As we informed two days ago on the base of the announcement of NHK, the host broadcaster of the Tokyo Olympics, the new dates of the Olympic Games 2020, to be held in 2021, are July 22 until August 9. Sailing will take place from July 26 till August 6. ----- The official program and the news from World Sailing.
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Top News – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Next November, Samantha Davis GBR will start to the Vendée Globe for the third time. With her foiling IMOCA Open 60 'Initiatives des Coeurs', she is among the co-favorites, as demonstrated in the various Open 60 regattas during the past months. She started her offshore career at the age of 24 onboard of Tracy Edwards GBR trimaran 'Maiden' in a Jules Verne Trophy around the world record attempt, which ended with a broken mast in the Roaring Forties. After successes in the one-hand class Bénéteau Figaro, she finished her first Vendée Globe 2008 in 4th place. With 3 Vendée participations and a Volvo Ocean Race, she is now one of the most experienced skippers in the one-hand offshore circuit. ----- A 52-minute film portrait.
Despite the strict lockdown in Italy, the most hit country in Europe by the Coronavirus, the sailors of the Italian Olympic squad have received a special permit for their training. They can continue their Olympic preparations from blocked ports or in closed gyms. ----- The news (in Italian) with the list of selected sailors.
In collaboration with World Sailing, Virtual Sailing yesterday announced the continuation of the Olympic season 2020 as planned. At least on the screen! The Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma (participation is still possible) is already underway. Next week, you can participate in the Genoa World Cup, and in June, the Kiel Week will follow. ----- The news, and the inscription link.
Top News – Monday, March 30, 2020
In an interview with the Race Director Richard Mason by Richard Gladwell, editor Sail-World, details on the Ocean Race organization are being revealed. Two weeks ago, the route with the planned ports of call was presented, the groundwork for the detailed event planning and site setup in the coming 18 months before the start. Here comes part 1 of a 5-part-series.
The British Youth Team is launching a series of training films in cooperation with the National Squad to prepare for the regatta season from home. The first episode features the 470 Olympic medalists Luke Patience/Chris Grube GBR and windsurfer Saskia Sills. The first episode today at 12 CET (11 GMT) on the Youtube channel of the British Sailing Teams. The news.
Banished from the water during the Corona crises, homeschooling is also the name of the came for sail training sessions. As of today, North Sails is offering regular training in the form of webinars: Tonight from 9pm UTC (4pm EST), the J/70 cracks Tim Healy USA, Ruairidh Scott USA and Allan Terhune USA will explain what it takes to have a good boat speed. Here the program of the coming days.
Top News – Sunday, March 29, 2020
The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled from July 24th to August 9th, also fell victim to the corona virus. Now the Japanese TV broadcaster «NHK», one of the key partners of the IOC, is reporting on a replacement date for the Games. Accordingly, the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, the closing ceremony on August 8, 2021. There is as yet no official confirmation of the new dates.
Olympic Games 2021 - Tokyo JPN - a financial impact not only for the Organisers and the IOC but also Sports Federations
The postponement of the Olympic Games is very expensive for the Organizing Authorities, and as a consequence also for the IOC. Missing or delayed sponsor money will have a major impact on the revenue streams of the IOC and with it also the quadrennial payments to the International Sports Federations, the major income for small Federations to run their operations. Extremely affected is the financially mismanaged World Sailing that spent the 2016 money by the end of last year already. The situation will be tight. A must-read comment by Sailing Illustrated.
The Caribbeans offer Europeans and North Americans the best sailing conditions every winter. Now would be the time for the return trip, since the hurricane season will begin there in June. Due to the Corona-restrictions, the recruiting of crews has become difficult, and the usually planned stopovers on the Bermudas and the Azores cannot be carried out either. Those affected try now to organize themselves and start the return journey in larger fleets for safety reasons. An article in the German FAZ newspaper (translate with Google).
France is undoubtedly the heart of offshore sail racing, an attractive playing field for a large community of professional and amateur sailors. Well run and initiative Class Organisations (Figaro, IMOCA, 650Mini, etc) ensure potential major sponsors that their investments are paying and sustainable. On top of this - and key - are race organisers such as OC Sport Pen Duick, launched in 1998 by Ellen MacArthur and Mark Turner for Ellen's Offshore Challenges. ------ Hervé Favre SUI, President and Offshore Sailing Events Director, gives an overview of major offshore events in the present Corona crisis situation. An interview published on the 'Tip and Shaft' website.
Top News – Saturday, March 28, 2020
Despite limited training opportunities, preparations for the Vendée Globe (Start November 2020) are ongoing. It is still open whether the two transatlantic regattas this summer - The Transat CIC and New York-Les Sables d'Olonne - really take place. These are the last qualification regattas for the 30 starting positions, 35 participants have registered. Or 34 now, after Giancarlo Pedote ITA had to announce his retirement from the race after the withdrawal of his sponsor - the news (ita.). ----- In a 5-part video series Alex Thomson GBR, one of the favorites for the race, grants one a look behind the scenes of his team.
Top News – Friday, March 27, 2020
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games is a huge challenge for the organizers: it is important to keep the competition venues and the further infrastructure available for another year. But it could also be difficult for the national Olympic Committees and especially for the Sports Federations, which are largely financed by the proceeds from the Olympic Games. The money will flow late. The organizers now have established a task force to plan a new date and the next steps as quickly as possible. The report.