Durward Knowles

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Sir Durward Knowles
Personal information
Full name Durward Randolph Knowles
Nationality  Bahamas
Born (1917-11-02) 2 November 1917 (age 98)
Nassau, Bahamas
Sailing career
Class(es) Star

Sir Durward Randolph Knowles (born 2 November 1917) is a sailor and olympic champion from the Bahamas. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal in the Star class, together with Cecil Cooke.[1][2] He received a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[3] He had previously competed for the United Kingdom in the 1948 Olympics finishing in 4th place in the Star class together with Sloane Elmo Farrington.

Knowles was knighted in 1996.[4] In 1997, he was awarded The Bahamas' Order of Merit.[5] In 2014, the second Legend-class patrol boat of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was commissioned as HMBS Durward Knowles.

He is the stepbrother of Percy Knowles.


  1. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists – Sailing" gbrathletics (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  2. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Sailing" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  3. ^ "1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia – Sailing" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 1 June 2008)
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54537. p. 12875. 27 September 1996.
  5. ^ Johnson, Kelsie (20 April 2011). "Sir Durward Knowles gives Olympic medals to museum". http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/. The Freeport News. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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