There are sports in which women shouldn’t compete, such as boxing, where the risk to the anatomy outweighs any PC thing about being equal and then there are sports like sailing where women have always done very well – certainly as skilfully as men.
It’s a bit much to ask though for the ladies to be as physically capable unless you put Russian women shotputters on board and the Olympic PTB have wisely chosen craft which cater for and challenge men on the one hand [e.g. the 49er] and women on the other [e.g. the Laser Radial and the Elliott 6].
The Elliott is 6 metres long or roughly 19’8″ which, combined with a crew of three and a keel, makes it a demanding yet possible craft for the women and as you can see from the shots, it has a lot going for it. For a start, look at the sheer room onboard to move about:
Then there is the very high freeboard, which is the distance between water and the gunwhale [or top edge of the hull] – this makes for dry sailing although the downside is windage:
The sailplan is traditional and simple, the spinnaker more suitable for match racing. The competition is fierce and yesterday’s racing was superb to watch:
Matchracing, as you know, is where two boats compete and the tactics are everything. For me, it’s far more exciting than fleet racing, as it’s almost mano-a-mano, with two fighters circling one another to best advantage: