Sailing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

Sailing At The 1972 Summer Olympics

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Sailing at the 1972 Summer Olympics

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Sailing/Yachting is a Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1<sup>st</sup> Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens ). With the exception of 1904 and possible 1916 sailing was always a part of the Olympic program.The Sailing program of 1972 consisted of a total of six sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from August 29, 1972 to September 8, 1972 of the coast of Kiel-Schilksee in the Firth of Kiel. Kiel hosted the Olympic sailing competitions for the second time, having previously done so duyring the 1936 Summer Olympics.The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.


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. Among others, an exception is made for the Olympicyachting events, which customarily must be staged on the open sea. On account of this principle, immediately after it became known that the city of Munich had the intention of hosting the Games of the XXth Olympiad, the cities of Kiel and L├╝beck competed for the honor to carry out the Olympic yachting regattas.When Kiel (and the Kieler Yacht Club) won the competition the following was decided:
  • a yachting center would be built in Kiel/Schilksee that, as was the case with the sport facilities in Munich, must be usable after the period of the Olympic Games as a future sports center;
  • the city of Kiel will conduct a building competition for......
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