Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Sailing
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Beijingolympicsmedals.jpg
The 2008 medal series
Venues Qingdao International Sailing Centre
Dates First race: 9 August 2008 (2008-08-09)
Last race: 21 August 2008 (2008-08-21)
Sailors 409 (261 male, 139 female) from 62 countries
Boats and Boards 272
Top ranked countries
Great Britain: 1st  2nd  3rd  
Australia: 1st  2nd  3rd  
Spain: 1st  2nd  3rd  
United States: 1st  2nd  3rd  
← 2004
2012 →

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 2008 consisted of a total of nine sailing classes (eleven disciplines). Eleven races are scheduled for each event except for the 49er class, for which 16 races are scheduled from 9 August 2008 to 21 August 2008 of the coast of the Qingdao International Sailing Centre facing the Yellow Sea. Of the 11 (16) races, 10 (15) are scheduled as opening races and one as a medal race. The sailing was done on four different types of courses.

Venue[edit]

Qingdao International Sailing Centre
青岛奥林匹克帆船中心
Qingdao International Sailing Centre Map.png
General information
Status Complete
Type Olympic harbor
Including: Qingdao Sub-Village, Athletes Center, Administrative Center, Venue Media Center, Logistics Center, Reception Center and Accreditation Center.
Location ShiNan District, Fushan Bay Area
Address XinHui Road
Town or city Qingdao, Shandong Province. China
Country  China
Coordinates 36°03′23″N 120°23′13″E / 36.05639°N 120.38694°E / 36.05639; 120.38694Coordinates: 36°03′23″N 120°23′13″E / 36.05639°N 120.38694°E / 36.05639; 120.38694
Elevation Sealevel
Construction started 25 May 2004
Opening 2008
Technical details
Floor area 45 hectares, comprising a 30 hectare competition area and a 15 hectare area for development after the Games

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. Among others, an exception is made for the Olympic yachting events, which customarily must be staged on the open sea. On account of this principle, Qingdao was selected for the honor to carry out the Olympic yachting regattas. For that purpose the Qingdao International Sailing Centre was constructed.

Qingdao International Sailing Centre (QISC)[edit]

Qingdao International Sailing Centre.jpg

The land based part of the QISC covers approximately 45 hectares and includes:

  • Administrative and game management center
  • Olympic and athletes village
  • Media center
  • Logistics supply center
  • National sailing center, International yacht club with seaside marina
  • International passenger liner terminal
  • International conference center with five-star hotel
  • Shopping and amusement center, parks and public squares.

The offshore part of the complex included:

  • The main seawall
  • The secondary seawall
  • The jetty wharf
  • The Olympic wharf

Course areas[edit]

A total of five race areas were set on the Yellow Sea of the coast of Qingdao. The location points to the center of the 0.6 nm radius circle for course area A & B and to a 0.75 nm radius circle for course area's C D and E.

Olympic Course Area's 2008.
A ( Yellow): 36°2'23"N, 120°23'12"E (49er)
B ( Red): 36°2'21"N, 120°25'32"E(RS:X)
C ( Green): 36°1'26"’N, 120°26'52"E (Laser & Laser Radial)
D ( Orange): 36°1'10"N, 120°28'47"E (470)
E ( Pink): 36°2'44"N, 120°28'9"E (Finn, Yngling, Tornado & Star)

Competition[edit]

Overview[edit]

Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
6 62 11 272 261 139

Continents[edit]

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Countries[edit]

Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1972 Olympic Games.
Blue: Water
Gray: Never participated in OG
Dark Gray: Participated in earlier OG
Green: Country participated for the first time
Dark Blue: Country participated also on previous games
Red: Country boycotted the sailing event of the OG
 Argentina (ARG)  Australia (AUS)  Austria (AUT)  Barbados (BAR)
 Belgium (BEL)  Belarus (BLR)  Brazil (BRA)  Bulgaria (BUL)
 Canada (CAN)  Chile (CHI)  China (CHN)  Colombia (COL)
 Croatia (CRO)  Cyprus (CYP)  Czech Republic (CZE)  Denmark (DEN)
 Dominican Republic (DOM)  Spain (ESP)  Estonia (EST)  Finland (FIN)
 France (FRA)  Great Britain (GBR)  Germany (GER)  Greece (GRE)
 Guatemala (GUA)  Hong Kong (HKG)  Hungary (HUN)  Indonesia (INA)
 India (IND)  Ireland (IRL)  Israel (ISR)  Virgin Islands (ISV)
 Italy (ITA)  Japan (JPN)  South Korea (KOR)  Lithuania (LTU)
 Luxembourg (LUX)  Malaysia (MAS)  Mexico (MEX)  Netherlands (NED)
 Norway (NOR)  New Zealand (NZL)  Paraguay (PAR)  Peru (PER)
 Poland (POL)  Portugal (POR)  South Africa (RSA)  Russia (RUS)
 Seychelles (SEY)  Singapore (SIN)  Slovenia (SLO)  Switzerland (SUI)
 Slovakia (SVK)  Sweden (SWE)  Thailand (THA)  Chinese Taipei (TPE)
 Turkey (TUR)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)  Ukraine (UKR)  Uruguay (URU)
 United States (USA)  Venezuela (VEN)

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
RS:X Sailboard Venus symbol.svg 1 - + - - 2008 1
RS:X Sailboard Mars symbol.svg 1 - + - - 2008 1
Laser Radial Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 1 - + - - 2008 1
Laser Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 1 - + - - 1996 4
Finn Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 1 0 + 1952 15
470 Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1988 6
470 Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1976 9
49er Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 2 + + + 2000 3
Tornado Multihull Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 2 + + + 1976 9
Yngling Keelboat Venus symbol.svg 3 0 + + + 2004 2
Star Keelboat Mars symbol.svg 2 0 + + 1932 17
2008 Olympic Classes designs
 

Race schedule[edit]

 ●  Opening ceremony  ●  Practice race  ●  Race  ●  Medal race  ●  Closing ceremony
Date August
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
18
Mon
19
Tue
20
Wed
21
Thu
22
Fri
23
Sat
24
Sun
Women's
Practice race     Men's
Mixed

 
 
 


 


 
 

Women's
Series     Men's
Mixed
2
 
2
2
 
2 3
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2 2 2
2 2 2
 
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2
2 2
3 2
2 2 2
2 2 2 2
2
2
2 2
2
2
2
 
 
2
2
 
2
2
Women's
Medal races     Men's
Mixed

 
 
 


 


 


 
 

Total gold medals 2 1 2 2 2 2
Ceremonies

Medal summary[edit]

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
RS-X insigna.png

2008: Women's RS:X
details

 China (CHN)
Yin Jian
 Italy (ITA)
Alessandra Sensini
 Great Britain (GBR)
Bryony Shaw
Laser Radial insigna.png

2008: Laser Radial
details

 United States (USA)
Anna Tunnicliffe
 Lithuania (LTU)
Gintarė Volungevičiūtė
 China (CHN)
Xu Lijia
470 insigna.png

2008: Women's 470
details

 Australia (AUS)
Elise Rechichi
Tessa Parkinson
 Netherlands (NED)
Marcelien de Koning
Lobke Berkhout
 Brazil (BRA)
Fernanda Oliveira
Isabel Swan
Yngling insigna.png

2008: Yngling
details

 Great Britain (GBR)
Sarah Ayton
Sarah Webb
Pippa Wilson
 Netherlands (NED)
Mandy Mulder
Annemieke Bes
Merel Witteveen
 Greece (GRE)
Sofia Bekatorou
Virginia Kravarioti
Sofia Papadopoulou

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
RS-X insigna.png

2008: Men's RS:X
details

 New Zealand (NZL)
Tom Ashley
 France (FRA)
Julien Bontemps
 Israel (ISR)
Shahar Tzuberi
Laser insigna.png

2008: Laser
details

 Great Britain (GBR)
Paul Goodison
 Slovenia (SLO)
Vasilij Žbogar
 Italy (ITA)
Diego Romero
470 insigna.png

2008: Men's 470
details

 Australia (AUS)
Nathan Wilmot
Malcolm Page
 Great Britain (GBR)
Nick Rogers
Joe Glanfield
 France (FRA)
Nicolas Charbonnier
Olivier Bausset
Star insigna.png

2008: Star
details

 Great Britain (GBR)
Iain Percy
Andrew Simpson
 Brazil (BRA)
Robert Scheidt
Bruno Prada
 Sweden (SWE)
Fredrik Lööf
Anders Ekström

Open events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Finn insigna.png

2008: Finn
details

 Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
 United States (USA)
Zach Railey
 France (FRA)
Guillaume Florent
49er insigna.png

2008: 49er
details

 Denmark (DEN)
Jonas Warrer
Martin Kirketerp
 Spain (ESP)
Iker Martínez de Lizarduy
Xabier Fernández
 Germany (GER)
Jan-Peter Peckolt
Hannes Peckolt
Tornado insigna.png

2008: Tornado
details

 Spain (ESP)
Antón Paz
Fernando Echavarri
 Australia (AUS)
Darren Bundock
Glenn Ashby
 Argentina (ARG)
Santiago Lange
Carlos Espínola

Medal tables[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 4 1 1 6
2  Australia (AUS) 2 1 0 3
3  Spain (ESP) 1 1 0 2
 United States (USA) 1 1 0 2
5  China (CHN) 1 0 1 2
6  Denmark (DEN) 1 0 0 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 0 0 1
8  Netherlands (NED) 0 2 0 2
9  France (FRA) 0 1 2 3
10  Brazil (BRA) 0 1 1 2
 Italy (ITA) 0 1 1 2
12  Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 0 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 1 0 1
14  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 1 1
 Germany (GER) 0 0 1 1
 Greece (GRE) 0 0 1 1
 Israel (ISR) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33

Sailing 1896–2008[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 24 14 21 49
2  United States (USA) 19 23 17 59
3  Norway (NOR) 17 11 3 31
4  France (FRA) 11 9 11 31
5  Denmark (DEN) 11 8 6 25
6  Spain (ESP) 11 5 1 20
7  Sweden (SWE) 9 12 11 32
8  New Zealand (NZL) 7 4 1 14
9  Brazil (BRA) 6 2 6 14
10  Australia (AUS) 5 3 7 15
11  Netherlands (NED) 4 6 6 16
12  Soviet Union (URS) 4 4 2 10
13  Greece (GRE) 3 2 2 7
14  Belgium (BEL) 2 4 2 8
15  Italy (ITA) 2 2 8 12
16  Germany (GER) 2 2 3 7
 West Germany (FRG) 2 2 3 7
18  East Germany (GDR) 2 2 2 6
19  Austria (AUT) 1 4 0 5
20  China (CHN) 1 2 1 4
 Ukraine (UKR) 1 2 1 4
22  Finland (FIN) 1 1 6 8
23  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) 1 1 1 3
 Switzerland (SUI) 1 1 1 3
25  Israel (ISR) 1 0 2 3
26  Bahamas (BAH) 1 0 1 2
 Poland (POL) 1 0 1 2
28  Hong Kong (HKG) 1 0 0 1
 Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
30  Argentina (ARG) 0 3 2 5
31  Portugal (POR) 0 2 2 4
32  Canada (CAN) 0 1 6 7
33  Japan (JPN) 0 1 1 2
 Russia (RUS) 0 1 1 2
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 1 1 2
36  Netherlands Antilles (AHO) 0 1 0 1
 Cuba (CUB) 0 1 0 1
 Czech Republic (CZE) 0 1 0 1
 Estonia (EST) 0 1 0 1
 Ireland (IRL) 0 1 0 1
 Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 0 1
42  Virgin Islands (ISV) 0 0 2 2
43  Hungary (HUN) 0 0 1 1
Total 43 148 139 130 422

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