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Sailing at the 2008 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 cancelled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. The Sailing program of 2008 consisted of a total of nine sailing classes (eleven disciplines). Eleven races are scheduled for each event except for the 49er class, for which 16 races are scheduled from 9 August 2008 to 21 August 2008 of the coast of the Qingdao International Sailing Centre facing the Yellow Sea. Of the 11 (16) races, 10 (15) are scheduled as opening races and one as a medal race. The sailing was done on four different types of courses.

Sailing
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenuesQingdao International Sailing Centre
DatesFirst race: 9 August 2008 (2008-08-09)
Last race: 21 August 2008 (2008-08-21)
Competitors409 (261 male, 139 female) from 62 nations
Boats272
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VenueEdit

Qingdao International Sailing Centre
青岛奥林匹克帆船中心
 
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOlympic harbor
Including: Qingdao Sub-Village, Athletes Center, Administrative Center, Venue Media Center, Logistics Center, Reception Center and Accreditation Center.
LocationShiNan District, Fushan Bay Area
AddressXinHui Road
Town or cityQingdao, Shandong Province. China
Country  China
Coordinates36°03′23″N 120°23′13″E / 36.05639°N 120.38694°E / 36.05639; 120.38694Coordinates: 36°03′23″N 120°23′13″E / 36.05639°N 120.38694°E / 36.05639; 120.38694
ElevationSealevel
Construction started25 May 2004
Opened2008
Technical details
Floor area45 hectares, comprising a 30 hectare competition area and a 15 hectare area for development after the Games

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. Among others, an exception is made for the Olympic yachting events, which customarily must be staged on the open sea. On account of this principle, Qingdao was selected for the honor to carry out the Olympic yachting regattas. For that purpose the Qingdao International Sailing Centre was constructed.

Qingdao International Sailing Centre (QISC)Edit

 

The land based part of the QISC covers approximately 45 hectares and includes:

  • Administrative and game management center
  • Olympic and athletes village
  • Media center
  • Logistics supply center
  • National sailing center, International yacht club with seaside marina
  • International passenger liner terminal
  • International conference center with five-star hotel
  • Shopping and amusement center, parks and public squares.

The offshore part of the complex included:

  • The main seawall
  • The secondary seawall
  • The jetty wharf
  • The Olympic wharf

Course areasEdit

A total of five race areas were set on the Yellow Sea of the coast of Qingdao. The location points to the center of the 0.6 nm radius circle for course area A & B and to a 0.75 nm radius circle for course area's C D and E.

 
Olympic Course Area's 2008.
A ( Yellow): 36°2'23"N, 120°23'12"E (49er)
B ( Red): 36°2'21"N, 120°25'32"E(RS:X)
C ( Green): 36°1'26"’N, 120°26'52"E (Laser & Laser Radial)
D ( Orange): 36°1'10"N, 120°28'47"E (470)
E ( Pink): 36°2'44"N, 120°28'9"E (Finn, Yngling, Tornado & Star)

CompetitionEdit

OverviewEdit

Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
6 62 11 272 261 139

ContinentsEdit

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

CountriesEdit

 
Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1972 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
  Argentina (ARG)   Australia (AUS)   Austria (AUT)   Barbados (BAR)
  Belgium (BEL)   Belarus (BLR)   Brazil (BRA)   Bulgaria (BUL)
  Canada (CAN)   Chile (CHI)   China (CHN)   Colombia (COL)
  Croatia (CRO)   Cyprus (CYP)   Czech Republic (CZE)   Denmark (DEN)
  Dominican Republic (DOM)   Spain (ESP)   Estonia (EST)   Finland (FIN)
  France (FRA)   Great Britain (GBR)   Germany (GER)   Greece (GRE)
  Guatemala (GUA)   Hong Kong (HKG)   Hungary (HUN)   Indonesia (INA)
  India (IND)   Ireland (IRL)   Israel (ISR)   Virgin Islands (ISV)
  Italy (ITA)   Japan (JPN)   South Korea (KOR)   Lithuania (LTU)
  Luxembourg (LUX)   Malaysia (MAS)   Mexico (MEX)   Netherlands (NED)
  Norway (NOR)   New Zealand (NZL)   Paraguay (PAR)   Peru (PER)
  Poland (POL)   Portugal (POR)   South Africa (RSA)   Russia (RUS)
  Seychelles (SEY)   Singapore (SIN)   Slovenia (SLO)   Switzerland (SUI)
  Slovakia (SVK)   Sweden (SWE)   Thailand (THA)   Chinese Taipei (TPE)
  Turkey (TUR)   United Arab Emirates (UAE)   Ukraine (UKR)   Uruguay (URU)
  United States (USA)   Venezuela (VEN)

Classes (equipment)Edit

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
RS:X Sailboard   1 - + - - 2008 1
RS:X Sailboard   1 - + - - 2008 1
Laser Radial Dinghy   1 - + - - 2008 1
Laser Dinghy   1 - + - - 1996 4
Finn Dinghy   1 0 + 1952 15
470 Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1988 6
470 Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1976 9
49er Dinghy   2 2 + + + 2000 3
Tornado Multihull   2 2 + + + 1976 9
Yngling Keelboat   3 0 + + + 2004 2
Star Keelboat   2 0 + + 1932 17

Race scheduleEdit

 ●  Opening ceremony  ●  Practice race  ●  Race  ●  Medal race  ●  Closing ceremony
Date August
7
Thu
8
Fri
9
Sat
10
Sun
11
Mon
12
Tue
13
Wed
14
Thu
15
Fri
16
Sat
17
Sun
18
Mon
19
Tue
20
Wed
21
Thu
22
Fri
23
Sat
24
Sun
Women's
Practice race     Men's
Mixed

 
 
 


 


 
 

Women's
Series     Men's
Mixed
2
 
2
2
 
2 3
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2 2 2
2 2 2
 
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2 2 2
2 2
2 3
2
2 2
3 2
2 2 2
2 2 2 2
2
2
2 2
2
2
2
 
 
2
2
 
2
2
Women's
Medal races     Men's
Mixed

 
 
 


 


 


 
 

Total gold medals 2 1 2 2 2 2
Ceremonies

Medal summaryEdit

Women's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 

2008: Women's RS:X
details

  China (CHN)
Yin Jian
  Italy (ITA)
Alessandra Sensini
  Great Britain (GBR)
Bryony Shaw
 

2008: Laser Radial
details

  United States (USA)
Anna Tunnicliffe
  Lithuania (LTU)
Gintarė Volungevičiūtė
  China (CHN)
Xu Lijia
 

2008: Women's 470
details

  Australia (AUS)
Elise Rechichi
Tessa Parkinson
  Netherlands (NED)
Marcelien de Koning
Lobke Berkhout
  Brazil (BRA)
Fernanda Oliveira
Isabel Swan
 

2008: Yngling
details

  Great Britain (GBR)
Sarah Ayton
Sarah Webb
Pippa Wilson
  Netherlands (NED)
Mandy Mulder
Annemieke Bes
Merel Witteveen
  Greece (GRE)
Sofia Bekatorou
Virginia Kravarioti
Sofia Papadopoulou

Men's eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 

2008: Men's RS:X
details

  New Zealand (NZL)
Tom Ashley
  France (FRA)
Julien Bontemps
  Israel (ISR)
Shahar Tzuberi
 

2008: Laser
details

  Great Britain (GBR)
Paul Goodison
  Slovenia (SLO)
Vasilij Žbogar
  Italy (ITA)
Diego Romero
 

2008: Men's 470
details

  Australia (AUS)
Nathan Wilmot
Malcolm Page
  Great Britain (GBR)
Nick Rogers
Joe Glanfield
  France (FRA)
Nicolas Charbonnier
Olivier Bausset
 

2008: Star
details

  Great Britain (GBR)
Iain Percy
Andrew Simpson
  Brazil (BRA)
Robert Scheidt
Bruno Prada
  Sweden (SWE)
Fredrik Lööf
Anders Ekström

Open eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 

2008: Finn
details

  Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
  United States (USA)
Zach Railey
  France (FRA)
Guillaume Florent
 

2008: 49er
details

  Denmark (DEN)
Jonas Warrer
Martin Kirketerp
  Spain (ESP)
Iker Martínez de Lizarduy
Xabier Fernández
  Germany (GER)
Jan-Peter Peckolt
Hannes Peckolt
 

2008: Tornado
details

  Spain (ESP)
Antón Paz
Fernando Echavarri
  Australia (AUS)
Darren Bundock
Glenn Ashby
  Argentina (ARG)
Santiago Lange
Carlos Espínola

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Great Britain (GBR)4116
2  Australia (AUS)2103
3  Spain (ESP)1102
  United States (USA)1102
5  China (CHN)1012
6  Denmark (DEN)1001
  New Zealand (NZL)1001
8  Netherlands (NED)0202
9  France (FRA)0123
10  Brazil (BRA)0112
  Italy (ITA)0112
12  Lithuania (LTU)0101
  Slovenia (SLO)0101
14  Argentina (ARG)0011
  Germany (GER)0011
  Greece (GRE)0011
  Israel (ISR)0011
  Sweden (SWE)0011
Totals (18 nations)11111133

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • "Digital Library Collection (Official Olympic Reports 1896 - 2008)". Digital Library Collection at la84.org. la84foundation. Retrieved 3 March 2014.

ReferencesEdit