Issued on behalf of World Sailing Sequin claims gold in Flamengo Beach thriller
In a finale fitting on the setting, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition came to a spectacular close with the medals decided in front of a sell-out crowd lining the shores of Flamengo Beach.
Racing on the Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) race course, onlookers were treated to a thrilling climax in which some medals were settled by just seconds.
After 11 races under the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, the stakes were high for a chosen few sailors who had the opportunity to grab a Paralympic medal. But while some would feel the elation, some would inevitable miss out.
The final gold to be decided went to France’s Damien Seguin who joined Australia’s Two Person and Three Person teams who wrapped up the gold the previous day.
Issued on behalf of World Sailing Australia threatening a Rio sailing whitewash
Australia moved to the top of every fleet at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition thanks to a thrilling finish in the final race of the day in the One Person Keelboat (2.4 Norlin OD).
Already sitting very pretty at the top of the Two Person Keelboat (SKUD18), the Australian Three Person Keelboat (Sonar) team sailed consistently again to hold on to top spot before a determined Matt Bugg made it a clean sweep for his nation at the end of race day four.
With world champions galore in the 2.4 Norlin OD fleet, Bugg can mix it with the best calling upon a wealth of competition experience. But it wasn’t until April 2016 that the Aussie sailor won his first international regatta. Now he is threatening to take the biggest prize of all from under the noses of a high calibre fleet.
Issued on behalf of World Sailing Dominant day for the British as the fight back begins
Domination was the word of the third day at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition as Great Britain’s two-time Three Person Keelboat (Sonar) World Champions finally announced their arrival out on Guanabara Bay.
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (GBR) have a wealth of experience behind them and are at their fourth Paralympic Games, but the first two days have not gone to plan for the 2015 world champions. Three bullets from three races was a tonic that was desperately needed to boost their chances, undoubtedly giving them performance of the day.
In a very close second for that accolade were defending Two Person Keelboat (SKUD18) Paralympic champions, Australia’s Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, who day by day eek out more of a lead on their rivals. In the One Person Keelboat (2.4 Norlin OD) it is still anyone’s guess as the positions continue to trade as the discard comes in to play for all three fleets.
The unpredictable nature of sailing reared its head in Guanabara Bay on day two of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition as only one race apiece was completed for the Two Person and Three Person Keelboats.
A wait onshore was all the morning could offer for the expectant sailors as the wind took its time to materialize for suitable racing conditions. Although, there are worse places to wait onshore because in Rio, sailors are surrounded by the stunning backdrop to admire.
With a delayed start, time was not on the Race Committee’s side to complete a full schedule, and there were further setbacks when the One Person Keelboat (2.4 Norlin OD) fleet were forced to abandon mid race.
Issued on behalf of Champions conquer on sun soaked opening day
In the build-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition the sky has been a dull shade of grey, but the minute the first day of racing started, the stereotypical Rio de Janeiro sunshine came out with a 10 knot wind to boot. It was a glorious opening session of sailing.
And it wasn’t just the elements that delivered either as current Paralympic champions continued where they left off from London 2012, leading their respective fleets. Great Britain’s Helena Lucas in the 2.4 Norlin OD, Australia in the SKUD18 and with the previous gold medallists absent, it was the Australian team who looked to fill the void early on in the Sonar.
NOTA DE PRENSA PREMIOS NACIONALES DE VELA TERRAS GAUDA 2015 · 2016
Arturo Montes, premio al mejor deportista paralímpico del año
· El regatista sevillano del Real Club Marítimo de Punta Umbría ha sido distinguido con el Premio Nacional de Vela Terras Gauda al mejor deportista paralímpico del año
· Montes es el actual campeón de España de 2.4 mR y el titular del equipo español de esta clase que competirá en septiembre en los Juegos Paralímpicos Río 2016
· El regatista llega a lo más alto del deporte paralímpico cinco años después de un grave accidente que lo dejó un mes en coma y le provocó la pérdida de una pierna
· Además de por sus méritos deportivos recibe el premio por su trabajo para fomentar el deporte de la vela entre las personas con discapacidad a través de la Asociación IN
El murciano Antonio Maestre gana en Baiona el Campeonato Ibérico de vela paralímpica
· El deportista del Real Club de Regatas de Cartagena se hizo con el triunfo tras ganar la Regata Vitaldent de Vela Adaptada organizada por el Monte Real Club de Yates y celebrada este fin de semana en Baiona
· El andaluz Nacho Zalvide del Real Club Marítimo de Punta Umbría y el gallego Fran Piñeiro del Club de Vela Escota consiguieron la plata y el bronce de una competición incluida en el IV Circuito Iberdrola de Vela paralímpica
· La próxima cita deportiva del Monte Real Club de Yates es uno de los grandes eventos náuticos del año, la Baiona Angra Atlantic Race, que partirá de la villa marinera gallega el próximo domingo 3 de julio
Sunday, March 13, 2016 El andaluz Arturo Montes se proclama campeón de España de 2.4 mR
El Real Club Náutico de Valencia ha celebrado este fin de semana el Campeonato de España de 2.4mR, primera de las pruebas puntuables para designar al representante español de esta clase en los Juegos Paralímicos de Río 2016.
Los mejores regatistas nacionales de clase 2.4 mR se han dado cita este fin de semana en Real Club Náutico de Valencia para disputar el Campeonato de España de esta clase, que es además la primera de las cuatro pruebas puntuables para decidir quién será el representante español de esta clase en los Juegos Paralímpicos de Río.
Wojtek Czyz is a successfull athlete with a ten years long international career in the field of disabled sports. Winner of four gold medalds, one silver and two bronzes over three Paralympic Games, he had the opportunity to meet disabled people all around the world gaining a clear idea about the behaviour towards disability in countries like Ukrain, Kenya, India and Thailand.