In a somewhat steady 6-8 knot north-easterly breeze, James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) started in a tough lane, in a race where 7 of the 10 teams could win; pulled…Read More
With 35 Olympic medallists and numerous World Champions racing at World Cup Series Enoshima, familiar rivalries have resumed in Japan on the waters of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.…Read More
Events held on Olympic waters are often strong indicators on what to expect at the Olympic Games. Following the London 2012 test event in 2011, 17 medalists went on to clinch…Read More
I Just Want to Beat the Boys! ”I just want to get out there and beat the boys,” said Vilma Bobeck (SWE). That was her mood this morning as leader…Read More
Daniel NYBORG - Sebastian WRIGHT OLSEN - DEN 277 Today was another fierce test for the 49erFX and 49er Gold fleets which were first up on the schedule. With the…Read More
A Flex and a Wink After three breezy races to end qualifying, the fleet headed back to the base. Daniel Nybork and Sebastian Olsen (DEN) sailed brilliantly with a 2,…Read More
Maybe it is the calm before the storm… Day2 at the Youth Worlds: Once again the wind behaved like a spoiled child so the 49erFX and the Nacra17 couldn’t compete.…Read More
Key figures and information of the championships first day 99 Teams - 198 Sailors 28 Countries 6 Continents Irregular gusty wind between 3 and 20 knots in the morning Sea…Read More
Key figures of the JWV a day before the competitions start 104 teams competing for the title 300 people from abroad attending the venue (competitors, coaches, friends and families, referees,…Read More
The test event, formerly known as the pre-Olympics, is a test for the organization more so than the sailors. However, many federations and teams take the event very seriously and there has been reasonable correlation between pre-Olympic performance and Olympic performance historically.
Only 1 team may enter from any nation, so the intra-squad competition has been tight for many competitors. Further, many squads will bring complete support staff to the event to give everyone a full warm up to the Olympics.
Both the 49er and 49erFX regattas will be tightly fought, though last year was a disapointment wind wise and organizationally as the best winds were in the early morning hours and the organization was not flexible enough to conduct the racing then. The 49erFX raced only 2 days of 4 while the 49er raced 3 days of 4, though one of the days there was only 1 race which is always a good indicator of poor racing conditions.
Much of the focus for the worlds press will be on the pollution in the water of Gunabara bay, but the sailors, like always will be looking at the wind, current, and possibly trash, but certainly their competitors.