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Bert Darrell

Full name: Albert Francis "Bert" Darrell
Nickname(s): Deacon, The Boat Bishop of Bermuda
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: November 19, 1905 in Mount Pleasant, Warwick, Bermuda
Died: April 9, 1983
Country: BER Bermuda
Sport: Sailing

Biography

By the age of 15 Bert Darrell was already following his family’s sailing and shipbuilding tradition and put together a ship he called I’ll Settle It to compete his older brothers’ vessel Argument. After briefly dabbling in a career as a blacksmith, he took up a lifelong position in a boatyard where he honed his skills as a marine mechanic, metalworker, and carpenter over the next half century. He soon became known as a successful yacht racer as well, winning his first of Bermuda’s King Edward VII Gold Cup races in 1939 with a boat that he had rebuilt after it was wrecked in a 1936 hurricane. World War II delayed his competitive success until 1952, but from that point he won five more King Edward VII Gold Cups (1952-1954, 1956, 1959), a record that was not surpassed until 2004, by which time the race had become a fully international one. His most prominent appearance for his country came at the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he finished 12th among 19 nations in the 5.5 metres, mixed event alongside countrymen Norman and Walter Jones. He was a member of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club until his death in April 1983.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Mixed 5.5 metres Bermudes BER 12

Mixed 5.5 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Final Standings 1960-08-29 2,297
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race One 1960-08-29 149 3-05:48
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Two 1960-08-30 535 2-41:30
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Three 1960-08-31 101
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Four 1960-09-01 124 2-56:45
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Five 1960-09-05 535 2-26:36
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Six 1960-09-06 778 2-18:30
1960 Summer 54 Roma Sailing Bermudes BER Race Seven 1960-09-07 176 2-26:41
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