Enoshima Japan Olympics

U.S. 49er FX sailors Stephanie Roble (at the helm) and Maggie Shea fine tune their boatspeed on Sagami Bay; note Enoshima Yacht Harbor in the background astern

If experience has a tone, it would sound like three-time Olympian and 470 sailor Stu McNay—steady, measured, with a positive, almost Mr. Rogers feeling. “Each Game has a unique flavor,” he says, the day before last spring’s 470 European Championships, one of the rare events he and crew, Dave Hughes, have been able to use to prepare for this month’s delayed 2020 Olympic regatta in Enoshima, Japan. “It reflects many things and who you are at that time.”

McNay and the rest of the U.S. Sailing Team have spent the last year doubling down on their campaigns, creatively analyzing the mental and mechanical elements in the context of a global pandemic. Not surprisingly, this has been no easy task in light of the spattering of on-again, off-again events this year combined with travel restrictions that have kept most Americans out of Europe at the same time many of their competitors have been able to train together.

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