at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
Special stamp Germany, Olympic Windsurfing 1984
VenuesLong Beach
DatesFirst race: 31 July 1984 (1984-07-31)
Last race: 8 August 1984 (1984-08-08)
Competitors300 from 60 nations
Boats and Boards172
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Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad (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. sailing was always a part of the Olympic program. The Sailing program of 1984 consisted of a total of seven sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from 31 July 1984 to 8 August 1984 of the coast of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California at the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles hosted the Olympic sailing competitions for the second time, having previously done so during the 1932 Summer Olympics. The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.[1]


Long Beach Olympic Harbour
Coordinates: 33°45′35″N 118°11′2″W / 33.75972°N 118.18389°W / 33.75972; -118.18389
Olympic Course Area's 1984.

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. The sailing conditions off the coast of Los Angeles are very suitable for Olympic sailing. A total of four race areas were created in the Pacific off the coast of Long Beach.

For the media a number of 40 boats was reserved. All boats were fully booked.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 60 7 152 298 2



Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1984 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
 Antigua and Barbuda (ANT)  Argentina (ARG)  Australia (AUS)
 Austria (AUT)  Bahamas (BAH)  Barbados (BAR)
 Belgium (BEL)  Bermuda (BER)  Botswana (BOT)
 Brazil (BRA)  Canada (CAN)  Cayman Islands (CAY)
 Chile (CHI)  China (CHN)  Denmark (DEN)
 Dominican Republic (DOM)  Egypt (EGY)  Spain (ESP)
 Fiji (FIJ)  Finland (FIN)  France (FRA)
 West Germany (FRG)  Great Britain (GBR)  Greece (GRE)
 Guatemala (GUA)  Hong Kong (HKG)  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)  Netherlands (NED)  Norway (NOR)
 New Zealand (NZL)  Oman (OMA)  Pakistan (PAK)
 Philippines (PHI)  Portugal (POR)  Puerto Rico (PUR)
 Senegal (SEN)  Singapore (SIN)  San Marino (SMR)
 Sri Lanka (SRI)  Switzerland (SUI)  Sweden (SWE)
 Thailand (THA)  Chinese Taipei (TPE)  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
 Turkey (TUR)  Uruguay (URU)  United States (USA)
 Venezuela (VEN)  Yugoslavia (YUG)  Zimbabwe (ZIM)

1984 Olympic Boycott

Main article: 1984 Summer Olympics boycott

The Los Angeles boycott by the Soviet Union and its satellites influenced some sailing events. In the Soling the silver and bronze medalists of the 1984 worlds were missing (SR33, Boris Budnikov, Gennadi Strakh and Oleg Miron and DDR4, Helmar Nauck, Norbert Helriegel and Sven Diedering).[2] In the Flying Dutchman the Soviet team of Sergey Borodinov and Vladyslav Akimenko were absent.

Classes (equipment)

Class Type Discipline Gender Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Windglider Surfboard Fleet Open 1 0 + 1984 1
Finn Dinghy Fleet Open 1 0 + 1952 9
470 Dinghy Fleet Open 2 1 + + + 1976 3
Flying Dutchman Dinghy Fleet Open 2 1 + + + 1960 7
Tornado Catamaran Fleet Open 2 1 + + 1976 3
Star Keelboat Fleet Open 2 0 + + 1932 11
Soling Keelboat Fleet Open 3 0 + + + 1972 4

Medal summary

Games Gold Silver Bronze

1984: Windglider

 Netherlands (NED)
Stephan van den Berg
 United States (USA)
Scott Steele
 New Zealand (NZL)
Bruce Kendall

1984: Finn

 New Zealand (NZL)
Russell Coutts
 United States (USA)
John Bertrand
 Canada (CAN)
Terry Neilson

1984: 470

 Spain (ESP)
Luis Doreste
Roberto Molina
 United States (USA)
Steve Benjamin
Chris Steinfeld
 France (FRA)
Thierry Peponnet
Luc Pillot

1984: Flying Dutchman

 United States (USA)
Jonathan McKee
William Carl Buchan
 Canada (CAN)
Terry McLaughlin
Evert Bastet
 Great Britain (GBR)
Jonathan Richards
Peter Allam

1984: Tornado

 New Zealand (NZL)
Rex Sellers
Chris Timms
 United States (USA)
Randy Smyth
Jay Glaser
 Australia (AUS)
Christopher Cairns
John Anderson

1984: Star

 United States (USA)
William Earl Buchan
Steven Erickson
 West Germany (FRG)
Joachim Griese
Michael Marcour
 Italy (ITA)
Giorgio Gorla
Alfio Peraboni

1984: Soling

 United States (USA)
Robbie Haines
Rod Davis
Ed Trevalyan
 Brazil (BRA)
Torben Grael
Daniel Adler
Ronaldo Senfft
 Canada (CAN)
Hans Fogh
Stephen Calder
John Kerr

Medal table

1 United States (USA)3407
2 New Zealand (NZL)2013
3 Netherlands (NED)1001
 Spain (ESP)1001
5 Canada (CAN)0123
6 Brazil (BRA)0101
 West Germany (FRG)0101
8 Australia (AUS)0011
 France (FRA)0011
 Great Britain (GBR)0011
 Italy (ITA)0011
Totals (11 entries)77721


Demonstration events


During the sailing regattas at the 1984 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

See also


  1. ^ "Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ ":::::: REGATTA RESULT :::::: - ISA - International Soling Class -".
  3. ^ "Sailing at the 1984 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 24 April 2023.