The Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2014 is set to be the largest Olympic classes sailing competition ever held in Brazil and many of the world's top competitors are ready for the test.
Organised by Rio 2016 and Confederação Brasileira de Vela (CBVela) in conjunction with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the regatta will test the field of play, equipment, workforce, systems and procedures two years out from the Olympic Sailing Competition.
Five race courses will be assessed during the course of the regatta with three areas - Ponte, Escola Naval and Pão de Açucar -situated inside Guanabara Bay and the other two - Copacabana and Niterói - located outside the bay in open water.
The Test Event will be the first opportunity to start developing the skills of the 1,000+ workforce who will be critical to the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The on water race committee teams are one such group and their training programme will get underway under the guidance of International ISAF officials from Brazil and overseas.
Media coverage and results from the Aquece Rio will be delivered by the Rio 2016 team and ISAF throughwww.aquecerio.com/en/competicoes.php and http://www.sailing.org/2014-test-event.php
Each nation is entitled to two places per Olympic event for the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta and two teams will have full squads racing on Rio's water.
The Nacra 17 fleet will see 16-boats on the start line and includes a number of leading teams. 2013 World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) will be joined by the experienced Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS), World #2 Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR), Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) and World #3 Thomas Zajac and Tanja Franck (AUT).