Since people who don’t sail don’t know how the qualifying system works, I thought it would be interesting to explain it.
First, in sailing there can only be one boat per nation for each boat category. It’s not like swimming or skiing where there can be many competitors per nation and per discipline.
Second, there are only a limited number of places available for each boat category, i.e. not all nations can participate.
In Laser Radial, only women compete. There are 37 places available for just as many nations.
The first 19 places were given to the 19 first nations at the ISAF World Championship last September 2014.