How to Watch The Olympic Racing
|The Games are On|
|A Games unlike any other is about to begin. Normally, many of us would be in Tokyo, but since we’re all remote, let’s figure out how to be a part of it.The racing kicks off for ILCA 6/7 (formerly Laser/Radial) and RSX windsurfing tomorrow, and then other fleets are added to stagger the start and finish of racing. … and it’s sailing, so the schedule is bound to change.|
To keep track of the schedule, have a look at our Olympic site – we will update the maxtrix of racing when it changes. We’ll also update the photos, results, and other content we can get our hands on.
Each day, one course is live broadcast, and it will usually be the fleet highlighted in blue, below. They do have the agility to change on the fly though, which is why there is a secondary course highlighted in yellow. An example of how to read the maxtrix, you should be able to watch 49er and FX on the 27th, and Nacra on the 29th, etc.
Each day, racing starts at noon local time, and so does the broadcasting. There are two waves of races scheduled on most courses on most days, so the second half of the racing starts between14:30 and 15:30 each day, depending on how long the first fleet takes to do their racing.
Here are the detailed fleet start times as they stand today:July 27 – FX 12:00, 49er 14:50July 28 – 49er 12:00, Nacra 17 14:35, FX 14:50July 29 – Nacra 17 12:00July 30 – 49er 12:00, FX 14:50July 31 – 49er 12:00, FX 12:00, Nacra 17 12:00Aug 1 – Nacra 17 12:00Aug 2 – FX Medal Race 14:33, 49er Medal Race 15:33Aug 3 – Nacra 17 Medal Race 15:33
|How to Watch?|
There should be sailing live broadcast every day from July 25th to August 4th. The way the Olympics works is that every country has the rights to the broadcasts sold to a national broadcaster. While sailing makes the main channel very seldom in most nations, some nations do put all the broadcasts online. If you are from one of those countries, you’re in luck.
However, if you are not one of the lucky ones, you can still watch but it will take a bit of tech workaround. You will need to have your computer pretend it’s sitting in another country that does have internet broadcasts, and then log in through their systems. So you can download a VPN (virtual private network, we recommend NordVPN (5 euros)) and then there are a few options.
In Europe, there is a Eurosport offering. So you need to pretend you’re in the UK or France, etc., and then sign up for Eurosport for the month, for 10 Euros. However, it seems to require a European based method of payment, so that might not work for you.
You can try a US based network, and go to https://www.nbcolympics.com/sailingYou can try a UK based network and go to the BBC iPlayerYou can try New Zealand and go to https://www.tvnz.co.nz/livetv (free account creation required).
Each channel will have a common video feed, and most will have their own commentators. Both the BBC and New Zealand seem to only have limited amounts of the racing, but NBC looks like they will have everything, and it will be available on demand too. The final thing fans can look for is the live trackers. These