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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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A Totally Different Challenge Show Top Teams in Full Command of their Skiffs

Fleet racing at its best is meant to challenge teams to race across a variety of conditions in order to discover who is best. A phrase uttered dozens of times at elite regattas, Burling and Tuke (NZL) win the day to move into the lead. They used every tool they possess in a day of racing as nailbiting, precise, and uncertain as sailing can be, and emerged with a 3, 6, 2.

“We always knew it was going to be a challenging day for us in those kind of conditions,” said Tuke. “To come back with three low ones is pretty pleasing. It was a heck of a fight.”

Botin and Marra (ESP) mid gybe.

Unlike other regattas, however, the Kiwis are not free and clear, but rather tied on points with both Dylan Fletcher with Stuart Bithell (GBR) and Diego Botin with Iago Marra (ESP). The Spanish and British teams also had strong days, each with two good races and a drop race in the mid-teens to stay at the top of the table. This 49er regatta is shaping up to be a fantastic challenge, and the Worlds best are emerging.

It looked like this trifecta of teams would be joined on top by two more, as Germany’s Erik Heil with Thomas Ploessel and Denmarks Jonas Warrer with Jakob Precht Jensen each sailed extremely well in the first two races before mediocre third races. These teams remain in contention for the medals, but are a handful of points behind.

The regatta enoshima has been extremely challenging. Most of the racing prior to today was in full power conditions, with large and mixed up waves. A half dozen power teams thrived under the challenge. Day three was a very different challenge, requiring extreme concentration, a nuanced touch on the boat, patience, and savvy. Five of the six teams did well and remain in the hunt, showcasing a great test of complete sailing skill.

Polish win their first race, battle for the medal race

Przybytek withe Kolodzinski (POL) take a race win to finish day 3

For a handful of teams like Poland, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Australia, and more, their gold medal dreams are losing touch with reality as this regatta unfolds. Each of these teams is capable on their day of reaching the top of the table, but it does not seem like this regatta is going to be their chance.

For veterans like the Polish, have had long careers and overcome great challenges. Kolodzinski broke his leg almost exactly one year ago and faced a very challenging recovery. At times the ability for him to keep walking was under question, let alone continuing his Olympic path. But the team is here, and now aiming to move up the table as best they can with the few races which remain.

Irish Perspective on Disqualification

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove talk to us about how they are dealing with the double DSQ from day 3. It’s easy to see how the pair have a bright future in skiff sailing. They talk about the work they do to check and double-check all of their equipment but maintain responsibility for their error. They also realize the big picture, which is their ability to compete with the very best in sailing on a challenging day is the more important takeaway from this Olympic regatta.

Four FX Face-Off For Fantastic Finish

Grael and Kunze (BRA) taking the first win of the day.

Bekkering with Duetz (NED), Echegoyen with Betanzon (ESP), and Grael with Kunze (BRA) each handle the day, moving into the podium positions while Dobson and Tidey (GBR) stumble without falling from contention.

In just about the lightest conditions that can still be considered fair sailing, the 49erFX fleet saw a shuffle atop the standings. Teams like Argentina, Singapore, and Norway sailed at the front of the races, showcasing how different the regatta might have been if it hadn’t started under such powerful conditions. The contenders each faced major challenges on the day, each dealing with them to varying degrees of success.

Grael with Kunze (BRA) overcame difficult starts all day long to score the fewest points of the leading group through a mix of shift finding on the right side of the course and downwind magic. They managed to win the first race by a fair margin and managed a huge comeback during the second race to move from deep in the fleet into sixth in the second race. It looked like their downwind sorcery would continue when they again were on the move in the third race but their final downwind failed them a bit to finish 11th.

Bekkering and Duetz (NED) winning another pin

It was a different day for the Dutch leaders, Annemiek Bekkering with Annette Duetz, who started brilliantly all day to sail into the overall lead. They could have faired even better had their pin-winning start in race one been rewarded. Instead, that became their worst race of the day, a twelfth, as the ride side came in hard up the first beat. They stuck with their plans, however, and scored a five, six to complete a very tricky day.

“We got good starts, the boat was going fast and we managed to find some good lanes in the tricky breeze. It’s a different style of sailing from what we have done the last days in the big wind, and I think we adapted well.”

In the last quadrennial, Echegoyen (ESP), then sailing with Berta Betanzos, might have had nightmares ahead of a critical light air day. That team’s Achilles heel was the light, but with new teammate Paula Barcelo and a dedication to light air sailing, this 2012 Gold medalist had a fantastic day with a 13, 4, 5, to move into second place, only one point behind the leaders.

Echegoyen and Barcelo (ESP) thriving in the light © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Speaking of nightmares, that’s how the day went for overall leaders from the first two days, Charlotte Dobson with Saskia Tidey (GBR). Their previous run of all top six performances was interrupted by the light conditions, where they couldn’t get off the line and seemed to get plenty of bad luck if they got any luck at all. They were frequently battling with the Brazilians on the right side of the course, but unlike the Brazilians could not make their gain stick finishing each of the three races in the mid-teens. Their regatta was saved by having sailed without a poor race over the first two days, so they did manage to discard their worst score, a 16th, but now sit one point outside of the medal positions with three races and a medal race remaining.

The provisional medal podium is made of the only two teams to win two 49erFX World Championships, and the other team is the Brazilians who have won just one World Championship but also Olympic gold.

Also struggling were the Danish pair of Nielsen and Olsen who had three races they’d prefer to forget and have fallen out of overall contention.

Naess and Ronningen (NOR) medalled at the European Championship in each of 2018, 2019, and 2020. Many thought they might break into the elite ranks of pinnacle championship victors here in Tokyo but the start of their regatta did not go well in the bigger conditions. Their 4, 10, 2 on the day moves them into 10th overall.

The best days were had by two teams known for their light air prowess. Travascio and Branz (ARG) had a 6, 1, 8 and looked confident all day long moving into eighth overall. Lim and Low (SGP), who are each optimist world champions, scored a 3, 2, 7 for low points on the day and move up to 13th.

The light is a fight – the 49erFX fleet in full battle mode on day 3 of Tokyo 2020.

Racing continues with the final three fleet races followed by the medal race. Follow along at the 49er Olympic page.

The Nacra 17 fleet also continues its opening series. If you need to catch up on how tight that fleet is, here’s a primer.

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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