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.
The Dragon class is a one-design three-person keelboat that made its Olympic début at the 1948 Olympics, and remained on the Olympic Program through 1972. The Dragon was designed in 1929 by [Johan Anker], a sailor at the 1908, 1912, and 1928 Olympics. The Dragon was superseded in 1976 by the Soling, which became the three-person keelboat class for several Olympics. The event was raced on a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, which was well offshore.
Norway’s [Thor Thorvaldsen], aboard Pan, won the first and fourth races, and had a comfortable lead going into the final race. Pan was third in the seventh race, but it was enough to win the gold medal over Sweden’s Slaghoken, skippered by [Folke Bohlin]. Thorvaldsen was crewed by [Hakon Barfod] and [Sigve Lie] and Pan and the same crew would return in 1952 and defend their gold medals in Helsinki.