Sailing at the Olympics

Sailing has been one of the Olympic sports since the first Olympic Games. The first events in 1896 were canceled, and it was not included in the 1904 program, but has been in every other Olympic program.

Rio 2015

International Sailing Federation announced in May 2012 that kitesurfing would replace windsurfing for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but this was later overturned. Compared to the 2012 Games, there have been several chnages to competition events. Both women's (Elliott 6m) and men's (the Star) keelboat events have been taken off the program. Multi-hulls have returned, represented by the Nacra 17. A women's skiff event has been added, represented by the 49erFX.

2012 London Games

There were two changes from the Beijing 2008 sailing events. A new event for the 2012 Summer Olympics was Women's Keelboat Match Racing, using the Elliott 6m. The Women's Match Race replaced the Yngling competition and the Tornado Class Catamaran competition has been dropped.

Current Olympic Sailing blue sailing boat on riverEvents (Rio 2016)

Men's
RS:X – windsurf
Laser – one-person dinghy
Finn – heavyweight one-person dinghy
470 – two-person dinghy
49er – skiff

Women's
RS:X – windsurf
Laser Radial – one-person dinghy
470 – two-person dinghy
49er FX – skiff

Mixed
Nacra 17 - multihull

Trivia

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