Tom Ramshaw in 2nd place after Day 3 of the World Cup Series Enoshima
Thursday, August 29th, 2019 - Kingston, ON
Racing at the Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima began Tuesday, August 27th in Japan. This event takes place right on the heels of the 2020 Tokyo Test Event- READY, STEADY, TOKYO held in the same venue only a week earlier.
The World Cup Series Enoshima is another opportunity for sailors to compete on the waters where the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held in less than a year and become acclimatized to the extreme heat and humidity of the Japanese summertime. The ability to adjust to the heat in Japan can be a significant factor in an athlete's performance at events held in Enoshima.
Canadian Sailing Team member Tom Ramshaw hit the water on the first day of racing at the World Cup Series Enoshima ready to hold nothing back in the Finn class.
Day One of racing brought light winds of 5 - 9 knots and a later start allowing only one race to be completed. A stark difference from Day Two where only the Finn and RS:X fleets went to war with the Pacific as they raced in the rough and extremely challenging conditions of 30-knot winds and 2.5m high waves. Tom scored an impressive 5, 4 on day one and two respectively.
Enoshima was not giving sailors a break for Day Three of racing with winds of 20 - 25 knots and waves reaching 2.5m. The Finn fleet completed three races with Tom scoring a bullet in the final race of the day showing the world what he is capable of.
Ken Dool, Canadian National Performance Coach on Tom’s performance thus far;
"We often talk process, I often talk process, process, process, well here this week proof is in the process. Break the skill down, rebuild it, address the individual pieces and make it whole, then test the process in battle....the results will come. Be it Tom's starting, which has been amazing, but still needing some process work, or the evolution of his downwind confidence in the huge waves....all about the process and the results take care of themselves."
The Canadian Finn sailor currently sits in second place with two more days of racing plus a medal race for the top 10 boats on Sunday, September 1st.
Follow along will all the action here - https://wcs-enoshima.org/
Photo Credit: Sailing Energy/ World Sailing