NZL Sailing Team- NZ set to qualify in nine events for 2012 Olympics

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand compete during the yellow fleet race for the 49er Men’s Skiff Class of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 12, 2011 in Perth, Australia.

As the regatta ends the Qualification phase the International Sailing Federation have announced that New Zealand has qualified in a further two and most likely three Olympic events for Weymouth in 2012.

The ISAF issued statement reads:

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Fourteen London 2012 49er spots were available at Perth 2011 and after eight races the 14 places have been decided. Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the USA will all be on the starting line at Weymouth next year.

The Laser fleet at London 2012 will be the largest and will feature 48 nations. Twenty four nations guaranteed one of those spots after six Laser races at Perth 2011, they are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden and the USA.

In the Men's RS:X, 30 nations have qualified for the Gold fleet and with just 28 places on offer for London 2012 at Perth 2011 anything can happen.

Curently New Zealand has two sailors in the top 12 overall in the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) event, including 2008 Gold medalist, Tom Ashely, and it would be most surprising if both fell out of Qualification contention at this stage.

The ISAF also noted that 'with just one fleet in the Women's 470 and Star qualification will not be guaranteed until the end of fleet racing. Fourteen places are available in the Women's 470 at Perth 2011 and 11 of the 16 London 2012 Star places can be taken at Perth 2011.'

New Zealand is expected to qualify in the Womens Twohander (470) with the top crew currently in 6th place overall.

Due to a late crew split, the NZ Star entry did not compete in Perth in the Mens Keelboat event, but it is hoped that a replacement crew can obtain NZ Citizenship before the final qualifying event in May 2012, and would look to qualify from the second round at that time.

Three quarters of the Olympic Qualification places for London 2012 will be determined from the first round of qualification at the 2011 ISAF World Championships currently underway in Perth, Australia, which have five World Championships being determined in the first week, and a further five in the second.

Prior to the latest announcement, New Zealand crews had qualified in the Heavyweight Mens Singlehander (Finn), Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial), Mens Doublehander (470), Womens Windsurfer (RS:X) and Womens Match Racing (Ellliot 6m).

At this juncture it would seem that New Zealand, have qualified in eight classes, with a ninth probable from the first round of qualification for the 2102 Olympics.

From here the Yachting NZ selectors will determine which crews will repesent New Zealand in the events for the 2012 Olympics. No deadlines have been announced by Yachting New Zealand for these selections which are undertaken using a confidential process.