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July 23 - August 8th, 2021 / Tokyo, Japan

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2020 49er Olympics

CountCountryQualification MethodHelmCrewNotes
1JapanHost NationLeo TakahashiIbuki KoizumiWon internal qualification
2CroatiaTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusSime FantelaMihovil FantelaSime won 470 gold at Rio 2016
2018 49er World Champions
3FranceTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusEmile AmorosLucas RualWon internal qualification
4GermanyTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusErik HeilThomas PloesselBig lead in internal Germany qualifier. Bronze medal in 2016.
5Great BritainTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusDylan FletcherStuart Bithell2017 World Champions
6New ZealandTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusPeter BurlingBlair TukeRio 2016 Gold Medal
6x 49er World Champions
7PortugalTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusJorge LimaJose Costa3x Olympians
8SwitzerlandTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusSebastien SchneiterLucean CujeanHit Swiss qualification at 2020 Worlds
9DenmarkTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusJonas WarrerJakob Precht JensenJonas Warrer - Beijing 2008 Gold Medal
10SpainTop 4 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsDiego BotinIago Marra2nd at 2020 World Championship
11AustriaTop 4 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsBen BildsteinDavid Hussl3rd at 2019 World Championship
12NetherlandsTop 4 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsBart LambriexPim van VugtNot yet named by Dutch Olympic team, must meet national qualification criteria.
13PolandTop 4 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsLukasz PrzybytekPawel Kolodzinskito be 3X Olympians
14CanadaNorth American continental placeWilliam JonesEvan Depaul
15BrazilSouth American continental placeMarco GraelGabriel BorgesMade internal selection criteria at 2020 Worlds
16AustraliaOceania continental placeWill PhillipsSam PhillipsMade Australian criteria at 2020 Worlds
17INDAsian continental placeK.C. GanapathyVarun Thakkar2021 Asian Champions
18IrelandEuropean continental placeRobert DicksonSean Waddilove2018 Junior World Champions
19RSAAfrican continental placeBenji DanielAlex Burger2021 African Champions

2020 49erFX Olympics

CountCountryQualification MethodHelmCrewNotes
1JapanHost NationAnna YamazakiSena TakanoHosts
2NetherlandsTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusAnnemiek BekkeringAnnette Duetz2x World Champions
3AustriaTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusTanja FrankLorena AbichtSilver 2018 Worlds
4BrazilTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusMartine GraelKahena KunzeRio 2016 Gold Medallists
5Great BritainTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusCharlotte DobsonSaskia Tidey2nd at 2020 World Championships
6DenmarkTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusIda NielsenMarie Olsen2x European Champions
7New ZealandTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusAlex MaloneyMolly MeechRio 2016 Silver Medallists
8NorwayTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusHelene NaessMarie Ronningen3rd at 2019 World Championships
9AustraliaTop 8 nations at 2018 Worlds AarhusTess LloydJaime RyanWon internal selection
10GermanyTop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsTina Lutz Susan Beucke2019 European Champions
11ArgentinaTop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsVicky TravascioSol Branz2x Olympians
12USATop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsStephanie RobleMaggie Shea3rd at 2020 World Championships
13PolandTop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsAleksandra MelzackaKinga Lobado
14SpainTop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsTamara EchegoyenPaula Barcelo2020 and 2016 World Champions, 2012 Gold medalist.
15SingaporeTop 6 remaining nations at 2019 WorldsKimberly LimCecilia LowBoth Opti World Champions
16CanadaNorth American Continental SpotAli Ten HoveMariah MillenInterview with Ali - https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-92/clip/15835994
17PeruSouth American Continental SpotDiana TudelaMarie Devoize
18FranceOceania Continental SpotLili SebesiAlbane DuboisConfirmed
19CHNAsian Continental Spot TBD
20BelgiumEuropean Continental SpotIsaura Maenhaut Anouk Geurts
21TUNAfrican Continental SpotEya
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Strong Winds and Strong Nerves – Dobson and Tidey Rise to the Occasion

Dobson and Tidey (GBR) out in front, 2021 © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

After a slow start in the first race, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) put the hammer down, moved through the fleet and proved unstoppable. It was a sign of things to come.

Behind them all kinds of unforced errors were striking other teams. The Kiwis capsized while leading, the Brazilians were lying in second down the final run to the finish but their gennaker sheet got jammed and they couldn’t clear the problem, watching almost the whole fleet sail past as they finished in 15th.

Maloney and Meech (NZL) capsize

Early on it was the gold and silver medallist teams from Rio 2016 who took the lead. Rio silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) led around the first mark. The reigning Olympic Champions from Brazil, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze also had a go in the lead, but they couldn’t keep the British behind them.

That whacky race set the tone for an afternoon of highly entertaining FX competition. After three weeks of training in light winds, the strong, gusty breeze blowing off the shore created chaos and unpredictability for pretty much everyone. The British have taken the lead with scores of 1,1,6 ahead of Steph Roble & Maggie Shea (USA) who scored 3,2,14. After the disaster of the first race, the Brazilians recovered their composure to win the last race of the session, scoring 15,5,1 for third overall.

Dobson was thankful to have come through the day unscathed, downplaying any excitement about winning her two opening races. “I think if someone had told us a week ago that we’d get these results on day one, we’d have bitten their arm off.” She said it was about keeping things simple, or “boring” as she described it..

Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (USA) putting their best foot forward on day 1. 2021 © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

The first two 49erFX races were a real challenge physically and mentally. Of the entire fleet only Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea sailed virtually flawlessly. Remember, the Brits had to come back from two poor starts to win the first two races.

Race one mishap for Grael and Kunze

After the first race, the camera’s focused in on Grael and Kunze as they fixed their spinnaker sheet issue and visibly expressed their disappointment at how the first race had gone. 

The strange thing is, they were the team that had sailed the best until the moment their spin sheet joint pulled through their ratchet block. Good start, good lane holding, good shift catching and good boat handline, it was clear they had a handle on the conditions when so many other teams seemed caught up in the moment. Everything was on the right track until the final leg. Being unable to quickly fix the stuck sheet, and losing 13 points in a single downwind took them completely off the rails.


The passion and aggression that Grael is known to sail with came through visibly via the onboard cameras as they fixed their boat and in their expressions on the coach boat. Modern sports psychology tries to get athletes into a Zen like state at all times. The commentary team suggested they need not have tried the gybeset where the trouble occurred, and should instead have settled for second place in the first race. That is not how Grael and Kunze sail.


The Rio 2016 gold medalists have always sailed with passion, and if the rest of the day is a judge of how that works for them, it works. They went on to sail to fifth and then to win the final race. They actually sailed the best of any team in the fleet, if it wasn’t for the rigging issue. While much might be made of their less conventional process on full display, the gold medalists seem poised to have a great week. 

Grael, Kunze and their coaches digesting the first race mishap © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Irish hold off medal contenders for dream Olympic debut
The breeze had dropped a lot since the 49erFX fireworks earlier on the Enoshima course. The first race eventually got away after 16:00 JST in a 10-12 knot breeze which kept the teams on their toes throughout. Eventually a pattern emerged and it was Ireland’s Rob Dickson and Sean Waddilove that came to the fore, hounded by Dylan Fletcher& Stu Bithell (GBR). 

The young Irish crew misjudged the finish line opening the door for Great Britain to steal the win, but in a photo finish it was the Irish who took the gun. “We came here with not too many expectations,” said Dickson. “This is our first Olympics. So we didn’t have any real results or goals coming into this – just to go and deal with what we have on the water, the conditions and do our best. We have 11 races to go, anything can change. You’ve just got to be ready for everything.
“Fletcher is engaged to British teammate Charlotte Dobson in the 49erFX and was mock-irritated to have had his second place trumped by his fiancée’s stellar start to her competition in the 49erFX.  

Rio 2016 bronze medallists Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel took third, while Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Marra finished fourth. Reigning Olympic Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) started poorly and recovered slightly to 12th place.
They all started on Port?
Sailors love talking about starting. How important it is, the best tricks, theories and tactics, and how the RC got it wrong and they weren’t over the line.
Race 1 of the 49er fleet was a wonderful display of the extreme starting skill these Olympians poses. With under three minutes until the start, the breeze shifted 20 degrees left, making the pin end favored and the first shift to a Port advantage. After an hour of the wind shifting mightily, the RC let it run, and the sailors adjusted.

This is the screenshot with thirty seconds to go. Hardly a boat prepared to race, or so it would seem. The fleet were sitting off the line on starboard, ready to flip over and wouldn’t you know it, just as the start came most of the boats flipped over and got good starts, without any fouls, and with most boats in a good lane to start the race.

The shifts kept coming before the RC ultimately abandoned the race before setting up again for a remarkably stable restarted race.
Nacra 17 Ready to go

The foilers are ready to get started, with racing scheduled to begin in the afternoon timeslot. Check out the cool image from Ruggero Tita (ITA)

For photos, result, starts times and social, visit the 49er and Nacra 17 Olympic pages.

The Games are On

A Games unlike any other is about to begin. Normally, many of us would be in Tokyo, but since we’re all remote, let’s figure out how to be a part of it. The racing kicks off for ILCA 6/7 (formerly Laser/Radial) and RSX windsurfing tomorrow, and then other fleets are added to stagger the start and finish of racing. … and it’s sailing, so the schedule is bound to change.

What days? To keep track of the schedule, have a look at our Olympic site – we will update the maxtrix of racing when it changes. We’ll also update the photos, results, and other content we can get our hands on.

Each day, one course is live broadcast, and it will usually be the fleet highlighted in blue, below. They do have the agility to change on the fly though, which is why there is a secondary course highlighted in yellow. An example of how to read the maxtrix, you should be able to watch 49er and FX on the 27th, and Nacra on the 29th, etc.

Details about live tracking are here.

What Time? Each day, racing starts at noon local time, and so does the broadcasting. There are two waves of races scheduled on most courses on most days, so the second half of the racing starts between14:30 and 15:30 each day, depending on how long the first fleet takes to do their racing. Here are the detailed fleet start times as they stand today:

July 27 – FX 12:00, 49er 14:50

July 28 – 49er 12:00, Nacra 17 14:35, FX 14:50

July 29 – Nacra 17 12:00 July 30 – 49er 12:00, FX 14:50

July 31 – 49er 12:00, FX 12:00, Nacra 17 12:00

Aug 1 – Nacra 17 12:00

Aug 2 – FX Medal Race 14:33, 49er Medal Race 15:33

Aug 3 – Nacra 17 Medal Race 15:33  

How to Watch? There should be sailing live broadcast every day from July 25th to August 4th. The way the Olympics works is that every country has the rights to the broadcasts sold to a national broadcaster. While sailing makes the main channel very seldom in most nations, some nations do put all the broadcasts online. If you are from one of those countries, you’re in luck. However, if you are not one of the lucky ones, you can still watch but it will take a bit of tech workaround. You will need to have your computer pretend it’s sitting in another country that does have internet broadcasts, and then log in through their systems. So you can download a VPN (virtual private network, we recommend NordVPN (5 euros)) and then there are a few options. In Europe, there is a Eurosport offering. So you need to pretend you’re in the UK or France, etc., and then sign up for Eurosport for the month, for 10 Euros. However, it seems to require a European based method of payment, so that might not work for you. You can try a US based network, and go to https://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing You can try a UK based network and go to the BBC iPlayer You can try New Zealand and go to https://www.tvnz.co.nz/livetv (free account creation required). Each channel will have a common video feed, and most will have their own commentators. Both the BBC and New Zealand seem to only have limited amounts of the racing, but NBC looks like they will have everything, and it will be available on demand too. The final thing fans can look for is the live trackers. These

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