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Sailing at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Mixed Multihull

Sailing at the 1976 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Yachting Centre, Portsmouth Harbour, Kingston, Ontario, CAN
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 28, 1976
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: FRG West Germany

Summary

The Tornado was the first multi-hull, or catamaran, class to be raced at the Olympics and was added to the Olympic program in 1976. The boat is a two-person, two-hull catamaran that raced at the Olympics from 1976-2008. The class was designed by Rodney March in 1967 and the boat won IYRU (International Yacht Racing Union) trials to be selected as the Olympic catamaran class. The class had a trapeze which allowed crew members to hook onto the wire and balance on the outside of the hull to keep the boat flatter. In 2000 a second trapeze was added to the design.

Only 14 boats entered this event which was easily won by the British crew of Reg White and John Osborn. They won four of the first six races and did not have to start the final race to win the gold medal. They had been the clear favorites, having won the recent World Championships and five different international regattas within the last year. The American silver medalists, David McFaull and Mike Rothwell, raced out of Hawai’i, where McFaull worked as a disc jockey.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Great Britain GBR Gold 18.0 38.0
2 United States USA Silver 36.0 52.0
3 West Germany FRG Bronze 37.7 54.7
4 Australia AUS 44.4 64.4
5 Sweden SWE 57.4 75.4
6 Switzerland SUI 63.4 80.4
7 Canada CAN 69.7 86.7
8 Italy ITA 71.7 92.7
9 Denmark DEN 74.7 93.7
10 France FRA 76.7 93.7
11 Austria AUT 78.4 94.4
12 Soviet Union URS 97.0 116.0
13 Finland FIN 100.7 121.7
14 Puerto Rico PUR 114.0 134.0