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Sailing at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Mixed 5.5 metres

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): , Golfo di Napoli
Date Started: August 29, 1960
Date Finished: September 7, 1960
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: DEN Denmark
Bronze: SUI Switzerland

Summary

As did the Dragons, the 5.5 metre boats raced on the Rosso course. The American Minotaur, with George O'Day at the helm, opened up such a large lead that it did not need to start the final race to win the gold medal, but it did, and also won that race. O'Day had won the US Olympic Trials racing on Wistful but that boat was damaged in a collision with a cruiser, so O'Day purchased Minotaur just before leaving for Roma. He was a boat designer who designed 32 different classes of boats, and he was also an assistant helmsman on victorious America's Cup yachts in 1962 and 1967.

In 15th place the Finnish yacht was helmed by Peter Tallberg, who competed in five Olympics, and became a member of the IOC in July 1976. He also served as President of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) from 1986-94, before it was renamed the International Sailing Federation.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Minotaur USA Gold 6,900
2 Web II DEN Silver 5,678
3 Ballerina IV SUI Bronze 5,122
4 Ardilla ARG 4,402
5 Lasha SWE 4,277
6 Yeoman VII GBR 3,807
7 Struten NOR 3,765
8 John B BAH 3,024
9 Bronia GER 3,022
10 Buraddoo AUS 2,959
11 Voloira II ITA 2,524
12 Bermudes BER 2,297
13 Posillipo III ESP 2,045
14 Viktoriya URS 1,984
15 Inga-Lill XXXXIII FIN 1,765
16 Ciocca III POR 1,667
17 Surprise AUT 1,664
18 Snowten III FRA 1,638
19 SagaII CAN 1,332