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Sailing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Mixed Skiff

Sailing at the 2000 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

Events:
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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Rushcutters Bay Marina, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Date Started: September 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 14 of 16 scores to count for final placement.

Gold: FIN Finland
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

A mixed skiff event was added to the 2000 Olympic sailing program, with the 49er chosen as the skiff class. The boat is named after its length of 4.99 metres and was designed by Julian Bethwaite. There were 17 boats entered, with 34 sailors, but nary a women among them. The 49er class was also the only class to contest 16 races in Sydney.

The Finnish crew of Thomas Johanson and Jyrki Järvi won quite easily. They only won one race, the 14th, but had five second-place finishes. They were so far ahead that they did not have to start the final race to win gold, but they did, finishing 13th, a finish that was thrown out.

The American brothers, Jonathan and Charlie McKee, led early on, winning three races, but struggled in the 12th to 15th races and dropped down to a bronze medal. This was the second Olympic medal for Jonathan McKee, but it came a full 16 years after winning a Flying Dutchman gold at Los Angeles in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Finland FIN Gold 55.0 80.0
2 Great Britain GBR Silver 60.0 83.0
3 United States USA Bronze 64.0 91.0
4 Spain ESP 79.0 109.0
5 Germany GER 81.0 104.0
6 Australia AUS 86.0 117.0
7 Portugal POR 93.0 119.0
8 New Zealand NZL 99.0 131.0
9 Denmark DEN 108.0 143.0
10 Ukraine UKR 122.0 158.0
11 Italy ITA 134.0 168.0
12 Poland POL 141.0 173.0
13 Norway NOR 142.0 177.0
14 France FRA 146.0 181.0
15 Switzerland SUI 151.0 185.0
16 Japan JPN 173.0 207.0
17 Sweden SWE 202.0 238.0