Great Britain finished second at the 2014 World Championships thanks to the performance of Helana Lucas, who should return to the Paralympic Games to defend her gold medal won at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Lucas’s performance last year secured her country a berth to the 2016 Summer Paralympics.
Great Britain is loaded with talent in this boat class, and it is one of those sad moments that a country only gets one boat. Megan Pascoe is currently ranked first in the world while countrywoman Lucas is ranked second in the world. It could be a real battle for who gets to go to Rio unless Lucas is deferred to at the defending Paralympic medalist. The country has four other ranked sailors including Will Street is curently ranked eleventh, Carol Dugdale who is ranked eighteenth, John Brooker who is ranked thirtieth, and Jonathan Currell who is ranked thirty-ninth.
What events these 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. Five British sailors took part in the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which was held in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Lucas had the best performance, finishing first. She was followed closely behind by Pascoe who finished second. Will Street almost completed the podium for Great Britain but finished just ouside the medals in fourth place. Brooker finished ninth in the event, and Currell finished tenth. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part. British sailors competed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in April.
As a sailing nation, Great Britain ranks as one of the top. Its sailors are among the most active on the international scene. In this class, the past few years have seen British sailors compete in the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 Sail for Gold Regatta, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, and 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères.
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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.