World Cup Series Hempel takes off this week and the four-stop series starts at Miami. This venue, especially the Biscayne Bay, is considered the crucial milestone and would also help to shortlist participants for the 2020 Olympic regatta that would be held in Enoshima, Japan.
Even though Enoshima Olympics are about 18 months away, competitions are being held for the different berths and they would reach frenzy this year. National teams would be pitching battle for the limited number of berths for the ten classes as well as individual athletes preparing to showcase their skills so that they get a chance to qualify to represent their country in the Olympics.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will have the first-all female professional crew in order to empower more participation and representation by females and also promote the health of the ocean and the sustainability of it with a view to win Cap of the Tattersall in the city of Hobart.
The all-female crew for the first time in professional sailing will be 13 in number and they are competing in partnership with an organization that is known for its work towards providing more sustainability in the sport. However, the team name continues to convey their intentions of spreading awareness about the Ocean to fellow competitors and fellows quite gracefully.
Last Thursday, the skies were sunny blue and clear as hundreds of children came with their boats to take part in the Hingham Bay Junior Regatta at Hingham Yacht Club.
In the event OPTI and 420 class boats participated. The boats lined up at the docks at the yacht club children adjusting their lines and rigging their sails. Before starting to sail, participant children covered their faces with sun block and zinc and checked the life vest carefully. Among the all, there was the tiniest sailors, who ate candy and played with kazoos. And then with complete preparation, the teams started sailing with their strategy and navigating the courses.
Last month the World Cup Series Japan was concluded. There were days when the winds were not high enough for sailing to be done at a competitive scale. There were eight Olympic events that were held at Gamagori this year, which helped international sailors to test their skills and compete against each other, many of whom would be coming down to take part in similar waters when they participate in the 2020 Olympic to be held at Tokyo.
For the Japanese sailors, it was definitely an opportunity to start their preparations and develop their skills. Though the wind remained fickle in many parts of the competition, the Japanese sailors were grateful for the opportunity to race, many of whom were native to the region. Gamagori is a coastal city which has about 80,000 local inhabitants. Many of the participants such as Hiroka Itakura, a local sailor of the 49erFX series, stated that he found that the opportunity was great though the waters were not at optimal conditions for racing at the time when the competition was held. His partner Chika Hatae also stated that it was indeed a pleasure that the competition was being held in their native country. There had also been a new construction done for the competition, the Tasar World Championships, which was held from 30th July to 6th August 2017. This new sailing facility will also help add to the legacy of sailing races in this region, though the Olympic venue for 2020 has been decided to be Enoshima in Japan.
However, thereis the Asian Games coming up in 2026 which will also a reason that Gamagori is being straddled with adequate infrastructure to host and sustain an international sailing community over time. Japanese sailors can look forward to having more facilities to use for their practice sessions ahead of the Olympic series.