Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): , Enoshima, Sagami-wan
Date Started: October 12, 1964
Date Finished: October 21, 1964
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.
The gold medal went to the Bahamian boat Gem, with [Durward Knowles] at the helm. This was Knowles fifth Olympic appearance, consecutively since 1948, and his second Olympic medal, after a bronze in Star in 1956. His first Olympic appearance came representing Great Britain in 1948, as the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee. He would later compete in eight Olympics, his last in 1988, when he was 70-years-old.
The event was very close, as the American team of [Dick Stearns] and [Lynn Williams] would have won the gold medal if they had finished six seconds faster in the last race, in which they finished second, or if Knowles was 35-seconds slower. The helmsman of the Swedish boat Humbug V, which won the bronze medal, was [Pelle Petterson]. Petterson would win a silver medal in the Star Class in 1972, and in 1977 and 1980, he skippered the Swedish America's Cup challengers. His daughter also married [Paul Cayard], an American sailor who competed at the 2004 Olympics and participated in multiple America's Cup challenges.
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