Because the Laser and Laser Radial Classes represent the majority of all countries participating in Olympic sailing, ILCA believes that replacing them could very well jeopardize sailing remaining in the Olympic games.

The test event - which doubles as the first round of the 2019 World Cup Series - will take place at the Olympic venue at Enoshima, 70 kilometres south of Tokyo, from September 9-16.

The Kiwi pair dominated the 49er class in the last Olympic cycle, winning every major regatta after the 2012 Olympics, including four consecutive world titles and Olympic gold in Rio 2016.

Competition with Rio silver medallist cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin should push both crews to greater heights.

An alternative view is expressed about the changes.

Gender equality and a need to be more television-friendly mean at least some changes need to be made to the current classes and equipment.

From July 30 – August 12, 2018, the Aarhus International Sailing Center will welcome 1,500 sailors from around 100 countries and an estimated 400,000 visitors.

The Finn and 470 classes look doomed as the sport strives for "relevance".

Sir Durward Knowles, who won an Olympic gold medal in the Star class at Tokyo 1964, died in hospital in Nassau on Saturday (February 24).

The Australian's timing was perfect as he slipped out of the Croatian's cover and put a penalty on his rival.

The New Zealanders failed to cover on the final beat and lost the Gold by 2 seconds.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sailed a superb race to confirm that they are the best crew in the class, winning by a staggering 43 points.

Croatia won their first sailing Gold but the battle between Australia and Greece was epic.

New Zealand did enough to secure the Silver with France pipping the Dutch for Bronze.

With other sports failing to fire, Tom Slingsby's Laser victory started a Gold rush that made sailing the focus of attention.