Sailing factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Sunday July 11, 2004 9:32PM; Updated: Sunday July 11, 2004 9:32PM
ATHENS, July 12 (Reuters) -- Factbox on sailing at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Sailing as a sport can be traced back to the Netherlands in the 17th century. It was introduced to England by King Charles II around 1660 and spread to the American colonies.
The first known international competition was the Hundred Guineas Cup which was held in 1851 off southern England. It became known as the America's Cup after the first winning boat, America.
Sailing first featured in the Olympics in 1900 in Paris when there were three classes of boat. It made its next Olympic appearance in 1908 and has featured in every Games since, with the classes changing to reflect developments in boat construction and a trend for smaller crews. Until 2000, the sport was officially known as yachting.
Windsurfing joined the Olympic programme at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Women have always been able to compete in Olympic sailing with men but separate women's events were introduced in 1984.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF), originally known as the International Yacht Racing Union, was founded in 1906.
Men: Windsurfer (Mistral), single-handed dinghy (Finn), double-handed dinghy (470), keelboat (Star)
Women: Windsurfer (Mistral), single-handed dinghy (Europe), double-handed dinghy (470), keelboat (Yngling)
Open: Single-handed dinghy (Laser), double-handed dinghy (49er), multihull (Tornado).
Mistral: Christoph Sieber (Austria)
470: Tom King/Mark Turnbull (Australia)
Finn: Iain Percy (Britain)
Mistral: Alessandra Sensini (Italy)
470: Jenny Armstrong/Belinda Stowell (Australia)
Europe: Shirley Robertson (Britain)
Tornado: Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher (Austria)
49er: Thomas Johanson/Jyrki Jarvi (Finland)
Laser: Ben Ainslie (Britain)
Star: Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl (U.S.)
Soling: Denmark (Jesper Bank, Henrik Blakskjaer, Thomas
August 14-20: Preliminary races
August 21: Men's double-handed dinghy 470 final race
Men's single-handed dinghy Finn final race
Women's keelboat yngling final race
Women's double-handed dinghy 470 final race
August 22: Open single-handed dinghy Laser final race
Women's single-handed dinghy Europe final race
August 25: Men's windsurfer Mistral final race
Women's windsurfer Mistral final race
August 26: Open double-handed dinghy 49er final race
August 28: Open multihull Tornado final race
Men's keelboat star final race
Agio Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre on the coast of southern
Attica. Facilities for 3,000 spectators.
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