Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Sailing Society, Liuskasaari, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 28, 1952
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
The Finn is a catboat, or cat-rigged sailboat, which means that it has its mast well forward on the boat with a single sail. The Finn made its Olympic début in 1952 as the one-person dinghy class, but it became the standard and has remained the boat used for one-person dinghy at the Olympics since, at least for mixed and men’s classes. It was designed in 1949 by Swedish canoe designer Rickard Sarby, a competitor at the 1948-56 Olympics.
Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) had won the one-person dinghy at the 1948 Olympics, although the class in 1948 was the Firefly. Elvstrøm defended his gold medal by winning three of the first four races, and taking such a large lead that he could have skipped the final three races and won the gold medal. Elvstrøm would go on to win the gold in the one-person dinghy four times consecutively, from 1948-60. Britain’s Charles Currey easily won the silver medal over the class designer, Sarby, who barely held on over the 1948 bronze medalist, Dutch sailor Koos de Jong.
|2||Charles Currey||36||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||5,449|
|4||Koos de Jong||40||Netherlands||NED||5,033|
|10||Ramón Balcells Rodón||32||Spain||ESP||3,644|
|11||Jacques Baptiste Lebrun||41||France||FRA||3,616|
|12||Pyotr Gorelikov||20||Soviet Union||URS||3,600|
|16||Hellmut Stauch||42||South Africa||RSA||3,130|
|24||Jorge de Cárdenas||19||Cuba||CUB||1,470|
|25||Carlos Miguel Benn||27||Argentina||ARG||1,104|
|28||Edward Melaika||21||United States||USA||806|