Athletes work and train throughout their career to perform at the highest level. The same for their equipment and material. Like sailing, all sports have experienced an enormous development: Usain Bolt would not run the 100-metre dash in 9:58 second on the same shoes as Jesse Owens did in 1936!
Like Bolt’s shoes, Olympic Sailing material development has also been impressive. The boats, hundred years ago, then state of the art, were made of wood or steel with cotton sails and without joystick, spinnaker or trapeze. The designs of then are now considered slow and heavy. In a world of Olympic plastic and skiffs some predecessors might look dated. However, many former Olympic classes are still active as international classes sailed at high level by sailors, from all around the world.