The Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic test event was held at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Japan last week. In total, eight Australian boats took part in the regatta, two of which were from SSCBC, making up a quarter of the Australian Team. SSCBC Sailing Manager, Ben Fels, was also out on the water as the sole Australian Judge which is a credit to him.
Will and Sam Phillips had a flying start on day 1 with a score card of 5, 5, 2 placing them in 4th position. The breeze was quite shifty for the remaining 9 races which explains the scorecard for most boats. Unfortunately, it looked like the Phillips brothers were at the wrong end of each wind shift. The boys were a little too eager on the start line and unfortunately got two black flags. In those races they finished quite well but big risks have to be taken in order to get into the medal race when you live by the sword! We have no doubt Will and Sam will have learnt from their experience. An amazing effort.
In the 49erFx, Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan had a very consistent regatta. The girls were 6th on day 1 and finished 6th on the final day of racing. The 49erFx scores, similar to the men’s racing, had very up and down score cards. The girls managed to have 5 top 5 results, 4 top 10 and 4 in the teens. But most importantly, when it counted in the medal race the girls stepped up to the plate and finished in 4th place which allowed them to leap frog Denmark into 6th place for the event. Well done team, everyone at the Club is very proud of your result and we are looking forward to supporting you at your next event.