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Hyères Olympic Week 2020 Goes Virtual

18th April 2020
Racing at the 2018 World Cup Series Hyères Racing at the 2018 World Cup Series Hyères Photo: Richard Langdon/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Hyères Olympic Week (Semaine Olympique Française) — which was scheduled to begin today, Saturday 18 April — has been cancelled by its organisers for 2020 as no suitable date later this year has been deemed viable.

But in its stead is the Virtual SOF on the Virtual Regatta platform, which recently partnered with World Sailing to launch eSailing versions a series of iconic Olympic class regattas.

From Monday 20 to Sunday 26 April, all are invited to take part in the Virtual SOF, for the first time open to everyone — sailors and spectators alike — where every day you will be able to test your sailing skills on a Nacra 17 or 49er.

In the meantime, organisers are working on the 2021 edition of Hyères Olympic Week together with sponsor Toulon Provence Méditerranée and World Sailing.

More than 600 boats from 60 countries are expected to converge on the Côte d’Azur resort just weeks ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

However, the event “will already be in Paris 2024 mode” as the fleet will include new classes such as windfoils, mixed kitefoils, mixed 470 and a double mixed offshore event that will not be a part of the Tokyo games.

Save the dates 17-24 April 2021 and for more see the Hyères Olympic Week website.

Published in Tokyo 2020
MacDara Conroy

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Olympic Sailing features a variety of craft, from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. The programme at Tokyo 2020 will include two events for both men and women, three for men only, two for women only and one for mixed crews:

Event Programme

RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)
Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)
Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)
Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
49er - Skiff (Men)
49er FX - Skiff (Women)
Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

The mixed Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull and women-only 49er FX - Skiff, events were first staged at Rio 2016.

Each event consists of a series of races. Points in each race are awarded according to position: the winner gets one point, the second-placed finisher scores two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, for which points are doubled. Following the medal race, the individual or crew with the fewest total points is declared the winner.

During races, boats navigate a course shaped like an enormous triangle, heading for the finish line after they contend with the wind from all three directions. They must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order.

Sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 27 July to 6 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venues: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

No. of events: 10

Dates: 27 July – 6 August

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dates

Following a one year postponement, sailing competitions at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are scheduled to take place from 23 July 2021 and run until the 8 August at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour. 

Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbour

No. of events: 10

Dates: 23 July – 8 August 2021

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