The 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships held in The Hague, Netherlands, marked the initiation of the events that granted slots for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.
A total of 32 slots were allocated for the top 16 nations today in the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 World Championships (25 for Europe, 3 for Oceania, 2 for North America and 2 for South America). Impressively, 9 of these countries managed to secure qualification for their sailors in both classes.
Here is the current list of nations that have qualified for Paris 2024:
Nations qualified in both ILCA 6 & ILCA 7:
- Great Britain
*Places already awarded due to being the host country.
**Greek sailor Vasileia Karachaliou participated in this World Championship on behalf of Portugal through a special license granted by World Sailing. She is now required to acquire Portuguese citizenship before April 2024 in order to represent the Portuguese team at the Olympics (Source: Portuguese Sailing Federation IG: @fpvela_oficial).
Nations qualified in ILCA 6 only:
- United States
Nations qualified in ILCA 7 only:
- New Zealand
The upcoming 2024 ILCA 6 Women’s World Championship scheduled in Mar del Plata, Argentina, will serve as the subsequent competition to allocate Olympic berths for the Paris 2024 Games in the ILCA 6 class. A total of 7 new slots will be awarded there in the first days of January 2024.
The next 7 spots for the ILCA 7 will be given the last days of January at the 2024 ILCA 7 Men’s World Championship in Adelaide, Australia.
Later on in February, the best 2 European nations at the 2024 ILCA Senior European Championships in Athens, Greece, will also be granted with a spot in ILCA 6 and ILCA 7.
Finally, the last chance for non-qualified nations to get a ticket for Paris 2024 will be in April in Hyeres at the Semaine Olympique Francaise, where sailors of those countries will compete in a separate fleet to fight for the last 2 places.
Further information about the Olympics qualifying process you can find it here;
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Report by Agustín Argüelles – EurILCA | Photos: Thom Touw.