| Event type

Windsurfer (Mistral), Men

Date23 – 29 July 1996
LocationWassaw Sound, Savannah, Georgia (Alpha Course)
Participants46 from 46 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best seven of nine scores to count for final placement. 11 scheduled races, but only 9 were held.

The 1996 windsurfing class, for both men and women, was changed to the Mistral One Design Class, which was first designed in 1989. It was also used for the windsurfing event at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. The Mistrals raced on the Alpha course. There were nine races with each sailor having two discards.

The favorite was Greece’s Nikos Kaklamanakis, who was the 1996 World Champion, the 1994 European Champions, and had won the pre-Olympic regatta on the course. In the first eight races, he had four wins and one second, and did not need to start the ninth race to win the gold medal. He did start, but stopped and did not finish. Kaklamanakis later added a silver medal in windsurfing at the 2004 Olympics.

Argentine Carlos Espínola ended up quite close to Kaklamanakis on points when he placed second in the final race, but he could not beat him overall, despite having four second-place finishes and having to count nothing worse than a fourth-place in the second race. This was Espínola’s second Olympics, after finishing 24th in 1992. He repeated as silver medalist in windsurfing in 2000, and then switched to larger boats, winning bronze medals in the Tornado in both 2004 and 2008. His four medals gave him the most medals ever by an Argentine Olympian, although in 2012 it was equalled by female hockey (field) player Lucha Aymar. Espínola later became the mayor of his hometown of Corrientes in Argentina.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Nikos KaklamanakisGRE17.073.0Gold
2Carlos EspínolaARG19.072.0Silver
3Gal FridmanISR21.040.0Bronze
4Aaron McIntoshNZL27.060.0
5Jean-Max de ChavignyFRA37.061.0
6Mike GebhardtUSA41.080.0
7João RodriguesPOR42.068.0
8Brendan ToddAUS48.079.0
9Ted HuangTPE59.090.0
10Matthias BornhäuserGER60.0134.0
11Mirosław MałekPOL71.0165.0
12Qian HongCHN74.0120.0
13Oka SulaksanaINA81.0149.0
14Tony PhilpFIJ85.0157.0
15Jorge MacielESP87.0141.0
16Alain BolducCAN95.0155.0
17Morten Egeblad ChristoffersenDEN101.0170.0
18Martijn van GeemenNED118.0194.0
19Fredrik PalmSWE128.0209.0
20Ansis DāleLAT134.0192.0
21Arun HomraruenTHA135.0216.0
22Kutlu TorunlarTUR139.0195.0
23Paul StoekenISV145.0207.0
24Howard PlumbGBR147.0229.0
25Maksym OberemkoUKR150.0219.0
26Roland MiloševićVEN155.0235.0
27Patrik PollákSVK155.0219.0
28Sam WongHKG156.0242.0
29Yuri TagutiBRA174.0248.0
30Patrik HrdinaCZE183.0260.0
31Vladimir MoiseyevRUS195.0267.0
32Dimitris LappasCYP195.0269.0
33Ok Deok-PilKOR202.0296.0
34Pedro SilveiraMEX204.0274.0
35Matt AndersonPUR211.0297.0
36Andrea ZinaliITA218.0306.0
37Constantino SaragozaAHO223.0311.0
38Andrew WilsonMLT225.0304.0
39Andrés IsolaURU227.0314.0
40Áron GádorfalviHUN227.0313.0
41O'Neal MarshallBAR240.0329.0
42Jan IriarteGUM258.0352.0
43David GrogonoCAY264.0349.0
44Jonathan BarbeSEY278.0365.0
45Cristian RuataGUA296.0388.01
46Robleh Ali AdouDJI312.0406.0