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Sailing at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Harmaja, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 28, 1952
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: ITA Italy
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: POR Portugal


Italy’s [Agostino Straulino] was in his second of five Olympic appearances, but he came in as the favorite, in the midst of winning eight consecutive European Championships (1949-56) in the Star. The American crew of [John Price] and [John Reid], aboard Comanche, won four of the seven races, and led after the first and fourth races, but Straulino, on Merope, won the other three races, and was much more consistent, placing second to the Americans in their four victories, and held on for the gold medal by winning the final race. Straulino would return in 1956, with his crewman [Nico Rode] and win silver in the class.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Merope ITA Gold 7,635
2 Comanche USA Silver 7,216
3 Espadarte POR Bronze 4,903
4 Kurush IV CUB 4,535
5 Gem III BAH 4,405
6 Eissero VI FRA 3,866
7 Lotta IV SWE 3,785
8 Bem II NED 3,510
9 Ali-Baba IV SUI 3,400
10 Whirlaway CAN 2,889
11 Paka V GER 2,367
12 Bu III BRA 2,350
13 Fortuna GBR 2,178
14 30. Februar AUT 2,092
15 Marie-Tim GRE 1,983
16 Arcturus ARG 1,833
17 Uragan URS 1,680
18 Hornet AUS 1,575
19 Lucky Star FIN 1,322
20 Primorka YUG 1,218
21 Hirondelle MON 560