Its nearly started so here is some useful information on Sailing at the Olympics.
Who is competing?
Nacra 17 - John Gimson and Anna Burnet. John is a life member and learnt to sail at Rudyard in a National 12 and after sailing many and varied boats ended up in what is the fastest and most exiting of the olympic classes. This article gives you a bit more history about John. The picture below is John and his dad (aka Paul our Senior HRO) racing in Paul's Albacore. John is being coached by double gold medalist Iain Percy.
This video is a great intro to Nacra 17 and what they are all about. Click here to watch.
Laser - Also a local sailor - Elliott Hanson kicked off his olympics today, and grew up in Macclesfield sailing at Reedsmere.
When to Watch
The Nacra 17 schedule is show below
- Wed, 28 Jul·Race 01 06:35
- Wed, 28 Jul·Race 02 07:30
- Wed, 28 Jul·Race 03 08:25
- Thu, 29 Jul·Race 04 04:05
- Thu, 29 Jul·Race 05 05:00
- Thu, 29 Jul·Race 06 05:55
- Sat, 31 Jul·Race 07 04:05
- Sat, 31 Jul·Race 08 05:00
- Sat, 31 Jul·Race 09 05:55
- Sun, 1 Aug·Race 10 04:05
- Sun, 1 Aug·Race 11 05:00
- Sun, 1 Aug·Race 12 05:55
Medal Race - 3rd August at 07.33
This is the final race of the series and is limited to the top 10 boats. Points count double. We will be showing this live at the club with breakfast from 6am. There will be an on the water medal race for Rudyard sailors and paddleboarders in the morning. Please register here so we have an idea of numbers for catering.
All these timings are weather dependant.
How to watch
You can watch on either Discovery + or Eurosport, monthly subscriptions are available at low cost. Races may also be on youtube afterwards. If you have a Vodaphone mobile I think you can get 6 months Discovery + for free. Also you can get it for 12 months free with a Sky subscription.
You can see all the results and schedules here on the British Sailing Team Website