Ireland is contesting three of ten classes in next Summer's Olympics but after four-year campaigns with some solid results, the sailors have so far only booked a single Tokyo place in the Laser Radial (Women) division.
The team are now close to the last chance saloon and chasing a nation berth in the Laser Standard (Men), and the 49er (Men) and will be on a non-stop tour next season according to the 2020 team calendar (downloadable below). The Worlds in Auckland is the 49er teams second chance to qualify to Tokyo. The event is Genoa is their last chance should they not qualify in Auckland.
Four women will contest a three regatta trials series for the Radial slot next season to see who will be representing Ireland in Tokyo including 2016 Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy, Aoife Hopkins, Aisling Keller, and Eve McMahon. The do or die trials series rules here state when a trial is held the recommendations [for Olympic Nomination] made by Irish Sailing's Olympic Sailing Group 'shall be based solely on the results of the Trial Series'.
The 49ers have their work cut out to qualify a boat for the nation at the 49er World Championships in Auckland next month. Racing starts on 3 December and two Irish teams Ryan Seaton with Seafra Guilfoyle and Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are predicted to need at least a top-eight finish to take one of four Olympic berths on offer in the 100-boat fleet. 14 nations in the fleet are seeking those four Tokyo slots. If unsuccessful, then the last chance for Olympic Qualification is next April in Genoa where one single European berth is left.
Likewise for the Laser Standard men, who missed qualification last year at the Worlds in Japan. Finn Lynch, Ewan McMahon and Liam Glynn have their last chance to qualify for the Olympics at the World Sailing World Cup in Genoa next April but they will be chasing two final places on offer.
The following five European countries, (who have still not qualified their country) all finished ahead of Ireland in Japan so Ireland will have to overhaul all but one of these to win a Tokyo berth in Genoa.
The calendar (downloadable below) is provisional and dates may change.