Incumbent Kim Andersen received the lowest number of nominations of the four candidates standing for World Sailing President in this year's election, insidethegames has learned.
The list, released by World Sailing and analysed by insidethegames, reveals Andersen, the under-fire Dane who is running for a second term at the helm of the worldwide body, was nominated by 23 Member National Authorities (MNAs).
Spaniard Gerardo Seeliger was nominated for the top job by 36 MNAs, the most among the four officials in contention for the Presidency.
World Sailing vice-presidents Scott Perry of Uruguay and China's Quanhai Li each received 35.
Each candidate needed five to be eligible to stand in the election, and MNAs were able to nominate all four if they wanted.
Seven countries - Australia, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa and Tunisia - decided to nominate all of the candidates.
Others including the Bahamas, Greece and Mexico put forward every candidate except for Andersen.
It is unprecedented in recent times for there to be so many candidates standing against an incumbent President in an election at an International Federation and suggests deep dissatisfaction at Andersen's leadership.
The list of nominations adds to the feeling of discontent towards Andersen, who unseated Carlo Croce to become World Sailing President in 2016.
The results of the election are due to be announced on November 1 at the General Assembly, which will be held as a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first round of voting for both the President and vice-president elections is due to take place from October 9 to 16.
In the event that no Presidential candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the votes in the first round, two further rounds are scheduled for October 20 to 23 and October 26 to 29 to conduct run-off votes before the winner is officially announced at the start of November.
If there is a tie between any vice-presidential candidates, a run-off vote is scheduled to begin on November 1 and finish on November 4.