| Event type

8 metres, Open

Date27 – 29 July 1908
LocationRyde Pier, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Participants25 from 3 countries
FormatPlacement by number of wins, followed by points awarded as 3-2-1 for first three places in each race. Three races, each over two circuits of a course in the Solent. Total distance, 16 miles

The British boat Cobweb won the first two races, clinching the gold medal. Some controversy concerns the make-up of the 3rd-place crew of the boat Sorais, owned by the Duchess of Westminster. Some sources indicate that she was a passenger on the boat during the races, while in his report on the yacht races, published 27 February 1909, Charles Newton-Robinson, the Yachting Racing Association representative on the British Olympic Council, refers to the Duchess as “the pilot.”

Blair CochraneArthur WoodHenry SuttonJohn RhodesCharles Campbell
Carl HellströmEdmund ThormählenErik WalleriusEric SandbergHarald Wallin
Philip HunlokeCollingwood HughesFrederick HughesGeorge RatseyWilliam Ward
Johan AnkerEinar HvoslefHagbart SteffensMagnus KonowEilert Falch-Lund
John CarlssonEdvin HagbergHjalmar LönnrothKarl LjungbergAugust Olsson