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Reg White

Full name: Reginald James "Reg" White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: October 28, 1935 in Brightlingsea , Essex, Great Britain
Died: May 27, 2010 in Brightlingsea , Essex, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of John Osborn; Father of Robert White.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Winning four of the first six races, Reg White did not need to start in the seventh race to clinch the first Olympic title for the Tornado class. Helmsman White had his brother-in-law John Osborn as his crew and the family Olympic tradition was continued in 1984 when Reg’s son Robert White was the helmsman for Britain’s entry in the Tornado class. Reg himself was the reserve helmsman. A boatbuilder from Brightlingsea, Reg White was the world champion in the Hornet class in 1964 and the Tornado class in 1976 and 1980. He was awarded the MBE in the 1977 New Year’s Honors List.

In the nineties he forged a successful catamaran building business with fellow Olympic champion Yves Loday which thrived into the 21st century. White continued sailing into his seventies and it was whilst competing in a club race off his native Brightlingsea that he died. Seconds after crossing the finishing line he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Mixed Multihull Great Britain GBR 1 Gold

Mixed Multihull

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1976-07-19 18.0 38.0
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race One 1976-07-19 .0 2-08:20
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Two 1976-07-20 .0 1-56:46
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Three 1976-07-21 10.0 2-46:46
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Four 1976-07-22 .0 3-18:59
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Five 1976-07-26 8.0 1-49:02
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Six 1976-07-27 .0 1-52:44
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