Pelle Helmer Petterson (born 31 July 1932) is a Swedishsailor 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. He is probably best known for designing the Maxi Class 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.
A Volvo P1800, designed by Petterson
Petterson has three children.
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
He has won Olympic bronze and Olympic silver in the Starboat class. He also won World Cup medals in the Soling Class and participated in the America's Cup several times.
He won Olympic medals for Starboat racing in 1964 and 1972. He won the World Championship title in the Star class at the 1969 Worlds in San Diego, USA. He skippered the Swedish America's Cup Challenges in 1977 and 1980.
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.