Sixty-two U.S. sailors are on hand to compete at the Hempel World Sailing Championships, which began Thursday and run through Aug. 12 in Aarhus, Denmark.
With competition among 10 Olympic classes as well as kites, the field of around 1,400 athletes representing approximately 90 nations has three times more participants than the 2016 sailing competition.
Sailors will also have the first opportunity to qualify spots for their countries at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Among those identified by US Sailing as contenders in Aarhus is Caleb Paine in the Finn class. Paine was Team USA’s lone sailing medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. He’s joined by Luke Muller in that class.
Paige Railey, a two-time U.S. Olympian, is set to compete in the Laser Radial class, alongside Erika Reineke and Haddon Hughes. Railey won a silver medal at the 2016 world championships for her fifth medal at worlds.
Olympians Stu McNay and Dave Hughes are entered into the men’s 470 class.
Olympian Bora Gulari joins Helena Scutt in the Nacra 17 class. The other U.S. teams are Riley Gibbs and Louisa Chafee, and Ravi Parent and Caroline Atwood.
Olympian Charlie Buckingham and Chris Barnard are competing in the Laser class.
In the 49er class, Chris Rast and Trevor Burd join Judge Ryan and Hans Henken. In 49er FX, Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea represent Team USA.
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