International yacht racing got its start in 1851 when members of the New York Yacht Club built a 101-foot schooner named America. The yacht was sailed to England where it won the Hundred Guineas Cup trophy in a race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy was renamed The America’s Cup and remained in the hands of the United States until 1983, when an Australian yacht ended the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year winning streak.
Sailing made its Olympic debut at the 1900 Paris Games. Since then boats classes have evolved to reflect advances in yacht design & technology. The modern trend is smaller, lighter craft which place greater demands on the athletic & technical capacities of the sailors.
Races are sailed in a fleet racing format, fleets of equally-matched boats race around the same course at the same time. Courses are designed to incorporate different sailing angles, upwind, downwind & reaching.
There are two new additions for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 49erFX skiff is being introduced for women’s sailors & a mixed multihull for male & female sailors to compete side by side.
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