The principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition are the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, taking place in Cascais, Portugal from 28 June-13 July. There 75% of all national places for the sailing events at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be decided.
The remaining 25% of national places will be allocated at the respective Olympic Class World Championships in 2008 and the dates for these Worlds have now been finalized.
The 2008 Worlds
The action kicks off in Australia with the start of Sail Melbourne right at the beginning of the New Year. Not only will Sail Melbourne be the first event in the launch of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, but it will also host the 49er, Finn and 470 World Championships. Shortly after, the RS:X Worlds will take place in New Zealand. Australia also hosts the Laser Worlds in Terrigal at the start of February before the Yngling Worlds in Miami. The action then returns down under for the Tornado Worlds, followed by the Laser Radial Worlds, both hosted in Auckland, New Zealand. The Stars finish things off in April, with their World Championship in Miami.
|Olympic Event||World Championship||Dates||Nation||2008 Olympic Games
At 2008 Worlds
|49er||49er World Championship||2-9 January||AUS||19||5|
|Men's RS:X||RS:X World Championships||10-20 January||NZL||35||9|
|Women's RS:X||RS:X World Championships||10-20 January||NZL||28||7|
|Finn||Finn Gold Cup||20-29 January||AUS||26||6|
|Laser||Laser World Championship||5-13 February||AUS||40||10|
|Laser Radial||Laser Radial World Championship||14-21 March||NZL||26||6|
|Men's 470||470 World Championships||21-30 January||AUS||30||8|
|Women's 470||470 World Championships||21-30 January||AUS||19||5|
|Yngling||Yngling World Championship||9-15 February||USA||15||4|
|Tornado||Tornado World Championship||22 February-1 March||NZL||16||4|
|Star||Star World Championship||7-18 April||USA||16||4|
About Beijing 2008
The Olympic Sailing Competition will take place in Qingdao from the 9-21 August, with the Medal Races taking place from 16-21 August. 22-23 August are scheduled as reserve days. Gold medals will be decided in eleven Olympic sailing events, featuring a total of 400 sailors.
Find out more at the ISAF Beijing 2008 Olympic Games microsite - www.sailing.org/olympics2008.
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