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13 September 2014, 09:23 pm
Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Spots Snapped Up At Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds
Laser fleet
Laser fleet in Santander

Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Santander, Spain

With 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition spots available at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the fight for positions is tight, tense and tough.
After a four race qualification series, the 23 Laser places on offer at Santander 2014 have been picked up as the fleet divides up into gold, silver and bronze packs.

Twenty four nations make up the 49-boat Santander 2014 Laser gold fleet but with Brazil automatically receiving a spot as host nation the 23 Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places have been decided:

Laser
  1. Australia
  2. Belgium
  3. Canada
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Denmark
  7. Finland
  8. France
  9. Ireland
  10. Italy
  11. Germany
  12. Guatemala
  13. Great Britain
  14. The Netherlands
  15. New Zealand
  16. Norway
  17. Singapore
  18. Sweden
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Tunisia
  22. USA
  23. U.S. Virgin Islands

The next opportunity for Laser qualification will come at the 2015 Laser World Championship where nine places will be on offer. Two places are set to be awarded at each of the 2015/2016 African, Asian, European, North American and South American Continental Qualification Events. A single place will be available at the 2015/2016 Oceanic Continental qualification Event whilst Brazil, as hosts automatically receives a spot. Two final places will be awarded via Tripartite Commission Invitation places.

The qualification series has concluded in the Laser Radial but with 33 nations making the gold fleet and 19 Rio 2016 places available the fight will go on for three days of final series racing.

Rio 2016 Olympic Qualification System

Schedule of Racing:

12-18 September, Laser and Laser Radial
13-19 September, RS:X Men and RS:X Women
14-20 September, 470 Men and 470 Women
15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

Live Blog - A live blog will follow the ISAF Worlds from Thursday 11 September through to Sunday 21 September. The live blog is available here http://www.sailing.org/events/isafworlds/live-blog.php

Results are available here.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds Event Website
http://www.santander2014.com/
Santander 2014 ISAF Microsite
http://www.sailing.org/2014-ISAF-Worlds.php

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