As the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided, the 2007 ISAF Worlds is on course to be a record breaking Championships and a highlight of ISAF's Centenary year.
In the first phase of the entry process each ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) could apply for one Priority Place in each of the eleven Olympic events in Cascais. Seventy-four nations successfully applied for places, adding up to a total of 432 boats and 649 sailors. Amongst the nations who will be competing at their first ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the British Virgin Islands, Kuwait, Luxembourg, the Philippines and Tahiti.
Göran PETERSSON (SWE), ISAF President, commented, 'Seventy-four nations in Cascais and already well over 600 sailors shows that the 2007 Worlds is well on the way to being ISAF's biggest ever event. To beat the 71 nations at Cadiz four years ago is a great achievement, and to see so many smaller, developing sailing nations line up is fantastic news for the sport. In ISAF's Centenary year, the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships will provide a perfect platform to showcase our sport to a worldwide audience.'
The next phase of the entry process is now underway. Additional Places have been assigned to MNAs based on the results of their sailors in the 2005 and 2006 Olympic Class World Championships. Only two nations, Australia and France, have qualified for Additional Places in all eleven events.
In addition to this, 20% of the quota for Additional Places have been designated Commission Places. Applications for Commission Places, which will be assigned by an ISAF Qualification Commission, are also now being accepted.
MNAs have until 15 March 2007 to accept their Additional Places online at the Championships website - www.cascaisworlds2007.com.
To find out more about which nations have qualified for Additional Places and about Commission Places and how to apply, visit the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships microsite - www.sailing.org/worlds2007.
To view the full Qualification System CLICK HERE.
The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships will take place from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.
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