Today 3 Races each on the Enoshima Course (Streamed TV on the 7 App)
13:00 49FX Womens Skiff
15:45 49er Mens Skiff
The breeze is predicted to clock left by 70 degrees around the start of the race, so they may have a few recalls and course resets.
How to watch and follow.
Today – It will be televised today on the 7 App – It’s free and has few commercials – It works on your computer as a WebApp or a mobile device. Click here https://7plus.com.au/olympics
Tomorrow – Live Tracking will be available – It’s not video, but it’s pretty good. https://www.australiansailingteam.com.au/olympics/live-tracking/
Check the Results https://tokyo2020.sailing.org/results-centre/
Check the ONB & Protests https://tokyo2020.sailing.org/notice-board/
We have added all these links to the www.sscbc.com.au/olympics and we’ve also added a special button on your crew register web app for those that use it.
After a full on week in the hectic waves and surf in Queensland, Australia’s Men and Women Skiff teams have taken their last short break before heading off to Tokyo today.
Here’s a great video from Australian Sailing describing the Coaching Chain and the pathway that Will and Sam Phillips and Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan have taken to get to the Olympics – Pretty cool to see the amazing on water footage from Beau Outteridge, much of it filmed during the last Australian Youth Championships.
Click here: https://youtu.be/OpSUQ3zGSbE
Olympic Venue Schedule
13 Jul – Venue and FoP (Field of Play – the racing area) – Closed for Security Sweep
14 Jul – Venue Opens – Support Team Registrations – unpack boats and VSRs from containers and set up
15 Jul – FoP opens for Official Training
20 Jul – Team Leaders and Medical Meetings
22 Jul – Skiff Equipment Inspection
23 Jul – Opening Ceremony
25 Jul – Racing Starts: Windsurfers (RS:X) and One Person Dinghies (ILCA /Laser)
27 Jul – Racing Starts: Skiffs 49er/FX
Olympians take on the surf and bars in Mooloolaba.
AUS / NZL / JPN Men and Women are holding their last regatta through to Friday before heading to Tokyo next week. With really big swells and breaking surf, crossing the treacherous bar at Mooloolaba mirrors the challenges they will encounter in a southerly getting out of the Enoshima Yacht Harbour Olympic venue that claimed a coach boat at the 2019 Olympic Test Event.
Racing has been timed to choose the ‘best’ time to cross the bar, that doesn’t mean it’s a good time, just that it’s possible. Two days ago, it just wasn’t possible and yesterday it was pushing it with some really hairy outcomes for one of the teams.
Out racing each big wave adds another dimension to the technical skills required for speed, but also it’s a unique set of skills needed to execute manoeuvres in those conditions, not only staying upright and in the boat, but coming out in position and re-accelerating.
“We’ve chosen the best spot in Australia to mirror and exceed the expected conditions in Tokyo in our last regatta before the Games,” Mal explained.
“I’m in a good RIB by normal standards, but it’s not a VSR so just getting out in this boat is a challenge, but towing the 9er out as well means you’ve got a bit on” Harry reflected in his very understated manner.
Out on the racecourse each team is working on a specific set of objectives. For Tess and Jaime, that involves joining the men in each starting sequence, holding and defending a clean start position which needs specific risk strategies in the waves. Once off the start and after their first cross, they peel off for some wave specific drills extending the work they did in the ocean conditions in Santander last month.
For Will and Sam it’s a tight regatta at the top honing the risk trade-offs in fleet racing and fighting back and taking a great win at the end of the day yesterday.
Tess, Jamie and Harry completed their Hotel Quarantine on the weekend to join Will, Sam and Mal at the 49er regatta in Mooloolaba. Harry said that “…just getting out and having a swim each day with Will, Sam, Tess and Jaime has been a terrific reset, we didn’t know how much we missed it so it’s been a great to hit our routines.”
After finishing the regatta and packing up on Friday, the teams will take their last break before taking a direct Sydney Haneda Flight to Tokyo on Thursday. The athletes are focused on performance objectives, so the coaches monitor the zones and restrictions and plan their next moves “as of today”.
What are those conditions like?
Regatta mode: AUS / NZL / JPN face off
13 teams are going through an intensive 2 week block in Moolloolaba under the big have conditions that mirror the Enoshima and Kamakura conditions in a southerly and the Sagami course in most conditions.
Will and Sam are leading the current event after 3 days Coach Malcolm Page said “They’ve been putting the day together really well, working the key things when it’s tough to get back into the fight and picking the right priorities to keep fighting successfully”
“The fightback when they don’t win the start or getting their side of the course to work for them is the best thing to see” Mal detailed as he unpacked the series so far.
The fleet comprises the AUS, JPN and NZL Olympic teams plus a further 3 Kiwi and 7 Aussie teams at the top of their games.
Tess and Jamie along with Coach Harry Mighell are back in Australia completing their last days of quarantine (frustratingly just 200m from the water) – while strictly rationing the Tim-Tams.
“As of” today they before hoping to join the competition on Saturday. – After their competitions and training in Europe, this will put the finishing touches to their preparation before heading to Tokyo on the 14th July.
All plans are “As of” at the moment because the rules and restrictions evolve throughout the day in different states and 7 days can be a billion years..
Save the Date – Olympic Sailing Long weekend
Friday 30 July – Monday 2 August
The Club will be operating extended hours over the weekend 30 July – 2 August to enable Members to come along and watch the Olympic Sailing. We will be streaming the sailing on the Channel 7 App on TVs at the Club. More details to follow.
Regardless of where you will watch it – block out your diaries.
Above is the schedule with the warning signals and course areas. Naturally, they have variable weather like we do, so it may change. Go Aussies!
The first request for redress at the Tokyo Olympics has been heard.
Reasonably standard outcome, it highlights a boat’s requirement to request redress as soon as reasonably possible after learning of the reason for making the request.
Update from Tess…..
Just finished up a great regatta here in Cascais. The fleet included only qualified countries for the games with a couple of extra invited teams, so a great ‘test event’ before the big one!
After an average start to the regatta, we were consistent on the last day and worked our way up to 10th place. With such a high level of racing, some of our little mistakes resulted in lots of points, but overall, we were really happy with our sailing. While we want to be closer to the top at the Olympic games, a top 10 result is a nice way to finish our training here in Europe. Especially knowing we have 14 days in quarantine to think about every second of every race! Check out some of the photos taken by Beau Outteridge as we go downwind with our speedy red kite you helped us find!
It’s been a tough couple of months for the three of us, living under the strict protocols and we have certainly learnt a lot about each other! However, we are so grateful we are able to do what we do! Sailing here in Europe with all our competitors and friends is something we will always remember, and something that was needed for our preparation for Tokyo.
Again, thank you for being a part of our crazy journey, following our progress, supporting us and most of all, believing in us! Exciting times ahead!! Next stop is quarantine, then QLD for sailing and heat training, then last stop…TOKYO!
Will and Sam have been training on the Gold Coast with Malcolm Page and keeping the balance of the cycling training blocks.Performance requires a balance of physical, mental and skills enhancement and maintenance; that doesn’t mean sailing every day up until the Olympics. They are just about to come off a rest and recovery break and complete their final training block.
Later this week, Will and Sam will commence another camp in Mooloolaba which is going to be a step up in tempo. There will be 12 teams including the Australian, New Zealand and Japanese Olympians, so it’s going to be great preparation.
At the camp it will be joint development and refining. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), the Rio Gold Medalists and Leonard Takahashi (JPN), an incredibly talented match racer, will be testing and sharing with Will and Sam – it seems counterintuitive but the culture is to share everything and develop with your training partners so the group lifts. That will go all the way to the Games and then it’s open competition.
Olympics Offical Notice Board
Just like any other regatta, the Olympics Sailing Competition runs on Notices posted on the Official Notice Board. If you’re keen on the details have a look here, there will be a lot of rules and regulations posted in the lead up to the event and then all the activities – schedule changes, protests, medal race requirements will be put here during competition.
You can check the ONB here https://tokyo2020.sailing.org/racing/documents/
Managing COVID at the Olympic Games. – The Playbook
The International Olympic Committee has released an updated playbook on how COVID risks would be managed at the Games. It’s very thorough (60 pages!) and includes advanced contact tracing – who will athletes be in contact with when they arrive.
Different social distancing rules are in place for during compeition as well as outside competition, taking into account interaction between athletes and officials.
Postcards from Portugal
Tess, Jaime and Harry have been training in Portugal – 100% focused. They’ve packed up and are on the road again and snuck in this update from the highway.
We extended our trip in Europe and we were fortunate enough to hitch a ride for our FX on top on the Singaporeans van! Check out the set up!
We were training in Portugal for a month and we’re invited to join a Spanish training camp in Santander. So, we jumped at the opportunity! There is a small group of the top FX teams such as the Brazilian, Norwegian and Dutch teams.
We are loving every moment of our training and trying to learn as much as possible (without giving too much away haha) before returning to Portugal for one last regatta. Then it’s time to head back to Australia (wish us luck for hotel quarantine) before heading to Tokyo for our Olympic Games!
Thank you again to SSCBC for being a part of our journey. The support we receive from the club and the ongoing support from so many members is amazing. Hope everyone is taking on the winter elements out on Port Phillips Bay, whether it is out on your boat or swimming to the baths and back! It’s pretty beautiful over here, but to be honest, nothing beats home. 🙂
Editors note: The sails don’t have their proper sail number and country flag on them yet – this probably means they haven’t been used in competition yet and are being evaluated – Interesting to know how they perform, especially in wavey conditions are these the ones they will take to Tokyo?
Looks pretty nice over there.
The road to Tokyo – Inside Enoshima
It is very exciting to have four of our Members heading to Tokyo. It’s been an incredible journey so far and it’s now just around the corner. We’re going to share details of the Sailing Competition. Some of these will be simple Frequently Asked Questions.
Back in 2019, when Ready Steady Tokyo (the Olympic test event) was held, we were fortunate to have eight Club Members at the venue in Enoshima. Over the next two months, they are going to share an insider’s view of what to expect at the Games.
Q. When is the racing?
Sam Phillips and Will Phillips are racing in the Men’s (49er) and Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan in the Women’s (49FX) Skiff events, with the first races on 27 July at 1pm AEST.
Q. What are the conditions like at Enoshima?
The conditions vary across the six different race course areas.
Most of the skiff racing is scheduled on the inshore Enoshima and Kamakura courses. In a northerly breeze, these are protected and the waves are moderate, but in a southerly, especially after a typhoon has passed by (which happens regularly), the waves are really big. That’s why our skiff teams have been training in the ocean off Flinders and the Gold Coast to emulate those conditions.
Stay tuned for more information about our athletes and what to expect at Tokyo. See below for the Olympic schedule of races.