Enoshima has been chosen as the venue
for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics sailing competition.
In fact, this is the second time that the Olympics will visit Enoshima, with the island having also hosted the sailing competition during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. During the 1964 Olympics, the spotlight was very much on Japan's first competition grade yacht harbor.
During the competition, rough seas whipped up by strong winds caused the Australian boat to capsize, throwing the crew overboard. At the time, the Swedish boat, crewed by the Käll brothers, was in the leading group. In an act of outstanding sportsmanship, they turned their boat around and headed back to rescue their stricken rivals, eventually finishing the race in 11th place. The following day, news of the rescue was reported in the newspapers with headlines such as "Gold Medal in Humanity". Recalling the incident, and with broad smiles, the Käll brothers commented, "As guys who spend our lives at sea, above anything else, when we see another boat in trouble the natural thing to do is go and help". So impressive was this strong sense of morality that the story of the Käll brothers was picked up and used as lesson material in some Japanese elementary schools.
56 years on, what drama will 2020 have in store for us?
We`re looking forward to it already!