Hayama, Japan, September 20. Report by Haruna Egawa
Kanto Snipe Class Championship
The Kanto Snipe Class Championship was held off the coast of Hayama on September 19th and 20th. It was the first official regatta held by the Kanto Area Student Sailing Club Association this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities had shut down their sailing teams. This meant months of no sailing. So, we were thrilled to learn that the regatta would be taking place, although most of us would not have enough time to practice.
Hayama town is known as the birthplace of Japanese yachting. A man who lives in the town told me “Good for you that you are back on the yacht, the season is finally here!” While visiting other prefectures is strongly discouraged, in order to comply with COVID-19 recommendations, the people of this town welcomed us back to Hayama. We are thankful for their support and understanding about regattas. These days, I see many yachts out on the ocean and I believe that sight has brought life back to the town.
After four races, Sota Takayama / Ken Sasaki (Chuo Univ.) won the championship. The top 18 boats will be entitled to participate in the “2020 All Japan University Championship” to be held in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture, from November 27th to 29th.