Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Ryde Pier, Ryde, Isle of Wight; Ryde Pier, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Date Started: July 27, 1908
Date Finished: July 29, 1908
Format: Placement by number of wins, followed by points awarded as 3-2-1 for first three places in each race. Three races, each over two circuits of a course in the Solent. Total distance, 16 miles
The British boat Cobweb won the first two races, clinching the gold medal. Some controversy concerns the make-up of the 3rd-place crew of the boat Sorais, owned by the Duchess of Westminster. Some sources indicate that she was a passenger on the boat during the races, while in his report on the yacht races, published 27 February 1909, Charles Newton-Robinson, the Yachting Racing Association representative on the British Olympic Council, refers to the Duchess as "the pilot."