Tokyo Tech News
Four women in the Titech Sailing Team, Tokyo Tech's official student sailing club, will compete in the 27th All Japan Women's Student Sailing Championships, to be held off the coast of Aichi's Gamagori City from September 21 to 24. The two crews, strongly supported by the Tokyo Tech sailing alumni association,1 secured their places in the national competition after winning both the 4702 and Snipe3 classes in the regional qualifiers.
We were able to advance through the qualifying rounds, and we are grateful to all those who have supported us so far. The conditions at the championships will differ from those we are used to in practice, but we will stick to our routine. We look forward to your continued support.
This will be our first time on waters outside the Tokyo area. The winds are known to be strong in Gamagori, but we have developed our sailing style in the past year, and look forward to improving our results. We value your encouragement and support.
The Titech Sailing Team is a group of ocean-loving sailors who polish their seafaring skills off the Hayama coast in Kanagawa Prefecture. The team has access to five 470-class dinghies and five Snipes, as well as two rescue motorboats in case the seas get rough. Members often head to the seaside on Saturday morning and only return to Tokyo on Sunday evening.
The Kuramae Ushio Association (Japanese) is a 400-member group of alumni supporting the Titech Sailing Team. Their motto is "developing full-fledged sailors, full-fledged members of society."
The 470 (four-seventy), so named due to its 4.7-meter length, is a sailboat designed to plane easily. Sailing the boat efficiently requires strong teamwork from its two crew members. Designed in 1963 by Frenchman André Cornu, the 470 has been an Olympic sailing class since 1976.
The Snipe is a 4.72-meter sailboat designed by William F. Crosby in 1931. It was originally intended as a boat that can be rigged and launched in a short time, and has maintained its position as one of the most popular two-person racing sailboats since its creation.