Full circle for the modern Olympics as they returned to Athens.
The sailing venue was at Agios Cosmos, some 14km south of Athens city centre and close to the old airport. A harbour was built here in the 1960s and it was expanded and modernised for the Games into a huge venue. When a Meltemi blew it flushed out the Athens city bowl and the Acropolis was in clear view from the course area. Other times, notably in the second week of competition, the sea breeze was the dominant force and became weaker the closer courses were to Piraeus. Sailors had different views of their Athens experience, correlated to whether they got the best of the first week’s breeze or worst of the second week’s.
Greek celebrations were ecstatic when Sofia Bekatorou and Aimilia Tsoulfa won the 470 Women’s class.
Though match racing had been dropped from the Games, Americans Kevin Burnham and Paul Foerster were engaged in one by Britons Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield for the 470 Men’s gold, the result going the Americans’ way. Forester had won Flying Dutchman silver 12 years earlier in Barcelona, and a silver in the 470 in 2000, whilst Burnham had claimed a Silver in 1992.
Agios Kosmas Marina