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Sydney 2000

Sydney 2000

Opening Date

15 Sep 2000

Closing Date

01 Oct 2000

Country of the host city


Candidate cities

Beijing (CHN), Berlin (GER), Istanbul (TUR) and Manchester (GBR)


Sydney put sailing back on the map. How could it fail, given the world famous harbour and its iconic buildings and bridge? A great natural amphitheatre, Sydney harbour was a tricky place to sail, though many of its patterns could be learnt. The difficult course proved to the one just inside the Heads, where the wind swirled and waves rebounded, and the outside course in the Tasman, which often featured a rolling swell under a weak breeze.

With sydney rich maritime heritage a marina of temporary pontoons was the perfect solution as Rushcutters Bay was taken over by a tented village right in the heartbeat of Australian yachting. The Australian Yachting Federation hired Ukrainian 470 coach Victor "Medal Maker" Kuvalenko and results were perfect. Reigning world champions Tom King and Mark Turnbull won the Men's fleet and Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell the women's fleet. John Forbes, the 1992 Tornado bronze medallist teamed up with Darren Bundock to take silver this time, whilst Michael Blackburn improved from his 4th in 1996 and bronze in the Laser.

Blackburn can't have fancied his chances of gold because the Laser class had become totally dominated by Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Briton Ben Ainslie. Between 1995 and 2005, Scheidt had won a staggering eight world titles in the Laser. The only man to beat him in that period was Ainslie in 1998 and 1999. In Savannah, Scheidt finessed an impatient 19-year old Ainslie into a very clever premature start. In was the third attempt to get the race away and so the Black Flag was flying.

Ainslie hounded Scheidt yet again and the Brazilian took both of them across early. Scheidt could afford another discard to win the gold, Ainslie couldn't and won silver. Ainslie turned the tables in Sydney. No matter that the Soling was the designated match race class, these Laser sailors were at it like alley cats. The boathandling was breath taking. Ainslie tacked and tacked upon Scheidt's wind forcing him down the fleet. When Ainslie released his man, it was all about finishing positions. As Ainslie crossed the line, he looked back anxiously to count in the boats behind and it took several minutes before he was sure he'd won the gold. Ainslie was one of three gold for Britain, which was top nation.

Shirley Robertson, in her third visit to the Games in the Europe replaced anxiety with serenity and won gold. So did Iain Percy in the Finns with Ian Walker winning silver in the Star with Mark Covell whilst Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks got another silver in the brand new twin-wire, high-performance skiff class, the 49er, a product of fertile Australian design family, the Bethwaites. Walker and Covell's medal was emotionally charged. Each had lost their previous sailing partners: Walker had won 470 silver in Savannah with John Merricks who'd been killed during a road accident during the 1997 Melges 24 world championships and Covell's Star helmsman, Glyn Charles, was one of six who perished in the 1998 Sydney-Hobart Race.

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Start Date15 September 2000
End Date30 September 2000
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2000 Sydney Olympic Games Sailing Competition15 Sep 2000 - 30 Sep 2000
Laser (Men) Fleet racing
Position Nation Sail Number Net Points Total Points Crew
1GBRn/aBen Ainslie
2BRAn/aRobert Scheidt
3AUSn/aMichael Blackburn
4NEDn/aSerge Kats
5AUTn/aAndreas Geritzer
6PORn/aGustavo Lima
7POLn/aMaciej Grabowski
8ITAn/aDiego Negri
9RSAn/aGareth Blanckenberg
10NORn/aPeer Moberg
11ESPn/aLuis Martinez
12USAn/aJohn Myrdal
13DENn/aPeder Ronholt
14SWEn/aKarl Suneson
15GREn/aAdonis Bougiouris
16BELn/aPhilippe Bergmans
17FINn/aRoope Suomalainen
18HUNn/aTamas ESZES
19SLOn/aVasilij Zbogar
20RUSn/aVladimir Krutskikh
21NZLn/aPeter Fox
22MASn/aKevin Lim
23ITAn/aDiego Romero
24CANn/aMarty Essig
25LTUn/aGiedrius Guzys
27JPNn/aKunio Suzuki
28SEYn/aAllan Julie
29ESTn/aPeter Saraskin
30URUn/aAdolfo Carrau
31THAn/aVeerasit Puangnak
32BLRn/aAlexander Mumyga
33PERn/aLuis Alberto Olcese Schwarz
34TURn/aAli Kemal Tufekci
35CUBn/aJose Urbay
36AHOn/aCor van Aanholt
37MLTn/aMario Aquilina
38SINn/aKheng Siong, Stanley Tan
39ANTn/aKarl James
40CYPn/aEmilios Economides
41ISLn/aHafsteinn Geirsson
42CROn/aMate Arapov
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