Enoshima World Cup 2018
It was wonderful to see 4 of our training group make it to the top 10 in Japan and therefore qualify for the medal race, with Josefin Olsson with SWE coming top with silver overall (Hannah Snellgrove GBR 4th, Tuula Tenkanen FIN 5th, and Alison Young GBR 8th)… with less than 2 years to go to the Olympic Games themselves and most MNAs (Member National Authorities, for example the RYA) are starting their Olympic trials in the next 6 – 12 months it is going to be a very busy time. Although it is interesting to note that Marit Bouwmeester NED not only won the event but her MNA selection as well (qualifying for her 3rd games at Tokyo 2020).
While 2 years on may sound like a long time, it will be gone in a blink of an eye. Time at the Olympic venue is at a premium especially in the summer months. Remember the Olympics starts on July 26h 2020, so it is this time of year (end of July and beginning of August) that we need to be practising in to experience similar conditions to those we are likely to have at the Olympic games.
So although the Enoshima World Cup event was held quite late this year with mainly northerly (offshore) winds as opposed to the summer sea breezes (onshore) I was pleased with the progress made by Tuula Tenakanen and Lu Falasca who finished just inside and just outside the medal race zone respectively. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do as the bar continues to be raised as everyone improves with passing months, but at the half way stage we are where we need to be.
Full results of the regatta are found by clicking here.
Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass roots to Olympic Gold.