Reg White

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Reg White
Born 28 October 1935
Brightlingsea, Essex
Died May 27, 2010(2010-05-27) (aged 74)
Brightlingsea, Essex
Nationality British
Other names " Whitey "
Occupation Boat builder
Known for Olympic Yachting Gold Medal, 1976 Summer Olympics, Tornado Catamaran
Medal record
Men's sailing
Representing  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal Tornado

Reginald James White (28 October 1935 – 27 May 2010), usually Reg White, was an English boat builder, sailor, Olympic champion and world champion. He won a gold medal in the Tornado class with John Osborn at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[1]

He became world champion in the tornado class in 1976 and 1979.

White died just after sailing his Brightlingsea One-Design[2][3]


  1. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Sailing Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine. – (Retrieved on 10 November 2008)
  2. ^ "Yachts & Yachting Forum". 28 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2010. We are saddened to learn of the death of Olympic Tornado Gold medallist Reg White who passed away while racing his Brightlingsea One-Design last night. Born in 1935, Reg won a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and was a world-renowned boatbuilder. 
  3. ^ "Reg White". The Daily Telegraph. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. White died suddenly on the hard at Brightlingsea Sailing Club after finishing an evening pursuit race with his grandson, Fred, in a new clinker-built 18ft Brightlingsea One design, White Spirit. It had been named in 2009 and was almost identical to the boat White had first raced as a teenager 60 years before. 

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