Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 03:20 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Women's Skiff - 49er FX - Medal Race

Brazil (BRA)
New Zealand (NZL)
Denmark (DEN)

(Local) / 02:35 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Skiff - 49er - Medal Race

New Zealand (NZL)
Australia (AUS)
Germany (GER)

(Local) / 01:50 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Medal Race

Croatia (CRO)
Australia (AUS)
Greece (GRE)

(Local) / 01:05 PM 18 Aug (Rio)
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Medal Race

Great Britain (GBR)
New Zealand (NZL)
France (FRA)

(Local) / 04:05 PM 16 Aug (Rio)
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470 - Race 10

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Full Sailing Schedule & Results

Aussies sailing towards more Olympic glory

Australia was on top of the sailing world at the London 2012 Games after winning three gold and one silver on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. A few new faces may have joined the ranks since then but the same determination for Olympic glory is ever-present. With some strong form behind them in 2015 there is no reason while the Aussie sailors can’t replicate their recent success in Rio and be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. 

Men to watch: In the 470 two person dingy class Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan are seen as strong medal prospects. Belcher was part of the London 2012 gold medal winning pair with Malcolm Page, while Will is looking to make his Olympic debut. The pair qualified for the boat class by winning the World Championships in 2014. They have been on the podium at every regatta since teaming up.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are aiming to defend their Olympic title in the 49er class.

With the move from London gold medallist in the Laser class Tom Slingsby to America’s Cup racing, Tom Burton has taken over as the world beater in this class. 

Young gun Jake Lilley will compete in the Finn Class.

Women to watch: Jaime Ryan and Carrie Smith will take to the water in the 470 class and Ashley Stoddart in the laser radial.

Mixed: Making its debut at Rio, the mixed multihull catamaran Nacra 17 will see cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin take to the waters at Marina da Gloria. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter a maximum of one boat per event, a total of 15 athletes (eight men and seven women).

Australia has selected 11 athletes to compete in the sailing at Rio 2016/


Competition Format & Events

Men: Windsurfer - RS: X, One Person Dinghy – Laser, One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn, Two Person Dinghy – 470, Skiff - 49er
Women: Windsurfer - RS: X, One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial, Two Person Dinghy – 470, Skiff - 49er FX
Mixed: Multihull - Nacra 17

The sailing competition is run in different classes, or types of boats and in any race, only boats of the same class compete against each other. At the Olympic Games all racing boats are built to the same strict rules, so no competitor has a design advantage over another with their boat.

There are single-handed and double-handed classes.  For Rio 2016 there is also a mixed multi-hull event, which replaced the three-person match racing for women from London.

Points are awarded equating to the position where the boats finishes (i.e. 1st receives one point, 2nd receives two points, etc). All classes sail 11 races in an Olympic regatta except for the 49er class which sail 16. Classes will sail up to three races on a day dependent on the weather.

The final race of the regatta is known as the medal race and counts for double points. Only the top ten boats sail in the medal race. These boats are decided by adding all the points together from all of the races and discarding the worst result. Following the medal races the points from the previous ten races (15 for the laser class), not including the discarded result, are added together to determine the medalists.

Australia and Olympic Sailing

The first Olympic sailing (or yachting, as it was known up to and including 1996) events were conducted in Paris 1900. After a break from Olympic competition in 1904 due to problems transporting boats and equipment from Europe to inland USA, sailing commenced its unbroken run as an Olympic sport at London 1908.

The first Australian Olympic sailors were Alexander “Jock” Sturrock, Len Fenton and Robert French in London 1948. Two Olympiads later in Melbourne in 1956, Australia grabbed their first medals - a bronze and a silver in the 5.5 Class and 12 Metre respectively. The first of seven gold medals was achieved eight years later in Tokyo. Two gold were won at Munich 1972, Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and then there was the triple at London 2012.

Australia's Olympic saling medal tally is: 23 (10 gold, 5 silver, 8 bronze)

Read more about sailing at the Olympics and Australia’s history here>>>

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Did you know

  • The men’s star keelboat and the women’s Elliot 6m events were both removed from the program after London 2012. The Women’s skiff 49er FX and the mixed multihull Nacra 17 have been added to the Rio program.
  • The Nacra 17 has a special wave-piercing design that allows it to cut through the water with minimum drag, reaching consistently high speeds and is the only class that uses multi-hull catamarans.

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

11 Gold
8 Silver
8 Bronze


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Silver sailing for Outteridge and Jensen 19 August 2016 (AEDT)

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have sailed superbly in the medal race at the Rio Olympic Games to claim the silver medal at Marina da Gloria.


Belcher and Ryan sail into Silver 19 August 2016 (AEDT)

Australian sailors Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan have sailed to silver in a tense medal race at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro.


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