Tokyo 2020: The Storm before the Test

Published on August 14th, 2019

Canadian sailing coach Ken Dool has been keeping his passport nearby as his travels take him from the Pan Am Games in Peru to the Olympic sailing venue in Enoshima, Japan. Here’s his report from August 15:

So we have done a little globe-trotting and now find ourselves preparing for the 2019 Olympic Test Event. Way different from a weather perspective, the “Paracas Wind” of Peru has been replaced by the incoming “Typhoon Krosa”.

Today was epic, significantly larger swell than wind strength (8-10 knots and huge swell), humidity temperature topped out at a balmy 43° C, combine that with 31°C water, and it’s like sailing in your overheated bathroom after a boiling hot shower.

The before mentioned Typhoon Krosa is going to miss us by a couple 100 km but the tail is going to provide some serious breeze for the next two days, building to high 20’s later today and into the low 40s potentially for Friday (Aug 16).

Measurement timing could not be better! A couple days to regroup before the competition schedule on August 17-22. I get the pleasure of working with Tom Ramshaw in the Finn class this week, and am looking forward to a solid couple of weeks of acclimatization and figuring out the wind and waters of Enoshima.

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