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Mexico 1968

Mexico 1968

Opening Date

12 Oct 1968

Closing Date

27 Oct 1968

Country of the host city

Mexico

Candidate cities

Detroit (USA), Lyon (FRA) and Buenos Aires (ARG)

Information

For most of the 5,500 competitors the Games were about dealing with the altitude at Mexico City. No such worries for the sailors, but down on the coast at Acapulco, there was enervating humidity to deal with, plus counter swell and waves, created by offshore storms, crashing and rebounding into the coast. For added difficulty, the waves were not necessarily aligned with the wind. Acapulco had sprung from nothing into a resort, 'discovered' by Swiss businessman and traveller Ted Stauffer.

Despite dire predictions, the winds were not as limp as expected and each of the five gold was settled by Race 6. The exception was the Flying Dutchman and that was because Briton Rodney Pattisson hit another boat on a start line so skewed it could not be crossed on starboard tack. Pattisson was DSQ in the port end melee. After that he won five races with a 2nd in the seventh race and with the DSQ his discard; just reward for three years dedicated training. Elvstrom was back after a break. His self-imposed pressure to excel and expectations for a fifth gold after 1960 led to a self-admitted attack of the nerves. But in the fray, and switching to the Star, he won only one race and finished 4th.

Lowell North won the gold convincingly despite fever in the early races, from Peter Lunde Jr. West Germany's 1964 Finn victor, Willi Kuhweide, had a very poor regatta. The other front runner, Brazil's three times gold Cup winner and bendy rig pioneer Jorg Bruder, didn't make the podium either. Instead the 30-year old Valentin Mankin, who'd been in the class for 15 years, won his first gold. Mankin was to become one of the most feted Olympic sailors behind Elvstrom, with three gold and a silver in three classes.

Winning silver behind Mankin was Austrian Hubert Raudaschl, whose first Games was in 1960 and his ninth and last in 1992, by which time he'd won another silver (1980, Star). A nice touch was Switzerland's Louis Noverraz, winning a silver in the 5.5s at the ripe age of 66. He had just missed victory in 1936 at Kiel when he was eliminated under the amateur rule. The IYRU rule rescinded the verdict in 1965 and Noverraz 'won' retrospective silver.

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Olympics - Regatta page - History - 1968
Introduction
Regatta Details
Start Date12 October 1968
End Date27 October 1968
VenueAcapulco
CountryMexico
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DisciplineTypeClassGradeResults
Fleet racing Open 5.5 Metre W view
Fleet racing Open Dragon W view
Fleet racing Open Finn W view
Fleet racing Open Flying Dutchman W view
Fleet racing Open Star W view
Results
Fleet racing - Open - Dragon
Position Nation Sail Number Crew
1USA
USA
USA
n/aGeorge Shelby Jr. FRIEDRICHS
Barton Williams JAHNCKE
Gerald Click SCHRECK
2DEN
DEN
DEN
n/aAage BIRCH
Poul Richard HOJ-JENSEN
Niels Peter MARKUSSEN
3GDR
GDR
GDR
n/aPaul BOROWSKI
Karl-heinz THUN
Konrad WEICHERT
4CAN
CAN
CAN
n/aStephen Tupper
David Sidney MILLER
Timothy A.r. IRWIN
5AUS
AUS
AUS
n/aJohn Bruce CUNEO
Thomas James ANDERSON
John Abbott FERGUSON
6SWE
SWE
SWE
n/aGunnar BROBERG
Lennart EISNER
Sven HANSON
7FRG
FRG
FRG
n/aKlaus OLDENDORFF
Peter Christian STULCKEN
Axel MAY
8FRA
FRA
FRA
n/aMichel BRIAND
Michel ALEXANDRE
Pierre BLANCHARD
9ARG
ARG
ARG
n/aLuis Hector SCHENONE
Boris Adolfo BELADA
Pedro Oscar SISTI
10NED
NED
NED
n/aCornelis GROOT
Jan BOL
Pieter Leonard DE ZWART
11URS
URS
URS
n/aYuri ANISIMOV
Valeri RUZHNIKOV
Valeri AFANASYEV
12NOR
NOR
NOR
n/aTheodor SOMMERSCHIELD
Jan-erik AARBERG
Erik WIIK-HANSEN
13BER
BER
BER
n/aEdmund Kirkland COOPER
Eugene Scott "Penny" SIMMONS
Richard BELVIN
14GBR
GBR
GBR
n/aRobin David JUDAH
Charles Lewis REYNOLDS
David Ernest George TUCKER
15GRE
GRE
GRE
n/aOdysseus ESKIDIOGLOU
Georgios ZAIMIS
Anasthasios VOYATSIS
16BAH
BAH
BAH
n/aGodfrey Kenneth KELLY
George Leroy F. RAMSAY
David Albert KELLY
17POR
POR
POR
n/aAntonio Vasco De M. MENEZES
Fernando Ferreira Lima BELLO
Antonio Vaz Sarafana WECK
18MEX
MEX
MEX
n/aJavier VELASQUEZ
Roberto SLOANE
Esteban GERARD
19HKG
HKG
HKG
n/aJohn Mitchell PARK
William TURNBULL
Paul COOPE
20JAM
JAM
JAM
n/aBarton KIRKCONNELL
Charles OGILVIE
Steven Michael HENRIQUES
21ESP
ESP
ESP
n/aAngel RIVERAS DE PORTILLA
Manuel BAIGET
Eugenio JAUDENES
22VEN
VEN
VEN
n/aDaniel TRUJILLO MORA
Herve ROCHE COYNE
Frohmund Gert BURGER BUGUCH
23TPE
TPE
TPE
n/aHsiu-hsiung CHEN
Yen-chih CHANG
Chih-fu CHEN
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