World's best sailors chase glory
The 2019 Oceania Championship is the World Championship warm-up for the three Olympic classes. It serves as practice for race officials and sailing teams, and with it being a continental championship will count towards world ranking points.
The 2019 World Championship is the most important regatta for sailors outside of the Olympic Games. For the world’s best it is the measuring stick for how they stack up as a fleet, plus there are at least 15 Olympic qualifying berths on offer among the three fleets. Only 20 teams per fleet make it to the Olympics and many top sailing teams are yet to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
Some of the best-known names competing include Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), British 2017 49er world champions Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, and in the FX class, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), Rio 2016 gold medal winners, and reigning European and world champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED). The Nacra 17 multihull repeats the gold medal standard - Argentina’s hero Santiago Lange and his crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli from the Rio 2016 Games and 49er Olympic gold medallist and SailGP skipper Nathan Outteridge combining with his sister Haylee (AUS) in the foiling multihull.
In total there are 14 gold medallists competing at the world series.
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Entries in each class can be viewed here