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1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Sailing Competition

USA Savannah, USA

The sailing competition took place in Savannah, which was 240 miles south-east of Atlanta.

The administration base on Tybee Island was created five miles out of town from where another three-mile ferry journey was needed to reach the temporary Olympic Marina on Wilmington Island. Further still was a day marina, built of out barges towed around from the Mississippi, which was moored near Williamson Island. Finally athletes sailed into the shallow, murky waters of Wassaw Sound for the racing.

Convective activity played havoc at the start of the regatta, with a furious lightning storm coming through on practice day and only three of eight races possible on the first day. Thunderstorms and light winds totalled up to make this a difficult regatta in terms of both commuting and competing.

Spain’s Teresa Zabell won a second successive 470 Women’s gold, with Japan’s Alicia Kinoshita and Yumiko Shige in the silver position and with it claiming Japan's first Olympic medal in the 470 Class. The Ukrainians Yevhen Braslavets and Ihor Matviyenko claimed the Men’s 470 gold, with Ruslana Taran and Olena Pakholchyk the bronze - double glory and the Ukraine's first 470 medals.