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Sailing at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Mixed Three Person Keelboat

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): , Port Phillip Bay
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: December 5, 1956
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: SWE Sweden
Silver: DEN Denmark
Bronze: GBR Great Britain


Raced over a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, the Dragon event was quite close, with Sweden and Denmark tying with 5,723 points. Denmark had more total points with 6,250 to Sweden’s 6,074, but in this era the tie-breaker was first the number of races won, and Sweden had won three races, while Denmark had only won the first race. Denmark led from the second race through the sixth, but the Swedish victory in the final race proved decisive. Swedish helmsman [Folke Bohlin] had won a silver medal in the Dragon in 1948, while Danish helmsman [Ole Berntsen] was just behind him with the bronze. Berntsen would return in 1964 and win the gold medal in the Dragon at Tokyo.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Slaghoken II SWE Gold 5,723
2 Tip DEN Silver 5,723
3 Bluebottle GBR Bronze 4,547
4 Pampero ARG 4,225
5 Paula AUS 3,769
6 Aretusa ITA 3,404
7 Pan II NOR 3,253
8 Tomahawk II CAN 3,186
9 Spirit III USA 3,151
10 Gustl XI GER 2,922
11 Neptun II URS 2,157
12 Red Dragon NZL 2,015
13 Canopus POR 2,002
14 Xantippa FIN 1,409
15 Pam BER 1,149
16 Rika II SGP 926