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Sailing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Mixed Multihull

Sailing at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Marina da Glória, Glória, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best 11 of 12 scores to count for final placement, and advancement to the medal race.. Medal race points count double.

Gold: ARG Argentina
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: AUT Austria


The Nacra 17 class introduced another first in Olympic sailing. It not only marked the return of catamarans and mixed events after a break in 2012, but was also the first time that the crew had to consist of one woman and one man. Previous mixed events just opened the entry list for both sexes with the men outnumbering the women by far. In this new class, the hero of the day was Argentinian [Santiago Lange], a six times Olympian and bronze medal winner in the discontinued Tornado class in 2004 and 2008. Not only was he 54 years old when he became the oldest medal winner in Rio, but one year earlier he was diagnosed lung cancer and had his left lung removed. Lange, who is also a member of the Sweden-based 2017 America’s Cup crew, teamed up with 27-year-old [Cecilia Carranza]. Lange’s sons [Yago] and [Klaus] represented Argentina in the 49er class.

Even though Carranza and Lange were in the lead by five points after the preliminaries, ahead of Italy’s [Vittorio Bissaro] and [Silvia Sicouri] and another two points ahead of Austria’s [Thomas Zajac] and [Tanja Frank] the medal positions were still in doubt. Two more boats were also in reach of a medal: Australia with [Jason Waterhouse] and [Lisa Darmanin] and New Zealand with [Jason Saunders] and [Gemma Jones]. A penalty at the start put the Argentinian boat to the back of the field, but they recovered and advanced to sixth place at the finish line outperforming their Italian rivals by one place, and by just seven seconds, which proved to be decisive. Eventually, the medal hopefuls Italy dropped to fifth place overall. The other three leading catamarans from Austria, Australia and New Zealand occupied the top three positions in the medal race. But with New Zealand coming in first, Australia in second and Austria in third, they all came close but none close enough. Argentina survived with 77 points holding on to a lead of just one point ahead of Australia and Austria, both with 78 points. Australia was awarded silver and Austria bronze based on finishing positions in the medal race. The three medal winners were separated by one point and the first five teams by seven, the tightest final score of the 2016 sailing events only matched by the women’s windsurfing.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS Last Race Placement 1st Place Finishes 2nd Place Finishes 3rd Place Finishes
1 Argentina ARG Gold 77 12
2 Australia AUS Silver 78 4
3 Austria AUT Bronze 78 6
4 New Zealand NZL 81 2
5 Italy ITA 84 14
6 France FRA 93 10
7 Switzerland SUI 100 20
8 United States USA 106 8
9 Great Britain GBR 109 18
10 Brazil BRA 117 16
11 Spain ESP 101 6 0 0 1
12 Denmark DEN 108 15 0 0 0
13 Germany GER 112 18 0 1 0
14 Netherlands NED 112 13 0 0 1
15 Canada CAN 133 9 0 0 0
16 Aruba ARU 135 14 2 0 0
17 Uruguay URU 142 16 0 0 0
18 Greece GRE 148 19 0 0 1
19 Singapore SGP 157 11 0 1 0
20 Tunisia TUN 211 20 0 0 0