Tue, 23/05/2017 - 08:47

Institut Barcelona Esports

The Olympic Port, 25 years on

This marina was built for the Barcelona '92 Olympic Games, and it now has two main functions: as a leisure area for the city and as a marina with 740 berths.

Established as one of Barcelona’s emblematic areas, with 740 berths and 85 commercial establishments, Barcelona’s Olympic Port marina was built for the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games. However, the Olympic Port was not originally intended as the venue for the sailing events during the Games, although it was eventually used for that purpose. “The sailing events were not originally planned for Barcelona. Locations such as Palma de Mallorca and Palamós were discussed as possible sailing venues, but in the end, Barcelona was chosen. This also led to an important factor: “it was the first time that the events were held in front of the Olympic Village, explains Joan Guitart, the Olympic Port’s director.

In the same way that it became established during the Games as the Olympic venue where most Spanish medals were won, with a total of five, it is now an emblematic city location. During the year, around one thousand people work in the Olympic Port, which is open to city residents. It has a leisure area, with restaurants and other establishments, and it is located in a privileged area of the city.

A factory for sailors

The Olympic Port is home to the Municipal Sailing Centre, one of the great legacies of the Games, which has become “a factory for future sailors”, affirms Guitart, who adds that “at an international level, it is one of the centres that does most work on dinghy sailing”. For example, the Barcelona Institute of Sports collaborates with the centre all year, providing schools with the chance to offer sailing classes to pupils of all ages.

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