| Event type

Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date20 – 27 September 1988
LocationBusan Yachting Center, Busan (Course Alpha)
Participants43 from 21 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

After six races, the American pair of Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel was leading, but Canada was second, Brazil third, and Great Britain, all with a chance to win depending on the outcome of the final race, although Britain was a longshot. The US boat gave them that chance when their mast broke and they could not finish the race, which dropped them down to silver medal. When the Brazilian pair of Torben Grael and Nelson Falcão finished eighth, and the British crew of Mike McIntyre and Bryn Vaile won the final race, the impossible had happened and Britain had the gold medal. McIntyre said, “In my wildest dreams I thought we could win, but not in any other state of mind.” Reynolds and Haenel would return in 1996 and improve to the gold medal.

In 19th place was the Bahamas, skippered by Durward Knowles, who was competing in his eighth Olympics at just over 70-years-old. He had first raced in 1948 for Great Britain, because the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee, and then raced at each Olympics through 1972, before taking a 16-year Olympic break. He had won two Olympic medals, including gold in this class in 1964.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Great BritainGBR45.764.7Gold
Mike McIntyreBryn Vaile
2United StatesUSA48.076.0Silver
Hal HaenelMark Reynolds
Nelson FalcãoTorben Grael
Mats HanssonMats Johansson
Alfio PeraboniGiorgio Gorla
Bruce MacDonaldRoss MacDonald
Colin BeashelGregory Torpy
8Soviet UnionURS68.490.4
Aleksandr ZõbinViktor Solovyov
Kobus VandenbergSteven Bakker
10West GermanyFRG72.4100.4
Alexander HagenFritz Girr
Anders Geert JensenMogens Just
Ilias ChatzipavlisKonstantinos Manthos
Hubert RaudaschlStephan Puxkandl
Howard PalmerMichael Green
Henrique AnjosPatrick Monteiro de Barros
Alberto ZanettiJulio Labandeira
José PérezJuan Costas
Jean-Claude Vuithier, Jr.Marco CalderariChristian Hayner
19The BahamasBAH136.0164.0
Durward KnowlesSteven Kelly
20United States Virgin IslandsISV137.0163.0
John Foster, Jr.John Foster, Sr.
Alejandro FerreiroBernd Knüppel