Sailing at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venues Acapulco
Dates First race: 14 October 1968 (1968-10-14)
Last race: 21 October 1968 (1968-10-21)
Sailors 247 from 40 countries
Boats 123
Top ranked countries
 United States: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Great Britain: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Sweden: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Soviet Union: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
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1972 →

Sailing/Yachting is an Olympic sport starting from the Games of the 1st Olympiad (1896 Olympics in Athens Greece. With the exception of 1904 and possible 1916 sailing was always a part of the Olympic program.

The Sailing program of 1968 consisted of a total of five sailing classes (disciplines). For each class seven races were scheduled from 14 October 1968 to 21 October 1968 off the coast of Acapulco in the Bay of Acapulco.

The sailing was done on the triangular type Olympic courses.


Acapulco Bay is located on the Pacific coast in the state of Guerrero, 250 miles from Mexico City. The facilities at Club de Yates were improved and modified. 20,000 square metres of new docks provided with potable water, electricity and telephones were created. The buoys bearing colored flags delineated the three course areas.

Technical control was assured by a staff of measurers for gauging all yachts before racing.

The Olympic Village, located in the Caleta Hotel, provided accommodation for 503 competitors, trainers, team managers from 40 countries.



Continents Countries Classes Boats Male Female
5 40 5 123 247 0


  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Americas


Countries that participated in the Sailing event of the 1968 Olympic Games.
Blue: Water
Gray: Never participated in OG
Dark Gray: Participated in earlier OG
Green: Country participated for the first time
Dark Blue: Country participated also on previous games
Red: Country boycotted the sailing event of the OG
 Argentina (ARG)  Australia (AUS)  Austria (AUT)
 Bahamas (BAH)  Belgium (BEL)  Bermuda (BER)
 Brazil (BRA)  Canada (CAN)  Ceylon (CEY)
 Denmark (DEN)  El Salvador (ESA)  Spain (ESP)
 Finland (FIN)  France (FRA)  West Germany (FRG)
 Great Britain (GBR)  East Germany (GDR)  Greece (GRE)
 Hong Kong (HKG)  Hungary (HUN)  Indonesia (INA)
 Virgin Islands (ISV)  Italy (ITA)  Jamaica (JAM)
 Mexico (MEX)  Netherlands (NED)  Norway (NOR)
 New Zealand (NZL)  Philippines (PHI)  Poland (POL)
 Portugal (POR)  Puerto Rico (PUR)  Switzerland (SUI)
 Sweden (SWE)  Thailand (THA)  Soviet Union (URS)
 Uruguay (URU)  United States (USA)  Venezuela (VEN)
 Yugoslavia (YUG)

Classes (equipment)[edit]

Class Type Event Sailors Trapeze Mainsail Jib/Genoa Spinnaker First OG Olympics so far
Finn Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 1 0 + 1952 5
Flying Dutchman Dinghy Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 1 + + + 1960 3
Star Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 2 0 + + 1932 8
Dragon Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1948 6
5.5 Metre Keelboat Cercle noir 100%.svg 3 0 + + + 1952 5

Mars symbol.svg = Male, Venus symbol.svg = Female, Cercle noir 100%.svg = Open

1968 Olympic Classes designs

Medal summary[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Finn insigna.png

1968: Finn

 Soviet Union (URS)
Valentin Mankin
 Austria (AUT)
Hubert Raudaschl
 Italy (ITA)
Fabio Albarelli
Flying Dutchman insigna.png

1968: Flying Dutchman

 Great Britain (GBR)
Rodney Pattisson
Iain MacDonald-Smith
 West Germany (FRG)
Ulli Libor
Peter Naumann
 Brazil (BRA)
Reinaldo Conrad
Burkhard Cordes
NO Class insigna.png

1968: Star

 United States (USA)
Lowell North
Peter Barrett
 Norway (NOR)
Peder Lunde, Jr.
Per Wiken
 Italy (ITA)
Franco Cavallo
Camillo Gargano
Dragon insigna.png

1968: Dragon

 United States (USA)
George Friedrichs
Barton Jahncke
Gerald Schreck
 Denmark (DEN)
Aage Birch
Poul Richard Høj Jensen
Niels Markussen
 East Germany (GDR)
Paul Borowski
Karl-Heinz Thun
Konrad Weichert
5.5 Metre insigna.png

1968: 5.5 Metre

 Sweden (SWE)
Ulf Sundelin
Jörgen Sundelin
Peter Sundelin
 Switzerland (SUI)
Louis Noverraz
Bernhard Dunand
Marcel Stern
 Great Britain (GBR)
Robin Aisher
Paul Anderson
Adrian Jardine

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 2 0 0 2
2  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1 2
3  Sweden (SWE) 1 0 0 1
 Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 0 1
5  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 0 1
 Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
 West Germany (FRG) 0 1 0 1
 Austria (AUT) 0 1 0 1
 Norway (NOR) 0 1 0 1
10  Italy (ITA) 0 0 2 2
11  East Germany (GDR) 0 0 1 1
 Brazil (BRA) 0 0 1 1
Total 5 5 5 15



  • This Olympic sailing event was gender independent, but turned out to be a Men only event. This was one of the triggers to create gender specific events. This however had to wait until 1988.
  •  Paul Elvstrøm (DEN) was trying to win his fifth Gold medal. This time in the Star. He came close. 4th.
  •  Rodney Pattison (GBR) won his first Olympic medal (Gold) in his boat Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It is difficult to appoint Olympic records to sailing, but the score of this Flying Dutchman team would hold probably the record of best olympic score: DSQ, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2!
  • In each of the five classes there was a major difference in points between the gold and the silver medalists.


During the Sailing regattas at the 1968 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:

Sailors at the 1968 Olympic Games
In Finn:
Jacques Rogge 
In 5.5 Metre:
Harald V of Norway