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.
The Flying Dutchman class made its Olympic début in 1960 and remained on the Olympic Program through 1992. The boats are a two-person, one-design heavyweight monohull dinghy. Its design was started in The Netherlands, but it was designed somewhat by committee as, after its preliminary design was finished in September 1951, it was sent to 30 European sailors, and there were 23 responses with subsequent modifications to the design.
The Flying Dutchman boats raced on the Giallo Course, as did the Star Class. Norway’s Peder Lunde, Jr. built up such a big lead after six races that he placed 10th in the final race, and still won the gold medal by almost 800 points over Denmark’s Hans Fogh. Hans Fogh would compete in six Olympics, from 1960-72 for Denmark and in 1976 and 1984 for Canada, adding a bronze medal in 1984 in the Soling Class, while representing Canada.
Lunde, making his Olympic début, was only 18-years-old, but would compete in four Olympics, also winning a silver medal in the Star Class in 1968. His family is one of the renowned in Olympic sailing history. His grandfather, Eugen Lunde, won a gold medal in the 1924 6-metre class, and his father and mother, Peder and Vibeke, won silver medals in the 1952 5.5 metre class. Peder, Jr.’s daughter, Jeannette, competed in Alpine skiing at the 1994 and 2000 Winter Olympics. His wife and sister-in-law also competed in Alpine skiing for Norway at the Olympics.
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