With little more than six knots of wind expected for much of the Games, it pays to be light in Qingdao. Light crews mean quick acceleration. So, having stayed at optimum weights in order to qualify for the Games, Ireland's Olympians, including 470 crew Ger Owens and Phil Lawton and Finn helm Tim Goodbody, now face a battle to shed weight.
Calorie intake has been cut way down. Fat-burning aerobic exercise has largely replaced muscle-building (weight-gaining) exercise as the crews fight to shed crucial kilos before heading to Qingdao.
And then they get to Hyeres.
And it howls. As usual.
Regardless, the teams are putting in a decent performance. Goodbody is 15th of 56 Finns, Owens/Lawton 30th out of 75, with Radial sailors Debbie Hanna and Tiffany Brien 35th and 65th respectively in the 78-boat Laser Radial fleet. And in the Laser class, Ireland's Ryan Seaton, Ross Harvey and Ben Lynch sit in 107th, 127th and 140th respectively out of 153 boats. Full details on the official site.