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One Person Dinghy (Olympic Monotype), Open

Date10 – 13 July 1924
LocationCercle de la Voile de Paris, Meulan
Participants17 from 17 countries
FormatMeulan-Les-Mureaux; 9 kilometre course for the finals, 6 kilometre course for the first round.

This was the first time single-handed boats were included in Olympic competition. The IOC decreed that the French sailing authorities should decide on the design of boat to be used and provided these boats for use at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately the number of entrants exceeded the number of boats available and a convoluted series of qualifying races had to be scheduled to eliminate just a single boat from the finals. The class was termed the Olympic Monotype, but was actually known as the Monotype national français (or French National Monotype), or Meulan, class, and was chosen as the monotype class by the Union des sociétés nautiques française (USNF). However, only 10 of the 16 boats were Monotype national français, with the other six slightly different and possibly of the very similar Belgian/Dutch Scheldejol class

Léon Huybrechts, a Belgian who had won silver medals in both 1908 and 1920, proved himself a master of the fickle French winds. He posted a comfortable victory in the first of the two races that made up the Olympic final then held off the challenge of the Dutch boat to win the second race and confirm himself as champion. Behind him there was a three-way tie for second place and so a tie-breaker race had to be scheduled. Spain’s Santiago Amat led at halfway but faltered badly and allowed Henrik Robert of Norway and Hans Dittmar of Finland to pass him and claim silver and bronze respectively.

Although she failed to reach the final stages, Swiss sailor Ella Maillart made a piece of history by becoming the first woman to skipper a boat in Olympic competition. Maillart, who also competed internationally in hockey and alpine skiing, later became better known as an adventurer and acclaimed travel writer.

1Léon HuybrechtsBELGold
2Henrik RobertNORSilver
3Hans DittmarFINBronze
4Santiago AmatESP
5Johan HinNED
6Clarence HammarSWE
7Gordon FowlerGBR
8Frederico BurnayPOR
ACBernardo MilhasARG
ACEdward BryzemejsterPOL
ACNorm RobertsonCAN
ACRupert Ellis-BrownRSA
ACAlbert MicheletFRA
ACElla MaillartSUI
ACÉmile BarralMON
ACEduard BürgmeisterTCH
ACAage Høy-PedersenDEN

Round One (10 July 1924)

First two in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat One (14:30)

1Hans DittmarFIN1-58:35Q
2Léon HuybrechtsBEL1-59:26Q
3Clarence HammarSWE2-01:12
4Gordon FowlerGBR2-02:40
5Bernardo MilhasARG2-03:15
6Edward BryzemejsterPOL2-05:10
7Norm RobertsonCAN2-05:30

Heat Two (14:45)

1Henrik RobertNOR1-55:56Q
2Santiago AmatESP1-57:04Q
3Rupert Ellis-BrownRSA1-57:25
4Albert MicheletFRA1-59:10
5Ella MaillartSUI1-59:50
6Émile BarralMON2-01:31
7Eduard BürgmeisterTCH2-02:25
ACAage Høy-PedersenDENDNF

Round Two (11 July 1924)

First two in each heat advanced to the final round.

Heat One (15:40)

1Johan HinNED1-58:39Q
2Gordon FowlerGBR2-06:15Q
3Bernardo MilhasARG2-19:01
4Santiago AmatESP2-19:54
5Rupert Ellis-BrownRSA2-22:14
6Eduard BürgmeisterTCH2-31:35
7Aage Høy-PedersenDEN2-31:44
ACLéon HuybrechtsBELDQ

Heat Two (15:55)

1Frederico BurnayPOR2-02:03Q
2Hans DittmarFIN2-05:27Q
3Ella MaillartSUI2-10:30
4Henrik RobertNOR2-12:39
5Albert MicheletFRA2-13:34
6Edward BryzemejsterPOL2-16:37
7Norm RobertsonCAN2-17:30
ACÉmile BarralMONDNF

Final Round (12 – 13 July 1924)

1Léon HuybrechtsBEL2
2Henrik RobertNOR7
3Hans DittmarFIN8
4Santiago AmatESP8
5Johan HinNED10
6Clarence HammarSWE11
7Gordon FowlerGBR12
8Frederico BurnayPOR15