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Sailing at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

Sailing at the 1924 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Paris Sailing Circle, Meulan
Date Started: July 10, 1924
Date Finished: July 13, 1924
Format: Meulan-Les-Mureaux; 9 kilometre course for the finals, 6 kilometre course for the first round.

Gold: BEL Léon Huybrechts
Silver: NOR Henrik Robert
Bronze: FIN Hans Dittmar


This was the first time single-handed boats were included in Olympic competition. The IOC decreed that the French sailing authorities should decide on the design of boat to be used and provided these boats for use at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately the number of entrants exceeded the number of boats available and a convoluted series of qualifying races had to be scheduled to eliminate just a single boat from the finals. The class was termed the Olympic Monotype, but was actually known as the Monotype national français (or French National Monotype), or Meulan, class, and was chosen as the monotype class by the Union des sociétés nautiques française (USNF). However, only 10 of the 16 boats were Monotype national français, with the other six slightly different and possibly of the very similar Belgian/Dutch Scheldejol class

[Léon Huybrechts], a Belgian who had won silver medals in both 1908 and 1920, proved himself a master of the fickle French winds. He posted a comfortable victory in the first of the two races that made up the Olympic final then held off the challenge of the Dutch boat to win the second race and confirm himself as champion. Behind him there was a three-way tie for second place and so a tie-breaker race had to be scheduled. Spain’s [Santiago Amat] led at halfway but faltered badly and allowed [Henrik Robert] of Norway and [Hans Dittmar] of Finland to pass him and claim silver and bronze respectively.

Although she failed to reach the final stages, Swiss sailor [Ella Maillart] made a piece of history by becoming the first woman to skipper a boat in Olympic competition. Maillart, who also competed internationally in hockey and alpine skiing, later became better known as an adventurer and acclaimed travel writer.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Léon Huybrechts 47 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Henrik Robert 37 Norway NOR Silver
3 Hans Dittmar 21 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Santiago Amat 36 Spain ESP
5 Johan Hin 25 Netherlands NED
6 Clarence Hammar 24 Sweden SWE
7 Gordon Fowler 25 Great Britain GBR
8 Frederico Burnay 35 Portugal POR
AC Bernardo Milhas Argentina ARG
AC Edward Bryzemejster 47 Poland POL
AC Norm Robertson 26 Canada CAN
AC Rupert Ellis-Brown 43 South Africa RSA
AC Albert Michelet 54 France FRA
AC Ella Maillart 21 Switzerland SUI
AC Émile Barral 32 Monaco MON
AC Eduard Bürgmeister Czechoslovakia TCH
AC Aage Høy Pedersen 25 Denmark DEN