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Sailing at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Busan Yachting Center, Busan
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 27, 1988
Format: Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Gold: GBR Great Britain
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: BRA Brazil


After six races, the American pair of [Mark Reynolds] and [Hal Haenel] was leading, but Canada was second, Brazil third, and Great Britain, all with a chance to win depending on the outcome of the final race, although Britain was a longshot. The US boat gave them that chance when their mast broke and they could not finish the race, which dropped them down to silver medal. When the Brazilian pair of [Torben Grael] and [Nelson Falcão] finished eighth, and the British crew of [Mike McIntyre] and [Bryn Vaile] won the final race, the impossible had happened and Britain had the gold medal. McIntyre said, “In my wildest dreams I thought we could win, but not in any other state of mind.” Reynolds and Haenel would return in 1996 and improve to the gold medal.

In 19th place was the Bahamas, skippered by [Durward Knowles], who was competing in his eighth Olympics at just over 70-years-old. He had first raced in 1948 for Great Britain, because the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee, and then raced at each Olympics through 1972, before taking a 16-year Olympic break. He had won two Olympic medals, including gold in this class in 1964.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal NP TP
1 Great Britain GBR Gold 45.7 64.7
2 United States USA Silver 48.0 76.0
3 Brazil BRA Bronze 50.0 78.0
4 Sweden SWE 56.7 74.7
5 Italy ITA 63.1 80.1
6 Canada CAN 63.7 91.7
7 Australia AUS 66.4 85.4
8 Soviet Union URS 68.4 90.4
9 Netherlands NED 71.7 90.7
10 West Germany FRG 72.4 100.4
11 Denmark DEN 74.0 102.0
12 Greece GRE 86.7 114.7
13 Austria AUT 91.0 119.0
14 Barbados BAR 114.0 142.0
15 Portugal POR 115.0 137.0
16 Argentina ARG 119.0 141.0
17 Spain ESP 123.0 151.0
18 Switzerland SUI 126.0 154.0
19 Bahamas BAH 136.0 164.0
20 United States Virgin Islands ISV 137.0 163.0
21 Uruguay URU 149.0 177.0