The remaining continental sailing quotas for North America and the Caribbean were decided at the 2020 World Cup Series in Miami. The highest ranked eligible boat in the RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and 470 events qualified their nation to the Olympics. The World Cup Series was held in Miami, United States from January 19th to January 25th 2020.
While the event got off to a great start, poor weather plagued the fourth and fifth days of fleet racing to the point where some events only held a single race over the two days. The seven classes saw winners from France (Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz; women’s 470), Mexico (Demita Vega; women’s RS:X), Peru (Stefano Peschiera; men’s laser) and Spain (Jordi Xammar & Nicolas Rodriguez; men’s 470) while host nation, the United States took titles in the men’s RS:X (Pedro Pascual), women’s laser radial (Erika Reineke) and men’s Finn (Caleb Paine).
In terms of Olympic qualification, it was the three North American countries which took most of the quotas with Mexico obtaining places in the men’s RS:X (Ignacio Berenguer), women’s laser radial (Elena Oetling) and men’s finn (Juan Perez). Canada qualified in the women’s RS:X (Nikola Girke) and men’s 470 (Jacob Chalin-Saunders and Oliver Bone) while the United States added the women’s 470 (Carmen Cowles and Emma Cowles) to its impressive fleet to the Olympics. The lone Caribbean nation to grab a quota was Trinidad and Tobago where Andrew Lewis qualified his nation in the men’s laser.
This was the final opportunity for North America and Caribbean nations to qualify in sailing outside of the tripartite commission invitations. Olympic qualification for sailing continues for other continents until April.
* Trinidad and Tobago
Women’s Laser Radial
* United States