Rickard Sarby

Erik Rickard Sarby (19 September 1912 – 10 February 1977) was a Swedish sailor. He competed in the mixed one-person dinghy event at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics and finished in fourth, third and fifth place, respectively.[1]

Rickard Sarby
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Personal information
Full nameErik Rickard Sarby
Born19 September 1912
Dannemora, Sweden
Died10 February 1977 (aged 64)
Uppsala, Sweden
Sailing career
ClubUppsala KF

Born in a village near Uppasala, Sarby moved to the main city in the 1930s. There he worked as a hairdresser and sailed in free time. He later became a boat designer.[2]

Boat designerEdit

Having taken up the design of sailing canoes (his success with C-class designs is noted in the Swedish Wikipedia), Rickard Sarby submitted an entry, named 'FIN', to a 1948 competition for the design of a single-handed dinghy suitable for both local and Olympic use. The design was based on an earlier open class E double-ended sailing canoe.[3][4] The success of the subsequent prototype 'FINT' dinghy in sailing trials was sufficient to reverse its rejection in earlier rounds of selection.[5][6] Further renamed Finn, it has remained an Olympic class ever since, thus being the longest-running class in the Olympic fleet.[7]

See alsoEdit

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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Rickard Sarby". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "Richard Sarby". Swedish Olympic Committee.
  3. ^ Motor Boating and Sailing Aug 1972, p. 63
  4. ^ Deck Layout of a Finn and further background, at harken.co.uk
  5. ^ 'The Birth of the Finn', at classefinn.it
  6. ^ Peter Mohilla and Richard Hart: 'History of the Finn Rules' (part 1), at classefinn.it
  7. ^ History of the Finn, at finnclass.org