David Forbes (sailor)

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David Forbes
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Men's sailing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place Munich 1972 Star
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1970 Sydney 5.5m
Silver medal – second place 1971 Seawanhaka 5.5m

David John Forbes OAM (born 26 January 1934) is an Australian sailor who competed for his country at three Olympics from 1968 to 1976.

Biography[edit]

Forbes attended Newington College from 1943 to 1949.[1] He was the helmsman of the Australian boat in the star class at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where it finished eighth, and at the 1972 Munich Olympics, where he won a gold medal. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he helmed the Australian boat which finished eleventh in the soling class. Forbes was also the mainsheet hand on the 1970 America's Cup challenger Gretel II.

Honours[edit]

Forbes was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988[2] and in 2000, he received an Australian Sports Medal.[3] In the Australia Day Honours List of 2015, Forbes was made an OAM for service to yachting.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp66
  2. ^ "David Forbes". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Forbes, David: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Australia Day 2015 Honours List

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