Heiner led the men’s Finn from almost start to finish at the Enoshima World Cup Series. The event also doubled as the Asian qualifier for the men’s Finn where the highest ranked eligible nation qualified to the Olympics. The Sailing World Cup Series was held in Enoshima, Japan from August 26th to September 1st 2019.
While 25 nations competed at the event only three boats; China, Hong Kong and Iran were eligible for the Olympic quota. Due to poor weather only two races were held over the first two days with Spain’s Juan Cardona and Nicholas Heiner of the Netherlands leading with four points each while China’s He Chen led the way for the Olympic quota. The third day contained three races, with the worst overall performance being dropped. Heiner took sole position of the lead and was six points ahead of Canada’s Tom Ramshaw. In terms of the Asian qualifier, He Chen still held a two-point lead over Hong Kong’s James Dagge.
Heiner continued leading the event after the fourth day where he won both races. This gave him a 14-point lead over Cardona. Three more races were held on the fifth day which gave Heiner an insurmountable lead over the field as he held a 25-point lead over his nearest competitor, Josip Olujic of Croatia going into the medal race. As no Asian competitor reached the medal race, the Olympic quota was won by He Chen whom finished 14 points ahead of Dagge. Sadly, the medal race was cancelled meaning the previous results were final.
This was the final opportunity for Asian nations to qualify in this event. The next Asian qualifier will be for the 470 classes to be held in December while the next continental qualifier for the Finn will be for Central and South America to be held in November.