Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Roots of Olympic Sailing Competition firmly planted in 1912

by ISAF on 16 Feb 2012
1912 Stockholm Olympic Games Poster IOC http://www.olympic.org
In retracing the roots of Olympic Sailing Competition, we reach back to when Nynäshamn, Sweden was selected above Gothenburg to host the 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition due to its proximity to Stockholm and its vantage points that allowed racing to be viewed from the land.

Sailing was beginning to develop as an Olympic sport. In 1908 13 boats from five nations competed whilst four years later 24 yachts entered from six nations. Denmark, Finland and Russia were welcomed into Olympic sailing for the first time taking the total tally of nations over the three Olympics featuring sailing up to ten.

Racing took place from 20-22 July 1912 with the prize giving on 27 July; however the games themselves commenced on 5 May 1912.

The 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition rationalised the number of classes to just four following just two entrants in the 12-metre at London 1908 and no 15-metre entrants. The 10-metre made its first appearance at an Olympic Sailing Competition but the smaller boats proved most popular, as seen from the entrants chart (1912 Olympic Report) below.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
The three new nations marked their entrance into Olympic sailing with success. Finland picked up silver in the 10-metre class and bronze in the 8- and 12-metre class. And Denmark won silver in the 6-metre class whilst Russia won bronze in the 10-metre class.

For full results from the 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition head to the history section on the ISAF London 2012 Olympic Sailing website.

Great Britain and France had been the only ever presents before 1912 with both nations well represented at Paris 1900 and London 1908. However there were no British entries in 1912 whilst the French had two in the 6-metre class.

Phoebe did not start whilst Mac Miche (pictured right), skippered by Gaston Thube went on to win gold sealing France's third Olympic sailing gold and 15th medal in total.

A Change In Scoring For The Better? At the 1908 Olympic Sailing Competition three points were awarded for a race win, two for second and one for third. This system was changed for 1912 with the points awarded to the three first boats in each class being seven for a win, three for second place and one for third.

The 1912 Olympic Report stated that, 'This method of calculation possessed the additional advantage of reducing the number of ties that had to be re-sailed.' However, this system resulted in three re-runs to determine the silver and bronze medals in the 8- and 10-metre class and all the medals were decided in the re-run in the 6-metre class.

The 1916 Olympic Games were originally scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany with the sailing held at Kiel. However the games were cancelled due to World War I. Antwerp, Belgium was selected to host the 1920 Olympiad in April 1919. Post War Belgium managed to demonstrate the Olympic spirit by gathering enough resources in a limited amount of time to host the games.

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Website

Zhik ZKG 660x82Colligo Marine 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Dateline Rio - Sailing Olympics review - as good as it gets?
The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The weather was better than Weymouth and Qingdao, the courses more varied, but from a working media perspective, it was the people running the Rio regatta who really made the difference.
Posted on 26 Aug
Rio 2016 - Plain speaking by triple-medalist on Olympic sailing moves
Triple Olympic medalist, Santiago Lange has been on the sharp end of changes made to Olympic classes and formats Santiago Lange, a six-time Olympian and Bronze medallist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, won his third medal – Gold sailing in the Nacra 17 class. With that length of experience at an Olympic level, having sailed the Laser, Tornado and now Nacra 17 classes his comments on the future shape of the Olympic regatta was one of the highlights of the Medallists Media Conferences.
Posted on 25 Aug
Rio 2016 - Unless you're continuously improving, you're falling behind
The Olympics displayed the reality of elite sport - that unless you are continuously improving, you are falling behind. Mark Orams, World champion sailor and now a Professor of sport and recreation looks at some lessons from the 2016 Olympics, he says you need to be improving faster than the opposition to succeed at the Olympics. Britain did just that with a staggering haul of eleven medals in track cycling, six of them gold, bettering their performance at their home Olympics four years earlier.
Posted on 24 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images from the NZL Sailing Team return home
On Wednesday morning, the NZL Sailing Team returned to New Zealand from the Rio Olympics. On Wednesday morning, the NZL Sailing Team returned to New Zealand from the Rio Olympics. First up was a reception for the whole Olympic Team in The Cloud. A second function was held at the NZ Maritime Museum, under the hull of NZL-32, the 1995 America's Cup winner, with just the Sailing Team members and some of the coaches.
Posted on 24 Aug
Rio says goodbye to its Olympic Games 2016
The Olympic Games will leave Rio de Janeiro a much better place, International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach says. The Olympic Games will leave Rio de Janeiro a much better place, International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach says.
Posted on 23 Aug
Rio 2016 - Australia tops Olympic Sailing Medal Table again
Australia has again topped the table with their Gold Medal and three Silver Medals won in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regat Using the weighted points system for defining Olympic Medal Table placings, Australia has again topped the table with their Gold Medal and three Silver Medals won in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. After the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth, Australia also topped the Medal table, but were tied with hosts, Great Britain on 11pts. Includes full results for all classes.
Posted on 22 Aug
Rio 2016- Annalise Murphy gets Irish eyes smiling again
In Rio 2016, the Annalise Murphy of old was back, but lighter and sharper than Weymouth 2012. In Rio 2016, the Annalise Murphy of old was back, but lighter and sharper than Weymouth 2012. For a time in the Medal race she had the Gold medal in her grasp, but came away absolutely delighted with the Silver. Thefull story of how this amazing turnaround was achieved, is probably yet to be told, but long-time Irish sailing correspondent, WM Nixon, writing in Afloat.ie fills in the background
Posted on 21 Aug
Reading Australia’s Rio 2016 Sailing Report Card
Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. Pre-event, Australian Sailing officials predicted there would be between three and five medals at Rio 2016. So Tom Burton's Gold in the Laser, and then Silver for the 470 Men’s sailors, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan, London 49er Gold Medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and then lastly Nacra 17 first time campaigners, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, was a good result.
Posted on 21 Aug
Park's pride as Brits leave Rio Olympic Sailing as top nation
With 17 countries claiming the 30 medals from 10 events between them, Park thinks Rio lived up to its reputation With 17 countries claiming the 30 medals from 10 events between them, Park thinks Rio lived up to its reputation as one of the most difficult places in the world to sail. At London 2012 the same numbers of medals was spread between 15 countries.
Posted on 19 Aug
Rio 2016 - Images from the Womens 49erFX Medal Race
Sail-World was on the water on Guanabara Bay for the Medal Race in the Womens 49erFX, and filed this gallery of images. Sail-World.com's NZ Editor Richard Gladwell, was on the water on Guanabara Bay for the Medal Race in the Womens 49erFX, and filed this gallery of images.
Posted on 19 Aug