Sailing In The Olympics | An Essential Guide To The Rio 2016 Sailing Events, The Rules And Schedule
Want to know when the Olympic sailing events are broadcast at Rio 2016? We've got all the important information here...
Sailing is one of Great Britain's most successful Olympic sports – thanks to this island being one of the windiest in Europe. We've won the most gold medals of any country in the world in Olympic sailing events – 25 in total – and the second most medals overall after USA.
There has been widespread concern about the pollution in the water at Guanarabara Bay, many are worried it won't be safe for the sport during August. Garbage including plastic bags and chairs have been
"It is possible you'll hit while sailing some plastic or you don't know what. It can either damage the boat or slow you down," German Olympic sailor Victoria Jurczok told CNN.
One of Victoria's team mates had to have emergency surgery after a race in Rio last year when cuts on his leg became seriously infected. However, Brazilian Olympic officials insist the water will be safe enough to sail on when the Games come around.
RIO 2016 OLYMPIC SAILING – THE EVENTS & COURSE
There are eight disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympics:
470 - Men's
470 - Women's
49er - Men's
49erFX - Women's
Finn - Men's
Laser - Men's
Laser Radial - Women's
Nacra 17 - Mixed
270 sailors from 62 countries will be taking part in the events – which vary from single handed and double handed boats.
If you've never watched a regatta before, this is roughly how the course works. Two official boats mark the start line. The sailors race around a series of buoys – there is usually two to four laps. The sailors have to complete the race powered only by the wind, adapting to the wind and weather conditions in order to succeed.
You can find out more about the Rio 2016 Olympics sailing course here.
WHO IS REPRESENTING TEAM GB IN OLYMPIC SAILING?
There's a strong chance Team GB will win a medal at the Rio Olympics.
Back in London 2012, Great Britain won five Olympic medals in sailing and windsurfing. Ben Ainslie won the gold medal in the Finn class making him the most successful sailor in Olympic history.
Four silvers were won in Men's 470, Men's Star, Women's 470 and Men's RS:X windsurfing event.
13 sailors are competing for Team GB in this year's Rio 2016 Olympics (plus two windsurfers). They are:
Luke Patience - Men's 470
Chris Grube - Men's 470
Hannah Mills - Women's 470
Saskia Clark - Women's 470
Dylan Fletcher - 49er
Alain Sign - 49er
Charlotte Dobson - 49erFX
Sophie Ainsworth - 49erFX
Giles Scott – Men's Finn
Nick Thompson – Laser
Alison Young - Laser Radial
Ben Saxton - Nacra 17
Nicola Groves - Nacra 17
Find out more about the Team GB medalist hopefuls in our article here.
WHAT ARE THE OLYMPIC SAILING RACE RULES?
Olympic regatta racing rules are set by the International Sailing Federation. If you are already familiar with dinghy regattas, then you probably have a good idea of what the basic rules entail.
However, if you want more details about the official Olympic sailing rules, read our article on it here.
WHERE CAN I WATCH THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS SAILING EVENTS?
The BBC will be broadcasting all of the Olympic regattas from Monday 8 August and will conclude on Friday 19 August. Read more about the schedule here.