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Useful Facts

  • Sailing has been an Olympic sport since 1900.
  • The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will be hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy - click here for more information about the venue
  • The maximum number of sailors is 380
  • There are 10 Olympic sailing events - 6 for men and 4 for women
  • Nine of the ten events are fleet racing, one is match racing
  • Separate events for men and women were introduced at the 1988 Olympic Sailing Competition
  • The most successful Olympic sailor of all time is Paul Elvstrom from Denmark who has won four gold medals in 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1960
  • Torben Grael from Brazil has won the most Olympic medals in sailing with 5 medals - gold in 1996 and 2004, silver in 1984 and brozne in 1988 and 2000
  • The most successful female Olympic sailor is Alessandra Sensini from Italy who has won four medals - gold in 2000, silver in 2008 and bronze in 1996 and 2004

Explore this website for all you need to know about the Olympic Sailing Competition, of particular interest are:

Rules and Regulations - The Rules governing the Olympic Sailling Comptition

Qualification - More information about the Qualification System for London 2012 and which nations have qualified so far

Not sure the difference between a bow and a boom? Visit our Glossary of terms and find out how to get into sailing here.

History - Take a look back at the Olympic Games since 1900 and the sailing medallists

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