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John Oakeley

Full name: John Digby Atholl Oakeley
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: November 27, 1932 in Willesden, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: December 19, 2016
Title: 8th Baronet Oakeley of Shrewsbury
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Sailing

Biography

Sir John Oakeley was the 8th Baronet Oakeley of Shrewsbury and his father, the 7th Baronet, better known as Atholl Oakeley, was a pioneer of professional wrestling in Britain in the 1930s. Atholl was himself the first British heavyweight champion and was also the 1932 European Heavyweight Champion before becoming a promoter and trainer. John did not follow his father’s footsteps in to wrestling ring, choosing sailing as his preferred sport instead, and after winning the Merlin Rocket Championship three years in succession between 1956-58 he went on to become one of Britain’s most successful dinghy racers in the 1960s and 70s and enjoyed a memorable three month spell in 1967 when, with [David Hunt], the 1972 Olympic Tempest Class silver medallist, he retained both his British and European Flying Dutchman titles before going to Montréal to win the world title. Oakeley was also a World Championship bronze medallist in the Soling class at Poole in 1970.

Despite being a reserve for the 1968 Flying Dutchman class, Oakeley competed in just one Olympic Games, finishing fifth in the Soling Class with [Barry Dunning] and [Charles Reynolds] at Kiel in 1972. They were playing ‘catch-up’ after finishing 20th in the first race, but a win in race four saw them up to second and with one race to go they still held the bronze medal position but lost it after finishing 11th in the final race.

In 1978 Oakeley, managing director of a sail making company, was appointed skipper and helmsman of the British America’s Cup challenger Lionheart but, shortly after the start of the challenger series of race at Newport, Rhode Island in August 1980, Oakeley was dramatically, and controversially, replaced as skipper by [Lawrie Smith].

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Mixed Three Person Keelboat Great Britain GBR 5

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1972-08-29 54.7 80.7
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race One 1972-08-29 26.0 3-28:50
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Two 1972-08-30 17.0
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Three 1972-08-31 15.0 2-19:57
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Four 1972-09-01 .0 2-01:12
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Five 1972-09-04 5.7 2-11:54
1972 Summer 39 München Sailing Great Britain GBR Race Six 1972-09-08 17.0 2-35:02
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