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Sailing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 5, 1932
Date Finished: August 12, 1932
Events: 4

Participants: 54 (54 men and 0 women) from 11 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Don Douglas (15 years, 34 days)
Oldest Participant: CAN George Gyles (54 years, 261 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 40 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (3 medals)


This was the first time that yachting competitions took place within the time frame of the main Olympic Games. The regattas were held off the coast at the [Port of Los Angeles] on a course that had been used for local regattas for the past eight years. There were prevailing moderate wind conditions with no danger of ebb- or flood-tides. Constant winds during the Olympic regattas confirmed the wise course selection.

For the first time a consistent point system was used for all races in all events. The winner in each class of the yachting competition was decided on the following point system:

•A yacht was given one point for finishing.

•A yacht was given one point for each boat it defeated.

•The number of defeated yachts was figured on the number starting in any one race.

•A yacht that started and did not finish did not receive a point for starting, but was counted as a defeated yacht in awarding points to the other yachts.

•Where only one yacht was entered, it was necessary for her to sail over and properly complete the course in order to be awarded a place.