Sailing Summer #CGSailing Tweets HISTORY OF THE SPORT Thousands of Canadians are active in Sailing at yacht and sailing clubs, sailing schools, camps and cottages. Competitive Sailing offers a number of pathways to pursue: high performance development and Olympic campaigns, professional activity in international match (as in the America’s Cup) and offshore and distance racing (such as the Volvo Ocean Race). Sailing is a sport for life in that there are avenues for all to take in Teaching, Coaching, Officiating, Program Management, recreational racing of all types, and cruising. Racing sailors have a number of boat classes and competition formats to pursue: One-design racing fleet racing is the form of competition used at this Canada Games – this resembles the sailing event activity at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This format has the all the boats of the same class (or type) competing against each other. Points of Interest: The America’s Cup competition (international match race) was first run in 1851 Sailing events were first part of the modern Olympic Games in 1900. Boats (then called yachts) used at the 1900 Games included the 0.5 Ton, 0.5-1 Ton, 1-2 Ton, 2-3 Ton, 3-10 Ton, 10-20 Ton, and the Open Class The sport’s name was changed from ‘Yachting’ to ‘Sailing’ at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.