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Sailing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Heavyweight Dinghy

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Acapulco Yacht Club, Bahía de Acapulco
Date Started: October 14, 1968
Date Finished: October 21, 1968
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: FRG West Germany
Bronze: BRA Brazil

Summary

This might have been the most dominating performance in Olympic sailing history. Britain’s Rodney Pattisson and Iain MacDonald-Smith appeared to win the first race, but were then disqualified in what they felt was an unjust decision. In their boat Superdocious, the British pair then won the next five races consecutively, before racing conservatively in the final race, placing second. They actually did need to compete in the final race to win gold, despite their dominance, because of their first-race DQ, and a very solid performance by the West German crew of Ulli Libor and Peter Naumann, who won the first race after the British disqualification, and then had one second and three thirds, before struggling in the final two races. The final points totals were 3.0 for Great Britain, and 43.7 for West Germany.

With different crew members, Pattisson would repeat his victory in this event in 1972, and won a silver in 1976. He is considered Britain’s greatest Olympic sailor until the era of Ben Ainslie in the 21st century. In 1983 Pattisson co-skippered a challenger for the America’s Cup.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Great Britain GBR Gold 3.0 42.0
2 West Germany FRG Silver 43.7 70.7
3 Brazil BRA Bronze 48.4 68.4
4 Australia AUS 49.1 75.1
5 Norway NOR 52.4 88.4
6 France FRA 68.0 94.0
7 Canada CAN 79.0 103.0
8 New Zealand NZL 84.0 123.0
9 Sweden SWE 96.0 131.0
10 United States USA 97.4 133.4
11 Spain ESP 101.7 127.7
12 East Germany GDR 103.7 128.7
13 Yugoslavia YUG 106.0 131.0
14 Hong Kong HKG 108.0 135.0
15 Soviet Union URS 108.7 137.7
16 Denmark DEN 113.7 152.7
17T Netherlands NED 116.0 143.0
17T Austria AUT 116.0 140.0
19 Italy ITA 120.0 150.0
20 Mexico MEX 121.0 149.0
21 Hungary HUN 146.0 181.0
22 Greece GRE 151.0 187.0
23 Belgium BEL 158.0 194.0
24 Poland POL 165.0 197.0
25 United States Virgin Islands ISV 172.0 205.0
26 Jamaica JAM 175.0 211.0
27 Portugal POR 178.0 214.0
28 Puerto Rico PUR 186.0 220.0
29 Indonesia INA 199.0 234.0
30 El Salvador ESA 205.0 241.0