USA Olympic Sailing Trials in Miami

Published on February 12th, 2024

The US Olympic Sailing Program will conclude its domestic trials for the Paris 2024 Olympics when it hosts the men’s and women’s singlehanded dinghy fleets on February 17-24 in Miami, FL.

As two of the nation’s most popular classes, the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 has attracted 62 athletes that seek to be the USA representative at the Olympic Games. This is the second half of the selection system that had hosted five events on January 6-13.

“This high-pressure format is intended to truly test the athletes and make sure the strongest are nominated, and US Sailing is excited to get competition underway for the ILCA 6s and 7s,” said Event Chair and Barcelona 1992 Bronze Medalist, Pamela Healy.

“In partnership with Miami Yacht Club and the Race Management Team of Coconut Grove Sailing Club, we’re proud to host a highly competitive domestic Trials for the first time since 2008.

“With a volunteer team of over 40, we are grateful for the commitment, planning, and time these dedicated people have put into running this event for two classes that have grown in depth and excitement for Olympic sailing in the United States.”

February U.S. Olympic Team Trials:
• 37 ILCA 7 Athletes
• 25 ILCA 6 Athletes

Event details: https://theclubspot.com/regatta/KFrevxlwxs

How do these Trials play into athletes punching their tickets to the Paris 2024 Games and the sailing competition held in Marseille this summer?

Representing Team USA in Sailing at an Olympic Games consists of two parts: a “country qualification” in each of the 10 disciplines or “classes,” and “athlete selection” to decide who fills the earned spot in each class.

To qualify the country in each class, any American athlete must place high enough at pre-determined qualifying regattas in the year leading up to the Olympic Games to “qualify their country” for a spot in their class at the Games.

As of December 31, 2023, the USA has qualified in 6 of the 10 classes: 49erFX, 49er, ILCA 6, Women’s iQFOiL, Nacra 17, and Women’s Formula Kite. Throughout early 2024, the USA will work to earn the final four qualifications in the Mixed 470, Men’s Formula Kite, Men’s iQFOiL, and ILCA 7 classes. For more information regarding the country qualification system, click here.

Daniela Moroz has earned selection in the Women’s Kiteboard event while the Nacra 17 and 49erFX will advance their representative based on the results of upcoming regattas.

The Trials events happening in January and February in Miami serve as the “athlete selection” for those classes. The athletes that win these regattas in the classes that have already earned country qualification will immediately earn their ticket to represent Team USA in Marseille this summer.

Athletes in classes that do not yet have country qualification will earn selection but will still need to work together to qualify the country to complete the second of their two-part process.

Which classes fall into which category at the February Trials?

• The winner of the ILCA 6 class will earn their spot at Paris 2024
• The winner of the ILCA 7 class still requires a USA country qualification to confirm participation at the Paris Games

Schedule:
February 15 – Check-in and Measurement at Miami Yacht Club
February 16 – Check-in, Measurement, Practice Race, Competitors Welcome, Briefing
February 17-20 – 1200 Racing
February 21 – Reserve Day
February 22-24 – 1200 Racing


Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Program*:
Men’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 7 (41)
Women’s One Person Dinghy – ILCA 6 (41)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – 470 (19)
Men’s Skiff – 49er (20)
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX (20)
Men’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Women’s Kiteboard – Formula Kite Class (20)
Men’s Windsurfing – iQFOiL (24)
Women’s Windsurfing – iQFOiL (24)
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17 (19)
* Quota per event in parenthesis but does not include Universality Places (2 men, 2 women)

Venue: Marseille, France
Dates: July 28-August 9

Details:
• Paris website: https://www.paris2024.org/en/the-olympic-games-paris-2024/
• World Sailing microsite: https://paris2024.sailing.org/

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