Sailing at the 1988 Summer Olympics
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Symbol of Busan
|Dates||First race: 20 September 1988
Last race: 27 September 1988
|Sailors||360 (327 male, 43 female) from 60 countries|
|Boats and Boards||214|
|Top ranked countries|
Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens Greece). With the exception of 1904 and possible 1916 sailing was always a part of the Olympic program. The Sailing program of 1988 consisted of a total of eight sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from September 20, 1988 to September 27, 1988 of the coast of Busan and was the first time that a separate event was allocated exclusively for women (sailed in the 470 class). The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.
According to the IOC statutes the contests in all sport disciplines must be held either in, or as close as possible to the city which the IOC has chosen. Since the sailing conditions of the coast near Seoul are not very suitable for Olympic sailing Busan was chosen for the 1988 Sailing event. A total of x race areas were created of the coast of Busan.
Busan in Korea was reportedly a light wind venue but no one realised until too late that this information came from the airport which was located in a sheltered valley. It turned out to be that the 1988 Olympic Games were one of the windiest ever with one day of racing postponed due to too much wind. One day of racing saw around 30 knots of wind with 5 knots of current going against the wind. There was a lot of equipment damage and rescues for many classes resulting in many DNF's and requests for redress.
|Class||Type||Event||Sailors||Trapeze||Mainsail||Jib/Genoa||Spinnaker||First OG||Olympics so far|
|1988 Olympic Classes designs|
1988: Women's 470
1988: Men's Division II
1988: Men's 470
1988: Flying Dutchman
|2||United States (USA)||1||2||2||5|
|3||New Zealand (NZL)||1||1||1||3|
|Great Britain (GBR)||1||0||0||1|
|East Germany (GDR)||1||0||0||1|
|8||Soviet Union (URS)||0||1||1||2|
|9||Netherlands Antilles (AHO)||0||1||0||1|
|Virgin Islands (ISV)||0||1||0||1|
|23||Mixed team (ZZX)||1||0||0||1|
|United States Virgin Islands||0||1||0||1|
- Finally after 92 years Olympic history, a specific female event 470 female was on the program.
During the Sailing regattas at the 1988 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:
|Sailors at the 1988 Olympic Games|