One of the participants is Samoan sailor, Eroni Leilua.
He said competing in the qualifiers means a lot and now all his focus is on Tokyo 2020.
“It was a challenge and it’s pretty expensive. I was supported really well by my work and also by family friends. We ran fundraisers here and there just to cover the cost. It was difficult but also got some funding from Samoa Sailing Association and the Yacht Club, where I grew up sailing and that was special.”