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Gilbert Laws

Full name: Gilbert Umfreville Laws
Gender: Male
Born: January 6, 1870 in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, Great Britain
Died: December 3, 1918 in Newchurch, Isle of Wight, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Tom McMeekin, owner of the winning boat Dormy in the 6-metre class at the 1908 Olympics, nominated Gilbert Laws as helmsman while McMeekin was joined by [Charles Crichton] as crew. As Laws was the designer of Dormy, his intimate knowledge of its capabilities played a significant part in the British victory. The son of a ship broker, Laws went to Burnham-on-Crouch in 1893 and started the Burnham Boat Building Company with J. A. Youl. The venture proved a great success and was soon established as one of the leading boatbuilding and design firms in the country. Laws subsequently bought out his partner and became managing director of the company. During the war, he was commissioned into the RNVR and served in the Mediterranean, but his health broke down early in 1918 and he died later in the year in a nursing home for officers on the Isle of Wight.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 38 London Sailing Mixed 6 metres Dormy-1 GBR 1 Gold

Mixed 6 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date W PTS T
1908 Summer 38 London Sailing Dormy-1 GBR Final Standings 1908-07-27 2 7
1908 Summer 38 London Sailing Dormy-1 GBR Race One 1908-07-27 3-52:14
1908 Summer 38 London Sailing Dormy-1 GBR Race Two 1908-07-28 4-17:23
1908 Summer 38 London Sailing Dormy-1 GBR Race Three 1908-07-29 4-19:33
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