August 2019 (part 2) - Olympic Test Event

 

Written by Eilidh McIntyre.

After a small celebration of our success at the World Championship we had a couple of days off before the Olympic test event kicked off. It was quite the adrenaline come down trying to park the worlds’ win and get ready for the Olympic Test Event, ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ which we were really hoping to perform at.

After 3 races we were 4th overall with a 3,2,3. Its safe to say it was close at the top and stayed that way all week. We had a difficult day 4 struggling to figure out the conditions. This meant the pressure was on for day 5 and with a lighter forecast, it was going to be a tight day. We got a 2,2 and went into our 5th medal race of the year either in the lead or 1 point off it – it was another who beats who, we do like to keep everyone on their toes.

Medal race: We were in a tight position with the French at the start and with the whole fleet close to the line we couldn’t see our transit and triggered 2 seconds too early. We knew it and waited for the dreaded second horn to tell us someone was over. It came and we immediately dipped back behind the line. The French and Polish; who were not far behind in the overall standing had fantastic starts. It was so light (5knts) that at this point all we could do was battle it out for 2nd and a battle it was. We took the Silver knowing we had fought hard and happy with our overall performance.

Leaving Japan as World Champions and taking Silver in the Test event is amazing, the competition is tight and the sailing awesome.  We we have plenty to work on this winter but for now a little R&R accompanied by Salcombe Gin’s ‘Start Point’ alongside and my own creation ‘Starfish’ and Tonic  to celebrate a great season.

 2019 470 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification Event. Two World titles are being contested from 2-9 August in Enoshima, Japan, and four Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification places in the men and six in the women
 
Howard Davies