|Full name||Pelle Helmer Petterson|
|Born||31 July 1932|
|Class(es)||Star, Soling, 6mR, 12 mR|
Pelle Helmer Petterson (born 31 July 1932) is a Swedish sailor and yacht designer. He is the son of Helmer Petterson and Norwegian-born Borgny Petterson (born Holm), and studied design at the leading Pratt Institute in New York from 1955 through 1957. His father was also a designer who developed wood gas aggregates and Volvo PV444, strongly influencing his son to go in his footsteps. He is probably best known for designing the Maxi brand of sailing boats, which are still among the most common sailing boats in Swedish waters. He also designed Volvo's successful sports car, the P1800, while he was a student of Pietro Frua.
There is a line of sailing clothing and sports wear bearing the name Petterson, under the Brand Name Pelle P. which are designed by his daughter, Cecilia. His other daughter, Ulrika "Icka", lives in the U.S. and is married to Paul Cayard, an American yachtsman and professional sailor.
Olympic medals and other yacht racing awards
Competing in the Star class, Petterson won two Olympic medals: a bronze in 1964 and a silver in 1972. He held the world title in this event in 1969.
He also won World Cup medals in the Soling Class and participated in the America's Cup several times, skippering the Swedish America's Cup Challenges in 1977 and 1980.
Petterson was the first person to be inducted into the Swedish Sailing Hall of Fame. On 14 May 2004 he received the Swedish Business Award for Outstanding Achievements of the first grade from the West Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Amongst previous recipients are Arvid Carlsson Nobel laureate, Ingvar Kamprad founder of Ikea and Pehr G. Gyllenhammar former CEO of Volvo.
On 19 November 2004 he received the KTH's Stora Pris from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
On 8 June 2010 Petterson received from Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden the King's Medal (12th size bright-blue ribbon) for outstanding contributions as a yachtsman and boat designer.
- As of 27 September 2015
|1964||Olympic Games||Enoshima, Japan||3rd||Star class|
|1966||Star World Championships||Kiel, West Germany||7th||Star class|
|1967||Star World Championships||Copenhagen, Denmark||5th||Star class|
|1969||Star World Championships||San Diego, USA||1st||Star class|
|Soling World Championship||Copenhagen, DEN||2nd||Soling|
|1970||Star World Championships||Marstrand, Sweden||13th||Star class|
|1971||Star World Championships||Puget Sound, USA||7th||Star class|
|1972||Star World Championships||Caracas, Venezuela||4th||Star class|
|Olympic Games||Kiel, West Germany||2nd||Star class|
|1973||Star World Championships||San Diego Bay, USA||8th||Star class|
|1974||Star World Championships||Laredo, Spain||2nd||Star class|
|1976||Star World Championships||Nassau, Bahamas||8th||Star class|
|1977||6 Metre World Championships||Marstrand, Sweden||1st||6 Metre class|
|1978||Star World Championships||San Francisco, USA||17th||Star class|
|1979||Star World Championships||Marstrand, Sweden||6th||Star class|
|6 Metre World Championships||Seattle, USA||1st||6 Metre class|
|1983||6 Metre World Championships||Newport, USA||1st||6 Metre class|
|1995||Star World Championships||Laredo, Spain||63rd||Star class|
|1998||Star World Championships||Portoroz, Slovenia||89th||Star class|
|2009||Star World Championships||Varberg, Sweden||61st||Star class|
- ^ a b c d Pelle Petterson. Swedish Olympic Committee
- ^ Swärd, Lasse (8 November 2009). "Volvo ger upprättelse åt P1800:s skapare (Volvo provide redress to the P1800's creator)". Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
- ^ "Pelle Petterson". Olympedia. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
- ^ "Pelle Petterson - Sweden's sailing hero", 32nd America's Cup Interviews, 9 January 2005, retrieved 8 November 2009
- ^ "KTHs Stora pris - Samtliga vinnare (KTH's Grand Prize - All the winners)", KTH, 29 September 2009, archived from the original on 6 December 2009, retrieved 8 November 2009
- ^ HM King Carl XVI Gustaf Medals, 8 June 2010, retrieved 8 June 2010
- ^ "Sailor Biography". members.sailing.org.
- 1932 births
- Living people
- Swedish male sailors (sport)
- Olympic sailors of Sweden
- Sailors at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Star
- Sailors at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Dragon
- Sailors at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Flying Dutchman
- Sailors at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Star
- Olympic silver medalists for Sweden
- Olympic bronze medalists for Sweden
- Swedish automobile designers
- America's Cup yacht designers
- Swedish yacht designers
- Olympic medalists in sailing
- Star class world champions
- 6 Metre class sailors
- Volvo Ocean Race sailors
- Medalists at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Medalists at the 1964 Summer Olympics
- 1980 America's Cup sailors
- 1977 America's Cup sailors
- World champions in sailing for Sweden
- Swedish people of Norwegian descent
- Sportspeople from Stockholm