Sailing at the London 2012 Olympic Games By Benigna Marko

Sailing pic
Sailing
Image: olympic.org

Unlike the majority of events at the 2012 Olympic Games, which will occur in controlled indoor environments, the sailing competition is staged outdoors in open water. Featuring six events for men and four for women, the swimming portion of the Games will take place in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour off the south coast of England. Between July 29th and August 11th, 380 individuals race such watercraft as dinghies, keelboats, skiffs, and windsurfing boards.

Originally referred to as yachting, officials changed the Olympic sport’s name to sailing in 2000. Men and women have both competed in the event since 1900, with the exception of the 1904 St. Louis Games. In recent years, Great Britain has dominated the sailing competition, earning honors at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008 games. This year, they will face international competitors in their home waters.

About the Author:
The former Assistant Director of Administration & Operations at the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning, Benigna Marko enjoys sailing in her free time. Ms. Marko regularly supports the United Way of Miami-Dade and speaks both English and Spanish fluently.