Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Olympics 2016 - No Stars to shine in Rio

by Sail-World.com on 8 Feb 2014
July 28, 2012 Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) Star Two Man keelboat © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Thursday that the Star class will not be sailing in the Rio 2016 Olympics, according to a report from Brazilian media published today. The official recognition came with the release of the classification criteria for the Olympics, which closes any possibility of inclusion of new classes, as it would need a change to rules that are already in place.

The following is a translation from Portuguese from State run Estadao.com.br

The Star class is steeped in history, it has been sailed since the Los Angeles Olympic in 1932.

Over the years Brazil has done well in the Star, winning six Olympic medals: two gold, one silver and three bronzes. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada were on the podium in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The exclusion of the Star from the Olympic roster was decided by ISAF in 2011. In its place came the 49er class FX, in which Brazilian Martine Grael and Kunze Kahena were runners-up this year and currently lead the world rankings.

Since then, the presidency changed ISAF (the new leader Carlo Crochet (ITA) is in favour of maintaining the Star), and athletes have made public calls for the reinstatement of the class. In addition, there has been a Brazilian desire for the most successful class for the country to be sailed in the Rio Games, with support coming from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

But the decision of the IOC Executive Committee meeting in Sochi, Russia this week was to uphold the 2011 decision. So the Olympic classes for 2016 are: RS: X, Laser, Laser Radial, 470 Men and Women, 49er and 49er FX, the Finn and the newest boat the mixed class multihull the Nacra 17.

As the host nation Brazil has a guaranteed place in each class.

The World Championships in Santander (Spain), later this year, will provide qualifications for 138 country places for Rio. Another 47 will come from the World class championships in 2015 and the remaining 75 will be decided at Continental championships, a first in the Olympic sailing classification system. Each country can have only one boat per class.
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignSouthern Spars - 100Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

A Q&A with Olympic champ Malcolm Page about his new job at US Sailing
I recently talked with Malcolm Page, US Sailing’s newly hired Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job. Malcolm Page (AUS; 44) is a hyper-talented Men’s 470 sailor who won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) sailing with two different skippers, as well as seven World Championship titles, and who has long studied under the legendary Ukrainian coach Victor Kovalenko. I recently talked with Page, who was just hired as US Sailing’s new Chief of Olympic Sailing, to learn more about his new job.
Posted on 5 Dec
2020 Olympics - Recommendation for Tokyo classes to remain unchanged
World Sailing has decided that the Olympic classes will remain unchanged for 2020 A report on an Olympic class website attributed to World Sailing says that the world body has decided to take the line of least resistance in respect of the 2020 Olympic class selection and retain the existing slate. The World body will also approach the International Olympic Committee for an 11th medal of Event for Sailing.
Posted on 10 Nov
Rio Olympics - Image montage from the 470 Olympics - The Big Day Out
Many sailing fans were disappointed that there was no live coverage from the Rio Olympics from the three ocean courses Many sailing fans were disappointed that there was no live coverage from the Rio Olympics from the three courses on the Atlantic Ocean. To give an idea of the sailing on big Atlantic swells and strong winds, the following photo-montage has been assembled from shots taken on the final leg to the finish of the top three boats in Race 3 of the Mens 470.
Posted on 9 Nov
Paralympic - Class search continues - capsizing + righting the Weta
Most would have wondered what would have happened had the Weta flipped on the wheel-chair sailor. With World Sailing yet to announce its strategy for getting Sailing back into the Paralympics, and looking at the options for new boats, or staying with the existing classes which rely on fixed or sliding keels to provide stability. Multihulls are one option for a re-vamped Paralympics, as a replacement boat or new event.
Posted on 2 Nov
Exit interview with Josh Adams, US Sailing's Olympic boss, Part Two
I caught up with Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing at US Sailing, for a two-part job-exit interview. While the USA is a historically strong sailing nation, the team suffered a medal-ceremony shutout at the London 2012 Olympics. A planned leadership change transpired and Josh Adams was named Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Unfortunately, the job requires constant travel, which doesn’t mix with raising kids and Adams recently resigned. I talked with him for a two-part job-exit interview.
Posted on 1 Nov
Extended Olympics edition of Finnfare released with a focus on youth
The physiology and physicality of Finn sailing is a major focus of the extended November 2016 edition of Finnfare. The physiology and physicality of Finn sailing is a major focus of the extended November 2016 edition of Finnfare, which also features a complete round up from the Olympic regatta in Rio, along with extensive photo galleries.
Posted on 28 Oct
Paralympics 2024 - World Sailing to hold Open Para World Sailing Forum
The future of Paralympic sailing will be mapped out at World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference at the Para World Sailing Following the exclusion of Sailing from the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, World Sailing and others in the sport have been working to get the sport included for 2024. As part of this process, the future of Paralympic sailing will be mapped out at World Sailing's 2016 Annual Conference at the Para World Sailing Forum on Tuesday 8 November in Barcelona, Spain.
Posted on 26 Oct
Exit interview with Josh Adams, US Sailing's Olympic boss, part one
I caught up with Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing at US Sailing, for a two-part job-exit interview. While the USA is a historically strong sailing nation, the team suffered a medal-ceremony shutout at the London 2012 Olympics. A planned leadership change transpired and Josh Adams was named Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Unfortunately, the job requires constant travel, which doesn’t mix with raising kids and Adams recently resigned. I talked with him for a two-part job-exit interview.
Posted on 26 Oct
At the end of Road to Rio - Mat Belcher and Will Ryan with Kovalenko
Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the second in a series of videos Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the second in a series of videos looking at the #RoadToRio with the Australian Sailing Team medallists, celebrating their homecoming and looking back on their journey.
Posted on 26 Oct
At the end of the Road to Rio - Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin
At the Rio Olympics the Australian Sailing Team collectively won one gold and three silver medals Behind every Olympic and Paralympic medal is an amazing adventure and journey, this is the second in a series of videos looking at the #RoadToRio with the Australian Sailing Team medallists, celebrating their homecoming and looking back on their journey. At the Rio Olympics the Australian Sailing Team collectively won one gold and three silver medals, with all of Paralympic sailors winning a medal
Posted on 24 Oct