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Sailing at the 1980 Summer Olympics

Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece). With the exception of 1904 and the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. The Sailing program of 1980 consisted of a total of six sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from 19 to 29 July 1980 of the coast of Tallinn (district of Pirita, in present-day Estonia), in that time an annexed part of the USSR at the Baltic Sea. The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.

at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
1980 Summer Olympics bronze medal Transparent.png
DatesFirst race: 21 July 1980 (1980-07-21)
Last race: 29 July 1980 (1980-07-29)
Competitors154 (all male) from 23 nations
← 1976
1984 →


The Olympic Yachting Centre in Pirita
Pirita Olympic Yachting Center
General information
Town or cityTallinn
Country  Estonia
Coordinates59°28′13″N 24°49′6″E / 59.47028°N 24.81833°E / 59.47028; 24.81833Coordinates: 59°28′13″N 24°49′6″E / 59.47028°N 24.81833°E / 59.47028; 24.81833
Olympic Yachting Centre 1980.

According to the IOC statutes the contests in all sport disciplines must be held either in, or as close as possible to the city which the IOC has chosen. Since Moscow was not a suitable place the Olympic Yachting Centre in Pirita Tallinn was constructed for the 1980 Olympic Sailing event.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
3 23 6 83 154 0


  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Americas


Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1980 Olympic Games.
Blue: Water
Gray: Never participated in OG
Dark Gray: Participated in earlier OG
Green: Country participated for the first time
Dark Blue: Country participated also on previous games
Red: Country boycotted the sailing event of the OG
  Austria (AUT)   Brazil (BRA)   Bulgaria (BUL)
  Cuba (CUB)   Cyprus (CYP)   Denmark (DEN)
  Spain (ESP)   Finland (FIN)   East Germany (GDR)
  Greece (GRE)   Guatemala (GUA)   Hungary (HUN)
  Ireland (IRL)   Italy (ITA)   Netherlands (NED)
  Poland (POL)   Romania (ROM)   Switzerland (SUI)
  Sweden (SWE)   Czechoslovakia (TCH)   Soviet Union (URS)
  Yugoslavia (YUG)   Zimbabwe (ZIM)

1980 Olympic boycottEdit

[1] The boycott influenced most sailing events. For example, in the Soling, the Canadian world champion team of Bill Abbott, Jr., Bill Abbott, Sr. and Larry Abbott were absent. In several countries alternative sailing events, like a Flying Dutchman event in Luxembourg, were organized.

Canadian Olympic Boycott Party

Classes (equipment)Edit

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Finn Dinghy   1 0 + 1952 8
470 Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1976 2
Flying Dutchman Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1960 6
Tornado Catamaran   2 1 + + 1976 2
Star Keelboat   2 0 + + 1932 10
Soling Keelboat   3 0 + + + 1972 3

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

1  Brazil2002
2  Soviet Union1113
3  Denmark1102
4  Finland1012
5  Spain1001
6  Austria0202
7  East Germany0101
9  Greece0011
Totals (12 nations)66618



In Finn (left): Mihai Butucaru

During the sailing regattas at the 1980 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:


  1. ^ Smothers, Ronald (19 July 1996). "OLYMPICS; Boycott". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Eurosaf