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Colin Kenneth Beashel (born 21 November 1959) is an Australian sailor who crewed on the winning America's Cup team Australia II in 1983[1] and competed at six Olympics between 1984 and 2004, winning bronze in 1996. He became, jointly with Brazilian Torben Grael, the eighth sailor to compete at six Olympics. He helmed Australia Challenge at the 1992 Louis Vuitton Cup.[2]

Colin Beashel
Personal information
Full nameColin Kenneth Beashel
Born (1959-11-21) 21 November 1959 (age 59)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
Sailing career
ClubRoyal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Born in Sydney, Beashel comes from a sailing family. His father Ken is a local sailing legend. His brother Adam was a sailor for Team New Zealand in the Americas Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2013.[3][4] Adam's wife Lanee Butler sailed at four Olympics.[5][6]

Beashel competed at the Olympics in the two-person keelboat, with Richard Coxon in 1984, Gregory Torpy in 1988, and David Giles from 1992 to 2004.[7] He and Giles also won the World Championships in 1998 in the Star class.[1] He now runs the family boat shop in Elvina Bay, Pittwater.

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  1. ^ a b Kennedy, Sharon. "Rio Olympics 2016 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Yachting". 1 May 1991. Retrieved 27 July 2017 – via Google Books.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Colin Beashel Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Retrieved 12 June 2016.