Spanish sailing steps on the accelerator towards Paris 2024
After the appointment of Francisco Gil as technical director and Asier Fernández de Bobadilla as director of Olympic preparation, the RFEV has published the First Cycle Olympic Regulations for the next Paris 2024 Games. This closes the calendar of training and regattas for 2022 and a preliminary Olympic team is established that will be defined in April after the celebration of the Princess Sofia Trophy.
The RFEV calendar has been divided into four Olympic cycles, preceded by a transitory period that, from the closing of the Tokyo Games, extends until the end of the Princesa Sofía Trophy to be held from April 1 to 9. This cycle will end with the World Cup or European Championship for each class in 2022, whichever is later on the calendar, starting the Second Cycle that will take place with the same guidelines in 2023. That year the first Olympic places in country during the World Olympic Classes in The Hague.
The Third Cycle will end with the last selection regatta to determine the crew that will represent us in Paris 2024 in each of the classes for which a place has been obtained, giving way to the Fourth Cycle that will close with the Olympic Games.
Following a ratio of results established in the Regulations for the 2021 World and European Championships and the Princess Sofia Trophy, the Olympic team will be divided into Group 1 and Group 2 sailors. On the other hand, the crews that sail in Olympic classes with outstanding results at the youth or absolute level they are located, according to the PNTD, in the groups called 2028 and N3. All of them are integrated into a unified work plan to reach the first great sporting challenge of the season, the Princess Sofia Trophy, in the best possible shape.
Athletes who represented Spain at the Tokyo Games and who continue in a similar class – doubles, singles or boards – are included in Group 1, in which those who participated in the Olympic Games Medal Race will remain throughout the First Cycle. or they were on the podium of the 2021 World Cup or European Championship.
With this approach, the crews have already started working to achieve their dream of representing Spain in Paris 2024. The concentrations of these months will take place in Gran Canaria (ILCA 6), Lanzarote (49er, 49er FX, ILCA 7, men’s iQFoil and female and Nacra 17) Murcia and Cádiz (male and female Kite Formula), still pending to specify a training place for the 470 that will remain on the peninsula. The entire team will complete its preparation in Mallorca to participate in the Princesa Sofía Trophy, final referee for the configuration of the first Spanish Olympic sailing team for Paris 2024.