Discipline of Motorboating
Participants 14
NOCs 2
Competitions held 3 (Venues)
Distinct events 3
IF Union Internationale Motonautique


Motorboating was contested at the Olympics only in 1908. The competitions could hardly be called successful, with only one competitor finishing in each of the three events.

Until recently, the Olympic Charter precluded sports depending on mechanical propulsion from appearing on the Olympic Program, preventing a return of motorboating, or powerboating, to the Olympic fold. While this clause has now been removed, environmental considerations are part of the evaluation criteria of new sports, making a return still unlikely. The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) does have International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition. Founded in 1922, the UIM has 58 members as of 2022.

All-time medal table

Olympic Games

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 2 0 0 2
France FRA 1 0 0 1

Most successful competitors

Olympic Games

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
John Field-Richards GBR 2 0 0 2
Bernard Redwood GBR 2 0 0 2
Thomas Thornycroft GBR 2 0 0 2
Émile Thubron FRA 1 0 0 1

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
A-Class (Open) Open 1
B-Class (Under 60 feet) Open 1
C-Class Open 1