Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre, Athina
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best ten of eleven scores to count for final placement.
The Brazilian crew of Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira had won the gold medal in this class in 1996 and a bronze medal in 2000. They won the third and fourth races to move into the lead, and were able to win the gold medal without having to sail in the 11th race. This gave Grael his second gold medal, but his fifth Olympic medal overall, an Olympic record for sailing at the time, although in 2012 it was equalled by Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Grael’s countryman Robert Scheidt. Silver medal skipper Ross MacDonald placed second in the final race to move ahead of France for second place. MacDonald had won a bronze in the Star at the 1992 Olympics. Of the 16 boats in the event, seven had won World Sailing Championships in various classes.