Two sailors from New Zealand would go to other nations on self sponsored campaigns in order to get in the selection process in the Olympic team in what is anticipated to be the last round of announcements.
In spite of having qualified New Zealand in the 1st round of 2015 Olympic qualification at the ISAF World Championships in Spain, they were not listed in the 1st round of nominations by the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Monday.
The two are the tenth and eleventh ranked sailors as per ISAF Qualification criteria for this year’s Olympics, in the Laser Radial as well as Women’s RS:X classes, according to the Croatia Yacht Charters website.
Sara Winther, Women’s single-handed sailor in Laser Radial class, is going to Palma in Spain and the former Sailing World Cup program, the Princess Sofia Trophy. There she would come up against 9 of the sailors who ended ahead of her in Olympic Qualification round where she ended eleventh overall but tenth country in Olympic terms.
Of those who ended ahead of Winther, 5 have already been named as Olympic nominee by their National Olympic Committees respectively. She would use Princess Sofia meet beginning on 25th March, as a warm-up for Laser Radial Worlds from 12th to 20th April, in Mexico.
Winther would be expecting that her run of wounds and bad luck that has marked her 2012 as well as 2016 Olympic events would be at an end.