After the first round of entries for the 2008 Tornado World Championship closed, there were five British entries in a total of 32 competitors from 15 countries. Additional entries will be taken but will be subject to a late entry fee. Three crews have entered from New Zealand with a further five expected.
The World Championship, being held in off Takapuna, New Zealand, will decide the final four places in the Multihull event at the 2008 Olympics, and for many this is where most of the interest in the regatta will be focussed.
Only half of the qualified countries from the 2007 World Championships have entered so far at Takapuna, and it would seem that six countries will be competing for the four places available.
The current World Champion, Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz (ESP) have entered, as has world #2, Carolijn Brouwer and Sebbe Godefroid (BEL), however the Bronze medalist from Cascais, Mitch Booth (NED) is not entered.
Several of the fancied nations who missed qualification at the 2007 Worlds in August, notably Poland, Puerto Rico, Austria, Russia and Canada are competing.
The eight New Zealand crews will also be trying to win a qualification place, after Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy just missed by one position for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. They will be back again in 2008, and are amongst the three New Zealand crews already entered. Tornado Worlds 2008 - Entries
1 GBR 406 Stephen Medwell Stuart Offer
2 GBR 5 Chris Rashley TBC Withdrawn
3 AUS 8 Darren Bundock Glenn Ashby
4 BEL 7 Carolijn Brouyer Godefroid Sebastien
5 POL 1 Piotr Kowalewski Maciey Klosowicz
6 AUS 305 Alan Gamble Kim Nicholas
7 GBR 447 Andrew Walsh Edward Barney
8 AUS O13 Rohan Langworthy Jack Punch Benson Y
9 AUS 322 Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield
10 GER 1 Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckmann
11 GBR 436 Leigh McMillan Will Howden
12 CAN 7 Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle
13 BRA 7 Bruno Di Bernardi Mario Tinoco
14 PUR 1 Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez
15 GBR 3 Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch
16 GBR 7 Rob Wilson Mark Bulkeley
17 AUT 8 Thomas Zajac Thomas Czajka
18 AUT 3 Roman Hagan Hans Peter Steinacher
19 NZL 77 Paul Francis Aaron Duncan
20 AUS 300 Damien Ford Mark Edmonds
21 ESP 23 Tony Rivas Fabian Escude
22 ESP 1 Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz
23 GER 17 Eckart Kaphengst Rasmus Topsch
24 NZL 74 David Shaw Susan Shaw
25 AUS 285 Paul Peterson Matt Thackray
26 NZL Bruce Kendall Blair Tuke To be Confirmed
27 UKR 11 Pavlo Kalynchev Andriy Shanfranyuk
28 NZL 121 Aaron McIntosh Mark Kennedy
29 RUS Kirilyuk Andrey Ushkov Valeriy ?
30 RUS Dzhienbaev Sergey Semenov Maxim ?
31 NZL 86 William Caunce Liam Blair-Caunce