Olympic selection: regatta within a regatta
As if sailing wasn't complicated enough, most of the teams in the worlds not only have to concentrate on doing well enough to be selected for the Olympics but also on beating their mates. It's a difficult balancing act as you need a group of world class training partners to become a medal contender for the Olympics and yet come the latter part of the cycle you will be at each other's throats vying for the only spot at the games for your country. Even the US have switched from having a single Olympic trial regatta to using range of world championships and pre-olympic events to select their Olympic team. https://www.ussailing.org/olympics/selection/olympic-games/2020trials/.For the kiwis this will be a regatta within a regatta as there are three strong Nacra 17 teams vying for Olympic selection after the Rio "tin" medalists Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders parted ways, plus the split of the team that were chasing them along, Olivia MacKay and Micah Wilkinson. Olivia and Jason combined forces to win a windy New Zealand nationals held in the same waters as the worlds earlier this month, with Micah and Erica Dawson in third and Gemma and Josh Porebski in 7th.