Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Busan Yachting Center, Busan
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 27, 1988
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
The defending gold medalists, New Zealand’s [Chris Timms] and [Rex Sellars], who had dominated the 1984 class, were back and were expected to contend again. They were no match, however, for the French crew of [Jean-Yves le Déroff] and [Nicolas Hénard] who won three of the first five races and finished second in the other two, and did not even start the final race, their gold medal assured. Timms and Sellars comfortably won the silver medal over Brazil’s [Lars Grael] and [Clinio Freitas].
With a different partner, Lars Grael would return in 1996 and win another bronze in this class. He was the brother of [Torben Grael], bronze medalist in the Star class in Busan, who would eventually win five Olympic sailing medals. The Danish boat in 15th class was skippered by [Paul Elvstrøm], competing in his eighth Olympics, and looking for his fifth gold medal, after winning the one-person dinghy class at four consecutive Olympics, 1948-60. This was the end of his remarkable Olympic career.
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