Sail Sydney is an annual premier sailing event in Australia. This year’s event will also serve as the Oceania continental qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, the second opportunity to qualify after the 2023 Sailing World Championships in The Hague. Olympic qualification will be awarded to the two highest-finishing and not previously qualified Oceania countries in both the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 classes. In the Hague World Championships, Australia had already qualified in the ILCA 6, and Australia and New Zealand had qualified in the ILCA 7s.
In the ILCA 6, the podium finishers were all from Australia, which had already qualified for the Olympics with a 10th-place finish in the World Championships. The winner was Elyse Ainsworth, with Casey Imeneo in second place and Zoe Thompson finishing in third place. Greta Pilkington qualified New Zealand for an Olympic spot with her 6th-place finish, and Sophia Morgan finished 8th to secure a spot for Fiji.
In the ILCA 7, both Australia and New Zealand had already qualified in the Hague, with first place for Australia and third place for New Zealand. 2020 Tokyo Olympic sailor Eroni Leilua from Samoa qualified his country with a 6th place finish at the Oceania Qualifier. Viliame Ratulu from Fiji qualified his country at the event.
Woollahra Sailing Club, a well-known and esteemed dinghy club in Australia, hosted the 2023 Sail Sydney. The strong, local fleets are expected to be joined by an equally strong field of international entries, particularly with the 2024 ILCA 7 World Championships taking place in Adelaide in January.
Coverage by Kevin Phillips
Secretary Oceania Laser Class Association
For more information on the 2024 Olympic qualification for the ILCA 6 and ILCA 7 classes, see here.