Copa Brasil de Vela

Road to Rio continues at Copa Brasil de Vela

Written by RYA | 15 December 2015

Final regatta for the 2015 aspiring Olympians set to start in Rio

2015 may be rapidly drawing to a close, but there’s still work to be done this year on the road to Rio, with British sailors in action at the Copa Brasil de Vela at the Olympic venue from 15-20 December.

Some 32 British athletes across nine of the ten Olympic classes will be in action on Guanabara Bay, keen to gain further insight into the intricacies of the 2016 courses with the Games year soon to be upon us.

In the single-handed events, Giles Scott and Ben Cornish will be in action in the Finn class, with Nick Thompson, Elliot Hanson and Lorenzo Chiavarini set to race in the Laser class.

Bryony Shaw and Izzy Hamilton will fly the flag in the RS:X Women’s event, with Nick Dempsey, Tom Squires and Kieran Martin racing in the men’s equivalent RS:X event.

World number one pairing Hannah Mills-Saskia Clark are one of three British crews in the 470 Women’s event, alongside Amy Seabright-Anna Carpenter and Jess Lavery-Eilidh McIntyre, while Luke Patience will be racing with Chris Grube this week in the 470 Men’s event following Elliot Willis’s cancer diagnosis.

Both British Sailing Team Podium squad pairings Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign and John Pink-Stuart Bithell will contest the 49er event, while the 49erFX fleet will include Charlotte Dobson-Sophie Ainsworth and Sophie Weguelin-Anna Burnet.

The British Sailing Team will have four crews in action in the Nacra 17 class, with John Gimson-Hannah Diamond, Ben Saxton-Nicola Groves, Lucy Macgregor-Dave Evans and Tom Phipps-Nikki Boniface racing in the multihull event.

Six of the seven designated 2016 race course areas will be used during the six days of Copa Brasil racing.

The event will see five days of fleet racing before a final medal race for each class on Sunday 20 December.

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