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Munich 1972

Munich 1972

Opening Date

26 Aug 1972

Closing Date

11 Sep 1972

Country of the host city

Federal Republic of Germany

Candidate cities

Detroit (USA), Madrid (ESP) and Montreal (CAN)

Information

If Japan had set a standard for facilities then the German exceeded it. The main Games were in Munich this time but Kiel hosted the yachting as it had done in 1936. "The world's most complete regatta site," was how American Dick Rose described it. The USA won three medals. Germany needed impressive facilities as it had to cater for 152 boats from 42 nations. The Schilksee facility remains in use today, the high-rise athletes' village now private apartments. In fact, Schilksee had all the paraphernalia of a contemporary venue, including perimeter fencing.

The number of classes grew from five to six for the first time since 1948. And for the one first time, they were all one-design classes. Out went the 5.5-metre and in came the two- person planning keelboat, the Tempest, and the three-man keelboat, the Soling. Its first ever gold medallist was Buddy Melges, adding to his 1964 bronze in the FD, and sailing with Bill Bentsen and William Allen. Having won the American trials in a breezy San Francisco Bay, he made short work of the sub-10 knots conditions in Kiel. Rodney Pattisson proved he was Flying Dutchman king, with a second successive gold. On the podium with him was West German Uli Libor who added a bronze to his 1968 silver.

In between them were France's Pajot brothers, Yves and Mark, the latter to go to huge solo multihulls success in the 1980s plus three America's Cup campaigns. East German Paul Borowski mirrored Libor's tally, adding silver to his 1968 bronze in the Dragons, a class won by Australia's John Cuneo, a four time 12-Square Metre Sharpie champion who had moved on through the 505 and 5.5-Metre classes. Australia was not a hotbed for the Dragon class, neither was it for the Star, yet fellow Aussie David Forbes won that too from Sweden's Pelle Petterson, later to design, skipper and steer his country's first America's Cup boat in 1980 and create the Maxi range of production boats.

Elvstrom, eager for a fifth gold left the Soling competition half way through the regatta. Mankin won gold number two, having moved from the Finn to the Tempest, his boat the only one in the USSR.

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Olympics - Regatta page - History - 1972
Introduction
Regatta Details
Start Date29 August 1972
End Date8 September 1972
VenueKiel
CountryFederal Republic of Germany (1950)
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DisciplineTypeClassGradeResults
Fleet racing Open Dragon W view
Fleet racing Open Finn W view
Fleet racing Open Flying Dutchman W view
Fleet racing Open Soling W view
Fleet racing Open Star W view
Fleet racing Open Tempest W view
Results
Fleet racing - Open - Dragon
Position Nation Sail Number Crew
1AUS
AUS
AUS
n/aJohn Bruce CUNEO
Thomas James ANDERSON
John Cameron SHAW
2GDR
GDR
GDR
n/aPaul BOROWSKI
Konrad WEICHERT
Karl-heinz THUN
3USA
USA
USA
n/aDonald Smith COHAN
Charles John HORTER
John Knox MARSHALL
4FRG
FRG
FRG
n/aFranz HEILMEIER
Richard KUCHLER
Konrad GLAS
5NZL
NZL
NZL
n/aRonald James WATSON
Noel EVERETT
Fraser BEER
6SWE
SWE
SWE
n/aJörgen SUNDELIN
Peter SUNDELIN
Ulf SUNDELIN
7DEN
DEN
DEN
n/aPoul Richard HOJ-JENSEN
Frank Hoj JENSEN
Gunner DAHLGAARD
8FIN
FIN
FIN
n/aKurt Wilhelm NYMAN
Curt Goran SCHAUMAN
Antero Hjalmari SOTAMAA
9CAN
CAN
CAN
n/aAllan Leibel
Frank HALL
Neil GUNN
10AUT
AUT
AUT
n/aHarald FEREBERGER
Franz EISL
Karl STANGL
11NOR
NOR
NOR
n/aTheodor SOMMERSCHIELD
Sven GERNER-MATHISEN
Jan-erik AARBERG
12GBR
GBR
GBR
n/aSimon TAIT
Ian Morton HANNAY
Charles Alistair CURREY
13BER
BER
BER
n/aEugene Scott "Penny" SIMMONS
James AMOS
Richard BELVIN
14URS
URS
URS
n/aBoris KHABAROV
Vladimir YAKOVLEV
Nikolai GROMOV
15ESP
ESP
ESP
n/aJuan Carlos DE BORBON Y BORBON
Gonzalo DE ARION
Felix GANCEDO GOMEZ
16IRL
IRL
IRL
n/aRobert HENNESSY
Treen Carson MORRIS
Harry BYRNE
17GRE
GRE
GRE
n/aIoannis GIAPALAKIS
Panayotis MIKAIL
Ioannis KIOUSSIS
18FRA
FRA
FRA
n/aRene SENCE
Patrick RIEUPEYROUT
Francois GIRARD
19BAH
BAH
BAH
n/aGodfrey Kenneth KELLY
Christopher MCKINNEY
David Albert KELLY
20POL
POL
POL
n/aLech POKLEWSKI
Tadeusz PIOTROWSKI
Aleksander BIELACZYC
21POR
POR
POR
n/aMario Gentil QUINA
Francisco Gentil QUINA
Fernando Ferreira Lima BELLO
22JAM
JAM
JAM
n/aMichael Keith NUNES
John BURROWES
Michael Anthony NUNES
23ARG
ARG
ARG
n/aJorge Alberto SALAS CHAVES
Cesar Gilberto SEBOEK
Pedro Oscar SISTI
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