Sailing at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Symbol of Busan.svg
Symbol of Busan
Venues Busan
Dates First race: 20 September 1988 (1988-09-20)
Last race: 27 September 1988 (1988-09-27)
Sailors 360 (327 male, 43 female) from 60 countries
Boats and Boards 214
Top ranked countries
 Spain: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 United States: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 New Zealand: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
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Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the 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. The Sailing program of 1988 consisted of a total of eight sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from September 20, 1988 to September 27, 1988 of the coast of Busan and was the first time that a separate event was allocated exclusively for women (sailed in the 470 class). The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.


Busan Yachting Center

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. Since the sailing conditions of the coast near Seoul are not very suitable for Olympic sailing Busan was chosen for the 1988 Sailing event. A total of two race areas were created of the coast of Busan.

Busan in Korea was reportedly a light wind venue but no one realised until too late that this information came from the airport which was located in a sheltered valley. It turned out to be that the 1988 Olympic Games were one of the windiest ever with one day of racing postponed due to too much wind. One day of racing saw around 30 knots of wind with 5 knots of current going against the wind. There was a lot of equipment damage and rescues for many classes resulting in many sailors did not finish and requests for redress.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 60 8 214 360 43



Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1988 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
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)  Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)  Argentina (ARG)
 Australia (AUS)  Austria (AUT)  Bahamas (BAH)
 Barbados (BAR)  Bermuda (BER)  Brazil (BRA)
 Canada (CAN)  Chile (CHI)  China (CHN)
 Cyprus (CYP)  Denmark (DEN)  Djibouti (DJI)
 Spain (ESP)  Fiji (FIJ)  Finland (FIN)
 France (FRA)  West Germany (FRG)  Great Britain (GBR)
 East Germany (GDR)  Greece (GRE)  Guam (GUM)
 Hong Kong (HKG)  Hungary (HUN)  Indonesia (INA)
 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)  Monaco (MON)
 Netherlands (NED)  Norway (NOR)  New Zealand (NZL)
 Pakistan (PAK)  Philippines (PHI)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)
 Poland (POL)  Portugal (POR)  Puerto Rico (PUR)
 Qatar (QAT)  Singapore (SIN)  San Marino (SMR)
 Switzerland (SUI)  Sweden (SWE)  Thailand (THA)
 Turkey (TUR)  Soviet Union (URS)  Uruguay (URU)
 United States (USA)  Venezuela (VEN)  Zimbabwe (ZIM)

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Division II Surfboard Mars symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1988 1
Finn Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1952 10
470 Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1988 1
470 Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1976 4
Flying Dutchman Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + + 1960 7
Tornado Catamaran Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + - 1976 4
Star Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 0 + + - 1932 12
Soling Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1972 5

Medal summary[edit]

Women's event[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
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1988: Women's 470

 United States (USA)
Allison Jolly
Lynne Jewell
 Sweden (SWE)
Marit Söderström
Birgitta Bengtsson
 Soviet Union (URS)
Larisa Moskalenko
Iryna Chunykhovska

Men's event[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Division II insigna.png

1988: Men's Division II

 New Zealand (NZL)
Bruce Kendall
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)
Jan Boersma
 United States (USA)
Mike Gebhardt
Finn insigna.png

1988: Finn

 Spain (ESP)
Jose Doreste
 Virgin Islands (ISV)
Peter Holmberg
 New Zealand (NZL)
John Cutler
470 insigna.png

1988: Men's 470

 France (FRA)
Thierry Peponnet
Luc Pillot
 Soviet Union (URS)
Tõnu Tõniste
Toomas Tõniste
 United States (USA)
John Shadden
Charles McKee

Open events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
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1988: Flying Dutchman

 Denmark (DEN)
Jørgen Bojsen-Møller
Christian Grønborg
 Norway (NOR)
Ole Pollen
Erik Björkum
 Canada (CAN)
Frank McLaughlin
John Millen
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1988: Tornado

 France (FRA)
Jean Le Deroff
Nicolas Hénard
 New Zealand (NZL)
Chris Timms
Rex Sellers
 Brazil (BRA)
Lars Grael
Clinio Freitas
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1988: Star

 Great Britain (GBR)
Michael McIntyre
Bryn Vaile
 United States (USA)
Mark Reynolds
Harold Haenel
 Brazil (BRA)
Torben Grael
Nelson Falcão
Soling insigna.png

1988: Soling

 East Germany (GDR)
Jochen Schümann
Thomas Flach
Bernd Jäkel
 United States (USA)
John Kostecki
William Baylis
Robert Billingham
 Denmark (DEN)
Jesper Bank
Jan Mathiasen
Steen Secher

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France (FRA) 2 0 0 2
2  United States (USA) 1 2 2 5
3  New Zealand (NZL) 1 1 1 3
4  Denmark (DEN) 1 0 1 2
5  Spain (ESP) 1 0 0 1
 Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 0 1
 East Germany (GDR) 1 0 0 1
8  Soviet Union (URS) 0 1 1 2
9  Netherlands Antilles (AHO) 0 1 0 1
 Virgin Islands (ISV) 0 1 0 1
 Norway (NOR) 0 1 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
13  Brazil (BRA) 0 0 2 2
14  Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 8 24



  • Finally after 92 years Olympic history, a specific female event 470 female was on the program.


During the Sailing regattas at the 1988 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:


Coordinates: 35°9′32″N 129°8′18″E / 35.15889°N 129.13833°E / 35.15889; 129.13833