Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Yachting Centre, Portsmouth Harbour, Kingston, Ontario, CAN
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 27, 1976
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
Jochen Schümann would eventually compete in six Olympics and win four sailing medals for East Germany and Germany, but his gold medal in the Finn was his first Olympic appearance and medal. Going into the final race in 1976, Schümann and eventual gold medalist Andrey Balashov of the Soviet Union were tied, but Schümann finished third in the final race to Balashov’s fifth, finishing 40 seconds ahead of his rival to win the gold medal. Australian John Bertrand also had a chance to win gold on the final day, but placed sixth and took the bronze medal.
Bertrand later made sailing history in 1983 when he skippered Australia II to victory in the America’s Cup, breaking the United States’ stranglehold on that trophy, which had lasted since 1851. The 1972 gold medalist, Serge Maury (FRA) placed 10th, while future IOC President Jacques Rogge of Belgium was back in 22nd place.
|1||Jochen Schümann||22||East Germany||GDR||Gold||35.4||53.4|
|2||Andrey Balashov||30||Soviet Union||URS||Silver||39.7||67.7|
|7||David Howlett||24||Great Britain||GBR||77.7||106.7|
|11||Peter Commette||22||United States||USA||95.7||115.7|
|12||José Luis Doreste||19||Spain||ESP||98.7||132.7|
|15||Jonty Farmer||31||New Zealand||NZL||109.0||134.0|
|20||Werner Sülberg||25||West Germany||FRG||133.0||166.0|
|27||Art Andrew||45||United States Virgin Islands||ISV||183.0||215.0|