Rio Olympic Games

Image: British Sailing Team

Image: British Sailing Team

Four years after hosting the world’s greatest sporting event, this month Team GB will be heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics. The sailing team is hoping to continue the enormous successes they have achieved at previous Games.

Sailing was supposed to make its Olympic debut at Athens 1896, but due to bad weather it was postponed until Paris 1900. Now one of the most celebrated Olympic sports, in Rio there will be five men’s, four women’s and one mixed event.

The Sailing Competition in Rio will feature 380 athletes competing across the 10 events and will take place on Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay. To prepare for the sailing the marina has undergone a structural refit that includes a new roof, event areas and a temporary pier for spectators.

The first group of GB sailors heading to Rio was announced almost a year ago in September 2015. The final four sailors who will take to the water for Team GB were announced this spring and completed the 15-strong sailing line-up that will head to Brazil.

Stephen Park, Team GB Sailing Team Leader and RYA Olympic Manager, said: “Finalising the Games team is always an exciting moment and allows us to now really focus on the final run-in and what it takes to win medals in the extremely challenging environment that Rio presents.”

Racing is set to start on 8 August with the Men’s and Women’s RS:X sailing on the Pão de Açucar race track. The Laser and Laser Radial fleets will also commence their competition on Escola Naval course on the same day.

For the Olympic classes a regatta consists of a 10 race series (15 for the 49er class), where all boats take to the same startline. Unlike other sports, sailors can start anywhere on the line, which means sailors continually jostle for the best position determined by the course, the wind direction and the fleet. This leads to very intense moments during the timed countdown to the start.

Course length and shape varies according to the type of boat racing and the wind speed.

Sailors discard their worst race result and after the initial ten (15) races, the top 10 boats in each class move on to a final required and non-discardable Medal Race. The first of these will take place on 14 August with two per day scheduled until 18 August when the 49er and 49erFX will bring the regatta to a close.

2016 CLASSES

Since the 2012 Games the following class changes have taken place:

  • Women’s (Elliott 6m) and men’s (Star) keelboat events have been eliminated.
  • Multi-hulls return, represented by the Nacra 17.
  • Women’s skiff has been added, represented by the 49erFX.

These new classes, along with the others already featuring, have already been confirmed for Tokyo 2020. Paralympic sailing classes will not feature in the 2020 Olympic Games.

With the two changes to sailing classes there will be a total of 10 events at Rio 2016.

 

470 – Men

Luke Patience and Chris Grube, 470. British Sailing Team Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, 27th April - 1st May 2016 British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Luke Patience and Chris Grube, 470. British Sailing Team

Racing: 10 – 12 August
Medal race: 14 – 17 August
2012 Olympic Champions: Mathew belcher & Malcolm Page (AUS)
Top ranked: Sime Fantela & Igor Marenic (CRO)
Team GB: Luke Patience & Chris Grube / world ranking no.3
@patience_luke

Results

Luke Patience:
2016 Bronze Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Gold 470 European Championship
2014 Silver Open 470 European Championships
2012 Silver Olympic Games

Luke’ first boat sailed: Optimish in Rhu Marina, west coast Scotland.

Chris’s first boat sailed: GP14 Bala Sailing Club.

Chris: “It has been a very long road, now it is finally here it is quite surreal. Even though it is something you have been aiming for 10 or more years it is a fantastic opportunity to represent my country at the Olympics, I am very proud to be standing here and able to say that.”
470 – Women

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, 470. Image: British Sailing Team Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, 27th April - 1st May 2016 British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, 470. Image: British Sailing Team

Racing: 10 – 12 August
Medal race: 14 – 17 August
2012 Olympic Champions: Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
Top ranked: Jo Aleh & Polly Powrie (NZL)
Team GB: Saskia Clark & Hannah Mills / world ranking no.4
@470Girls

Results

2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Hyeres & Weymouth & Portland
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi & ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Silver 470 World Championships
2015 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Championships
2014 Silver Open 470 European Championships
2012 Silver Olympic Games
2012 Gold 470 World Championships

Saskia’s first boat sailed: Blue Peter dinghy, West Mersea.

Hannah’s first boat sailed: Mirror out of Mylor Sailing Club on a family holiday to Cornwall and wanting to do whatever my older brothers did!

470: The name is the overall length of the boat in centimeters. The hull is fiberglass with integral buoyancy tanks. The 470 is equipped with spinnaker and trapeze, making teamwork necessary to sail it well. It has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio and is designed to plane easily. It has been an Olympic class since first featuring at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In 1988 the first Olympic women’s sailing event was sailed in the 470.

49er – Men

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, 49er. British Sailing Team ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France, 20th-26th April 2015. British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign, 49er. British Sailing Team

Racing: 12 – 13 August
Medal race: 15 – 18 August
2012 Olympic Champions: Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen (AUS)
Top ranked: Peter Burling & Blair Tuje (NZL)
Team GB: Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign / world ranking no.33
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Results

2016 Silver Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2016 Bronze 49er & 49erFX World Championship
2015 Silver French Olympic Sailing Week
2014 Bronze Open 49er & 49erFX European Championship
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca
2013 Silver 49er & 49er FX European Championship
2013 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Dylan’s first boat sailed: On the river Thames in an Optimist, which I did not enjoy at the time!

Alain’s first boat sailed: Probably when I was about 10-years-old and my dad took me to a little boat lake in Eastleigh.

Alain Sign:
“It’s just a really awesome experience to be able to represent our country in sailing, just really emotional.”

49er: The 49er is a two-handed skiff-type high-performance sailing dinghy. The two crew work on different roles with the helm making many tactical decisions, as well as steering, and the crew doing most of the sail control. Both of the crew are equipped with their own trapeze and sailing is handled while ‘flying’. The boat was selected by the International Sailing Federation after a series of trials for a high performance two person skiff and has been in every Olympics since its debut in the Sydney Olympics of 2000.

49erFX – Women

Sailing World Cup Miami, 23rd-30th January 2016. Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, 49er FX. British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth, 49er FX. British Sailing Team image.

(making its first Olympic appearance)
Racing: 12 – 13 August
Medal race: 15 – 18 August
Top ranked: Martine Soffiattie Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA)
Team GB: Charlotte Dobson & Sophie Ainsworth / world ranking no.22
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Results

2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca
2013 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (Charlotte Dobson)
2012 Gold Open 470 European Championships (Sophie Ainsworth)

Sophie’s first boat sailed: Optimist, at Bewl Valley Sailing Club,

Charlotte’s first boat sailed: Loch Lomond, in a blue peter dragged behind my dads yacht.

Charlotte said: “It feels like a lot of responsibility, for all the people that have not been selected and for the people who have been selected in the past to make them proud and continue what is an amazing Olympic sailing heritage in Great Britain. I know Sophie and I will be doing all we can to play our part in that.”

49erFX: Mackay Boats developed the new FX rig for the 49er. Starting with the 49er hull, wings and foils, the goal was all about designing a rig that would go straight into the existing 49er boats and provide the correct amount of power for the lighter crew target weight specified by ISAF. The FX is a true high performance skiff and demands athleticism, balance and skill.

Finn – Men

Giles Scott

Giles Scott. British Sailing Team

Racing: 9 – 13 August
Medal race: 14 – 16 August
2012 Olympic Champion: Ben Ainslie (GBR)
Top ranked: Giles Scott (GBR)
Team GB: Giles Scott / world ranking no.1

Results

2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2016 Gold Finn World Cup
2015 Gold Finn World Cup
2015 Gold Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Gold ISAF Sailing World Championships
2014 Gold Finn European Championship
2014 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca
2014 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2013 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2013 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma
Land Rover BAR crew
Nominated for ISAF World Sailor of the Year for 2014

Finn: A one-person, single sail dinghy that has been part of the Olympic Games since 1952. The Finn is an intensely tactical boat in which the top 10 places are often seconds apart after several hours racing and the fact that the boat is powerful means that it requires a true athlete to get the most out of it. In strong winds the boat rewards those who are fit and able to discipline themselves to perform the exhausting task of driving the boat full out while managing the tactical and psychological aspects of the race.

Laser – Men

Nick Thompson, Laser. Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, 27th April - 1st May 2016 British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Nick Thompson, Laser. British Sailing Team image.

Racing: 8 – 13 August
Medal race: 15 August
2012 Olympic Champion: Tom Slingsby (AUS)
Top ranked: Philipp Buhl (GER)
Team GB: Nick Thompson / world ranking no.3
@Nick_Thompo

Results

2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2016 Gold Laser World Championship
2015 Gold Laser World Championship
2015 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2015 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Championships
2014 Bronze Laser European Championship
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

Nick’s first boat sailed: A Seawolf 26 aged 2, in the Solent.

Laser: The Laser, which first participated in the Olympic Games in 1996, is a tough boat, easily rigged and light, with a single sail and flat bottom. Every item in the rig must conform to rigorous one design specifications leaving no room for technical gains. This places every emphasis on the fitness and tactical awareness of the helm. The Laser is the world’s most popular single-handed dinghy with over 170,000 raced in virtually every continent in the world

Laser Radial – Women

Sailing World Cup Miami, 23rd-30th January 2016. Alison Young, Laser Radial. British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Alison Young, Laser Radial.
British Sailing Team image.

Racing: 8 – 13 August
Medal race: 15 August
2012 Olympic Champion: Lijia Xu (CHN)
Top ranked: Marit Bowmeester (NED)
Team GB: Ali Young / world ranking no.4
@AlisonYoungGBR

Results

2016 Bronze Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2016 Gold Laser Radial World Championship
2013 Bronze Laser Radial Women European Championship
2013 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2013 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma

Ali’s first boat sailed: GP14 at Trimpley Sailing Club with my dad.

Alison said: “The Olympics is the big goal for this year and there is still work to do to be successful there. We have got some areas that we are working on in decision-making which we are keen to keep evolving and pushing forwards, and then there are some Rio-specific work on aspects of technique as well as getting a better handle on the venue conditions

Laser Radial: The Laser Radial made its debut at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, replacing the Europe class. A popular boat among men, women and children, the Radial is based upon the same hull and equipment as the Laser, but the Radial has a slightly smaller sail and a different lower mast.

Nacra 17 – Mixed

Sailing World Cup Miami, 23rd-30th January 2016. Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves. British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves.
British Sailing Team image.

(making its return to the Olympics)
Racing: 10 – 13 August
Medal race: 14 – 16 August
Top ranked: Billy Besson & Marie Riou (FRA)
Team GB: Ben Saxton & Nicola Groves
@SaxtonDiamond

Results

2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Gold Nacra 17 European Championships
2015 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2013 Silver Nacra 17 World Championships (Ben Saxton)
2012 Silver Open 470 European Championships (Ben Saxton)

Ben’s first boat sailed: Blue peter club racing at Grafham with my dad and twin brother, three up!

Nicola’s first boat sailed: Scorpion at Island Barn Reservoir.

Nicola said: “I am so excited and proud to be representing Team GB in Rio. It has always been a dream of mine to go to the Olympics but I did not think I ever thought it would actually happen.

Nacra 17: The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will see the return of the mixed multihull to the Olympic program. The Nacra 17 is a performance catamaran and went in to production in 2012. Featuring curved dagger boards providing vertical lift, the Nacra 17 carries a wider range of crew weight and offers the sailors in the Mixed Multihull event the exciting challenge of mastering the potential lift of the curved daggerboards.

RS:X – Men

Nick Dempsey, RSX. Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, 27th April - 1st May 2016 British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team. Image copyright free for editorial use. This image may not be used for any other purpose without the express prior written permission of the RYA. For full copyright and contact information please see http://media.britishsailingteam.com

Nick Dempsey, RSX.
British Sailing Team image.

Racing: 8 – 12 August
Medal race: 14 August
2012 Olympic Champion: Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED)
Top ranked: Pawel Tarnowski (POL)
Team GB: Nick Dempsey / world ranking no.9

Results

2016 Bronze Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2016 Silver Sailing World Cup Miami
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Bronze ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi
2013 Gold RS:X World Championships
2013 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2012 Silver Olympic Games

Nick’s first windsurfing experience: Vinta 370, Ferry Meadows in Peterborough.

RS:X – Women

Bryony Shaw

Bryony Shaw. British Sailing Team

Racing: 8 – 12 August
Medal race: 14 August
2012 Olympic Champion: Marina Alabau Neira (ESP)
Top ranked: Bryony Shaw (GBR)
Team GB: Bryony Shaw / world ranking no.1

Results

2016 Silver Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2016 Silver RS:X World Championship
2016 Gold Sailing World Cup Miami
2015 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi
2015 Silver RS:X World Championship
2015 Gold RS:X European Championships
2015 Silver ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland
2015 Gold Miami ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2014 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi
2014 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
2013 Silver RS:X European Championship
2013 Gold ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
2013 Silver RS:X World Championships

Bryony’s first windsurfing experience: In the South of France.

RS:X: A strict one-design class sailed by both men and women, the RS:X is the only boat that will bring the sailor into direct contact with the air and sea. The board, shaped by Jean Bouldoires, is a true crossover board in that it makes the best compromise between traditional raceboard sailing and exciting ‘Formula’ racing. The RS:X sail performs exceptionally well in both planing and non-planing conditions and has been designed for easy handling.

 

ROADSHOW           

roadThe RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow will travel round the country during Medal Race week to venues that have a special connection with our potential medal contenders.

Members of the public are welcome to join each event, with free sailing sessions and off-the-water activities for those inspired by our sailors’ endeavours.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with these venues to support our athletes as they go for gold in Rio.

“Each of these events will be a fantastic opportunity, not only to get afloat, but also to spectate and hopefully celebrate with the team’s friends, family, sailing club members and volunteers who have supported the sailors through the years. I am sure that it will be a fantastic summer of sailing and hopefully the team, and the opportunities we provide, will inspire people to find out why sailing is so much fun.”

www.rya.org.uk/roadshow

INFORMATION

RIO 2016
5 – 21 August 2016
Sailing is scheduled to be held from 8 –18 August at Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay
Medal Week: 14 – 18 August

 

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