Rio 2016 Olympic Laser Spots Snapped Up At Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds

Sailing, Sports, Yachting — By on September 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

ISAF_logo_360Saturday 13 September 2014 – 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 available at Santander 2014 have been decided:


  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 host 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

Results are available here.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds Event Website
Santander 2014 ISAF Microsite

Please credit the attached images to ISAF. For specific image requests please contact the ISAF Communications Department.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds – Race Day 2 Highlights
The French charged to the front in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X at the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds as His Majesty King Felipe VI visited the regatta.
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Results are available here.


Live Tracking of gold fleet racing is scheduled to commence from 14 September through to 21 September.

2D Tracking will be available here. 
3D Tracking will be available here.


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Social Media

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

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Twitter – The @ISAFupdates Twitter account will be following the action throughout the week, follow the account here

Instagram – follow the newly launched ‘isafworldsailing’ account here

About Santander 204 ISAF Worlds
More than 1, 250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will compete at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships from 8-21 September 2014. The best sailing talent will be on show and as well as world titles being awarded across ten events 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be won based on results in Santander. The regatta format will feature an opening qualification series and a final series with the top ten in each event proceeding to the Medal Race where the final positions will be decided.

About The International Sailing Federation
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing.

ISAF is made up of 140 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.

There are currently more than 100 ISAF Class Associations, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people up to 60 foot ocean racers.

Sailing is a lifetime sport enjoyed right across the world.

The sport encompasses a massive range of disciplines and events including Olympic sailing, offshore sailing, windsurfing, match racing, team racing, fleet racing and disabled sailing.


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