Sailing at the 1932 Summer Olympics

Dates 5 – 12 August 1932
Medal Events 4

This was the first time that yachting competitions took place within the time frame of the main Olympic Games. The regattas were held off the coast at the Port of Los Angeles on a course that had been used for local regattas for the past eight years. There were prevailing moderate wind conditions with no danger of ebb- or flood-tides. Constant winds during the Olympic regattas confirmed the wise course selection.

For the first time a consistent point system was used for all races in all events. The winner in each class of the yachting competition was decided on the following point system:

• A yacht was given one point for finishing.

• A yacht was given one point for each boat it defeated.

• The number of defeated yachts was figured on the number starting in any one race.

• A yacht that started and did not finish did not receive a point for starting, but was counted as a defeated yacht in awarding points to the other yachts.

• Where only one yacht was entered, it was necessary for her to sail over and properly complete the course in order to be awarded a place.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
One Person Dinghy (Snowbird), Open Olympic 5 – 12 August 1932 12 11
Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open Olympic 5 – 12 August 1932 14 7
6 metres, Open Olympic 5 – 9 August 1932 13 3
8 metres, Open Olympic 5 – 8 August 1932 18 2
54 (54/0) 11 (11/0)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
One Person Dinghy, Open Jacques Baptiste LebrunFRA Bob MaasNED Santiago AmatESP
Two Person Keelboat, Open JupiterUSA JoyGBR Swedish StarSWE
6 metres, Open BissbiSWE GallantUSA CapriceCAN
8 metres, Open AngelitaUSA Santa MariaCAN

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 2 1 0 3
Sweden SWE 1 0 1 2
France FRA 1 0 0 1
Canada CAN 0 1 1 2
Great Britain GBR 0 1 0 1
Netherlands NED 0 1 0 1
Spain ESP 0 0 1 1