Sailing: Reallocation of Olympic Quota Needed After Conclusion of Melbourne International

An Olympic quota in the women’s 470 has been reallocated due to no eligible boats competing at the 2020 Sail Melbourne International. The event doubled as the Oceania 470 boat class continental qualifier. Originally, the highest ranked eligible nation in the men’s and women’s 470 event was to qualify their nation to the Olympics. The Sail Melbourne International was held in Melbourne, Australia from January 17th to January 21st 2020.

With Australia and New Zealand, the two dominant nations of the continent previously qualifying at World events meant there was a huge opportunity for one of the lesser known nations to compete at the Olympics. This was seen in the men’s event where American Samoa’s Tyler Paige and Adrian Hoesch competed and by being the only eligible nation to do so was granted the Olympic quota.

The women’s 470 event was not held due to the lack of entrants from any nation. This meant the Oceania quota was not awarded. In the event that no quota is awarded at the continental level the next highest ranked eligible nation from the 2019 World Championships will gain the quota. In this case, the quota was won by Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler.

This was the final opportunity for Oceania nations to qualify in this event. The remaining Oceania qualification events in sailing will be held during the month of February.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 470
* American Samoa

Women’s 470
* Switzerland (Reallocation Quota)

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