Sailing at the 2000 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venues Sydney
Dates First race: 17 September 2000 (2000-09-17)
Last race: 30 September 2000 (2000-09-30)
Sailors 400
Top ranked countries
 Great Britain: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Australia: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Austria: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
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Sailing at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney was held from 17–30 September 2000 at the Olympic Sailing Shore Base in the Sydney Harbour.

The quota for sailing at the 2000 Summer Olympics was 400, of which 124 positions were for men, 92 for women and 184 'open' to men or women. The Sailing Program of 2000 consisted of a total of eleven sailing classes (disciplines). For each class with the exception of the Soling and the 49er, eleven races were scheduled from 17–30 September 2000. For the Soling six fleet races were scheduled followed by a series of match races for the top twelve boats of the fleet race result. The 49er had sixteen scheduled fleet races. The sailing was done on six course areas and several types of course configurations.

The Sydney 2000 Games featured a name change for the sport, previously known as yachting.


Olympic Sailing Shore Base
Skyline of Olympic Sailing Shore Base
Coordinates: 33°52′21″S 151°14′06″E / 33.87250°S 151.23500°E / -33.87250; 151.23500

The choice of Sydney Harbour as the sailing venue allowed a huge number of spectators access to the action. However, there was not a great level of interest for this and only 2000 tickets had been sold one month before the start of the event.

The Olympic Sailing Shore Base was located on parts of Rushcutters Bay Park, Yarranabbe Park, the Sir David Martin Reserve and the waters of Rushcutters Bay. The shore base was used for logistic support and competition management and included temporary structures for the sailing events such as a marina for 250 boats. A new permanent public jetty for water taxis was also constructed.

Variable weather patterns necessitated a flexible competition schedule. Four course areas inside Sydney Harbour were used in combination with two offshore course areas. The Soling match racing was staged in Farm Cove at the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 78 10 312 361 100


 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)  Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)  Argentina (ARG)
 Australia (AUS)  Austria (AUT)  Barbados (BAR)
 Belgium (BEL)  Bermuda (BER)  Belarus (BLR)
 Brazil (BRA)  Bulgaria (BUL)  Canada (CAN)
 Cayman Islands (CAY)  China (CHN)  Cook Islands (COK)
 Croatia (CRO)  Cuba (CUB)  Cyprus (CYP)
 Czech Republic (CZE)  Denmark (DEN)  Spain (ESP)
 Estonia (EST)  Fiji (FIJ)  Finland (FIN)
 France (FRA)  Great Britain (GBR)  Germany (GER)
 Greece (GRE)  Guam (GUM)  Hong Kong (HKG)
 Hungary (HUN)  Indonesia (INA)  Ireland (IRL)
 Iceland (ISL)  Israel (ISR)  Virgin Islands (ISV)
 Italy (ITA)  Jamaica (JAM)  Japan (JPN)
 South Korea (KOR)  Latvia (LAT)  Lithuania (LTU)
 Morocco (MAR)  Malaysia (MAS)  Mexico (MEX)
 Malta (MLT)  Netherlands (NED)  Norway (NOR)
 New Zealand (NZL)  Peru (PER)  Poland (POL)
 Portugal (POR)  South Africa (RSA)  Russia (RUS)
 Seychelles (SEY)  Singapore (SIN)  Slovenia (SLO)
 Sri Lanka (SRI)  Switzerland (SUI)  Slovakia (SVK)
 Sweden (SWE)  Thailand (THA)  Chinese Taipei (TPE)
 Turkey (TUR)  Ukraine (UKR)  Uruguay (URU)
 United States (USA)  Venezuela (VEN)

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jibb/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Mistral One Design Class Surfboard Venus symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1996 2
Mistral One Design Class Surfboard Mars symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1996 2
Europe Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1992 3
Laser Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 1 0 + - - 1996 2
Finn Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 1 0 + - - 1952 13
470 Dinghy Venus symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1988 4
470 Dinghy Mars symbol.svg 2 1 + + + 1976 7
49er Skiff Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 2 + + + 2000 1
Tornado Multihull Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 2 + + + 1976 7
Star Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 0 + + - 1932 15
Soling Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1972 8

Medal summary[edit]

Women's Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
NO Class insigna.png

2000: Women's Mistral One Design

 Italy (ITA)
Alessandra Sensini
 Germany (GER)
Amelie Lux
 New Zealand (NZL)
Barbara Kendall
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2000: Europe

 Great Britain (GBR)
Shirley Robertson
 Netherlands (NED)
Margriet Matthijsse
 Argentina (ARG)
Serena Amato
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2000: Women's 470

 Australia (AUS)
Jenny Armstrong
Belinda Stowell
 United States (USA)
J. J. Isler
Sarah Glaser
 Ukraine (UKR)
Ruslana Taran
Olena Pakholchik

Men's Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
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2000: Men's Mistral One Design

 Austria (AUT)
Christoph Sieber
 Argentina (ARG)
Carlos Espinola
 New Zealand (NZL)
Aaron McIntosh
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2000: Finn

 Great Britain (GBR)
Iain Percy
 Italy (ITA)
Luca Devoti
 Sweden (SWE)
Fredrik Lööf
470 insigna.png

2000: Men's 470

 Australia (AUS)
Tom King
Mark Turnbull
 United States (USA)
Paul Foerster
Robert Merrick
 Argentina (ARG)
Javier Conte
Juan de la Fuente

Open Events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Laser insigna.png

2000: Laser

 Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
 Brazil (BRA)
Robert Scheidt
 Australia (AUS)
Michael Blackburn
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2000: 49er

 Finland (FIN)
Thomas Johanson
Jyrki Järvi
 Great Britain (GBR)
Ian Barker
Simon Hiscocks
 United States (USA)
Jonathan McKee
Charlie McKee
Tornado insigna.png

2000: Tornado

 Austria (AUT)
Roman Hagara
Hans Peter Steinacher
 Australia (AUS)
Darren Bundock
John Forbes
 Germany (GER)
Roland Gäbler
René Schwall
NO Class insigna.png

2000: Star

 United States (USA)
Mark Reynolds
Magnus Liljedahl
 Great Britain (GBR)
Ian Walker
Mark Covell
 Brazil (BRA)
Torben Grael
Marcelo Ferreira
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2000: Soling

 Denmark (DEN)
Jesper Bank
Henrik Blakskjær
Thomas Jacobsen
 Germany (GER)
Jochen Schümann
Gunnar Bahr
Ingo Borkowski
 Norway (NOR)
Herman Horn Johannessen
Paul Davis
Espen Stokkeland

Medal table[edit]

1 Great Britain (GBR)3205
2 Australia (AUS)2114
3 Austria (AUT)2002
4 United States (USA)1214
5 Italy (ITA)1102
6 Denmark (DEN)1001
 Finland (FIN)1001
8 Germany (GER)0213
9 Argentina (ARG)0123
10 Brazil (BRA)0112
11 Netherlands (NED)0101
12 New Zealand (NZL)0022
13 Norway (NOR)0011
 Sweden (SWE)0011
 Ukraine (UKR)0011
Totals (15 Nations)11111133