Road Ahead to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Published on August 16th, 2018

The highlight event for Olympic class sailors in 2018 was the Sailing World Championships held August 2-12 in Aarhus, Denmark. With that now past and recharge occurring, travel will soon occur again on the road to Tokyo 2020.

A global World Cup Series, World Championships, Continental regattas, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic test event and major Olympic class events will help prepare the sailors for the Olympic Games. Many of these will also be crucial qualifying events for countries that have not yet gained entry to the Games.

The World Cup Series continues to provide the strongest broadcast and media platform in Olympic Class sailing to promote sailors and national teams, creating value for sponsors, and supporters of sailors and national authorities.

The 2018-19 World Cup Series begins next month at the site of sailing for the 2020 Olympics in Enoshima, Japan. From there the circuit comes to the USA for a stopover in Miami before heading to Europe with an event in Genoa (Italy) and culminating at the venue for the 2024 Olympics in Marseille, France.

Enoshima will host the first round of the 2019-20 series with Miami and Genoa following before a return to Enoshima for the Final as sailors and teams to maximise their opportunity to compete at the Olympic venue and to reduce travel and logistics costs for teams ahead of Tokyo 2020.

The schedule of events for 2019 – 2020 is:

2018-19 World Cup
Enoshima Round: 9-16 September 2018
Miami Round: 27 January-3 February 2019
Genoa Round: 22-28 April 2019
Marseille Final: 2-9 June 2019

2019-20 World Cup
Enoshima Round: 25 August-1 September 2019
Miami Round: 26 January-2 February 2020
Genoa Round: 19-26 April 2020
Enoshima Final: June* 2020
* To be confirmed following Tokyo 2020 / JSAF review of Olympic venue opening timelines.

2019 Olympic Test Event:
Enoshima: 15-22 August 2019

Olympic Classes World & European Championships:
The 2019 Olympic Classes World Championships will be Olympic Qualification Events except for the Finn that will use the 2019 Finn European Championship as the qualification event.

World Championships:
RS: X – Torbole, Italy: 22-28 September 2019
Laser – Sakaiminati City, Japan: 1-9 July 2019
Laser Radial – Sakaiminati City, Japan: 16-24 July
Finn – Melbourne, Australia: December 2019 (awaiting confirmation from the Class)
470 – Enoshima, Japan: Summer 2019 (awaiting confirmation from the Class)
49er / 49erFX – Auckland, New Zealand: 29 November – 8 December 2019
Nacra 17 – Auckland, New Zealand: 29 November – 8 December 2019

European Championships:
RS: X – Awaiting confirmation from the Class
Laser – Awaiting confirmation from the Class
Radial – Awaiting confirmation from the Class
Finn – Marsala, Italy: May 2019 (awaiting confirmation from the Class)
470 – San Remo, Italy: May 2019 (awaiting confirmation from the Class
49er / 49erFX – Awaiting confirmation from the Class
Nacra 17 – Awaiting confirmation from the Class

The 2020 Olympic Classes World Championship dates will be published by September 2018.

Major Olympic Classes Regattas 2019 / 2020:
Palma 30 March – 6 April 2019 / 28 March – 4 April 2020
Medemblik 20-25 May 2019 / 18-23 May 2020
Kiel: 22-20 June 2019 / 20-28 June 2020

Continental Olympic Qualification Regattas 2019/ 2020:
The full list of the Continental Qualification Regattas for Tokyo 2020 will be published by 1 September 2018.

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