インターハイ

 

全国高等学校総合体育大会ヨット競技大会は今年で43回の歴史を数える。

大会は88日〜12日に茨城県土浦市の霞ヶ浦で行われ、全国の水域予選を勝ち抜いた男子66チーム、女子44チームがエントリーした。霞ヶ浦は日本で2番目に大きい湖である。連日の猛暑のなか、最初の2日間は強風のため、1レースずつしか行う事が出来なかったが、最終的には、地元運営の努力により、予定通り7レースを実施することができた。

男子団体では静岡県の三ケ日高校が昨年に引き続き優勝し、女子団体では福岡の博多女子高校が圧倒的な強さで6年ぶりに4度目の優勝を果たした。

男子個人戦では、昨年度優勝の三ケ日高校の高橋・菊池組と2年連続準優勝の地元、土浦日大高校の石川・阿部組との対決に注目が集まったが、4回の1位を取った石川・阿部組が最終日を待たずに個人戦優勝を決めた。一方、女子個人戦では熾烈な優勝争いが繰り広げられ、優勝の行方は最終日までもつれ込んだが、最終レースでやはり、4回目のトップを取った博多女子高校の疋田・倉内組が西南学院高校の甲山・加藤組を1点差でかわし優勝を手にした。

 

<Inter High>

 

What is "Inter High"?  It is the most important sports meeting for high school students in Japan. Before 1963, the Inter High used to be held in every prefecture each year. But since 1963, it has been held in only one prefecture each year. The purpose of the Inter High is to develop and promote friendship among high school students all over Japan through sport. For over a year, many high school students in the host prefecture have volunteered to prepare for the Inter High.

 

The Inter High School Athletic Meet Sailboat competition counts 43 times of histories in this year. The athletic meet was held in Kasumigaura in Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki August 8 - 12, and 66 teams of boys and 44 teams of women who won straight victories in the national water area primary entered. Kasumigaura is a large lake to the 2nd in Japan. In the intense heat of every day, although it was not able to carry out at a time one race for two days of the beginning because of the strong wind, finally seven races was able to be carried out as planned by efforts for local management.

The Mikkabi high school of Shizuoka Prefecture won the victory in a boy's team event following last year, and the Hakata girls' high school in Fukuoka achieved the 4th championship for the first time in six years by overwhelming strength in a woman's team event.

In a boy's individual match, although attention gathered for confrontation with the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi of the Mikkabi high school of the last year championship, and the pair of Ishikawa and Abe of the local Tsuchiura Nihon University high school which carried out the continuation runner-up to the championship for two years, the pair of Ishikawa and Abe which took 4 times of the 1st place won the individual match title, without waiting for the final day.

On the other hand, in a woman's individual match, although violent championship argument was developed and the whereabouts of a championship was taken till the final day, the pair of Hikita and Kurauchi of the Hakata girls' high school which took the 4th top in the last race, too, won the pair of Koyama and Kato of the Seinan Gakuin high school with the one-point difference, and gained the championship.

 

全日本FJ

 

本年度の全日本FJ選手権大会は和歌山県の和歌山マリーナで815日から18日まで開催され、全国から62チームが参加した。

この大会では予選・決勝方式が採用され、予選4レースでグループ分けを行い、ゴールドとシルバーの2フリートに分けて決勝6レースが行われた。様々な形態のレースに慣れるという意味で選手にとっては新鮮だった。また、強風のコンディションとなった決勝シリーズでは、レース運営において、充分に安全面での配慮がなされた。

レースは、軽風の予選シリーズから、石川と阿部の組、高橋と菊池の組の一騎打ちといった内容となり、予選シリーズの4レースでは石川と阿部の組が2ポイント差でリードし、決勝シリーズに入った。

10m/secを越える風の中、全くの同点で迎えた決勝第5レースにおいて、高橋と菊池のペアは、スタート直後に転覆したためにメインセールを破損し、このレースは痛恨のリタイアとなった。一方、石川と阿部のペアはチャンスをものにして1位でフィニッシュした。この時点で5レースが成立したことにより、1レースをカットすると、1位の石川と阿部のペアは9点、2位の高橋と菊池のペアは13点となった。最終の第6レースは強風でなおかつショートコースだったので、一つのミスが致命傷となるプレッシャーのかかる状況であったが、高橋・菊池は見事にトップをとり、石川・阿部は途中のピンチをうまく切り抜けて4位でフィニッシュした。その結果、合計得点では1点差で石川・阿部組の優勝が決まった。

 

<All Japanese Championship FJ 2002>

 All Japanese Championship FJ 2002 were held from August 15 to the 18th in the Wakayama marina of Wakayama Prefecture, and 62 teams participated from the whole country. In this regatta, the primary and the final system were adopted, the group division was performed in primary 4 races, it divided into two Fleet of gold and silver, and final 6 race was performed. For the player, it was fresh in the meaning of getting used to the race of various forms. Moreover, in the final series used as the condition of a strong wind, consideration in a safe side was fully made in race management.

From the primary series performed in the light wind, the race became the contents of a single combat of the pair of Ishikawa and Abe, and the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi, and in four races of primary series, the pair of Ishikawa and Abe led it with the difference 2 point, and it went into final series.

Damaging the main sale in the 5th race of the final greeted in the tie, in the wind exceeding 10 m/sec, since the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi was capsized immediately after the start, this race became the retirement of deep regret. On the other hand, the pair of Ishikawa and Abe got the chance and finished it by the 1st place. When five races were materialized at this time and one race was cut, the pair of Ishikawa and Abe ranked 1st by nine points, and the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi ranked 2nd by 13 points. Since the 6th last race was the short course of a strong wind, although there was a pressure from which one mistake serves as a mortal wound, Takahashi and Kikuchi took the being brilliant top, and Ishikawa and Abe got the intermediate pinch through well, and finished by the 4th place. Consequently, the championship of the pair of Ishikawa and Abe was decided by the sum total score with the one-point difference.

 

国民体育大会

 

国民体育大会は高知県夜須町で921日〜24日に行われた。大会前には、うねりの影響が心配されたが、真夏を思わせる気温と、絶好の風の中で、男子FJ級は4レースが行われた。

このレースでも、注目を集めたのは、石川と阿部のペア対高橋と菊池のペアの対決だ。

昨年この競技会で優勝している石川に対して、今年行われたインターハイと全日本FJのいずれも2位の高橋としては、どうしても勝ちたいところだった。結果は、4レースすべてトップを取った、静岡県代表の、高橋と菊池のペアが優勝し、インターハイ、全日本FJの雪辱を果たした。

 一方、女子FJ級では5レースが行われ、福岡県代表の疋田が圧倒的な速さを見せて、2位に20ポイント差をつけて優勝した。特に強風の走りは非常に安定しており、常に他を圧倒していた。

 

<National Athletic Meet> (National Sports Festival)

National Athletic Meet (National Sports Festival) was held in Yasu-cho, Kochi September 21 - 24. Although it worried about the influence of a surge in front of the convention, as for boy FJ class, four races were performed in the temperature which makes midsummer consider, and the best wind.

Confrontation between the pair of Ishikawa and Abe, and the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi attracted attention also for this race. Since all of the Inter-high school championships and all Japanese championship FJ this year were the 2nd place, Takahashi wanted to surely win, although Ishikawa had won the victory in this competition last year. As a result, the top was taken in all four races, the pair of Takahashi and Kikuchi of the Shizuoka representation won the victory, and vindication of the honor of the Inter-high school championships and all Japanese championship FJ was achieved.

On the other hand, five races were performed in woman FJ class. Hikita of the Fukuoka representation showed overwhelming speed. And it distinguished between the 2nd place 20 point, and the victory was won in it. Especially sailing under a strong wind was very stable, and was always overwhelming others.