Charles Currey

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Charles Currey
Charles Currey, Paul Elvstrøm, Rickard Sarby 1952.jpg
Currey (left) at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born 26 February 1916
Died 10 May 2010 (aged 94)
Sport Sailing

Charles Currey (26 February 1916 – 10 May 2010[1]) was a British sailor who won a silver medal in Finn class at the 1952 Olympics.[2]

Currey was born into a marine family. He had to abandon an anticipated career in the British Navy due to an illness, and instead became a renowned sailor and boat builder. At the onset of World War II he was accepted as a member of Royal Naval Reserve, and was eventually promoted to lieutenant commander and appointed as captain of a gunboat patrolling the English Channel. He then returned to boat building and became an expert in the Firefly dinghy. He was considered for the 1948 Olympic team in this boat class, and was selected in 1952, when he won a silver medal ahead the Swedish boat designer Rickard Sarby. After that Currey designed and sailed other types of dinghies, as well as powerboats. In the 1960 he was appointed as managing director of the Fairey Marine company, where he worked for the past decades.[when?] His son Alistair Currey also became an Olympic sailor.[2]


  1. ^ "Charles Currey: Olympic yachtsman and boatbuilder". 25 May 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Charles Currey". Retrieved 5 June 2010.