Olympic gold medallist Giles Scott is stepping up his Finn programme at two years out from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is heavily involved with the Land Rover BAR campaign and will sail on the TP52 through this season. Scott won Sailing World Cup Miami by a considerable margin but missed the Finn Europeans. He is back to check in with the fleet here at the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar regatta and says he is working on different, small changes for the future.
Events like this are great because they give you a chance to go away and work on what you feel are your next gains and then to come back and check in with the fleet
What's your programme this season, you are being selective in what you do?
"This is my second event of the year. I will do Hyeres, Miami and then I'll go out to Aarhus. Here i am checking in and working on little things which come out of training. There are general things and some specifics which I won't detail here but events like this are great because they give you a chance to go away and work on what you feel are your next gains and then to come back and check in with the fleet. That, I would imagine, is how the majority of people work."
And how do you feel you are in terms of where you'd want to be?
"I think I am in reasonable shape. I am juggling a lot of balls at the moment. I think that is good for me but it can be bad. I need to be sure I am putting in the time and effort. It is good to be busy and to keep learning in the other areas of the sport. The difficulty is solely the time commitment, taking too much on.
Is it hard to stay motrivated to be back in the Finn considering your level of success?
"No, not really. It is refereshing to come back and do some racing on my own. It is so different to the other types of racing that I do do. This class is so tactical it benefits all the other racing I do. The closeness means you have to be on every decision you make. If you make mistakes in Finn racing you are punished where you could get away in other classes."
And what is your view of where the Finn's future is with regards to the turbulence evident in the Olympic arena?
"It sounds like there is a water to go under the bridge. I think World Sailing need to get a grasp of the whole sport and make sure we all push in the same direction. It is easier for me to take an overall view. Five or eight years ago Finn sailing was everything and I fee particularly in their 20s who are looking at what is going on in World Sailing at the moment. They are trying to make judgement calls on a career in sailing and when there is this amount of uncertainty around it is not easy for them. I feel for them. Like every Finn sailor I hope the Finn continues to move forward as an Olympic class. It offers great racing, it is a tactical class, it is technical and has great heritage. It is good pathway to other things in sailing. But then every sailor will back their class."
You like Palma?
" I was here in 2016 and had some drama unfold which was entertaining so I am looking for a good one this time. "