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02/08/2021


Sail-World NZ - August 3: Olympic Newsletter from Tokyo2020 Olympic Sailing Regatta

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Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz


Dear Recipient Name

Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand Olympic editon e-magazine for August 3, 2021

Greetings from Enoshima, Japan, with New Zealand sailors set to sail in three Olympic Medal races over the next two days.

Rightly or wrongly, the success of the Tokyo2020 Sailing Olympics and New Zealand sailors' performance will be defined by the Kiwi Olympic team's performance over the next couple of days.

Of course, sailing's performance will be compared by the mainstream media to other sports and their respective achievements.

The TV broadcast consists of some magnificent images both on and off the boats, but it is a different picture from what we see on the water.

The bottom line with this regatta is that a handful of sailors across all fleets have the ability to read the conditions and be able to use those to their advantage.

Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Leo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi (JPN) - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Leo Takahashi and Ibuki Koizumi (JPN) - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz

Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are the stand-out in this regard. They have two races to go before the Medal Race, and their worst performance is a fifth placing.

Across all fleets, there are top sailors with multiple double-digit places - some have scorecards with places in the 20's.

That's a function of the vagaries of the breeze and currents at Enoshima, coupled with light conditions that make the shifts and increases in pressure more difficult to spot.

Looking at the situation in AC75 terms, Enoshima is like seeing one AC75 wallowing in light winds off its foils, while 20 metres away, another has found the wind pressure and is blasting away at over 40kts.

As some sailors have commented, Enoshima is one place where it pays to be greedy- when you hit a spot of increased pressure or get onto a wind bend or more localised shift.

To some extent, it also pays to bang the corners and hope you get lucky. That strategy has worked for many sailors, but it is a bit of a stretch thinking that your luck will stay in for the whole series.

The launch zone - Tokyo2020 - Enoshima - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
The launch zone - Tokyo2020 - Enoshima - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

From this distance, one gets the impression that the post-mortems have already started in New Zealand - as they inevitably do when Rowing has a good medal haul. That conversation soon shifts to the "we've got to back winners" cliche when the Olympic results get translated into funding allocations.

There are a few points that need to be borne in mind when assessing the Kiwi performance at Enoshima.

Firstly, New Zealand was only represented in six events in Enoshima, yet we qualified in all ten.

On the Olympic Qualifications list, New Zealand is the most prevalent non-selector. In Rio, we were represented in seven events after electing not to send sailors in two women's events and one male event. In Tokyo, it was three women's events and one male event.

We have to send teams which are comprised of potential top ten competitors, but also with those who are there for development or to provide a benchmark for domestic competition on their return to New Zealand.

Anyone who has done any analysis of Olympic performance knows that generally, no one wins a Gold medal on their first attempt.

Russell Coutts is one exception, but even the most successful sailor of all time. Ben Ainslie missed the Gold medal in Atlanta in 1996.

The Olympic flame is unlit for the  Sailing Olympics- Tokyo2020 - Enoshima - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
The Olympic flame is unlit for the Sailing Olympics- Tokyo2020 - Enoshima - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

Boardsailor, Tom Ashley who won the Gold medal in Windsurfing in 2008 at Qingdao, had a very average Olympics in 2004 - placing 10th. He took those learnings into a dominant performance four years later. Fortunately, New Zealand had the good sense to send Peter Burling and Carl Evans to Qingdao in 2008, when they were still in their mid-teens and the youngest sailing team that had ever competed at the Olympics. They just missed the cut for the Medal Race, but Burling realised what had to be done after the learning experience, and the rest is history.

Comparing Sailing with Rowing can be a little fraught, particularly when there is a situation such as we have had with COVID and the restrictions that it has placed on crews and competition.

Rowing has a very well structured European competition with the Rowing World Cup events making it possible for a New Zealand team to be sent to row in usually four regattas and then qualify through that circuit or through their World Championships. Sailings regatta circuits are much more scattered.

Rowing also has an excellent development path from school level. Those who follow the sport can remember seeing Joseph Sullivan winning three events at the Maardi Cup in just over 30 minutes and the Evers-Swindell sisters before him. Both, of course, went on to win Olympic Gold medals about seven years later.

Matthew Wearn (AUS) - Mens Laser Gold Medalist - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Matthew Wearn (AUS) - Mens Laser Gold Medalist - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

Rowing is also a sport that can be run by times and numbers - particularly when a body like Rowing NZ has an excellent performance database. The RNZ selectors will seat-race crews until they find the best combination and then start the serious training at their superb facility at Karapiro.

Plus, you don't get far in Rowing without having a big ticker and being able to row through the pain. That's a mental thing and something that can never be taught.

Unlike Rowing, Sailing is not a sport where crews are selected like an arranged marriage.

Sailing is one where you find a friend and start a campaign and see how things go.

The other big difference is that, unlike sailors, rowers don't pay for their boats. Rowing NZ would never be able to run the selection system they do if boat ownership was a factor.

Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) winner Womens Laser - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) winner Womens Laser - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

Sailing is more a concentration sport than Rowing - and it is maybe that factor that has seen so many yo-yo results in Enoshima - as the sailors struggle to think logically in the heat and read and process the winds and currents.

Of course, the significant difference between Rowing and Sailing is that the ones doing most of the concentrating are the cox (who is not making a physical effort in the boat), the stroke and the bow rower. The rest just "pull like dogs", as Irish Lightweight Rowing gold medalists, the Donovan brothers, were want to say.

So when glib comparisons are made between Rowing and Sailing over the next few months, be aware of some very key differences.

Inevitably there will be a review into Sailing, but it is only valid as a learning exercise. The next Olympics are just three years away and will be one where, thanks to the wisdom of World Sailing, half the Tokyo2020 events will change.

Erica Dawson and Micah Wilkinson (NZL) - Nacra 17 - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Erica Dawson and Micah Wilkinson (NZL) - Nacra 17 - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

The simple point is that if there is to be new talent inducted into the New Zealand team, then the time to start was yesterday. This is not a normal Olympic cycle. We're already in Year 2. It is up to the sailors to make the first move, not Yachting NZ.

One of the key factors that will emerge from a review will be the performance of team management and coaches. Enoshima has been a test of team management under pressure.

Thanks to COVID, lead-up events have been cancelled, and when teams get off to a bad start, the management and coaching staff need to have cool heads, settle the situation down, and refocus.

Australian Laser Gold Medalist, and current World Champion Mat Wearn, scored 17th and 28th places in the opening races here in Enoshima. But he and his coaches/management managed to turn his performance around, putting together a string of single-digit performances, to the point where he had the Gold medal as good as around his neck before the Medal race was sailed.

One of the stand-outs from this regatta is that you have to have genuine sailing talent to be successful.

Sailing is not a sport, unlike others, that can be heavily coached.

Leeward mark rounding - Nacra 17 - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Leeward mark rounding - Nacra 17 - Tokyo2020 - Day 8- August 1, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

In Sailing, the coach is part of the crew. They all work together differently.

A look around the boat park and fleet on the water here at Enoshima - reveals some interesting personalities and relationships.

Again, no one size suits all - free spirits and flair must be allowed to develop in their own way and not be boxed into the constraints of a rigid program whose primary focus is achieving the required performance numbers.

That is a challenge that the sports funders have to get their heads around - and the current approach, which has been built around accepted business principles, needs a tweak around talent development at Olympic level.

One of the imponderables of this event will be the effect of World Sailing's late banning of electronic wind recording devices and applications.

Tokyo2020 - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke -Mens 49er - Day 7- July, 31, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Tokyo2020 - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke -Mens 49er - Day 7- July, 31, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

One, YotBot, is available off the shelf, and around 16 countries alone were using YotBot. Enoshima seems to be a race area where a system like Yotbot would have been useful to measure wind performance.

It is all very well to ban technology to try and stop a so-called "Arms Race". But when products are available off the shelf - what is the problem? The technology is a very small part of the campaign cost and arguably is one way for the developing countries to close up to the established players and their systems.

One of the stand-out aspects of this Olympic Regatta is the increasing number of developing countries participating, evidenced by many country designators that we have not seen previously.

, they are not at the front of the fleet - but some have their moments - including American Samoa, which led the Men's 470 fleet on the first beat of one race and rounded the mark in third place before dropping back to mid-fleet.

Start Womens FX Qualifying Race - Tokyo2020 - Day 7- July, 31, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz
Start Womens FX Qualifying Race - Tokyo2020 - Day 7- July, 31, - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz

There will be more to come on this regatta after it is all done and dusted. But in the meantime, enjoy the final two days that remain.

Stay tuned for the latest action from the Olympics. Sail-World will be on the water at Enoshima, bringing you our perspective on how the racing action unfolds.

For all the latest news from NZ and around the world, see the top stories below.

 Tokyo2020 - Day 6- July, 30, 2021 - Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell (GBR) 49er - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell
Tokyo2020 - Day 6- July, 30, 2021 - Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell (GBR) 49er - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Tokyo2020 - Day 6- July, 30, - Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (NZL) Mens 470 - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell
Tokyo2020 - Day 6- July, 30, - Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (NZL) Mens 470 - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell

 
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Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke chasing Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR) - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke chasing Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (GBR) - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz

 
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 Tokyo2020 - Day 6- July, 30, - Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) 49erFX - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell
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Tokyo2020 - Day 5 - July, 29, - Enoshima, Japan. - Nacra 17 - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
Tokyo2020 - Day 5 - July, 29, - Enoshima, Japan. - Nacra 17 - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz

 
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Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, - Enoshima, Japan. Womens 470 - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
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Tokyo2020 - Day 3 - July, 27, - Enoshima, Japan. Josh Junior and Coach Andy Maloney (NZL) Finn - heading to their start on the Kamakura Course - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
Tokyo2020 - Day 3 - July, 27, - Enoshima, Japan. Josh Junior and Coach Andy Maloney (NZL) Finn - heading to their start on the Kamakura Course - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz

 
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Tokyo2020 - Day 3 - July, 27, - Enoshima, Japan. Josh Junior (NZL) Finn class - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com / nz
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 9
Lack of wind across Sagami Bay meant no racing on Monday, Day 9 of the Sailing Olympic competition. This means the skiff classes, the 49erFX Women and 49er Men, will have to wait another 24 hours to decide the medals in their events.

The journey is the reward but they all want medals
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Tokyo2020: All racing cancelled for today - four medal races tomorrow
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Tokyo2020: Images from Day 8 - Laser, Laser Radial and Nacra 17
Images from Day 8 of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta featuring the Medal Race for the Mens Laser and Womens Laser Radial, plus the Nacra 17's finish their qualifying.

Finns keep it tight into final medal race showdown at Tokyo 2020
Six sailors will go into the Finn medal race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday with a shot at a medal after the final day of the opening series on Sunday.

Tokyo2020: Enoshima was a happy hunting ground for the Kiwis at '64 Olympics
Just under 60 years ago, New Zealand won its second ever sailing Gold medal in the 1964 Olympic Regatta staged at Enoshima. Tomorrow, we will know if New Zealand sailors are able to emulate this feat.

 
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 8
Great weather returned to Enoshima for Sunday, with sunshine and moderate winds for the sailors to really stretch their legs and put some physicality back into their racing after the light-wind stress of the past two days.

Tokyo2020: Three Kiwi crews set to chase Olympic medals
Most of the New Zealand sailors have felt like they've gone a few rounds with a heavyweight boxer over the last few days, but three crews are ready to come off the ropes and chase an Olympic medal.

Denmark wins gold in Women's Laser Radial at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition
Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) has won gold in the Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial with Josefin Olsson (SWE) taking silver and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) bronze.

 
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Australia wins gold in Men's Laser at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition
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Tokyo 2020: Burling & Tuke / Bekkering & Duetz jump into narrow leads
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Tokyo2020: Dutch win third successive Gold medal in Mens RS:X
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Junior wins the day while Scott extends on fickle day in Sagami Bay
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Tokyo2020: Burling and Tuke excited about golden opportunity
Defending Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will on Monday pull on the leader's yellow bibs for the first time at these Tokyo Olympics and it has come at just the right time.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 7
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The Netherlands wins gold in Men's Windsurfer at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition
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China wins gold in Women's Windsurfer at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition
Yunxiu Lu (CHN) has won gold in the Women's Windsurfer – RS:X after a tense three-way battle in the Medal Race.

Tokyo2020: Plenty of difficult questions asked on Day 6
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Tokyo2020: Kiwis looking to secure medals as Olympic Regatta nears its close
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 6
Matt Wearn has wrapped up the gold medal in the Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition, making him the third consecutive Australian to have achieved the feat.

Matt Wearn assured of Gold in Laser class at Tokyo Olympics
Matt Wearn has continued Australia's legacy of success in the Laser class at the Olympic Games, with the Western Australian assuring Australia's third straight gold medal in the class.

 
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Finns at the half way stage in Tokyo 2020
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Tokyo2020: Two 49er crews disqualified from two races after spot measurement check
Two crews sailing in the 49er class were disqualified last night, after being found to have trapeze belts that were slightly over the allowed weight.

Tokyo2020 - Burling, Belcher and the Kiwi 470 crew reflect on a day of contrasts
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Tokyo2020: Several Kiwi sailors still in medal contention - Day 5
It was a very nearly day for many of the New Zealand sailing crews today but a number of them are still in medal contention heading into the business end of the Olympic regatta.

Scott takes control in Enoshima while Cardona moves up on third day for Finns at Tokyo 2020
Giles Scott made it four race wins in a row to move into the overall lead after two more confident victories on Thursday, the third day of the Finn competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 5
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Tokyo2020: New Zealand sailors make a move up the leaderboard - Day 4
It might have been the stronger breeze but the New Zealand flag flew a little bit more prominently in the boat park today as the Kiwi sailors started to make their move up the leaderboards.

Tokyo2020: British look set for another very good Olympics
The sight of the Union Jack at the front of the Tokyo2020 fleets is becoming more familiar with each passing day in the Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta, being staged at Enoshima.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 4
Enoshima is famous, notorious even, for its big wave action, and that's what the sailors got on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

 
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Defending champion Giles Scott bounces back on Day 2 for Finns at Tokyo 2020
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Tokyo2020: Frustrating day for Kiwi Olympic sailors - Day 3
It was a frustrating third day of competition for the New Zealand sailors competing at the Tokyo Olympics as they tried to get to grips with the treacherous conditions in Enoshima.

Tita and Banti fly downwind for Nacra lead
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Tokyo 2020: Strong winds, strong nerves make for lively FX start
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.

Tokyo2020: Images from Day 3 - 49er, 49erFX,Finn and Laser
Images from Day 3 of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta at Enoshima, featuring the 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Laser.

Predictably unpredictable
Tropical storm Nepartak was supposed to arrive on Tuesday in Japan, but when our man in Enoshima, Richard Gladwell, opened his curtains at the Hotel Wing International the breeze was relatively light, accompanied by a shower of rain.

 
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Perfect start for Alican Kaynar as Finns begin racing at Tokyo 2020
Turkey's Alican Kaynar made a perfect start to his third Olympic Games with two bullets on one of the most difficult course areas in Enoshima.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 3
The excitement kicked up a gear on the third day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition as the women in the 49erFX Skiff put on a display of high speed boat handling and fast-thinking tactics.

Tokyo2020: Day 3 - Typhoon's tail delivers a fickle breeze to Enoshima
Today the left-over typhoon breeze was as stated on the packet - hugely variable in strength, and direction.

 
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Tokyo2020: Late rules change on wind recording wrong foots many teams.
Two weeks ago, after two previous interpretations, World Sailing finally made a definitive ruling on the use of electronic devices - laptops, tablets and similar - for wind data logging on board coach boats for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta.

Meech knows top form not far off
Sam Meech feels like he's not far off making it all click but realises he needs some top results tomorrow to keep pace with the leaders in the Laser class at the Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 2
There was more wind than expected for the second day of racing at the Olympic Sailing Competition which was just as well as the lumpy, confused wave pattern made it hard to get into the groove.

 
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Tokyo2020 - Day 2 - Snakes and Ladders on Sagami Bay
In contrast to the opening day, Day 2 of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta was conducted under grey skies, possibly signalling the arrival of tropical storm Nepartak, in the coming days.

Tokyo 2020 Finn stories - Kiwi challenger, Spanish ambition
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Meech confident of turning things around at the Olympics
Sam Meech knows one bad race doesn't make a regatta, especially at the Olympics, and has made a habit of navigating his way to the front of the fleet throughout his career.

 
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Tokyo2020: Images from Day 1 - Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X
Images by Sail-World's Richard Gladwell from the Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X courses from Day 1 of Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta sailed at Enoshima, Japan.

Tokyo2020: Day 1 - Light winds prove to be a great leveller
It is hard to know what the take-out from the first day of racing at Tokyo2020 should be. Certainly the pre-series favorites were scattered well through all the fleets, particularly in the Mens and Womens One Person Dinghy

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition - Day 1
After two weeks of training in steady onshore breezes, the sailors were dealt a very different and more difficult hand for the opening day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Measuring boats: it's not a popularity contest
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