Sailing as an Olympic sport
The history of yahts originates more than a thousand years ago. Even ancient Danish seamen used yachts as a small cargo ship for short-distance cargo transportation, and also as ships for the pursuit of pirates. Even then yachts differed from big ships in small size, high speed and maneuverability, allowing them to enter into small coves and climb rivers. Since the beginning of the 17th century, the popularity of yachts has spread to England – a huge maritime trading state, with a strong and developed fleet. Small yachts took the place of ships for nobles. The yacht was prestigious, they were used as ships for holidays on the sea and short trips.
Only from the beginning of the 20th century, yachting was regarded as a separate sport, small sailing ships fell significantly in price and many more people could afford them. This increase in popularity caused a large number of regattas and competitions.
Foundations of sports sailing
Sports sailing requires long and complex training, many years of practice and training. In order to participate even in amateur regattas you need to get a certain qualification and assemble a team. The entire crew must be developed in the course of constant training. In addition, one of the most important conditions for a successful outcome of the competition is the perfect compatibility of all team members. After all, this is not just a sport, but a practical way of life.
In the 21st century, sport yachting became very popular, it is not only young people who have gathered in teams that are engaged in it, but also large companies organizing crews from employees who buy yachts and hire coaches.
During the Summer Olympics in Paris in 1900, yachting was included in the official program of the competition and remains there for over a hundred years. Competitions are held in several classes of yachts. There are competitions among women, among men and in mixed teams. In the sailing sport at the Olympic Games 2016, competition in 10 classes was played. Having received a wide popularity, this sport now boasts a large number of professional yachtsmen; More and more people join yachting classes and devote their lives to it.
To become a professional in yachting, it is necessary to put a lot of effort. It is necessary not only to buy a good sports yacht, but also to collect an excellent team. Constant training and improvement of skills is the key to victory in any regatta. It is believed that the skipper on a yacht is the most important person, but this is a delusion, each member of the crew is most important. Skipper – manages the yacht, other adjust sails to the wind, the helmsman – regulates the direction of movement, the navigator – makes the best route. Only with well-coordinated work and constant training you can succeed.
Anyone can become a yachtman nowadays. You do not need to be physically strong and too hardy, you just need to have the talent and desire. Schools of yachting recruit both children and the elderly. At the Miomare Yachting school you can learn to sail with experienced skippers!