For the first time an element of stability was introduced into the Olympic sailing programme as the three events contested at the 1924 Olympic Games reappeared in 1928. Once again two separate venues were used as the Zuiderzee was host to the two larger boat classes whilst the single-handed Olympic monotype class took place on the Buiten-IJ lake which is northeast of Amsterdam. A record 23 nations took part including, for the first time, a national team from the United States - although the vast majority of entries came from Europe.
The story of the 1928 Games was the success of the French crew in the 8m crew under the captaincy of Virginie Hériot. To skipper a male crew in Olympic competition was unheard of at the time and, nearly a century later, is still a rarity in this day and age. Another notable champion was Crown Prince Olav (later King Olav V) of Norway who crewed for Johan Anker in the victorious Norwegian 6m boat.