Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Kiel Fjord, Kiel
Date Started: August 4, 1936
Date Finished: August 10, 1936
Format: 12 points for first-place in each race, with scoring down to 1 point for 12th place.
The 6-metre class made its Olympic début in 1908 and was held continuously at the Olympics through 1952, but was then discontinued. It is a construction class, which means that the boats are not identical, but must meet certain international specifications. The international rule for 6-metres was set up in 1907. The 6-metre boats had a crew of five at the 1936 Olympics.
There were 11 teams competing, although a Swiss boat entered, but was disqualified when its helmsman, [André Firmenich], was declared a professional. The event was desperately close in the fight for the gold medal. The British boat, Lalage, helmed by [Christopher Boardman] (no relation to the cyclist of the 1990s), did not win a single race but held on the for the gold medal by placing second twice, third once, fourth once, and fifth once. They defeated the Norwegian boat, Lully, by only a single point. The Norwegian helmsman was [Magnus Konow], competing in his fifth Olympics after 1908, 1912, 1920, and 1928. He would also compete in 1948, setting a record with a 40-year span of Olympic appearances that was not bettered until the 2012 Olympics when Japanese equestrian [Hiroshi Hoketsu] competed, 48 years after his appearance at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.