Tokyo 2020: Harnessing the elements

In Athletics, in Tennis or Swimming, in pretty much any Olympic sport other than Sailing, when you show up for competition you know what the field of play is going to look like. It’s the same as the day before, and the day before that. Not in sailing. You have to expect the unexpected. Days ago, there were reports of Typhoon No.8 heading towards Tokyo, which is not uncommon around these parts with the nation well used to dealing with tropical storms.

For sailing, it is a sport that depends on the environment with athletes, racing in high-performance equipment, harnessing the power of nature. Therefore, keeping an eye on forecast is always a must. Director of Events at World Sailing and Tokyo 2020 Technical Delegate, Alastair Fox, now at his fourth Games, has seen most things in Olympic competition, “We’ve had fantastic sea breeze conditions for the last week,” says Fox…

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