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Sailing at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed One Person Dinghy

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1932
Date Finished: August 12, 1932
Format: Eleven races. Point system scoring, with yachts scoring one point for finishing a race and one point for each yacht defeated in the race.

Gold: FRA Jacques Baptiste Lebrun
Silver: NED Bob Maas
Bronze: ESP Santiago Amat


The Snowbird class for one-hand dinghies was also called the Olympic Monotype class. The organization provided the boats which were exchanged among the 11 participants every day. A sailor who was ill could be replaced by a substitute. The dimensions of the Snowbird boats was as follows\: length 3.35 meters, width 1.44 meters, sail area 20.17 square meters, weight 450 kg, draft 0.31 meters. The class mark was an "S". Snowbirds were designed around 1921 by Tom Broadway.

From the second race to the penultimate one Dutchman [Bob Maas] was in the lead, but in the last race the Frenchman [Jacques Baptiste Lebrun] overtook him when Maas finished only ninth, although it did not initially appear that way. Lebrun had been disqualified in the ninth race, after initially placing fourth. But at the end of the regatta he protested that decision and it was upheld, giving him eight extra points and moving him ahead of Maas in the final standings. The German [Edgar Behr] probably would have won the bronze medal, if he had not been disqualified in the first race of the final day, allowing Spaniard [Santiago Amat] to win bronze.

During World War II Lebrun became famous in the art world when he hid many of the art treasures in the Louvre, saving them from the Nazis.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Jacques Baptiste Lebrun 21 France FRA Gold 87
2 Bob Maas 24 Netherlands NED Silver 85
3 Santiago Amat 45 Spain ESP Bronze 76
4 Edgar Behr 21 Germany GER 74
5 Reg Dixon 32 Canada CAN 72
6 Colin Ratsey 26 Great Britain GBR 69
7 Charles Lyon 17 United States USA 66
7 Joseph Jessop 34 United States USA 66
8 Silvio Treleani Italy ITA 62
9 Sven Thorell 44 Sweden SWE 59
10 Hans Riedl Austria AUT 49
11 Cecil Goodricke 49 South Africa RSA 12