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Sailing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Mixed 5.5 metres

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): , Port Phillip Bay
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: December 5, 1956
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: SWE Sweden
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

Racing over a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, this was a dominating victory for Sweden’s Lars Thörn aboard Rush V. They won three races, finished second in two, and could have skipped the last race and won the gold medal. They could have actually skipped the final two races and still won silver. Thörn later won a silver medal in this class at the 1964 Olympics.

The British boat, Vision, came from behind by placing third in the final race and moved up to second place ahead of Australia’s Buraddoo. The Buraddoo’s helmsman Jock Sturrock, later made Australia’s first America’s Cup challenge, in 1962 aboard Gretel, losing 4-1 to the American yacht, Weatherly, although Sturrock’s victory in the second race was the first by a challenger since 1934.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Rush V SWE Gold 5,527
2 Vision GBR Silver 4,050
3 Buraddoo AUS Bronze 4,022
4 Rush IV USA 3,971
5 Viking NOR 3,807
6 Gilliatt V FRA 1,779
7 Twins VIII ITA 1,677
8 Druzhba URS 1,598
9 Yeoman V RSA 1,575
10 Tilly GER 1,047