Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Torbay, Torquay
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 12, 1948
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
This was the next-to-last appearance on the Olympic Program for the 6-metre class, which had débuted at the 1908 Olympics and been held continuously since. The event was raced on a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, which was well offshore. The American boat, Llanoria, skippered by [Herman Whiton], won the gold medal, although it was pushed in the final race by the Argentine boat Djinn, helmed by [Enrique Sieburger, Sr.]. Whiton and Llanoria would return in 1952 and defend their title, although the crew members were different.
The bronze medal helmsman, Sweden’s [Tore Holm], was making his fifth Olympic appearance, having won a gold medal in this event in 1932 and in the 40 m2 event in 1920, and a bronze medal in the 1928 8-metre class. The fourth-place helmsman, [Magnus Konow] of Norway, was making his sixth, and final, Olympic appearance, in an Olympic career that began in 1908, and saw him win gold medals in the 1912 12-metre class and the 1920 8-metre class.