Blair Cochrane

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Olympic medal record
Representing  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1908 London 8 Metre

Captain Blair Onslow Cochrane OBE (11September 1853 –7 December 1928) was a British sailor who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics. He was helmsman of the British boat Cobweb, which won the gold medal in the 8-metre class.

Cochrane was born near Darlington, County Durham, the son of a wealthy land and coal mine owner. His great-grandfather was Archibald Cochrane, 9th Earl of Dundonald. He was educated at King's College School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery and rose to the rank of Captain.[1]

In 1896, Cochrane, Lieutenant-Colonel Augustus Henry Macdonald Moreton, and Captain Ernest du Boulay invented the Redwing Class, the first racing craft.[2]

In the 1908 Olympic Games, Cochrane and his brothers-in-law, Henry Sutton and John Rhodes, raced in Cochrane's yacht, Cobweb, that won the 8-metre class.[1]

From 1909 to 1913, Cochrane was Rear Commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.[1]

He later served as County Director, Auxiliary Hospitals and Voluntary Aid Detachments on the Isle of Wight. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1919 New Year Honours for his service during the First World War.[3]

He married Mary Sutton, daughter of Sir Richard Sutton, 4th Baronet. Their daughter, Jean Cochrane, was also a top yachtswoman. She died unexpectedly on her yacht in 1946.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "British Sailing Gold Medallists" (PDF). British Olympic Committee. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Yacht Racing: The Redwings Jubilee". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 13 August 1946. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 31114". The London Gazette. 8 January 1919. p. 454. 
  4. ^ "Women's Death in Yacht". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 6 September 1947. p. 4. 

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