Sailing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Rio de Janeiro bid venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.svg
Venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Venues Marina da Gloria
Dates First race: 5 August 2016 (2016-08-05) (Meulan)
Last race: 21 August 2016 (2016-08-21)
« 2012  « 

Sailing at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Sailing pictogram.svg
RS:X men women
Laser Radial women
Laser men
Finn men
470 men women
49erFX Women
49er men
Nacra 17 Open

Sailing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is scheduled to be held from 5–21 August at Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay. The sailing classes have two changes from the 2012 Summer Olympics events. There will be 10 events.


The removal of the Elliott 6m keelboat and the RS:X sailboard caused parts of the sport to question classes selected for 2016.

The ISAF Council voted in May 2012 to replace windsurfing with kitesurfing and reaffirmed that vote on 9 November 2012.[1] The move was controversial as former gold medalist and IOC member Barbara Kendall said she would challenge the decision and that "it’s exciting for kiteboarding but tragic for windsurfing. Kiteboarding really is a sport that should be at the X-Games."

However, on 10 November 2012, the delegates at the International Sailing Federation’s General Assembly voted to keep windsurfing at the 2016 Olympic Games overturning the ISAF Council's earlier votes to replace it with kitesurfing.[2]

The 49er FX, will replace the Elliott 6m as a women's two-person skiff and the Nacra 17 was chosen over the Viper as the mixed-hull event. ISAF President Goran Petersson said that the changes "mark a new era for sailing and we welcome the new classes into the ISAF family. We look forward to seeing the boats not only at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but the ISAF Sailing World Cup and ISAF Sailing World Championships. [3]


For more details on this topic, see Sailing at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification.

A total of 380 athletes will compete in the sailing competitions of the Games. The qualification period will begin at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in September 2014. As hosts, Brazil is guaranteed one quota place in each of the ten events.[4]

Competition schedule[edit]

The competition will start on 5 August and run until the last day of the Games on 21 August.[5]


Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Laser class
Finn class
470 class
49er class

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Laser Radial class
470 class
49er FX

Mixed events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Nacra 17


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  2. ^ "RYA statement on ISAF 2016 events vote". RYA. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
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  4. ^ Qualification summary February 2014.
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