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!

What About Will and Sam?
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.



2021 Cascais Championship – Act II
Tess and Jaime (pictured) competed at the 49erFX Championship Act II in Portugal last week, which saw almost all nations represented who will be at the Games. Our girls had a strong last day with a 5th and an 8th, which qualified them for the medal race. They finished 10th overall. Congratulations girls!



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.

View the Playbook here.



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.


2020 Sail Sydney (10-13 December 2020). Photo by Beau Outteridge