Sailing also known as yachting refers to the propulsion of a vehicle and control of its movement with sails. Through changing the rigging, rudder, keel or centerboard, a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to move the vessel relative to its surround medium to change its direction and speed. It is both enjoyed as a recreational activity and sport and has been a part of the Olympic program since 1908. The different classes of boats that are included in the Olympic program are Sailboard, Laser class, Finn class, 470 class, 49er class, Star class. Sailing is a popular sport in Singapore having produced several world champions.
Fun Fact - The most successful Olympic sailor of all time is Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom. He won the first of his four gold medals at consecutive Games in 1948, and was still competing in 1988 at the age of 60
Fun fact - Sails gal into 2 categories, square and triangular sails.
Most sailing programs follow the same competition format.
In fleet racing, each event has 10 races (15 races in the 49er event). Points are awarded in each race with the first scoring one point, second scoring two points etc. and points from worse race are discarded. At the end of the preliminary round, the 10 best athletes/crew with the highest points advance to the medal race where points are double (first place scores two points, second place scores four, etc.). The points total from the previous round and the medal race are totaled to determined the placing’s and the athlete/crew with the lowest point is declared the winner.
Try out Sailing today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Cotton t shirt and board shorts are optional
- Boat shoes are recommended
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Sail boat
- Life Jacket