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Finn Emerging Nations Program

Eight Finn sailors are to participate in the World Sailing Emerging Nations Program in Aarhus 2018.

The Finn class will have eight nations – two from Africa, two from Asia, three from the Americas, and one from Europe – participating in the Emerging Nations Program (ENP) in connection with the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018, the first qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sailors from Bermuda, Cuba, Iran, Hong Kong, Namibia, Serbia, South Africa and Venezuela will benefit from coaching and support before and during the championship in Aarhus, which is the second most important regatta in the quadrennium.

These eight sailors will join 92 other Finn sailors in Aarhus.

The ENP is offered to sailors from countries where there are little resources to support the training facilities for the sailors.

Of the eight nations represented in the Finn class, the four sailors from Iran, Serbia, Namibia and South Africa will be the sole representatives of their country in Aarhus.

Rockal Evans is hoping to emulate his grandfather, Howard Lee, who competed for Bermuda in the 1976 Olympics in the Finn - Click image for a larger image

Due to the high demand for Finn places in Aarhus, the organising authority increased the quota for Finns from 90 to 100 and it is already fully subscribed.

More sailors are also on the waiting list with MNAs requesting additional places.

The 100 entries represent sailors from 44 nations, which is the largest number of nations represented in any class in Aarhus, except the Laser and Radial.

This compares with 36 nations during the whole 2016 qualification cycle, though the Finn was still then one of the top five classes when counting number of nations represented.

The eight ENP participants – Rockal Evans, Bermuda; Luis Mario Suarez Manso, Cuba; James Dagge, Hong Kong; Ahmad Ahmadi, Iran; Constantin Hatzilambros, Namibia; Tihomir Zakic, Serbia; Dave Shilton, South Africa; Andreas Lage, Venezuela.

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