Mexico's Sailors Face Off in High-Pressure Regatta

Mexico's Olympic hopefuls set sail in Hyères, France for their last chance to qualify for Paris 2024. They'll face fierce competition and pressure but their indomitable spirit burns bright.

Mexico's Sailors Face Off in High-Pressure Regatta
Ander and Danel Belausteguigoitia will participate in the Last Qualification Regatta, in Hyères, France, searching for their Olympic ticket. Credit: CONADE

The last opportunity to obtain your ticket to Paris 2024 is presented to the Mexican sailors who, within the framework of the 55th edition of the French Olympic Week, will compete in the Last Qualification Regatta, also known as the Last Chance Regatta, which will take place from the 20th to the 27th of Hyères, France.

The national delegation that will go searching for those passes to “The City of Light” are Jerónimo Abogado (men's iQFOIL), María Paula Ashida (women's Kite), Xantos Daniel Villegas (men's Kite), Ander and Danel Belausteguigoitia (49er).

The team will be guided by coaches Tania Elías Calles, Noel Guerra, Federico Ortiz and Jonas Warren, as well as Beatriz González Luna, president of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV).

The national teams, Elena Oetling Ramírez (ILCA 6) and Mariana Aguilar Chávez – Peón (iQFOIL), also attend this international championship, as part of their preparation after obtaining Olympic qualification during the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games and the World Championships. Vela 2023, respectively.

The Last Qualification Regatta will distribute 67 places to the French capital and for some this event will represent their last competition before the Olympic Games, which will be held in the Marseille marina, where 330 sailors will compete, 20 less than in Tokyo 2020, distributed equally between men and women in the 10 modalities.