When the Olympics came to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, I suffered from post-Olympic blues – I felt I couldn’t wait until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – it is wonderful to witness the camaraderie and rivalry between participating nations, and to discover sports I never knew existed (such as the Modern Pentathlon).
Five years on, I am relieved and thrilled that Tokyo 2020 is soon to begin, albeit under a raft of COVID-19 restrictions. I am ready to throw my support behind our Aussie athletes and in particular, our sailors. I’ll be glued to the TV as the sailors hit the water at Enoshima Yacht Harbour (Enoshima is an island, 50 kilometres south east of Tokyo).
Racing commences from 1pm AEST. And the last races of the day kick-off between 2:30pm – 3:30pm AEST. Whether you are out and about, or at home, you can watch the sailing on: https://7plus.com.au/Olympics
Here is a list of our sailors and their race schedules for Tokyo:
The racing schedule (excluding lay-days) is as follows:
- Matt Wearn in the Men’s One Person Dinghy, Laser: July 25 – August 1
- Mara Stransky in the Women’s One Person Dinghy, Laser Radial: July 25 – August 1
- Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan in the Women’s Skiff, 49erFX: July 27 – August 2
- Will and Sam Phillips in the Men’s Skiff, 49er: July 27 – August 2
- Jake Lilley in the Men’s Dinghy (Heavyweight), Finn: July 28 – August 3
- Rio Olympics silver medalist Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin in the Mixed Multihull, Nacra 17 Foiling: July 28 – August 3
- Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries in the Women’s Two Person Dinghy, 470: July 28 – August 4
- Mat Belcher, London gold medalist, and Will Ryan, Rio silver medalist, in the Men’s Two Person Dinghy, 470: July 28 – August 4
To check out the full racing calendar, see: https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/sailing/olympic-schedule-and-results.htm
And to find out more about our Australian Sailing Team Tokyo representatives, see: https://www.olympics.com.au/games/tokyo-2020/team/
You may not be able to watch the action live in Tokyo, but you can watch it with your mates at your local sailing club (if not restricted due to COVID-19). See: https://www.australiansailingteam.com.au/about/supporter-venues/