| Event type

Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date26 November – 5 December 1956
LocationPort Phillip Bay (Star and Sharpie Course)
Participants24 from 12 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Italy’s Agostino Straulino and his crewman, Nico Rode, came in as the defending gold medalists and Straulino was finishing up a string of eight consecutive European Championships (1949-56). The crew had also won the World Championships in 1952-53 and 1956, taking silver in 1939 and 1948, and bronze in 1954. They were favored but were beaten in four of the first five races by the American boat Kathleen, crewed by Bert Williams and Larry Low. Straulino and Rode won the final two races, but Williams and Low placed second in both to win the gold medal. Bronze went to the Bahamas, with Durward Knowles at the helm. This was the first Olympic medal ever won by the Bahamas. Knowles was competing in his third Olympics, entering in 1948 for Great Britain as the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee.

Bert WilliamsLarry Low
2Merope IIIITA5,649Silver
Agostino StraulinoNico Rode
3Gem IVBAH5,223Bronze
Durward KnowlesSloane Farrington
Duarte Manuel BelloJosé Silva
5Gam IIFRA3,126
Philippe ChancerelMichel Parent
6Kurush IVCUB2,714
Carlos de Cárdenas CulmellJorge de Cárdenas
7Starlight IIIGBR2,387
Bruce BanksStanley Potter
Timir PineginFyodor Shutkov
Robert FrenchJack Downey
Eugene PennellGeorge Parsons
11Covunco IIIARG1,260
Ovidio LagosJorge Brown
Birabongse, Prince BhanubandhLuang Pradiyat Navayudh