Reallocation quotas were the big theme at the first leg of the 2015-16 Sailing World Cup. The event doubled as the Oceania continental qualification event. The top ranked eligible Oceania nation would qualify to the Olympics. The first leg of the Sailing World Cup was held in Melbourne, Australia from December 9th to December 13th 2015.
With New Zealand already qualified in all ten events, Australia qualified in nine events and the other Oceania nations not participating in most events there were no eligible nations for the quota to be given to. Funny enough the one event Australia was not qualified in ended up being cancelled. The reallocation process meant that the highest eligible nation at the 2015 World Championships for the event would qualify. This happened in eight out of the ten events. The reallocated quotas went to China (men’s 470), Croatia (men’s 49er), Italy (men’s finn), Norway (women’s 49erFX), Spain (women’s 470), Ukraine (men’s RS:X) and the United States (women’s RS:X and mixed nacra17). Also because China is now qualified through the 2015 Worlds in the men’s 470 its original continental quota has now been reallocated to South Korea.
The only quotas that went to Oceania nations were the men’s laser and women’s laser radial. However, only one eligible nation participated and by completing the event the Cook Islands are now qualified in the two events.
There was some expectation that this might happen when ISAF created continental qualifiers for this Olympics, but I think this was more about Australia’s and New Zealand’s performances at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. It’s a shame that the men’s RS:X event was not held as it prevented Australia from entering a full fleet. This was the final opportunity for Oceania nations to qualify in any sailing events.
Boats by Nations
- Cook Islands – 2
- United States – 2
- Croatia – 1
- Italy – 1
- Norway – 1
- South Korea – 1
- Spain – 1
- Ukraine – 1
- ISAF. ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne 2015. Access on December 15 2015.