Sailing at the Military World Games
By Dialogo July 15, 2011
Sailing is the name given to the sport that involves boats moved exclusively by wind power. In all, there are eighteen classes of competition in this sport. However, at the 5th Military World Games only two types of regattas will be held: the fleet race and the match race.
In the fleet race, there are mixed and women’s categories, with twenty-eight HP#25-class boats available, three of them reserve boats. In the match race, on the other hand, there will be only the mixed category, with eight J24-class boats, two of them reserves. Each country can choose to compete in two out of the three options.
History. The first Olympic regatta took place at the Paris Games in 1900. In London eight years later, sailing became an official sport. In 1949, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France participated in the 1st World Military Sailing Championship, in Brest, France. Star-class boats were used.