Home News US Sailing Team at 470 Worlds – Final Report
ENOSHIMA, JAPAN (August 9, 2019) – On Friday, August 9, 2019, the 2019 470 World Championships concluded with the final Medal Races for the Men’s and Women’s 470 classes. For the US Sailing Team, racing concluded on Thursday, August 8, with no representatives qualified for the Medal Races. In the Men’s fleet, Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Hughes (Miami, Fla.) finished in eighteenth overall as the highest placed U.S. boat. The top-three U.S. representatives in the Women’s fleet, Atlantic Brugman (Winthrop, Mass) and Nora Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.), Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) and Lara Dallman Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.), and Carmen Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.), finished in 30th, 31st, and 32nd, respectively.
One of the major goals for the U.S. athletes in the Women’s fleet was to qualify the country for representation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Because there are far more countries that compete in Olympic class boats than are spots available at the games, the country must qualify for a berth before athletes can be selected to the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. At this event, the top six countries competing in the Women’s fleet that did not already qualify at the 2018 World Championships earned a berth to the 2020 Games. Before the event began, the U.S. hoped to be among the sailors qualifying their countries. The sixth and final spot at this event was given to the Germans who finished 16th overall, 14 places ahead of the highest placing U.S. boat.
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