Sailing at the 1924 Summer Olympics
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Letterhead VIIIe Olympiade Paris 1924
|Dates||First race: 10 July 1924 (Meulan)|
Last race: 13 July 1924
First race: 21 July 1924 (Le Havre)
Last race: 26 July 1924
|Competitors||62 Male and 1 Female from 19 nations|
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 the canceled 1916 Summer Olympics, sailing has always been included on the Olympic schedule. The Sailing program of 1924 consisted of a total of three sailing classes (disciplines). For each of the classes the event an elimination round, semi-finals and finals were scheduled. The French National Monotype 1924 was on the program from 10 to 13 July. The Metre classes (6 and 8) had their races from the 21 to 26 July.
|Cercle de la Voile de Paris|
de Meulan Les Mureaux
Burgee of the Cercle de la Voile de Paris
|Address||30, quai Albert Glandaz|
|Town or city||78130 Les Mureaux|
|Completed||14 May 1894|
|Owner||Cercle de la Voile de Paris|
Meulan was the venue for the Olympic regatta's in the French National Monotype. The host club for the 1924 Olympic Sailing at Meulan was the Cercle de la Voile de Paris. Like in 1900 the race conditions at Meulan during the Olympic regatta were not ideal. The light breeze during the first elimination series could hardly make the sailing interesting. When the wind picked up in the second series the conditions must have improved. During the first semi-final the wind came from South East. As a result, the yachts could sail most of the course without tacking or jibing, therefore not challenging the capabilities of the sailors. In the second semi-final however the wind shifted to East-North-East so that tacking was needed in the final legs of the laps.
|La Société des Régates du Havre|
Burgee of the Société des Régates du Havre
|Location||Le Palais de la Société des Régates au Havre (The clubhouse) was used in 1914 and 1940 as British army hospital. Bombed in 1940 and finally destroyed in 1942.|
|Owner||La Société des Régates du Havre|
Le Havre was the venue for the Olympic regattas for the 6 and 8 Metre. The host club for the 1924 Olympic Sailing at Le Havre was the Société des Régates du Havre. Due to the Easterly winds the courses at Le Havre were mostly reaches. As result sailing a windward leg was not really tested. This however was more or less custom for that time.
This was the first Olympic where just one boat per country per class was allowed.
After the enormous number of classes used during the Olympic sailing event of 1920 the International Yacht Racing Union decided that for 1924 just three classes would be used. The choice was made in favor of two Metre classes (6 and 8) and monotype (One Design) class.
|Class||Type||Venue||Event||Sailors||First OG||Olympics so far|
|Franch National Monotype||Dinghy||Meulan||1||1924||1|
|6 Metre||Keelboat||Le Havre||3||1908||4|
|8 Metre||Keelboat||Le Havre||5||1908||4|
|Legend: = Mixed gender event|
|●||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||●||Event finals||●||Closing ceremony|
|Sailing||●||●||●||●||● ●||● ●||● ●||● ●||● ●|
|Total gold medals||1||2|
| Belgium (BEL)
| Norway (NOR)
| Finland (FIN)|
1924: 6 Metre
| Norway (NOR)
| Denmark (DEN)
| Netherlands (NED)|
1924: 8 Metre
| Norway (NOR)
Carl Ringvold, Jr.
| Great Britain (GBR)
| France (FRA)|
|Great Britain (GBR)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (7 nations)||3||3||3||9|
The official report used a point system to give participating nations an overall rank in the sport:
|Rank||Country||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||4th place||5th place||6th place||Total|
|Great Britain (GBR)||1||5||5|
- Eugen Lunde, the first of the Olympic dynasty of Norwegian Lunde sailors:
- His son and daughter in law, Peder Lunde and Vibeke "Babben" Lunde, sailed together in the 1952 Olympics in the 5.5 Metre.
- Italy was also entered in the 8 Metre. However, they did not participate.
- Germany was not invited.
- This is the first Olympic regatta where only one boat per class per country is allowed.
During the sailing regattas at the 1924 Summer Olympics among others the following persons were competing in the various classes:
- Switzerland (SUI), one of the great 20th century's adventurer, travel writer and photographer, as well as a sportswoman, Ella Maillart
- Belgium (BEL), three times Olympic medalist, Léon Huybrechts
- France (FRA), the famous French aircraft manufacturer and engineer, Louis Breguet
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- Les Jeux de la VIIIe Olympiade Paris 1924:rapport official (PDF) (in French). Paris: Librairie de France: Comité Olympique Français. 1924. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
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