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.
After six races, the American pair of Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel was leading, but Canada was second, Brazil third, and Great Britain, all with a chance to win depending on the outcome of the final race, although Britain was a longshot. The US boat gave them that chance when their mast broke and they could not finish the race, which dropped them down to silver medal. When the Brazilian pair of Torben Grael and Nelson Falcão finished eighth, and the British crew of Mike McIntyre and Bryn Vaile won the final race, the impossible had happened and Britain had the gold medal. McIntyre said, “In my wildest dreams I thought we could win, but not in any other state of mind.” Reynolds and Haenel would return in 1996 and improve to the gold medal.
In 19th place was the Bahamas, skippered by Durward Knowles, who was competing in his eighth Olympics at just over 70-years-old. He had first raced in 1948 for Great Britain, because the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee, and then raced at each Olympics through 1972, before taking a 16-year Olympic break. He had won two Olympic medals, including gold in this class in 1964.
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