Rio de Janeiro will soon feel, for the first time in an intense way, the atmosphere of the Olympic world taking over the city. Between 2-9 August, some of the best sailors on the planet will take part in the first Rio 2016 test event, the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta, at Marina da Glória.

We will have 320 sailors, representing 34 countries, in Guanabara Bay. Our waters will be taken over by 250 competition boats and 130 coaching vessels, which provide support to the athletes during competitions.

One of the event’s priorities is to evaluate the technical conditions of the five courses selected by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. After the second test event, in 2015, the courses to be used in the Olympic Games will be determined.

There are two courses outside the bay – in Copacabana and Niterói, the latter near Piratininga beach, and three inside the bay – one in the area of the Rio-Niterói bridge, another near the Naval School and a third near Sugarloaf Mountain. The last one was the course selected to host the medal regattas, to be contested by the top 10 boats in the qualification phase in each of the 10 Olympic classes.

The competition will also be a great test for the regatta’s management team, made up of Brazilian umpires, who must correctly apply the ISAF rules. A group of international umpires will also be in Rio, working together with and evaluating the performance of this team.

So we hope to see you at Marina da Glória.

Fair winds!