About World Sailing
World Sailing is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the governing authority for sailing worldwide. World Sailing is responsible for the promotion and development of the sport internationally, including managing sailing at the Olympic Games, developing the International Yacht Racing Rules and Regulations as well as the training of judges, umpires and other administrators.
Olympic class sailing is different to the larger yachts that compete in events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. They are small one or two-person dinghies sailed ‘off the beach‘. All in all, there are 10 classes eligible to compete in the Olympics as well as three Paralympic classes.
A Sailing World Cup event includes a series of races taking place over the course of the week for each of the participating classes. All boats of the same class are known as a ‘fleet’ and compete against each other on the same course at the same time. The race courses incorporate a variety of different sailing angles including upwind, downwind and reaching, and races usually last between 30 and 75 minutes.