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William Exshaw

Full name: William Edgar Exshaw
Gender: Male
Born: February 15, 1866 in Arcachon, Gironde, France
Died: March 16, 1927 in Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Affiliations: Société Nautique de Gironde
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

William Exshaw’s yacht Olle was the winner of both races in the 2-3 ton class at the 1900 Olympics. In Race I, Olle actually finished second to the French entry Favorite, but was declared the winner on adjusted time. In Race II, though, Olle finished ahead of Favorite to take the line honors. Exshaw lived at Arcachon in the Bordeaux region of France, where he looked after the interests of the family firm of brandy producers. He was a prominent figure in local society and was Master of Arcachon otter hounds from 1888 to 1903. Despite having his roots in France he maintained regular contact with Britain, keeping an estate at Glen Cannich in Inverness and serving for a time as a lieutenant in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He added to his already considerable fortune when he married the daughter of Sir Sanford Fleming, one of the pioneers of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He died aboard the Elmina, one of the many yachts he owned, when cruising in the Mediterranean.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Mixed Open Olle GBR AC DNF
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Mixed 2-3 Ton Olle GBR 1 Gold
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Mixed 2-3 Ton Olle GBR 1 Gold

Mixed Open

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Olle GBR Final Standings 1900-05-20

Mixed 2-3 Ton

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date AT AT H
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Olle GBR Final Standings 1900-05-22 2-17:30 1-47:48 29:42
1900 Summer 34 Paris Sailing Olle GBR Final Standings 1900-05-25 4-17:34 3-48:29 29:05
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