Sarah Douglas in 2nd place after 3 days of racing at the 2020 Olympic Test Event!

Sarah Douglas in 2nd place after 3 days of racing at the 2020 Olympic Test Event!

Monday, August 19, 2019

The 2019 Olympic Sailing Test Event - READY STEADY TOKYO - began August 17th in Enoshoima, Japan with racing continuing to August 22nd (including reserve days).

Sailors are scheduled to complete 12 races plus the medal raceon the skiff course and 10 races plus the medal race for the single handed fleets over the six days of competition.

Less than one year to go - The biggest sporting event in the world is right around the corner and the organizing committees are busy testing their venues in Enoshima while athletes are testing their skills against the top-seeded sailors in each country.

The Olympic Sailing Test event not only gives sailors the opportunity to compete against the best in the world in each fleet, but it is also a chance to get used to the venue and the extreme heat that the Japenese summer brings.

Racing thus far has proven to be tricky for competitors as the tail end of Typhoon Krosa brought strong winds and waves on Day 1. Day 2 brought much lighter winds of around 3 - 6 knots requiring sailors to quickly shift gears from the previous day's big breeze. The shifty winds and tricky sailing conditions moved competitors around the scoreboard.

Traveling straight to Japan after winning Gold at the Pan American Games in Peru, Laser Radial sailor Sarah Douglas has not missed a beat hitting the water in Enoshima with laser focus. After scoring a bullet and 10th in Race 5 and 6 respectively, Sarah moved in 2nd place overall.

3 more days of racing remain in the event followed by the Medal Race.

Sail Canada sent 10 sailors to Enoshima to compete in 6 classes. Canadian sailors have been selected to attend the Test Event based on their performances at selected international events. Members of Team Canada include:

Tom Ramshaw: Finn
Ali ten Hove and Mariah Millen: 49erFX
Evan DePaul and Will Jones: 49er
Sarah Douglas: Radial
Maura Dewey: Radial
Robert Davis: Laser
Allie Surette and Max Flinn: Nacra 17

The Canadian contingent will be supported by a team of coaches and staff including meteorologist Doug Charko.

Canadian Support Team:
Mike Milner – Team Leader
Ken Dool – Coach
Krzysztof Keirkowski – Coach
Doug Charko - Meteorologist

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