Team Qualifications

Team Qualifications

The Canadian Sailing Team and Development Squad is selected annually from Canadian sailors who are competing in the Olympic and Paralympic events. Selection for the Canadian Sailing Team & Development Squad is based upon the results of the World Championships and National Qualification Regattas.


Canadian Sailing Team & Development Squad Qualification

The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is a national-level funding program designed to contribute toward improved
Canadian performances at major international sporting events such as the Olympic/Paralympic Games and World
Championships. To this end, the AAP identifies and provides funding directly to athletes for the carding cycle who
have demonstrated an ability to finish in the Top 16 of the fleet counting a maximum of 3 entries per country, and
finish in the top half of the overall fleet at the Senior World Championships or an Olympic Games.

Athletes who are approved for AAP support are referred to as Carded Athletes. AAP support is known as Carding.
AAP funding is intended to contribute to an athlete’s living and training costs. It is not intended to serve as an
athlete’s sole source of income.

Being Carded by Sport Canada does not mean you are a member of the Sail Canada National Team. This
designation is reserved for those who qualify for Senior Cards via Tier 1-5.

These criteria are to be applied to determine AAP nominations for the carding cycle starting May 1st, 2019.

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Youth Worlds Team Qualification

The Youth Sailing World Championship is an important early step in an athlete’s high performance sailing career. The Sail Canada podium pathway identifies a target performance of top 25% of the field at the Youth Sailing World Championship as a marker of high performance potential.

Through this selection process, Sail Canada will identify the sailor(s) who are at a stage of development that demonstrates results against international calibre competition, supported by a training and competition plan, that best supports achieving this performance objective.

Sailing experts and stakeholders have contributed to establishing performance standards and selecting targeted events that enable athletes from across the country to compete against each other in as strong a field as possible, within a developmentally appropriate timeframe, for the opportunity to be selected to the 2020 Canadian Youth World Team.

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Major Event Qualification

Country Qualification

In order to be nominated to represent Canada at an event that requires competitors to be national of the country they represent, such as the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, other major games or an International Sailing

World Sailing event:

  1. a competitor must be a national of Canada by the day prior to the first race of the final scheduled Canadian trials regatta for such event; and,
  2. a competitor must meet the nationality criteria of the authority responsible for the event (e.g. the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) for the Olympic Games, World Sailing for the World Sailing Championships etc.).

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  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Sail Canada BMO MasterCard
  • Government of Canada
  • Gallagher Skippers Plan