Sailing first became an Olympic sport in Paris in 1900, where time handicaps were used to adjudicate the race. The race format and the classes of competing boats have changed frequently since then. Olympic racing is now conducted with boats categorised into one-design classes based on similar weights and measurements. [Full story]
153 men's event places
137 women's event places
110 open event places
Total of 400 athletes
|Host NOC||2007 Worlds||2008 Worlds|
|28 June–13 July 2007||ISAF World Championships, Cascais (POR)|
|15 November 2007||Deadline for the submission of requests for Tripartite
Commission Invitation places by all NOCs
|31 January 2008||The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, a
preliminary allocation of Invitation places to the NOCs
|2008||World Championships (tbc)|
|15–18 November 2007||FISA Latin American Olympic Qualification Regatta, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|1 June 2008||NOCs to confirm use of qualification places|
|30 June 2008||ISAF to confirm reallocation of unused quota places|
|July 2008||The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the
allocation of remaining Invitation places to the NOCs
|23 July 2008||Deadline for Beijing 2008 Organising Committee to receive entry forms submitted by NOCs|
|Host NOC||Other NOC||Entry Quota||Athletes|
|RS:X Men||1||34||35||*1 = 35|
|RS:X Women||1||27||28||*1 = 28|
|Finn||1||25||26||*1 = 26|
|Laser||1||39||40||*1 = 40|
|Laser Radial||1||25||26||*1 = 26|
|470 Men||1||29||30||*2 = 60|
|470 Women||1||18||19||*2 = 38|
|49er||1||18||19||*2 = 38|
|Tornado||1||15||16||*2 = 32|
|Star||1||15||16||*2 = 32|
|Yngling||1||14||15||*3 = 45
Total = 400
a) 2007 ISAF World Championships
Approximately 75%* of each event's entry quota shall be qualified from that event's 2007 ISAF World Championships.
b) 2008 World Championships
Approximately 25%* of each event's entry quota shall be qualified from that event's 2008 World Championships sanctioned by ISAF, to finish 1 June 2008 at the latest. Those NOCs already qualified from the previous qualifying events shall not be considered.
c) Host nation
The host nation shall directly qualify a boat in each event.
d) Tripartite Commission (IOC-ANOC-ISAF) Invitation places
NOCs may apply for Tripartite Commission Invitation places. However, no places will be allocated for such Invitations within the sailing quota.
The deadline for NOCs to submit their requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation places is 15 November 2007. The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, a preliminary allocation of Invitation places to the NOCs by 31 January 2008. The allocation of remaining Invitation places will be confirmed, in writing, to the NOCs by July 2008.
Should the Tripartite Commission identify Invitation requests which meet the identified criteria, these may be matched with any returned quota places in agreement between the ISAF and the IOC, in accordance with the principles identified in "Reallocation of Unused Quota Positions".
* The number of qualifying NOCs, based on the percentages in (a) and (b) above, is rounded off as stated in the summary table.
Entries confirmed (CHN)
As the host nation, China directly qualifies for 11 quota place.
Entries confirmed (INT'L)
191 place in total