Sailing Sundays: Sailing has been a part of the Olympics since 1896

Sailing Sundays: Sailing has been a part of the Olympics since 1896

The Star-class fleet of the 2012 Olympic Games competing in Weymouth.
The Star-class fleet of the 2012 Olympic Games competing in Weymouth.

Sailing has been a part of all modern Olympic games, except for the 1904 Summer Games, which were held in Louisiana.

This makes it one of the longest-running Olympic disciplines around. So if people ask you: 'is sailing a sport?', simply answer with: 'the International Olympic Committee has believed it to be, for over 120 years'.

It was a gender-mixed discipline for the most part, until 1988, making it one of the only sports where women and men join in open competition.

Great Britain currently holds the most Olympic medals.

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