Sailing at the 1980 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
1980 Summer Olympics bronze medal Transparent.png
DatesFirst race: 21 July 1980 (1980-07-21)
Last race: 29 July 1980 (1980-07-29)
Competitors154 (all male) from 23 nations
← 1976
1984 →

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 the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. The Sailing program of 1980 consisted of a total of six sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from 19 to 29 July 1980 of the coast of Tallinn (district of Pirita), in that time an annexed part of the USSR at the Baltic Sea. The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.


The Olympic Yachting Centre in Pirita
Pirita Olympic Regatta Center - panoramio.jpg
Pirita Olympic Yachting Center
General information
Town or cityTallinn
Country Estonia
Coordinates59°28′13″N 24°49′6″E / 59.47028°N 24.81833°E / 59.47028; 24.81833Coordinates: 59°28′13″N 24°49′6″E / 59.47028°N 24.81833°E / 59.47028; 24.81833
Olympic Yachting Centre 1980.

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 Moscow was not a suitable place the Olympic Yachting Centre in Pirita Tallinn was constructed for the 1980 Olympic Sailing event.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
3 23 6 83 154 0


  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Americas


Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1980 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
 Austria (AUT)  Brazil (BRA)  Bulgaria (BUL)
 Cuba (CUB)  Cyprus (CYP)  Denmark (DEN)
 Spain (ESP)  Finland (FIN)  East Germany (GDR)
 Greece (GRE)  Guatemala (GUA)  Hungary (HUN)
 Ireland (IRL)  Italy (ITA)  Netherlands (NED)
 Poland (POL)  Romania (ROM)  Switzerland (SUI)
 Sweden (SWE)  Czechoslovakia (TCH)  Soviet Union (URS)
 Yugoslavia (YUG)  Zimbabwe (ZIM)

1980 Olympic boycott[edit]

The 1980 Summer Olympics boycott of the Moscow Olympics was a part of a package of actions initiated by the United States to protest the Soviet–Afghan War.[1] The Tallinn boycott influenced most sailing events. For example, in the Soling, the Canadian team of Bill Abbott, Jr., Bill Abbott, Sr. and Larry Abbott were absent. In several countries boycott parties or alternative sailing events, like a Flying Dutchman event in Luxembourg, were organized.

Canadian Olympic Boycott Party

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Finn Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 1 0 + 1952 8
470 Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + + 1976 2
Flying Dutchman Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + + 1960 6
Tornado Catamaran Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + 1976 2
Star Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 0 + + 1932 10
Soling Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1972 3

Medal summary[edit]

Winners of the XXII Olympic Games in Moscow. Sailing.
Event Gold Silver Bronze
Finn insigna.png

1980: Finn

 Finland (FIN)
Esko Rechardt
 Austria (AUT)
Wolfgang Mayrhofer
 Soviet Union (URS)
Andrei Balashov
470 insigna.png

1980: 470

 Brazil (BRA)
Marcos Soares
Eduardo Penido
 East Germany (GDR)
Jörn Borowski
Egbert Swensson
 Finland (FIN)
Jouko Lindgrén
Georg Tallberg
Flying Dutchman insigna.png

1980: Flying Dutchman

 Spain (ESP)
Alejandro Abascal
Miguel Noguer
 Ireland (IRL)
David Wilkins
James Wilkinson
 Hungary (HUN)
Szabolcs Detre
Zsolt Detre
Tornado insigna.png

1980: Tornado

 Brazil (BRA)
Lars Sigurd Bjorkström
Alexandre Welter
 Denmark (DEN)
Peter Due
Per Kjergard
 Sweden (SWE)
Göran Marström
Jörgen Ragnarsson
NO Class insigna.png

1980: Star

 Soviet Union (URS)
Valentin Mankin
Aleksandr Muzychenko
 Austria (AUT)
Hubert Raudaschl
Karl Ferstl
 Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Gorla
Alfio Peraboni
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1980: Soling

 Denmark (DEN)
Poul Richard Høj Jensen
Valdemar Bandolowski
Erik Hansen
 Soviet Union (URS)
Boris Budnikov
Alexandr Budnikov
Nikolay Poliakov
 Greece (GRE)
Anastasios Bountouris
Anastasios Gavrilis
Aristidis Rapanakis

Medal table[edit]

1 Brazil2002
2 Soviet Union1113
3 Denmark1102
4 Finland1012
5 Spain1001
6 Austria0202
7 East Germany0101
9 Greece0011
Totals (12 nations)66618



In Finn (left): Mihai Butucaru

During the sailing regattas at the 1980 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:


  1. ^ Smothers, Ronald (19 July 1996). "OLYMPICS;Bitterness Lingering Over Carter's Boycott". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Eurosaf