conditions look to be the best direction for this race area with a south east sea breeze. Looking like light railing to planning if the pressure can build enough.  The tide will be flowing into the bay during the racing and will make for some very interesting tactics in the circular bay of Pão de Açucar.

Yesterday a final practice race was held in the same area scheduled for today’s RS:X racing.

Most of these athletes have spent over 10,000 hours windsurfing, years of hard work, ups and downs. You can lose a regatta on the first day but you can’t win it.

Good luck to all the sailors!

Text: Sam Sills / RS:X Class Media / World Sailing | Photography – Sailing Energy/World Sailing

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RS:X SAILORS AT THE RIO OPENING CEREMONY

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RS:X sailors bearing their country flag in the Rio Opening Ceremony

Sailing was one of the best represented sports at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Maracana Stadium last night.

Two RS:X windsurfers, 2012 London Silver medallist Tuuli Petaja Siren from Finland and 7x Olympian Joao Rodrigues from Portugal had the honour of carrying their country’s flag at yesterday’s opening ceremony.

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“I lack the words to express all that I’m feeling right now! In the last couple of days, I’ve found myself dropping tears of joy when I hear our National Anthem or see our flag. They are tears of joy and tonight, it will be the culmination of 28 years with the Olympic Games as a background. An honour and such a privilege!”  Joao Rodrigues, just before last night’s opening ceremony.

Men’s windsurfing will start in two days on Monday, three races are scheduled to start at 1300 Brazil time.

Here are some useful links:

World Sailing Olympic Website

World of Windsurf Editions8 RS:X Updates

Rio 2016 Schedule

Rio 2016 Olympic Sailors

Text: Sam Sills / RS:X Class Media / World Sailing | Photography – Sailing Energy/World Sailing
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on marketing@sailing.org or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition features 380 athletes from 66 nations, in 274 boats racing across ten Olympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 8 August through to Thursday 18 August 2016 with 217 male and 163 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Olympic debut in 1900 and has been a mainstay at every Olympic Games since 1908. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on [email protected] or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.