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Montreal 1976

London 1948

Opening Date

17 Jul 196

Closing Date

01 Aug 1976

Country of the host city

Canada

Candidate cities

Los Angeles (USA) and Moscow (USSR)

Information

The terrorist murder of nine of Israeli athletes at Munich meant that the Montreal Games were held under the tightest security. Sailing took place in another Canadian province, Ontario instead of Quebec, at Kingston. In a bid to modernise Olympic sailing, two venerable keelboats were dropped, the Star and Dragon. In their places a modern, glassfibre, trapezing dinghy in the shape of the 470 designed by Frenchman Andre Cornu, and a multihull with the Tornado class.

This was created by Briton Rodney March, assisted by Reg White and Terry Pearce, and won the IYRU trials for an Olympic catamaran. Like Rikard Sarby had done with the Finn, White, already a winner of the Little America's Cup, blended his intimate knowledge of the class with his ability to win the first gold medal with a race in hand, crewed by his brother-in-law John Osborn. The first 470 winner was West German Frank Hubner. Plenty of interest was focussed on Rodney Pattisson and Valentin Mankin, gunning for a third gold on the trot in the FD and Tempest classes. It was not be. They won silver. Pattisson was bettered by West German Diesch brothers, Jorg and Ekhart, and Mankin by Swede John Albrechtson. In fact, Pattisson held on the silver by just 0.4pt. East Germany was among the medals with Jochen Schumann winning the Finn class gold, on his way into the Pantheon of medallists, eventually matching Mankin's three gold and a silver, after moving to the Soling class.

Schumann had never won a major Finn event before the Games but a sports-science student, he used an early VMG (speed made good to windward) indicator to develop his sails, settings, tune and steering. A rudimentary recording device and basic computer had allowed post-test analysis. Though they didn't know it at the time the paths of Australian John Bertrand, bronze in the Finn, and Dennis Conner, bronze in the Tempest, were later to become inexorably linked in the historic 1983 America's Cup; their form in Olympic classes, a passport to helming a 12-metre. The burning impression of 1976 was made by Britain's Tempest crew Alan Warren and David Hunt.

With an undertaker's sense of humour - for this was Warren's profession - the pair concealed a container of acetone in a buoyancy tank in the last race. At day's end, having declared Gift 'orse (their Tempest that had been damaged in transit) no longer competitive, the pair lit a flare, stepped off and let the Tempest burn. "She went lame and we had to put her down," said a deadpan Warren.

ISAF Olympic News
Olympics - Regatta page - History - 1976
Introduction
Regatta Details
Start Date19 July 1976
End Date28 July 1976
ISAF IDCAN197607ROW
VenueKingston
CountryCanada
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DisciplineTypeClassGradeResults
Fleet racing Open 470 view
Fleet racing Open Finn view
Fleet racing Open Flying Dutchman view
Fleet racing Open Soling view
Fleet racing Open Tempest view
Fleet racing Open Tornado view
1976 Montreal Olympic Games Sailing Competition19 Jul 1976 - 28 Jul 1976
Tornado - Open - Overall Results
 
PosNationSail NumberCrewRacePoints
unrecordedTotalNet
1GBRn/an/a
2USAn/an/a
3FRGn/an/a
4AUSn/an/a
5SWEn/an/a
6SUIn/an/a
7CANn/an/a
8ITAn/an/a
9DENn/an/a
10FRAn/an/a
11AUTn/an/a
12URSn/an/a
13FINn/an/a
14PURn/an/a


Legend
( ) - Excluded Score
OCS - On the course side of the starting line and broke rule 29.1 or 30.1
ARB - Scoring penalty after arbitration
PTS - Scoring penalty for a yellow flag after the finish
BFD - Disqualification under rule 30.3
RAF - Retired after finishing
DGM - Disqualification under rule 69.1(b)(2) not excludable
RDG - Redress given
DNC - Did not come to the starting area
RET - Retired
DNE - Disqualification not excludable under rule 88.3(b)
SCP - Took a Scoring Penalty under rule 44.3(a)
DNF - Did not finish
STP - Standard Penalty SI Specific
DNS - Did not start
UFD - U flag penalty imposed
DPI - Discretionary penalty imposed
ZFP - 20% penalty under rule 30.2
DSQ - Disqualification
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