While the 2016 Summer Paralympics are still a year off, Finland has already qualified a boat for the Games in this event. Looking ahead towards possible team selection, Niko Salomaa is Finland’s sole ranked competitor in this class. He currently sits twenty-sixth in the rankings, one spot up from March when he was ranked twenty-seventh.
What events Salomaa and other Finnish sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Salomaa did not compete in the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.
The country has been most active in this event in the past few years, with sailors from the country competing in the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, and 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships.
Finland has never medalled in this event on the Paralympic level. They did compete in this event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.