The World Sailing Show – February 2020
Published on February 3rd, 2020
From non-stop around the world racers, to Olympic campaigns; from seasoned professionals, to grass roots sailors, The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. Here’s the February 2020 show synopsis:
Road to Tokyo 2020
Our series building up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins with a look at the conditions we can expect on the waters off Enoshima. This month’s featured class is the 470. We examine the favourites to win medals and focus on Australians Matt Belcher and Will Ryan as potential champions.
The Sydney to Hobart is a highlight of the sailing calendar but the 75th edition was particularly special with the largest fleet in many years. We tell the story of the race and hear from the winners.
Finn Gold Cup
More than 60 sailors from 22 nations came to Melbourne with the aim of becoming Finn World Champion and taking home the legendary Finn Gold Cup. In the crushing Australian heat one sailor won it for his country for the very first time in 63 years.
The southern hemisphere’s longest intercontinental yacht race got underway in the shadow of Table Mountain. The small boats and cruisers set off first on the 3,600 mile voyage. A week later the big boys were unleashed and records are expected to fall to one of the multihulls. We’re on board Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Multi 70 as the Italian sets sail from Cape Town looking to break his own race record from 2014.
While we report on Francis Joyon breaking the third of four World Records on his IDEC Asian Tour, we’re in Australia to watch Olympians and America’s Cup sailors fight it out at the Moth World Championship.