Gongratulations to Thailand and Singapore who’s sailors Natthapong Phonoppharat (THA) and Amanda Ng Ling Kai (SGP) won the qualifying event in Mussanah, Oman and ensured the Olympic tickets to their countries!

13 Men and 3 Women from 7 countries participated at the 2021 Mussanah Open Championships, which was also the Olympic qualifying event for Asian continent.


Currently all Tokyo Olympic slots are fullfilled for RS:X Class with 25 Men and 27 Women places.

The list of qualified countries is HERE

Congratulations to all countries qualified to Tokyo Olympic Games, which will take place in Enoshima, Japan between 23 July – 8 August 2021.

Dear Team Leaders,

Today we were able to have our first discussion with both the IOC and Tokyo 2020 in the same meeting. Tokyo 2020 are preparing a formal proposal to meet their government’s requirements and address the concerns that have been raised; we hope to see that by the end of the week. No final decisions have been made yet, but we expect the following will be contained in the proposal:

  • There will be no entry to Japan or training possible in May (from Enoshima, Zushi or anywhere else)
  • Entry to Japan won’t occur before late June
  • The Venue Soft Opening (start of training) date will be a date accessible for all teams, so while some teams might enter Japan earlier due to flight schedules or quarantine rules the FOP will be open for training to all teams on the same date
  • Each person entering Japan will have to do a number of days of isolation quarantine in an approved hotel
  • For at least the first 14 days in Japan
    • Each person will be in a government approved hotel
    • There will be very strict controls on each person; any time they leave their room they will need permission and will be supervised
    • Transport will be scheduled in advance
    • Catering will be managed with doping risks to be addressed
    • Each person will undergo multiple COVID-19 tests that will determine if they can leave the restricted controls
    • Fitness and recover services are being considered but expectations should be set low (if you have items you can use at the venue, you should consider those)
  • The Freight Support Plan will continue as originally published
    • Any teams that haven’t shipped containers already should reconsider when they ship as there could be a delay between grounding and unloading
    • Tokyo 2020 is considering how they can support those with containers already shipped who face additional costs

Tokyo 2020 is considering how they can support those with accommodation booked that they won’t be able to use or get refunded. We recommend you make sure you NOC are aware of your concerns and risks, as this is likely to impact warm up camps for other sports too.

The costs and administration procedures for the proposal will likely take a while longer to become clear.

Based on the time line that Tokyo 2020 are considering and the likely entry requirements, it is my expectation that multiple trips to Japan will be impractical and may be prohibited entirely.  

We recognise this information maybe not be to the liking of some teams at it will negatively impact athlete preparations. At this stage the priorities are still focussed on having safety procedures in place to enable the Olympic Sailing Competition to be conducted and World Sailing will put rules in place to ensure the training and competition are conducted fairly for all teams once we have the decisions from the Japanese government.

I expect another update later this week and we are considering a further Team Leaders Town Hall next week. 

Kind regards

Michael Downing
WS Olympic Manager

The Tokyo Olympic Games qualifing event for Asian continent was moved from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Al Mussanah, Oman and will be held between 1-8 April 2021.

More information on the Event website: https://www.omansail.com/mussanah-open-championship


After the 2021 SOF regatta in Hyeres, France was cancelled (where 2021 RS:X Windsurfing World Championships were scheduled too), the Class was looking an alternative venue for the Class World Championships.

We received many offers and we are very grateful for all those who tried to help us out.
However, the decision was made and therefore the 2021 “Gotas de Oro” RS:X Windsurfing World Championships will be held in Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Spain, between 21-27 April 2021.

Thank you for Federacion Andaluza de Vela and the sponsors to host the RS:X Class Worlds on this year!

The Event website and Official Notice Board

See you all in Cadiz!

Executive Committee
International RS:X Windsurfing Class Association

Dear Asian MNAs and NOCs,

World Sailing have been informed that the host club in Abu Dhabi is no longer able to deliver the 2021 ASAF Asian Sailing Championships from 14 to 21 February 2021 and ASAF have accepted the host club’s recommendation to postpone the championships.

World Sailing are supporting ASAF and the Class Associations as they seek alternate dates from UAE SARF and ADSYC before the middle of March 2021. If a suitable arrangement can be made in the coming few days, we shall share the new dates with you as soon as they are confirmed.

ASAF are therefore suggesting that personnel consider not to travel to Abu Dhabi or ship their equipment at this time.

World Sailing recognises this will be an inconvenience for many participants, officials and volunteers and we are working as closely as we can with ASAF and the Class to minimise the impacts of the postponement.

It is World Sailing’s very strong desire to have Olympic qualification decided on the water via racing and we continue our activities to achieve this as best we can in these difficult and rapidly changing times.

It is our hope to have further information confirmed so we can share it with you in the first half of next week.

Kind regards

Michael Downing
World Sailing Olympic Manager