Back down to Rio we go! We have a new home away from home in Niteroi, Brazil. The Olympic venue of Guanabara Bay separates Rio de Janeiro proper and Niteroi. Though the regatta venue of Marina Del Gloria is on the Rio side, we have found Niteroi a little safer and much quieter.
When we arrived on May 10th, we sailed a coaches regatta with all of the key player that will be at the Games. The only boats missing were the Swiss and the Polish who were doing some speed testing outside. Since we were on a similar tide cycle to when the Games will take place, the coaches set up most of our races inside the bay. With light air and minimal current, we were able to sail conservative and smart and came away with the WIN! This mini regatta was an ode to our college sailing days with the shifty unstable breeze. Go Eagles 🙂
The following week, we tested some sails with a young US men’s team to nail down which main we will use at the Games. Big shout out to Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin for making the journey down and for putting up with our antics. We had lots of good laughs with an overall productive week. Looking forward to spending more time with these goofs in the next couple months. Keep an eye out for this team in Tokyo 2020, they are great sailors and even better company.