Tokyo 2020: Day 4 preview

“Today the Laser classes will have their first rest day after a particularly big day for the men with three races and some big waits yesterday. Those two classes are now over half way through their program; having completed six of their ten races,” said Australian Sailing Team Leader Iain Murray.

“We will also see the skiffs back in action, as well as getting our first look at the Nacras (three races) and the Men’s and Women’s 470 teams (two races each). We have a huge number of athletes out on the water today so it is going to be another important day for the squad as a whole.”

Weather

“Today brings the wind back to a more normal direction; coming onshore out of the south-west. We are expecting anywhere from 10 to over 20 knots depending on how it mixes and comes down. It looks to be a more normal day with strong winds for Enoshima.

These conditions are similar to those that we grow up with in the Southern Hemisphere, which will put a smile on the faces of our athletes.

The wind here is already in the south-west and it will build throughout the day. It’s essentially Japan’s equivalent of a summer day with a nor’easter back home.”

Men’s 470 – Mat Belcher and Will Ryan

“Mat and Will are in great shape. The immense detail they have brought into this campaign means that everything is ticked off, crossed and polished. They are so ready-aye-ready to race.

Their time has come.”

– Iain Murray

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan sailing
Australian sailors Mat Belcher and Will Ryan will be looking to turn their 2016 silver medal in to gold at Tokyo. Pic – World Sailing.

Women’s 470 – Nia Jerwood and Monique De Vries

“Nia and Monique are in fantastic shape. They will enjoy the weather forecast for today; being Western Australian girls they tend to like a bit more breeze. They’ve been working hard on their light air performances, but seeing full power conditions today will put a smile on both of their faces. Remember that when we had these conditions here for the test event in 2019 they came within one point of winning.

Don’t be surprised to see a surprise here.”

– Iain Murray

Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries
470 sailors Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries are ready for their first Olympic Games. © Beau Outteridge

Nacra 17 – Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are set to give their Italian competitors a run for their money at Enoshima.

“Having these Southern Hemisphere-type conditions will be good for Jason and Lisa. The Italian team have traditionally been very strong when it is windy, but Jason and Lisa have been working super hard on their game so it will be interesting to see where they lay after a long time away from international competition.

I think we all have a huge amount of confidence in Jason and Lisa.”

– Iain Murray, Australian Sailing

To read more, see: https://mailchi.mp/sailing.org.au/australian-sailing-updates-from-tokyo-299818?e=a067627422

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