Sailing at the Olympic Games

Published on May 24th, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics will the 31st Games, with the first Olympiad held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Sailing was among the 10 events at the 1896 Games, but no racing was held at the 1896 Games or at the 1900 Games. Why?

Answer below.

Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second sailing test event in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Held out of Marina da Gloria from 15-22 August, the Olympic test event welcomes more than 330 sailors from 52 nations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy

Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second sailing test event in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Held out of Marina da Gloria from 15-22 August, the Olympic test event welcomes more than 330 sailors from 52 nations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy

The Sailing competition at the first Olympiad in 1896 was not held due to bad weather. Sailing has since been staged for each edition of the Games with the exception of the 1904 Games in St Louis, Missouri. The Mississippi River was deemed too small, and despite Chicago being just 300 miles away, politics required all events to be held in St Louis.

Racing for the 10 events at the 2016 Rio Games is staggered between August 8 and 19. Full schedule.

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