600m x 3 laps = 1,800m. About 3 minutes in time. In this condensed dense space-time, the racers' serious game is settled. Who cuts the goal line by a comma one second? A fierce battle with pride and pride takes place in front of the audience who watches with a spit.
Immediately after the pit-out, the players start bargaining in an advantageous course by waiting. The innermost one course is generally considered to be advantageous, while the other six courses are disadvantageous as the distance traveled increases. With some exceptions, the players proceed quietly to a location where they can exercise more of their strength. Once you have secured your position, the six boats will accelerate at their own pace. When you cross the start line with speed, turn around the 1 mark without killing the momentum. Being able to go around here will have a significant effect on the outcome of the race. In the boat race, the boat behind is slowed down by the wake of the preceding boat, so it is difficult for a player who has fallen behind to rewind in the second half.
Yuki Kayahara, who debuted in 2006, won the grand prize in the grand race "Grand Prix" in 2014 with a prize of 100 million yen. He scored the fastest time of the day, despite the outermost six courses, which should have been the most disadvantageous in the championship.
"I felt that three minutes was very long. When I took the lead in the first corner from Ogai, my head was full of how to run from here and I wasn't nervously nervous. From then on, I ran all the way to the end, telling myself that I would do my best turn and beat my personal best, and that was the course record for the day at Boat Race Heiwajima. ''
Athletes spend enormous amounts of time on victory, not only managing physical condition 365 days, but also maintaining propellers and motors at the race track. However, the race that separates the game is only three minutes. It's only a fraction of the time you've accumulated. Some racers give the best results in this short time, others lose their power and tears.
"I'm personally more upset when I can't afford to do it anymore. The three minute race time may seem short, but I'm just right. `` Everything is decided '' because of the extreme pressure that makes me think more about the race. ''
To win a race is to run faster than anyone else. Especially in the six turns during the race, the difference in ability appears clearly. Release the throttle lever, stabilize the boat and squeeze the handle. The series of movements are called "work" by racers. The key to winning is to reduce the time it takes to do the "work" and to reduce waste.
Kayahara's strength is the overwhelming turn technology. Speed up, drop speed, go around the mark in a lively and delicate way. His turn is described as an "alien turn" because of his turning technique and speed of work.
"I'm racing with the feeling that I can't beat anyone on the turn alone. How do I make the turn radius narrower so I can get around the minimum distance? This is the heart of the turn. The challenge is the precision of the start and the power of the engine. I believe that if I improve my starting ability and combine it with my strong turns, I can get faster and stronger. ''
Decide whether to win the race “just right” for 3 minutes. With outstanding turn skills and toughness as weapons, Kayahara will continue to race tomorrow.
Yuki Kayahara (born July 11, 1987) The turning speeds generated from his exciting Monkey Turns are the best in the boat world. Course record holder in Gamagori / Fukuoka as of January 15, 2019.