Anthropometry for Sailing

A high level of skill required to be an elite sailor. Body size and composition (anthropometry) is less important, but not insignificant. Body shape can affect balance and excess body fat increases fatigue. See out discussion of the Fitness Components for Sailing.

Suggested Anthropometric tests for Sailors

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

London 2012 Olympic Games

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the sailing participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The sailors were of similar height and weight to the average Olympian.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Sailing (all) 28.3 177.9 74.2 23.3
Sailing (females) 27.6 170.4 64.8 22.3
Sailing (males) 28.8 182.7 80.1 23.9

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the sailors at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  Age (years) height (m) weight (kg) BMI
AVERAGE (all sports) 26.8 1.77 72.0 22.9
sailing (all) 28.0 1.76 71.2 22.8
sailing (females) 26.4 1.69 63.2 22.0
sailing (males) 29.3 1.81 77.1 23.4

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