Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1<sup>st</sup> Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens ). With the exception of the 1904 and possibly the 1916 sailing was always a part of the Olympic program.The Sailing program of 1936 consisted of a total of four sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from August 4–12 in the Firth of Kiel.
For the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics a choice had to be made between the Berliner Müggel Lake district or the Kiel area. Finally the Organizing committee made the decision in favour of the big boats and picked Kiel.
As a result of the distance between Berlin to Kiel, a special committee for Yachting sprung to life to assist the Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympiad. Since Kiel was mainly a military port this Committee had to cooperate not only with the local authorities but also with the Commander of the German Fleet in Kiel to ensure the success of the races.
One race area was created to the East of Schielksee and two in the harbor area more into the fjord.thumb|leftThe start was made in the center of a set of 8 numbered marks that were places in a circle. During the starting procedure the sequence of the marks was communicated to the sailors. By picking the mark that was most upwind the start could always be made upwind. This system is, at least in certain German lakes, still in use.