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Rodney Pattisson

Full name: Rodney Stuart Pattisson
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 5, 1943 in Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Great Britain
Affiliations: Itchenor Sailing Club, Itchenor (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Rodney Pattisson ranked as Britain's most successful Olympic yachtsman until he was surpassed by Ben Ainslie in 2008. On each of his three Olympic appearances, he sailed with a different crew but won a medal on each occasion. Pattisson's first major success came in 1960 when as a 17-year-old he won the world cadet title, with his brother John crewing. In 1968 he won the world and European titles before going on to win an Olympic gold medal with Iain MacDonald-Smith. A second gold followed in 1972 with Christopher Davies as his partner and in 1976 Pattisson took the silver medal with Julian Brooke-Houghton. He was awarded the MBE for his Olympic successes. After his first Olympic victory Pattisson resigned his commission in the Navy and joined a boat building firm in Dorset, which allowed him more time for training than his naval duties had permitted. He consolidated his position as the world's leading helmsman in the Flying Dutchman class and was the world and European champion from 1968 to 1972. Pattisson built his success on meticulous attention to detail and a dedication to physical fitness; he came closed to making the Olympic team for a fourth time in 1984 in his favorite Flying Dutchman class. Despite his domination of this class, Rodney Pattisson was a versatile sailor and in 1983 was co-skipper of Victory, Peter de Savary's entry for the America's Cup.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Final Standings 1968-10-14 3.0 42.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race One 1968-10-14 39.0
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Two 1968-10-15 0.0 1-58:23
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Three 1968-10-16 0.0 1-53:27
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Four 1968-10-17 0.0 2-33:13
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Five 1968-10-19 0.0 2-11:28
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Six 1968-10-20 0.0 1-29:05
1968 Summer 25 Ciudad de México Sailing Great Britain GBR Iain MacDonald-Smith Race Seven 1968-10-21 3.0
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Final Standings 1972-08-29 22.7 57.7
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race One 1972-08-29 .0 2-47:44
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race Two 1972-08-30 17.0 2-54:25
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race Three 1972-08-31 .0 2-22:13
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race Four 1972-09-01 5.7 1-54:21
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race Five 1972-09-04 .0 1-52:50
1972 Summer 29 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Christopher Davies Race Six 1972-09-05 .0 2-57:23
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Final Standings 1976-07-19 51.7 75.7
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race One 1976-07-19 .0 2-04:06
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Two 1976-07-20 3.0 2-01:02
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Three 1976-07-21 8.0 2-20:52
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Four 1976-07-23 5.7 2-06:57
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Five 1976-07-25 24.0 3-39:50
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Six 1976-07-26 18.0 1-45:29
1976 Summer 32 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Julian Brooke-Houghton Race Seven 1976-07-27 17.0 1-55:07