Sailing took place in another Canadian province, Ontario instead of Quebec, at Kingston. In a bid to modernise Olympic sailing, two venerable keelboats were dropped, the Star and Dragon. In their places a modern, glassfibre, trapezing dinghy in the shape of the 470 designed by Frenchman Andre Cornu, and a multihull with the Tornado class.
The first 470 Olympic Gold medallists were West German's skipper Frank Hübner with Harro Bode crewing.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour