Olympic sailing classes

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The eight Olympic classes scheduled in London 2012.

The Olympic sailing classes have been used in the sport of Sailing/Yachting during the Olympic Summer Games since 1896. Since then, 46 different classes have been used.

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History

Over a period of more than 112 years, in a sport that uses complex technical equipment, classes will be discontinued for use at the Olympics. Reasons for discontinuation of a class varied from economical, logistical and technological to emotional and even political. Some of the discontinued classes remain very strong International - or National classes. Others filled a niche in a specific area like sailing schools or local club racing. Some faded away.

The "Former Olympic Sailing Classes", together with their crews form an important and significant part of the history of sailing in general and Olympic Sailing in particular. These tables give an overview of the classes and when they were used for Olympic sailing.

Current Olympic Classes

CategoryClass 1932 1936 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Dinghy Finn HHH•HHMHMHM
470 M&FM&FM&FM&FM&FM&FM&FM&F
49er PPPPM
49erFX F
Laser Standard MMM
Laser Radial FFF
Multihull Nacra 17 Mix
Sailboard RS:X M&FM&FM&F

Discontinued Olympic Classes

Pre-WWII games (1900–1936)

CategoryClass 1900 1904 1908 1912 1920 1924 1928 1932 1936
Ton classes 12 Ton
12–1 Ton
 1–2 Ton
 2–3 Ton
 3–10 Ton
10–20 Ton
Open
Square Meter
Skerry Cruiser classes
30m2
40m2
Jauge chemin de fer classes   6.5 Metre
  8.5 Metre
Metre classes   6 Metre
  7 Metre
  8 Metre
  9 Metre
10 Metre
12 Metre
15 Metre
Monotype classes 12 foot dinghy
18 foot dinghy
French National Monotype 1924
Snowbird
O-Jolle
Keelboat Star

Post-WWII games (1948—2012)

CategoryClass 1948 1952 1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012
Dinghy Firefly M
12m2 Sharpie
Flying Dutchman
Europe Venus symbol.svg FFFF
Keelboat 6 Metre M
Swallow M
5.5 Metre
Dragon M
Elliott 6 Fm
Soling CCC
Star MMMM
Tempest
Yngling FF
Multihull Tornado
Sailboard Windglider M
Division II M
Lechner A–390 M+F
Mistral One Design Class M+FM+FM+F

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