About Sailing

No nation has won more Olympic sailing gold medals than Great Britain. Team GB have scooped 25 golds and 54 medals in total since the sport was first introduced into Olympic competition back at Paris 1900. 

London 1908 saw sailing commence its unbroken run as an Olympic sport but since then, the classes of competing boats and scoring systems have seen many changes.  Team GB have topped the medal sailing table at each of the last four Olympic Games and no sailor has won more medals that Sir Ben Ainslie, who has four golds and one silver to his name. 

Sailing has been used as a means of transport since ancient times but as a pastime sailing gained considerable popularity in Holland around 400 years ago. Shortly after the restoration of the monarchy in the United Kingdom in 1660, King Charles II introduced sailing as a sport.