Windy forecast music to the ears of our sailors

Sailing debutant Mara Stransky’s day started on a painful note as our first sailors took to the waters off Enoshima, south west of Tokyo, for the first time on Sunday.

Debutant Stransky raced to a 12th and 26th in her first races at an Olympic Games after her day started on a painful note when she injured her foot while launching her Laser Radial.

“It was low tide and as I went to jump on my boat I stood on a sea urchin and felt the spine go through my boot and into my foot,’’ she said.

“So I spent my sail out to the start line trying to get bits of sea creature out of my foot and boot.’’

Gold medal contender Matt Wearn had hoped to start his campaign for a gold with a bang but instead finished 17th in a shock first-up result for the man who beat reigning Olympic champion Tim Burton for the Australian Laser sport in Tokyo..

While moderate conditions were the order of the day for the opening races, a different picture is being painted for Monday and Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Finn sailor Jake Lilley and the 49erFX team of Tess Lloyd and Jaime Ryan join the action with strong winds and big seas predicted.

Both Wearn and Lilley in particular will relish these conditions – weather team boss Iain Murray described as “fruity”.

“There will be plenty of rock and roll. It will be interesting. It would be just like sailing off Sydney Heads for our guys.’’

Australian sailors have been preparing for a variety of conditions while in Japan with all-rounders tipped to take the medals in Enoshima.

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Author: Shirley