Sailing at the 1984 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 possibly the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. sailing was always a part of the Olympic program. The Sailing program of 1984 consisted of a total of seven sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from 31 July 1984 to 8 August 1984 of the coast of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California at the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles hosted the Olympic sailing competitions for the second time, having previously done so during the 1932 Summer Olympics. The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.[1]

at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
DBP 1984 1208 Olympia Windsurfen.jpg
Special stamp Germany, Olympic Windsurfing 1984
VenuesLong Beach
DatesFirst race: 31 July 1984 (1984-07-31)
Last race: 8 August 1984 (1984-08-08)
Competitors300 from 60 nations
Boats and Boards172
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Long Beach Olympic Harbour
Coordinates: 33°45′35″N 118°11′2″W / 33.75972°N 118.18389°W / 33.75972; -118.18389
Olympic Course Area's 1984.

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. The sailing conditions of the coast of Los Angeles are very suitable for Olympic sailing. A total of four race areas were created in the Pacific of the coast of Long Beach.

For the media a number of 40 boats was reserved. All boats were fully booked.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 60 7 152 298 2


  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Americas


Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1984 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
  Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)   Argentina (ARG)   Australia (AUS)
  Austria (AUT)   Bahamas (BAH)   Barbados (BAR)
  Belgium (BEL)   Bermuda (BER)   Botswana (BOT)
  Brazil (BRA)   Canada (CAN)   Cayman Islands (CAY)
  Chile (CHI)   China (CHN)   Denmark (DEN)
  Dominican Republic (DOM)   Egypt (EGY)   Spain (ESP)
  Fiji (FIJ)   Finland (FIN)   France (FRA)
  West Germany (FRG)   Great Britain (GBR)   Greece (GRE)
  Guatemala (GUA)   Hong Kong (HKG)   India (IND)
  Ireland (IRL)   Iceland (ISL)   Israel (ISR)
  Virgin Islands (ISV)   Italy (ITA)   British Virgin Islands (IVB)
  Japan (JPN)   South Korea (KOR)   Mexico (MEX)
  Malta (MLT)   Netherlands (NED)   Norway (NOR)
  New Zealand (NZL)   Oman (OMA)   Pakistan (PAK)
  Philippines (PHI)   Portugal (POR)   Puerto Rico (PUR)
  Senegal (SEN)   Singapore (SIN)   San Marino (SMR)
  Sri Lanka (SRI)   Switzerland (SUI)   Sweden (SWE)
  Thailand (THA)   Chinese Taipei (TPE)   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
  Turkey (TUR)   Uruguay (URU)   United States (USA)
  Venezuela (VEN)   Yugoslavia (YUG)   Zimbabwe (ZIM)

1984 Olympic BoycottEdit

The Los Angeles boycott by the Soviet Union and its satellites influenced some sailing events. In the Soling the silver and bronze medalists of the 1984 worlds were missing (SR33, Boris Budnikov, Gennadi Strakh and Oleg Miron and DDR4, Helmar Nauck, Norbert Helriegel and Sven Diedering).[2] In the Flying Dutchman the Soviet team of Sergey Borodinov and Vladyslav Akimenko were absent.

Classes (equipment)Edit

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Windglider Surfboard 1 0 + 1984 1
Finn Dinghy   1 0 + 1952 9
470 Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1976 3
Flying Dutchman Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1960 7
Tornado Catamaran   2 1 + + 1976 3
Star Keelboat   2 0 + + 1932 11
Soling Keelboat   3 0 + + + 1972 4

Medal summaryEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze

1984: Windglider

  Netherlands (NED)
Stephan van den Berg
  United States (USA)
Scott Steele
  New Zealand (NZL)
Bruce Kendall

1984: Finn

  New Zealand (NZL)
Russell Coutts
  United States (USA)
John Bertrand
  Canada (CAN)
Terry Neilson

1984: 470

  Spain (ESP)
Luis Doreste
Roberto Molina
  United States (USA)
Steve Benjamin
Chris Steinfeld
  France (FRA)
Thierry Peponnet
Luc Pillot

1984: Flying Dutchman

  United States (USA)
Jonathan McKee
William Carl Buchan
  Canada (CAN)
Terry McLaughlin
Evert Bastet
  Great Britain (GBR)
Jonathan Richards
Peter Allam

1984: Tornado

  New Zealand (NZL)
Rex Sellers
Chris Timms
  United States (USA)
Randy Smyth
Jay Glaser
  Australia (AUS)
Christopher Cairns
John Anderson

1984: Star

  United States (USA)
William Earl Buchan
Steven Erickson
  West Germany (FRG)
Joachim Griese
Michael Marcour
  Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Gorla
Alfio Peraboni

1984: Soling

  United States (USA)
Robbie Haines
Rod Davis
Ed Trevalyan
  Brazil (BRA)
Torben Grael
Daniel Adler
Ronaldo Senfft
  Canada (CAN)
Hans Fogh
Stephen Calder
John Kerr

Medal tableEdit

1  United States (USA)3407
2  New Zealand (NZL)2013
3  Netherlands (NED)1001
  Spain (ESP)1001
5  Canada (CAN)0123
6  Brazil (BRA)0101
  West Germany (FRG)0101
8  Australia (AUS)0011
  France (FRA)0011
  Great Britain (GBR)0011
  Italy (ITA)0011
Totals (11 nations)77721




During the sailing regattas at the 1984 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^