Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Yachting Centre, Tallinn
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: July 29, 1980
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
The 470 competition was very close as any of the three eventual medalists could have won gold depending on the outcome of the final race. The gold went to Brazilians Eduardo Penido and Marcos Soares, who were actually two windsurfers from Rio de Janeiro. They were only 19- and 20-years-old, respectively, in 1980. The event was so close that the East German crew of Egbert Swensson and Jörn Borowski would have won gold had they been two seconds faster in the final race. Borowski’s father, Paul, had won two medals in the Dragon class, bronze in 1968 and silver in 1972.