Published: Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship is the first Olympic Qualification regatta for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with 50 percent of spots up for grabs across all ten events.

Nineteen Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Radial Places Awarded.

(photo of Veronika Fenclova [CZE] courtesy of Thom Touw) 

Thirty five nations were in with a chance of qualifying in the Laser Radial when the fleets split into gold and silver for racing on Sunday Sept 14 and onwards, but with only 19 places available in Santander not everyone would go home happy.

Nineteen Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Radial Places Awarded 2. 

(photo courtesy Rachael Jaspersen, Ocean Images)

Across the seven race series the racing was tight in light, challenging conditions. The 19 nations to qualify their nation in Laser Radial from Santander 2014 (in alphabetical order) are:

1. Belarus

2. Belgium

3. Canada

4. China

5. Croatia

6. Czech Republic

7. Denmark

8. Finland

9. France

10. Great Britain

11. Ireland

12. Italy

13. Lithuania

14. The Netherlands

15. New Zealand

16. Norway

17. Singapore

18. Sweden

19. USA

The remaining places in each event shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by June 1, 2016 at the latest.

Nineteen Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Radial Places Awarded 3.

(photo courtesty Rachael Jaspersen, Ocean Images)

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the International Olympic Committee Qualification System Principles. Key requirements of these Principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.