Bernard Redwood

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBernard Boverton•Redwood
Used nameBernard•Redwood
Born28 November 1874 in Finchley, England (GBR)
Died28 September 1911 in Hampstead, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Due to poor weather conditions, Thomas Thornycroft enlisted the help of Bernard Redwood and John Field-Richards to bail out Gyrinus II in the 1908 Olympic motor boating events. This proved to be a sound tactical move as in both the Class B and Class C races neither of the other two entries completed the course and consequently Redwood and Field-Richards won two Olympic gold medals for their skills with a bucket! Despite his bizarre success at the Olympics, Bernard Redwood was, in fact, well known in the world of motor boating. He was a member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club and was awarded the medal of the Royal Society of Arts for a paper on high speed motor boats. After attending Bath College, he went up to Peterhouse College, Cambridge and represented the University in the 1894 cycling match against Oxford. He was the son of Sir Boverton Redwood, Bt. But he never succeeded to the title as in 1911, at the age of 36, he died of pneumonia and so pre-deceased his father.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Motorboating GBR Bernard Redwood
B-Class (Under 60 feet), Open (Olympic) Gyrinus 1 Gold
C-Class, Open (Olympic) Gyrinus 1 Gold