Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Wassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia
Date Started: July 23, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best nine of eleven scores to count for final placement.
The Spanish team of Fernando Léon and José Luis Ballester never won a race in Savannah, and had a premature start disqualification in race nine, but they were consistent and built up such a big lead that they did not have to start the final race to win the gold medal. Bronze medal skipper Lars Grael had also won a bronze in this class in 1988. His brother, Torben Grael, won the Star gold medal in Savannah, one of five Olympic medals he would win in sailing, an Olympic best, although equalled by Britain's Ben Ainslie and Brazil's Robert Scheidt.