World Sailing Championships

September 12, 2014
Rio 2016 sailing qualification begins as 1,250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will begin competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain.
50% of Rio 2016 Olympic places will be up for grabs at the regatta as well as numerous World Titles.
The ISAF Worlds, hosted in Santander in northern Spain, is the event every sailor has been aiming to peak at since the London 2012 Olympic Games and the competition will be fierce. Among the sailing talent will be eight Irish sailors, competing across five different classes.
This event will be the first opportunity for Team IRL and the other Irish sailors to qualify Ireland for the 2016 Games in the following classes:
Team IRL (sailors that competed in London 2012)
Laser Radial – Annalise Murphy
Laser Standard – James Espey
49er – Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern
ISA Development Academy (sailors in training for 2016)
Laser Standard – Finn Lynch
49erFX – Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey
Other (Sailor campaigning independently of the ISA and Irish Sports Council’s Programme)
Finn – Ross Hamilton
First to compete will be the Laser classes. This will include Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial and James Espey and Finn Lynch both in the Laser Standard. Racing for these classes will begin tomorrow and continue until the top 10 boats qualify for the Medal Races on Thursday the 18th of September. The top 19 nations will qualify their country for the Games in the Radial fleet and the top 23 will qualify in the men’s Standard fleet.
The 49er, 49erFX and Finn classes will begin racing on Monday the 15th of September, concluding the regatta with their Medal Races on Sunday the 21st of September. Ireland will have three teams competing in these classes including duos Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern and Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey. Both of these teams must finish in the top 10 nations to qualify for the Games in two years’ time.
ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “If we can get three boats qualified for the Games at this regatta it would be a huge achievement. Qualifying early sets up the cycle very well”.

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Race Schedule

Sailor(s) Class Fleet Racing Medal Race Competitors Nations Olympic Qualification
Annalise Murphy Laser Radial 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 Sept 18 Sept 120 58 Top 19 Nations
James Espey Laser Standard 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 Sept 18 Sept 150 72 Top 23 Nations
Finn Lynch Laser Standard 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 Sept 18 Sept 150 72 Top 23 Nations
Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern 49er 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 Sept 21 Sept 88 33 Top 10 Nations
Andrea Brewster & Saskia Tidey 49erFX 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 Sept 21 Sept 62 29 Top 10 Nations
Ross Hamilton Finn 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 Sept 21 Sept 76 32 Top 12 Nations 
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