Ryan and Belcher edge closer to a hat-trick on Tokyo Olympics 2020 course at Sailing World Cup

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan took over the lead in the 470 fleets at the Sailing World Cup in Japan, as they look for a third victory in quick succession on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics course.

The Australian Olympic silver medalists won the 470 World Championship title at Enoshima Yacht Harbor at the start of this month then triumphed at the Olympic test event which concluded last week. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Sailing can get Olympics Sailing Tickets online.

They are making full use of the chance to experience potential Tokyo 2020 conditions and claimed two race victories and a second-place on day three of competition. It came as extra races were added after the weather curtailed the schedule on each of the first two days.

There were light breezes on day one which changed dramatically into huge winds and waves yesterday. Big waves were still a feature today but a full programmer of racing was possible despite many boats capsizing. Belcher the Olympic champion at London 2012 alongside Malcolm Page, and Ryan now sit on four points.

Ryan and Belcher edge closer to a hat-trick on Tokyo Olympics 2020 course at Sailing World Cup
Ryan and Belcher edge closer to a hat-trick on Tokyo Olympics 2020 course at Sailing World Cup

Spain’s Jordi Xammar Hernandez and Nicolas Rodriguez Garcia-Paz are five points behind. China’s Yunxiu Lu enjoyed a perfect day in the women’s RS: X with three race victories and now leads the way by 11 points. Olympic champion Charline Picon of France heads the chasing pack.

Belgium’s test event winner Emma Plasschaert has gone top in the women’s laser radial despite an average day which saw her finish eighth, 15th and seventh. Nobody else could take advantage and she leads by two points from Denmark’s world champion Anne-Marie Rindom.

In the women’s 470, Australia’s Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries ended fourth second and second to top the standings by five points in front of Italy’s Elena Berta and Bianca Caruso. The mixed Nacra 17 class is led by Britain’s Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface, despite Italy’s test event winners Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti notching two race wins.

Saxton and Boniface also recorded a victory and lead by two points from Australia’s Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmaninm, with the Italians fourth five points behind.

Ryan and Belcher edge closer to a hat-trick on Tokyo Olympics 2020 course at Sailing World Cup
Ryan and Belcher edge closer to a hat-trick on Tokyo Olympics 2020 course at Sailing World Cup

Tita said. “It looks pretty intense when you’re out there the waves are short and quite big for the wind.  It’s hard to sail the Nacra with the foils. For sure we like the conditions with wind and waves in Enoshima we suffer a bit in the light wind.  At the moment we’ve always had good winds here so we’re happy with that.”

Dutchman Nicholas Heiner was third and fifth to build a six-point lead over Canada’s Tom Ramshaw in the Finn, while in the men’s 49er, Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf have a seven-point lead despite finishes of the sixth 14th and sixth.

Poland’s Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki are the German pair’s nearest challengers. There were numerous black flag disqualifications in the first race of the 49erFX including Brazil’s Rio 2016 champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.

The South Americans won the test event and were overnight leaders, but have now slipped to sixth after also failing to finish their third race. Denmark’s Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz also received a black flag first-up, but then recorded back-to-back third-place finishes moving top with an eight-point lead. France’s Julie Bossard and Aude Compan are in second place.

Only five boats finished the final race after most of the fleet capsized. In the men’s RS:X, Louis Giard of France ended second, eighth and eighth and is two points in front of his teammate Pierre le Coq. The action continues tomorrow with more strong winds forecasts the first World Cup of the season runs until Sunday, September 1.  

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Fleet racing accomplishes in five classes at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Sailing test event

Fleet racing concluded in five classes at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event today to set-up intriguing medal races at Enoshima Yacht Harbor. The men’s and women’s RS: X the 49er, the 49erFX and the Nacra 17 will all be decided tomorrow when action resumes on the Olympic course. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Sailing can get Olympics Sailing Tickets online.

YunXiu Lu of China has a seven-point lead over Israel’s Katy Spychakov in the women’s RS: X with reining Olympics champion Charline Picon of France a further three points back. China also leads the men’s RS: X with Mengfan Gao 16 points in front of Frenchman Thomas Goyard and looking well-placed for victory.

Fleet racing accomplishes in five classes at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Sailing test event
Fleet racing accomplishes in five classes at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Sailing test event

In the 49er, New Zealand’s reigning Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are 13 points in front at the top ahead of Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski of Poland. Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey enjoy the advantage in the 49erFX with a seven-point lead over Brazil’s Rio 2016 winners Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze.

In the Nacra 17, just 10 points separate first from fifth with Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti of Italy the leaders. They have a two-point gap over John Gimson and Anna Burney of Britain in the mixed-gender class. Fleet racing will continue tomorrow in the men’s and women’s 470, laser radial and Finn classes.

Zsombor Berecz of Hungary now leads current Olympics gold medallist Giles Scott of Britain by 16 points in the final, with Australian duo Mat Belcher and Will Ryan topping the men’s 470 charts with a gap of eight points over Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström of Sweden.

Fleet racing accomplishes in five classes at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Sailing test event

Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz took over on top in the women’s 470 after Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka suffered a disqualification on home water and slipped to third. The French sailors lead Britain’s Olympics champion Hannah Mills and new partner Eilidh McIntyre by six points.

Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim leads the men’s laser by seven points over New Zealand’s Sam Meech with Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert the laser radial leader by 13 points in front of Sarah Douglas from Canada.

Action at the test event being held under the Ready Steady Tokyo banner will run until Thursday, August 22. Thirteen sets of medalists at the Rio 2016 test event went on to claim glory at the Olympics while 18 podium positions were replicated from the 2011 test event at London 2012.

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Burling and Tuke Rio Winners regain the lead at Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event

New Zealand’s reigning Olympics champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have regained the lead in the men’s 49er class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics test event. Two second-places and a third in Enoshima were enough for the Rio 2016 gold medalists to replace Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski of Poland at the top of the pile. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Sailing can get Olympics Sailing Tickets online.

It came on a day of shifting winds and tricky conditions which provided a different challenge to yesterday’s action where light breezes forced a curtailing of the schedule. It means the sailors competing are getting a good impression of what the conditions could be like at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics regatta next year.

Burling and Tuke Rio Winners regain the lead at Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event
Burling and Tuke Rio Winners regain the lead at Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event

Elsewhere Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti of Italy continue to lead the Nacra 17 class despite collecting a ninth their worst result of the week so far. Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim has knocked New Zealand’s Sam Meech off top spot in the laser and admitted the conditions had been hard.

He said. “We’ve had a bit of everything Today we had a shifty offshore wind, whereas on the first day we had epic southwest winds and big waves. It looks like there will be two more light wind days coming up so we’ll see what they get.”

Maria Erdi of Hungary finished 32nd to lose her lead in the laser radial which is now headed by Belgium’s Emma Plasschaert. In the men’s Finn Britain’s Olympics champion Giles Scott lost the lead he claimed yesterday as Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz rose back to the summit.

Burling and Tuke Rio Winners regain the lead at Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event
Burling and Tuke Rio Winners regain the lead at Tokyo Olympics 2020 sailing test event

The 49erFX is led by a British boat as Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey kept their spot on top, while Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are the new men’s 470 leaders after replacing Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez.

There is strong home interest in the women’s 470 fleets which is led by Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka. In windsurfing action, China’s Mengfan Gao rose to the top of the men’s RS: X to replace France’s Thomas Goyard while his compatriot Yunxiu Lu keeps her lead in the women’s class.

Action at the test event, being held under the Ready Steady Tokyo banner continues tomorrow and will run until Thursday, August 22. Thirteen sets of medalists at the Rio 2016 test event went on to claim glory at the Olympics while 18 podium positions were replicated from the 2011 test event at London 2012.

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Olympic champion Scott leaders at Tokyo 2020 Sailing test event on the day of light winds

British Olympic Finn champion Giles Scott leads his class after day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing test event. He finished second in today’s sole race as light winds forced a reduced schedule and lead by a point over Hungary’s reigning world champion Zsombor Berecz. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sailing can get Olympic Sailing Tickets online.

“It was an unsteady breeze and tricky racing today but it ended quite well for me as I picked up a second said Rio 2016 winner Scott who finished behind Jorge Zarif of Brazil in Enoshima Yacht Harbour. I had a pretty shocking start as I got held up at the starboard end and had to wait for one or two to go which meant I was a bit late starting. Luckily I managed to pull through for a good result.”

Olympic champion Scott leaders at Tokyo 2020 Sailing test event on the day of light winds
Olympic Sailing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Britain’s success continued in the 49erFX as Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey opened up a six-point lead. Two races were possible in the class and the duo was second in both backing-up their pair of victories from yesterday. In the 49er Poland’s Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski went top by three points after four races despite failing to record a victory so far.

Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti head the Nacra 17 standings by six points after consistent displays which have seen them finish no lower than third after three races. Hungarian sailor Maria Erdi was 35th in the only race possible in the laser radial but stays on top by five points as that result is now discarded.

In the laser, New Zealander Sam Meech has an advantage of a single point at the top. RS: X windsurfing action sees China’s Yunxiu Lu lead the women’s fleet by 11 points and Thomas Goyard of France heads the men’s regatta by two points.

Olympic champion Scott leaders at Tokyo 2020 Sailing test event on the day of light winds
Olympic Sailing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez of Spain lead the men’s 470 fleets by three points with Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar holding a one-point advantage in the women’s equivalent. 

Racing at the test event, being held under the Ready Steady Tokyo banner continues tomorrow. Thirteen sets of medalists at the Rio 2016 test event went on to claim glory at the Olympics 2020 while 18 podium positions were replicated from the 2011 test event at London 2012.

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Olympic Tokyo 2020: Sailing venue set to host 470 World Championships

The venue for sailing at next year’s Olympic Games is set to host the 470 World Championships from tomorrow as athletes battle it out for gold medals and for some a place at Tokyo Olympic 2020. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Sailing can get Olympic Sailing Tickets online.

Enoshima located around 60 kilometers south of the Japanese capital will welcome 184 athletes from 30 nations for the World Championships which conclude on Friday, August 9. The event offers those sailors who have not already secured an Olympic berth the chance to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Games 2020.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia, ranked number one in the world have already booked a spot at Tokyo 2020 and will be hoping to regain the world title from the French duo of Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion.

Olympic Tokyo 2020: Sailing venue set to host 470 World Championships
Olympic Tokyo 2020: Sailing venue set to host 470 World Championships

The French pair arrives in Enoshima as the defending champions but will be wary of the threat posed by their Australian rivals. Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström who has finished inside the top four at 13 of the 16 events they have competed at could also challenge.

A total of eight Japanese teams are in contention for a place at Tokyo Olympic 2020. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz will be among the favorites in the women’s event having won the European title earlier this year.

Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntrye of Britain are the world’s top-ranked team and will be aiming to lay down a marker prior to next year’s Olympic competition at the same venue.

Wright triumphed at the 2018 Europeans in Cadiz in Spain before rounding off the season with third at the World Cup Series on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing glasses of water of Enoshima.

Olympic Tokyo 2020: Sailing venue set to host 470 World Championships
Olympic Tokyo 2020: Sailing venue set to host 470 World Championships

Spain’s Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina broke into the podium positions after two fourth-place finishes leaving the pair with 24 points.  In the men’s competition, Australia’s Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan extended their lead by finishing first and having a seventh-place finish discarded.

While non-European crews cannot compete for the title, they can use the event as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. Some 29 countries are taking part, with entries from as far afield as China, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.

Australia’s 2017 world champions Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, who won gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016 alongside Rio 2016 bronze medalists Takis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis of Greece, will be in a men’s field containing the top 15 world-ranked crews.

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Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

World Sailing has dismissed claims the name of the one-person class will be changed from laser to ILCA Dinghy at next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo due to an ongoing equipment dispute. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Sailing in Olympic 2020 can get Olympic Sailing Tickets online.

In a statement, World sailing revealed it had not endorsed or pre-approved the proposed name change of the Laser to the ILCA Dinghy it comes despite the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) claiming last week that all class-approved boats will be sold and raced under the new name.

Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

The ILCA is currently locked in a row with its largest manufacturer Laser Performance, the world’s biggest producer of small sailboats and the main supplier of laser boats in Europe and Asia after it ended a building agreement with the company.

It is thought to be the reason behind the sudden name change as Laser Performance held the rights to the laser trademark. The laser has been the equipment used for one-person events at the Olympic Games since Atlanta 1996.

But the dispute has led to concerns it may be replaced by another boat for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“World Sailing’s Board of Directors and senior management team have continuously maintained a position that World Sailing will deal with any applications for class rule changes when they are made by ILCA to World Sailing.”

Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Sailing dismiss claims of the name change for one-person events at Tokyo 2020

Olympic World Sailing has established no class rule change requests connected to the name of the boat and if formally made World Sailing will process any applications in accordance with the relevant World Sailing regulations.

Regarding the issue of the World Olympic Sailing’s equipment policy, Olympic Sailing has not accepted any individual class or manufacturer’s position concerning production and intellectual property rights. 

“What World Sailing has done, and continues to do, is to listen carefully and note our stakeholder’s positions in this area.”

A sailing test event for Tokyo Olympic 2020 was held in September and a further competition is planned for Enoshima in August. World Olympic 2020 Sailing had before been critical of their sport’s preparations for Tokyo Summer Games 2020.

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