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 Göran 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]

Competition format[edit]


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]

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 3
RS:X Sailboard Mars symbol.svg 1 - + - - 2008 3
Laser Radial Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 1 - + - - 2008 3
Laser Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 1 - + - - 1996 6
Finn Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 1 0 + 1952 17
470 Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1988 8
470 Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1976 11
49er Skiff Mars symbol.svg 2 2 + + + 2000 5
49erFX Skiff Venus symbol.svg 2 2 + + + 2016 1
Nacra 17 Multihull Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 2 + + + 2016 1

Competition schedule[edit]

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

Medal summary[edit]

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
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2016: Women's RS:X

Laser Radial insigna.png

2016: Laser Radial

470 insigna.png

2016: Women's 470

NO Class insigna.png

2016: 49erFX

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
RS-X insigna.png

2016: Men's RS:X

Laser insigna.png

2016: Laser

Finn insigna.png

2016: Finn

470 insigna.png

2016: Men's 470

49er insigna.png

2016: 49er

Mixed events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
NO Class insigna.png

2016: Nacra 17

Medal table[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]