Tore Holm

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Tore Holm
Tore Holm 1931.jpg
Tore Holm on Princess Svanevit in Stockholm in 1931
Personal information
Born25 November 1896
Gamleby, Sweden
Died15 November 1977(1977-11-15) (aged 80)
Gamleby, Sweden
Sailing career
Class(es)40m² Skerry cruiser, 6mR, 8mR
ClubNorrköpings Segelsällskap, Royal Swedish Yacht Club

Tore Anton Holm (25 November 1896 – 15 November 1977) was a Swedish yacht designer, boatbuilder, and sailor who competed in the 1920, 1928, 1932, 1936 and 1948 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

Sailing career[edit]

He started out in 1920 as a crew member on the Swedish boat Sif, where he won the gold medal in the 40 m² class and eight years later he conquered the bronze medal, as a crew member on the Sylvia in the 8 metre class. In 1932 he won his second gold medal, this time being on the crew of the Bissbi, in the 6 metre class. At the Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936, he did not win a medal after finishing fourth in the 8 metre class competition. He finished his Olympic career in 1948 on the 6 metre class with his fourth medal, and second bronze, as part of the crew on the Ali Baba II.

Yacht designer[edit]

In the early 1920s, the Holm boatyard at Gamleby designed and built a number of boats in the Skerry Cruiser (or Square Metre Rule) Class. In the later 1920s and 1930s several more designs came to fruition built to the International or Metre Rule, particularly in the 6m, 8m and 10m classes.[3]

Posthumous build of J-class yacht[edit]

In 2014 it was reported that a new J-Class hull, Svea, was under construction at the Freddie Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw shipyard in the Netherlands to an original design by Tore Holm dating from 1937. In 2015 it was reported that outfitting would be undertaken at the Vitters Shipyard.[4] She competed briefly in the 2017 J-Class regatta at Bermuda before her headstay furler broke.[5]

Selected list of Tore Holm yacht designs[edit]

8 Metre-yacht Ilderim
Class Names Year ([3] unless otherwise indicated)
55m² Mayflower 1919
40m² Sif 1920
40m² Gazell 1935[6]
95m² Marga IV (nowadays named Palazzo) 1921
95m² Brit-Marie (together with brother Yngve Holm) 1921
5m Ran
5m Mystic 1937
5m Going 1938[7]
5m Maribell
6mR Lilian 1928
6mR Västanfläkt 1928
6mR Bissei 1929
6mR Bissbi 1929[8]
6mR Fridolin 1930[6]
6mR Marianne 1934
6mR Joy 1935[6]
6mR Marabu 1935[6]
6mR Tidsfördrif 1935 or 1937[9]
6mR Lyn 1936[6]
6mR May Be IV 1936[6]
6mR Maybe 1936[10]
6mR Fågel blå 1937[11]
6mR Fandango 1937[6]
6mR Nisidia 1937[6]
6mR Lilo-Reet 1938[6]
6mR May Be VI 1946[6]
6mR Alibaba II 1948[6]
6mR Silene III 1950[6]
6mR May Be VIII 1953[6]
8mR Elsinore 1930
8mR Ranja 1935
8mR Ilderim 1936[12]
8mR Wanda 1937
8mR(based) Thalatta 1938[6]
8mR Svanevit 1939
8mR Athena 1939[6]
8mR Atair/ Allegro 1939
8mR Albatross
8mR Zilverwiek [6]
10mR Zibeline/Itaka 1934[13]
10mR Gullkrona
10mR Havsörnen 1937[a]
12mR Princess Svanevit (together with Gustaf Estlander) 1930[15]
70' yawl Havsörnen II / Ivanhoe 1938[16]


  1. ^ According to one source[14] Havsörnen was designed jointly with Knud Reimers, although she was built at Holms Batvarv.


  1. ^ Tore Holm.
  2. ^ Tore Holm. Swedish Olympic Committee
  3. ^ a b "Tore Holms Varv". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ PROJECT 3076. (24 January 2013). Retrieved on 2016-01-25.
  5. ^ Toby Hodges, 11 August 2017: The purist’s America’s Cup – the story of the seven-strong J Class Regatta in Bermuda at, accessed 12 April 2018
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Tore Holm. Classic Yacht Info (21 November 2015). Retrieved on 2016-01-25.
  7. ^ Page including ref to Going, at
  8. ^ Foto:. Retrieved on 25 January 2016.
  9. ^ tidsfordriv. Retrieved on 25 January 2016.
  10. ^ classic letter 8. (1 February 2003). Retrieved on 2016-01-25.
  11. ^ 6mr – For sale. Retrieved on 25 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Scandinavia" in EIGHTMAIL №41. Newsletter of the International Eight Metre Association. p. 41. Retrieved on 2016-06-11.
  13. ^ Itaka « Sail Yacht Society. Retrieved on 25 January 2016.
  14. ^ Page for Havsornen at Retrieved on 2016-06-11.
  15. ^ "12mR Yacht Trivia". Retrieved on 2016-06-13.
  16. ^ page re constructor Tore Holm's yawl ''Ivanhoe''. (26 October 2012). Retrieved on 2016-01-25.

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