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Bob Miller

Full name: Robert Clyde "Bob" Miller
Other name(s): Benjamin Lexcen, Ben Lexcen
Gender: Male
Height: 15-3 (183 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: March 19, 1936 in Boggabri, New South Wales, Australia
Died: May 1, 1988 in Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Sailing

Biography

In the 1950s Bob Miller moved to Sydney where he began work as a sail maker. He later turned to boat design and, in the late 50s, designed the International Contender class, which was considered a possible replacement for the Finn dinghy Olympic class. In the early 1960s Miller joined with Craig Whitworth to form Miller & Whitworth Pty Ltd, a boat building firm. They also sailed together, being named Australian Yachtsmen of the Year in 1966-67 for their work in the Flying Dutchman class. Miller won multiple Australian Championships in the Soling, Flying Dutchman, and 18-foot classes. He also competed in the VJ, VS, 16-foot, and Star classes. After the 1972 Olympics, his partnership with Whitworth ended and he started designing boats on his own, but legally changed his name to Benjamin Lexcen in 1977, known as Ben Lexcen, because Whitworth continued to use the name Miller & Whitworth for the company.

Miller designed Southern Cross, the Australian challenger for the America’s Cup in 1974, and modified it when it again challenged in 1980. His greatest fame, however, came in 1983 when he helped design Australia II, specifically its controversial winged keel, which enabled Australia II to defeat Dennis Conner’s Liberty to end the United States’ 132-year-old domination of the America’s Cup. Lexcen was promoted to AM and given the Prince Philip Prize for Australian Design. Together with the Australia II’s owner, Alan Bond, and its skipper, John Bertrand, he was named Australian Yachtsman of the Year for 1982-83. Lexcen died relatively young from a heart attack but, in 1988, the University of New South Wales created sports scholarships in his name and, in 2006, he was posthumously named to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Australia AUS 16

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Final Standings 1972-08-29 94.0 115.0
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race One 1972-08-29 21.0 3-26:25
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race Two 1972-08-30 21.0
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race Three 1972-08-31 19.0 2-21:27
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race Four 1972-09-01 18.0 2-04:29
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race Five 1972-09-04 17.0 2-16:24
1972 Summer 36 München Sailing Australia AUS Race Six 1972-09-08 19.0 2-35:18
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