Sailing at the 1928 Summer Olympics – 8 Metre

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8 Metre[1]
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
8mR 1919.svg
Line drawing of the 8 Metre
Venue Zuiderzee
Dates First race: August 2, 1928 (1928-08-02)
Last race: August 9, 1928 (1928-08-09)
Competitors 43 Male and
2 Female from 8 nations
Teams 8
1st, gold medalist(s) Donatien Bouché; André Derrien;
Virginie Hériot; André Lesauvage;
Jean Lesieur;Carl de la Sablière
2nd, silver medalist(s) Johannes van Hoolwerff; Lambertus Doedes;
Henk Kersken; Maarten de Wit;
Cornelis van Staveren; Gerard de Vries Lentsch
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Clarence Hammar; Tore Holm;
Carl Sandblom; John Sandblom;
Philip Sandblom; Wilhelm Törsleff
← 1924
1932 →

The 8 Metre was a sailing event on the Sailing at the 1928 Summer Olympics program in Amsterdam. Seven races were scheduled. 45 sailors, on 8 boats, from 8 nations competed.

Race schedule[1][edit]

 ●  Event competitions  ●  Event finals
Date August
8 Metre Spare
Total gold medals 1

Course area and course configuration[1][edit]

For the 8 Metre the used courses were about 5 nm out of the locks, East of the Isle of Marken on the Zuiderzee.

At that time the Zuiderzee had an open connection with the North Sea. The sea water was salt or at best brackish. Waves could be steep and short due to the shallow waters.

1928 Olympic Course Areas
Course area and courses for the 8 Metre

Weather conditions [2][edit]

Date Race Wind speed Wind direction
2-AUG-1928 1st Race 7 knots (3.6 m/s) -
10 knots (5.1 m/s)
NNE Wind.svg
3-AUG-1928 2nd Race 8 knots (4.1 m/s) -
11 knots (5.7 m/s)
ENE Wind.svg
4-AUG-1928 3rd Race 11 knots (5.7 m/s) -
17 knots (8.7 m/s)
NE Wind.svg
5-AUG-1928 4th Race 13 knots (6.7 m/s) -
21 knots (11 m/s)
NNE Wind.svg
7-AUG-1928 5th Race 8 knots (4.1 m/s) -
11 knots (5.7 m/s)
S Wind.svg
8-AUG-1928 6th Race 10 knots (5.1 m/s) -
13 knots (6.7 m/s)
W Wind.svg
9-AUG-1928 7th Race 10 knots (5.1 m/s) -
15 knots (7.7 m/s)
W Wind.svg


The 1928 Olympic scoring system was used.

Final results[4][edit]

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Rank Country Helmsman Crew Sail № Boat Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total
1st, gold medalist(s)  France Donatien Bouché Mars symbol.svg André Derrien Mars symbol.svg
Virginie Hériot Venus symbol.svg
André Lesauvage Mars symbol.svg
Jean Lesieur Mars symbol.svg
Carl de la Sablière Mars symbol.svg
F 1 L’Aile VI 7   1 Q 8 DNS[5] 2 Q 4   1   1   3 x 1st
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Netherlands Johannes van Hoolwerff Mars symbol.svg Lambertus Doedes Mars symbol.svg
Henk Kersken Mars symbol.svg
Cornelis van Staveren Mars symbol.svg
Gerard de Vries Lentsch Mars symbol.svg
Maarten de Wit Mars symbol.svg
H 1 Hollandia 1 Q 3 Q 1 Q 3 Q 2   2   3   2 x 1st
2 x 2nd
3 x 3rd
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden Clarence Hammar Mars symbol.svg Tore Holm Mars symbol.svg
Carl Sandblom Mars symbol.svg
John Sandblom Mars symbol.svg
Philip Sandblom Mars symbol.svg
Wilhelm Törsleff Mars symbol.svg
S 3 Sylvia 3 Q 4   2 Q 1 Q 1   4   2   2 x 1st
2 x 2nd
1 x 3rd
4  Italy Francesco Giovanelli Mars symbol.svg Carlo Alberto D'Albertis Mars symbol.svg
Marcantonio De Beaumont-Bonelli Mars symbol.svg
Mario Bruzzone Mars symbol.svg
Guido Giovanelli Mars symbol.svg
Edoardo Moscatelli Mars symbol.svg
I 11 Bamba 8 RET 2 Q 6 RET 7 DSQ 5   3       1 x 2nd
1 x 3rd
1 x 5th
4  Norway Bernhard Lund Mars symbol.svg Halfdan Hansen Mars symbol.svg
Magnus Konow Mars symbol.svg
Jens Salvesen Mars symbol.svg
Wilhelm Wilhelmsen Mars symbol.svg
N 25 Noreg 2 Q 8 DSQ 6 RET 7 RET[6] 3   5       1 x 2nd
1 x 3rd
1 x 5th
6  United States Owen Churchill Mars symbol.svg Manfred Curry Mars symbol.svg
Frank Hekma Mars symbol.svg
Nicholas Hekma Mars symbol.svg
Ben Weston Mars symbol.svg
US Babe 6   6   3 Q 7 RET 8 DNS 8 DNS 8 DNS 1 x 3rd
7  Great Britain Ernest Roney Mars symbol.svg Philip Falle Mars symbol.svg
Thomas Riggs Mars symbol.svg
Esmond Roney Mars symbol.svg
Margaret Roney Venus symbol.svg
Thomas Skinner Mars symbol.svg
K Feo 4   5   8 DNS 7 RET             1 x 4th
1 x 5th
8  Argentina Rafael Iglesias Mars symbol.svg Miguel Bosch Mars symbol.svg
Pedro Dates Mars symbol.svg
Horacio Seeber Mars symbol.svg
Carlos Serantes Mars symbol.svg
A Cupidon III 5   8 RET 4   8 RET             1 x 4th
1 x 5th

Legend: DNS – Did not start; DSQ – Disqualified; Q – Qualifying race; RET – Retired;
Gender: Mars symbol.svg – male; Venus symbol.svg – female;

Daily standings[edit]

Graph showing the daily standings in the 8 Metre during the 1928 Summer Olympics


Maximum number of entrants[1][edit]

For the Int. 8-metres class 1 yacht from each country, manned by 6 amateurs maximum (maximum numberof substitutes 6).

Other information[edit]

During the Sailing regattas at the 1928 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d (ed.) G. van Rossum (1928). The Ninth Olympiad Amsterdam 1928:Official Report (PDF). Amsterdam: The Netherlands Olympic Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Daggegevens van het weer in Nederland". KNMI. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Medal Winners". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Note:". If it is not clear from other sources, it is assumed that the first person mentioned in the crewlist of the official report is the helmsmen. 
  5. ^ "Olympisch zeilen". Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant. 6 August 1928. The France yacht was not ready in time to be towed to the starting area. 
  6. ^ "Note:". Dismasted.