Sailing at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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Sailing
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
Postzegel 1928 olympiade zeilen.png
Dutch stamp 1928 Olympic
Venues ● Buiten Y
● Zuiderzee
Dates First race: 2 August 1928 (1928-08-02)
Last race: 9 August 1928 (1928-08-09)
Sailors 146 from 23 countries
Boats 41
Top ranked countries
Norway: 1st  2nd  3rd  
Sweden: 1st  2nd  3rd  
France: 1st  2nd  3rd  
← 1924
1932 →

Sailing was an Olympic sport at the 1928 Summer Olympics. The Sailing program of 1928 consisted of a total of three sailing classes. For each class races were scheduled from 2–9 August 1928 on the Buiten Y near Amsterdam and on the Zuiderzee of the coast of Muiden.

Venue[edit]

Organizer
Flag of Organizer
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Coordinates: 52°22′41″N 4°59′31″E / 52.37806°N 4.99194°E / 52.37806; 4.99194

As venue for the Amsterdam Olympics the South Westerly part of the Zuiderzee was chosen. The organizing committee of the sailing event was the Koninklijk Verbond Nederlandsche Watersport Vereniging. The Olympic harbor Six Harbor was on the North shore of the Y just opposite of the Amsterdam Centraal railway station. The boats were moured in the so-called 'kinderkamer' of the harbor. The Six Harbor was in that time the location of the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeil- & Roeivereeniging. This resulted that al competing yachts had to go through the locks (Oranjesluizen) to enter the Zuiderzee. The courses of the 12' Dinghy were just outside the locks. For the 6 and 8 Metre the used courses were about 5 nm out of the locks, East of the Isle of Marken.

At that time the Zuiderzee had an open connection with the North Sea. The sea water was salt or at best brackish. Waves could be steep and short due to the shallow waters.

In 1932 a dam was built between the North Sea and the Zuiderzee and the Zuiderzee was called IJsselmeer. As result of this the lake contains fresh water. Inside the lake new land was reclaimed. At this moment the center of the 1928 6 and 8 Metre course is located in the city of Almere. Also the city of Amsterdam reclaimed land from the sea and moved towards the lake. When the sailors from the 1928 Summer Olympics could return to their venue they would hardly recognize it.

Competition[edit]

Overview[edit]

Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female Reserves
3 23 3 41 143 3 18

Continents[edit]

  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Americas

Countries[edit]

Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1928 Olympic Games.
Blue: Water
Gray: Never participated in OG
Dark Gray: Participated in earlier OG
Green: Country participated for the first time
Dark Blue: Country participated also on previous games
Red: Country boycotted the sailing event of the OG
 Argentina (ARG)  Austria (AUT)  Belgium (BEL)
 Denmark (DEN)  Spain (ESP)  Estonia (EST)
 Finland (FIN)  France (FRA)  Germany (GER)
 Great Britain (GBR)  Hungary (HUN)  Italy (ITA)
 Latvia (LAT)  Monaco (MON)  Netherlands (NED)
 Norway (NOR)  Poland (POL)  Portugal (POR)
 South Africa (RSA)  Switzerland (SUI)  Sweden (SWE)
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)  United States (USA)

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
12' Dinghy Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 1 0 + + + 1920 2
6 Metre Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1908 5
8 Metre Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 5 0 + + + 1908 5

Mars symbol.svg = Male, Venus symbol.svg = Female, Cercle noir 100%.svg = Open

1928 Olympic Classes designs
 
1928 Olympic Classes in action

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
NO Class insigna.png

1928: 12' Dinghy
details

 Sweden (SWE)
Sven Thorell
 Norway (NOR)
Henrik Robert
 Finland (FIN)
Bertil Broman
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1928: 6 Metre
details

 Norway (NOR)
Johan Anker
Erik Anker
Håkon Bryhn
Crown Prince Olav
 Denmark (DEN)
Vilhelm Vett
Sven Linck
Aage Høy-Petersen
Nils Otto Møller
Peter Schlütter
 Estonia (EST)
Nikolai Vekšin
Andreas Faehlmann
Georg Faehlmann
H. R. Lehbert
Eberhard Vogdt
William von Wirén
8 Metre insigna.png

1928: 8 Metre
details

 France (FRA)
Donatien Bouché
André Derrien
Virginie Hériot
André Lesauvage
Jean Lesieur
Carl de la Sablière
 Netherlands (NED)
Johannes van Hoolwerff
Lambertus Doedes
Hendrik Kersken
Cornelis van Staveren
Gerard de Vries Lentsch
Maarten de Wit
 Sweden (SWE)
Clarence Hammar
Tore Holm
Carl Sandblom
John Sandblom
Philip Sandblom
Wilhelm Törsleff

Medal tables[edit]

Sailing 1928[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 1 1 0 2
2  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 1 2
3  France (FRA) 1 0 0 1
4  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
6  Estonia (EST) 0 0 1 1
 Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
Total 3 3 3 9

Sailing 1896–1928[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway 12 5 1 18
2  United Kingdom 9 2 2 13
3  France 4 7 7 18
4  Sweden 4 4 2 10
5  Belgium 2 2 1 5
 Netherlands 2 2 1 5
7   Switzerland 1 0 0 1
 Mixed team (ZZX) 1 0 0 1
9  Denmark 0 3 0 3
10  Finland 0 1 4 5
11  Germany 0 1 0 1
12  Estonia 0 0 1 1
 Russia 0 0 1 1
USA 0 0 1 1
Total 14 35 27 21 83

Remarks[edit]

Sailors[edit]

During the Sailing regatta's at the 1928 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

Sailors at the 1928 Olympic Games
In 6 Metre:
Crown Prince Olav 
In 8 Metre:
Virginie Hériot 

Notes[edit]

References[edit]