Sailing at the 1964 Summer Olympics

Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens Greece. With the exception of 1904 and the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. The Sailing program of 1964 consisted of a total of five sailing classes (disciplines). For each class, seven races were scheduled; these took place from 12 to 23 October 1964 off the coast of Enoshima in Sagami Bay. The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.[1]

at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Sailing at the 1964 Olympics on a stamp of Japan
VenuesSagami Bay
DatesFirst race: 12 October 1964 (1964-10-12)
Last race: 23 October 1964 (1964-10-23)
Competitors233 from 40 nations
← 1960
1968 →

Venue edit

Shonan Port
(Enoshima Yacht Harbour)
Coordinates: 35°18′5.78″N 139°29′8.68″E / 35.3016056°N 139.4857444°E / 35.3016056; 139.4857444

At the IOC session in 1959, Japan stated that yachting would take place in the port of Yokohama, as was the plan for 1940. Later, when it became clear that Yokohama was not suitable for Olympic-level sailing, it was decided that yachting events would be held off the coast of Enoshima Island in Kanagawa Prefecture on the bay of Sagami. To meet the requirement at Enoshima it was decided to build a large scale harbour at Enoshima for the 1964 Olympics. The construction of a yacht harbor on the island was started in May 1961 and finished in July 1964. The total construction cost was $6,027,778 USD.

A total of three race areas were created in Sagami bay. The Japanese Sea Self-Defense Forces vessels supported the race management and specially the placements of the marks.

Competition edit

Overview edit

Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 40 5 119 232 1

Continents edit

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Americas

Countries edit

Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1964 Olympic Games.
Blue: Water
Gray: Never participated in OG
Dark Gray: Participated in earlier OG
Green: Country participated for the first time
Dark Blue: Country participated also on previous games
Red: Country boycotted the sailing event of the OG
  Argentina (ARG)   Australia (AUS)   Austria (AUT)
  Bahamas (BAH)   Belgium (BEL)   Bermuda (BER)
  Brazil (BRA)   Cambodia (CAM)   Canada (CAN)
  Denmark (DEN)   Spain (ESP)   United Team of Germany (EUA)
  Finland (FIN)   France (FRA)   Great Britain (GBR)
  Greece (GRE)   Hong Kong (HKG)   Hungary (HUN)
  Ireland (IRL)   Italy (ITA)   Jamaica (JAM)
  Japan (JPN)   Kenya (KEN)   Mexico (MEX)
  Netherlands (NED)   Norway (NOR)   New Zealand (NZL)
  Philippines (PHI)   Portugal (POR)   Puerto Rico (PUR)
  Rhodesia (RHO)   Switzerland (SUI)   Sweden (SWE)
  Czechoslovakia (TCH)   Thailand (THA)   Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)
  Turkey (TUR)   Soviet Union (URS)   United States (USA)
  Venezuela (VEN)

Classes (equipment) edit

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Finn Dinghy   1 0 + 1952 4
Flying Dutchman Dinghy   2 1 + + + 1960 2
Star Keelboat   2 0 + + 1932 7
Dragon Keelboat   3 0 + + + 1948 5
5.5 Metre Keelboat   3 0 + + + 1952 4

  = Male,   = Female,   = Open

Medal summary edit

Event Gold Silver Bronze

1964: Finn

  Germany (EUA)
Wilhelm Kuhweide
  United States (USA)
Peter Barrett
  Denmark (DEN)
Henning Wind

1964: Flying Dutchman

  New Zealand (NZL)
Helmer Pedersen
Earle Wells
  Great Britain (GBR)
Keith Musto
Tony Morgan
  United States (USA)
Harry Melges
William Bentsen

1964: Star

  Bahamas (BAH)
Durward Knowles
Cecil Cooke
  United States (USA)
Richard Stearns
Lynn Williams
  Sweden (SWE)
Pelle Pettersson
Holger Sundström

1964: Dragon

  Denmark (DEN)
Ole Berntsen
Christian von Bülow
Ole Poulsen
  Germany (EUA)
Peter Ahrendt
Wilfried Lorenz
Ulrich Mense
  United States (USA)
Lowell North
Richard Deaver
Charles Rogers

1964: 5.5 Metre

  Australia (AUS)
William Northam
Peter O'Donnell
James Sargeant
  Sweden (SWE)
Lars Thörn
Arne Karlsson
Sture Stork
  United States (USA)
John J. McNamara
Joseph Batchelder
Francis Scully

Medal table edit

1  United Team of Germany (EUA)1102
2  Denmark (DEN)1012
3  Australia (AUS)1001
  Bahamas (BAH)1001
  New Zealand (NZL)1001
6  United States (USA)0235
7  Sweden (SWE)0112
8  Great Britain (GBR)0101
Totals (8 entries)55515

Remarks edit

Sailing edit

  • Stop-watches, for attachment to the knee, for each participant in the yacht races were distributed.
  • A new Olympic trophy was introduced at the 1964 Summer Games (The Tokyo Trophy). It was the desire that this Trophy be awarded to those who display the highest qualities of sportsmanship. During the Tokyo Games, this new Trophy was awarded to the Flying Dutchman team of   Lars Käll and Stig Käll (SWE) who, according to the official IOC site:

    set an outstanding example of sportsmanship when they gave up their race to save the life of a fellow competitor. (  Ian Charles Winter (AUS))

  • This Olympic sailing regatta had a remarkable set of Olympic reserves like:   Rickard Sarby (SWE),   Jan Linge (NOR),   Valentin Mankin (URS) and   Paul Elvstrøm (DEN).

Sailors edit

Competitor medal awarded to Irish yachtsman Eddie Kelliher at the games

During the sailing regattas at the 1964 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Sailing at the 1964 Summer Olympics". Olympedia. Retrieved 7 June 2020.

References edit