Paying the Price of the Improvement >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
As the Tokyo 2020 Olympians take a break, there is no rest for their rivals in the race to Paris 2024. With just three years to go, and qualifying long before that, getting there depends on work now. .
Americans Lucy Wilmot and Erika Reineke are among those teams working to make it happen, but this duo continues the women’s single scull event in which the 49erFX is both quick and ruthless, with common injuries that Wilmot and Reineke share in this report :
To sum up July, our training camp in San Francisco was a complete success. At the margin, we significantly improved speed and technique upwind, as well as heavy gybes. We found the key to better gybes was consistent entries.
Exit the trap when the boat is at the correct heel angle, rotate the boat to match the weight passing through the hull, check the kite at the perfect time to blow smoothly, and continue the turn while we hitting the pucks on the new side are all areas where we have gained consistency.
Going hard all month in the extreme bay conditions, we finally discovered that pushing the limits is fun until they finally push back. Unfortunately, our team suffered injuries which cut our July training short by a few days. A fractured rib, sharp MCL tear, scratched cornea, and strained back kept us from reaching our monthly goal for days on the water.
It is safe to say that our bodies lived on borrowed time as we trained relentlessly for incremental improvements. Considering our injuries, we used the end of the month to focus on rehab, strengthening, and work projects on the boats that had been put on hold to spend hours on the water.
However, August has started well as we are physically recovered and have sailed a solid week with our American 49er teammate Hans Henken. It’s a blessing to have him because he’s not only an amazing trainer but also a rock star crew who can show us boat handling and technical advice live in the boat.
In preparation for the Princess Sofia Regatta (Mallorca, Spain) in October, we will now continue to focus on starting line maneuvers with coach Erik Bowers in Long Beach, CA. We can’t wait to put our hard work to the test and compete on the international stage soon!
To find out more about this team: https://www.wilmotreinekefx.com/
Olympic sailing program Paris 2024
Men’s single-seater sailing dinghy – ILCA 7
Women’s single-seater sailing dinghy – ILCA 6
Mixed annex for two people – 470
Men’s single scull – 49er
Women’s single scull – 49erFx
Men’s kite board – Formula kite lessons
Kitesurfing for women – Formula Kite Class
Windsurfing for men – iQFoil
Windsurfing for women – iQFoil
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
Location: Marseille, France
Dates: July 26-August 11