Yachting New Zealand coach Nathan Handley has defended the depth of sailors in New Zealand.
With Polly Powrie's retirement from Olympic sailing, there is a spot up for grabs alongside Jo Aleh in the 470, one of New Zealand's most successful classes in recent years.
Aleh was unsure who could make the step up when she returns to the class in 2018, but Handley said there are plenty who're ready.
"You know we'll go back to the drawing board and look, we've definitely got some good yachties out there in New Zealand, so it's just a matter of who we think might have the goods and who Jo could possibly work with for the campaign towards Tokyo."
Handley will coach 49er FX pair Molly Meech and Alex Maloney this year.