NSW Institute of Sport planning to dump sailing program

Australia's Olympic gold medal-winning sailing community is angry over plans to cut spending on the sport.

Australia's Olympic gold medal-winning sailing community is angry over plans to cut spending on the sport in the wake of the London Games.

The New South Wales Institute of Sport is poised to scrap its sailing program from next year.

The decision comes despite the fact that sailing was Australia's stand-out sport at the London Games, with three gold medals and one silver.

Seven out of eight of the sailors who won medals at the Games were from New South Wales.

The ABC's Mary Gearin says Yachting Australia was told two months ago that the New South Wales Institute of Sport would be dumping its sailing program.

Australian businessman Marcus Blackmore, one of the patrons of the sport in Australia, wants the institute to change its mind.

"You can see that they've got up here in these Olympics and they will do better again," he told ABC News Breakfast.

"The only solution to that is more money and more training and better support.

"The sad thing is the New South Wales Institute of Sport is looking at dropping sailing from their program and I think that's really stupid."

Yachting Australia's Phil Jones says the proposed spending cut is disappointing.

"The key for us is the pathway and the pipeline that brings new athletes ... all the state institute programs are very important in that, so losing the New South Wales Institute is a real concern for us," he said.

"But we have a lot of other institute programs and they're doing a fantastic job for us.

"We hope that if New South Wales want to revisit that, then we would be delighted."

A spokesman for the Institute says there has been discussion about a few sports, including sailing, which is standard procedure every four years.

He says no decisions have yet been made.

Yachting New South Wales says it is seeking an urgent meeting with the State Government over the possibility of sailing being cut from the budget.