Strong British presence confirmed for first day of medal racing

Written by 20th August 2019 Featured-post

EVENT:   READY STEADY TOKYO – Sailing (August 17 – 22)

VENUE:   Enoshima, Japan
WEATHER CONDITIONS: 6-14 knot breeze from the south

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THE HEADLINES:

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WHAT THEY SAID:

  • Tom Squires (26, Oxford), RS:X Men
    “The first race was light and it was my weakest conditions. I had a cracking first beat and thought I was doing well but then got wiped out by someone on port and finished where I would expect to finish in those conditions. The second race I just sent it to the left hand corner. I didn’t use my daggerboard and that was a big risk – one of the biggest risks you can take in windsurfing – but it worked out for me and I took a second. The breeze picked up for the final race and I consolidated my position. Now I’m excited for a medal race.”
  • Ben Saxton (29, Cambridge), Nacra 17
    “We sailed really nicely today and it was good to win the final race of the day. We had a better start in the last race and that really helped us. The other races we were caught up in the middle a bit and were dictated by the other boats. There’s about five of us now to shoot it out to win the regatta in the medal race, so it’s all on.”
  • Emma Wilson (20, Christchurch, Dorset), RS:X Women“It’s my goal to try and keep steady throughout. I know things aren’t always going to go your way but if you keep chipping away things will hopefully turn out well. I’m excited for the medal race. I’m trying to keep on learning here and it’ll be fun.”
  • Charlotte Dobson (33, Rhu, Scotland), 49erFX
    “It was a tough day for us so we are a little disappointed. We just struggled to get off the line like we have done in previous days and that meant we got caught up in a lot of traffic. Luckily we hustled a little through the fleet and that has helped us on the scoreboard.“I’m not sure how we are going to approach the medal race. We haven’t been in this scenario too often so we will have to have a little bit of a think about it. I think we will just go in with a view to win the race and adapt from there. That’s my gut feel. We will probably ask Giles (Scott) and Hannah (Mills) as they have been in this position a lot.”

Racing runs until Thursday August 22. Full results from the test event can be found here.

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