Tokyo Olympics 2021

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Overview

The Tokyo 2021 Olympic Torch Relay started on 25th March 2021 in Fukushima, Japan, marking the start of the Olympic flames journey across all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, before it arrives in Tokyo for the opening of the Olympic Games on 23 July this year.

Sailing has a long history in the Olympic Games. The sport made its debut in 1900 and, except for 1904, it has appeared at every Olympic Games since then. The sport’s name was changed from ‘yachting’ to ‘sailing’ at the Sydney 2000 Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Sailing competition will have six classes, four of them (Laser, RS:X, 470 and 49er) completed by men and women. Raced since Helsinki 1952, the Finn class is the oldest class in the Olympic programme and is only for men. Two classes will make their second appearance on the Olympic programme, being the 49er FX Skiff for women and the Nacra 17 — a catamaran and mixed event — made their debut in Rio 2016. For Tokyo 2021, the Nacra 17 has evolved to become a fully foiling boat meaning it flies above the water.

  • RS:X - Windsurfer (Men/Women)

  • Laser - One Person Dinghy (Men)

  • Laser Radial - One Person Dinghy (Women)

  • Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)

  • 470 - Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)

  • 49er - Skiff (Men)

  • 49er FX - Skiff (Women)

  • Nacra 17 Foiling - Mixed Multihull

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  • Hermann Tomasgaard

  • Line Flem Høst

  • Anders Pedersen

  • Helene Næss & Marie Rønningen

  • Nicholas Fadler & Martine S. Mortensen

Essence of Sailing

Sailing is not only a race against other boats but a battle with nature: the height of the waves, the pull of the tides, the strength of the wind and other climatic factors.
Boats can't sail in a straight line along each leg of the course. When sailing with a headwind or beam wind, boats must catch the wind by moving in a zig-zag pattern. Negotiating the course requires bold changes in direction and tight turns, with crews controlling their vessels by changing the position and orientation of their bodies.


This also demands the mental agility and toughness to adapt to changes in the environment and the tactics of rival crews.