Since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, Greece, sailing (or yachting as it was known until the year 2000) has been a part of the Olympic programme.
The events were supposed to take place in the inaugural Olympic programme but were ultimately scrapped owing to bad weather. Sailing has been included in every Summer Olympic Games from their inception in 1896, with the exception of the 1904 Games.
When the Mixed Multihull event was launched in 2016, sailing joined the ranks of the first sports to require competitors to be of both sexes.
Discipline – The majority of the Olympic Sailing Competitions were conducted using a format known as fleet races.
However, the match race format or a hybrid fleet/match race style was also used at certain Olympics.
How Many Different Sailing Competitions will there be at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo?
Over the course of the Olympics’ history, more than 40 distinct forms of sailing competition have been featured.
In sailing, competitions are divided into races. Each sailor receives a certain number of points based on their final finish position.
For example, the first place finisher receives three points, the runner-up receives two points, and so on. Following the conclusion of all races, the victor is the sailor who accumulated the fewest points.
Since the inaugural modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, sailing has been an element of the Summer Games.
It wasn’t until the 1900 Paris Olympics that the sport was finally held for the first time, as bad weather prevented its debut the year before.
Although the sport was not formally included in the 1904 St. Louis Games, it has since become a staple of the Olympic competition.
The United States of America has won the most sailing medals at the Olympics, a total of 60 (19 gold, 23 silver, and 18 bronze).
However, Great Britain has had the most success of any country in the sport, winning a total of 58 medals (29 gold, 19 silver, 11 bronze).
Sailing was not widely popular in India until the recent conclusion of the Mussanah Open Sailing Championship.
Where four Indian sailors, Nethra Kumanan, Vishnu Saravanan, Ganapathy Chengappa, and Varun Thakkar, punched their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.