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Sailing at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Torbay, Torquay
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 12, 1948
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
USA United States
Silver: POR Portugal
CUB Cuba
Bronze: USA United States
NED Netherlands


The Star was raced on a 10 nautical mile (18.5 km) course, slightly more inshore than the course used by the Stars and Swallows. [Paul] and [Hilary Smart], a father-son team, won the second and fourth race, and had a huge lead after five races. They could actually have skipped the final two races and won the gold medal by almost 500 points, but they raced, although they were disqualified in the sixth race, and placed only sixth in the seventh outing. The second-placed team, the Cuban crew of [Carlos de Cárdenas Culmell] and [Carlos de Cárdenas Plá], were also a father and son. They were only in fifth place after six races, but finished second in the final race to move up to silver. The fifth-place Italian boat, Legionario, was helmed by [Agostino Straulino], who won eight consecutive European Championships in the Sar from 1949-56, and returned in 1952 to win Olympic gold and in 1956 to add an Olympic silver.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Hilarius USA Gold 5,828
1 Swift GBR Gold 5,625
2 Kurush II CUB Silver 4,949
2 Symphony POR Silver 5,579
3 Starita NED Bronze 4,731
3 Margaret USA Bronze 4,352
4 Gem II GBR 4,372
4 Chance SWE 3,342
5 Legionario ITA 4,370
5 Denmark DEN 2,935
6 Espardate POR 4,292
6 Enotria ITA 2,893
7 Moorina AUS 3,828
7 Scaup CAN 2,807
8 Ariel CAN 2,635
8 Nora NOR 2,768
9 Galerna ESP 2,564
9 Red Indian FRA 2,729
10 Andorinha BRA 2,630
10 Nephos I GRE 2,532
11 St. Margrite NED 2,494
11 Aloha II FRA 2,515
12 Nortazo URU 2,208
12 Lucky Star FIN 2,058
13 The Cloud IRL 1,500
13 Donar III AUT 1,661
14 Antares ARG 1,336
14 Buscape II BRA 1,644
15 Ali-Baba II SUI 1,610
16 Acturus ARG 1,550
17 Lotta IV SWE 888