| Event type

8 metres, Open

Date4 – 12 August 1936
LocationKieler Förde, Kiel (Außenförde)
Participants60 from 10 countries
Format10 points for first-place in each race, with scoring down to 1 point for 10th place.

The 8-metre class is a construction class, which means that they are not all identical, but must meet certain international specifications. The class was the most prestigious class prior to World War II and was conducted continuously at the Olympics from 1908 through 1936 but was discontinued as an Olympic event after this year. This was most likely due to the fact that the 8-metres were the largest boat raced at the Olympics, with a crew of six, getting the boats to the Olympic sites was somewhat difficult, and the trend was to smaller boats at the Olympics.

The Swedish boat, Ilderim, helmed by Tore Holm, won three of the seven races, but very poor finishes in the others dropped it to only fourth place. After six races, the Italian boat, Italia, led the Norwegians, aboard Silja, by only one point. When Italy defeated Norway in the seventh race, finishing second and third, respectively, behind Sweden, the Italians had the gold medal. Norway and Germany tied after seven races, and sailed off for the silver and bronze medals, Norway winning that race and the silver medal. The German crew included Alfried von Bohlen und Halbach, who was later sentenced to 12 years in prison for “crimes against humanity” during World War II, when he was complicit in assisting Nazi war crimes.

Bruno BianchiDomenico MordiniEnrico PoggiGiovanni Leone ReggioLuigi De ManincorLuigi Mino Poggi
Hans StruksnæsJacob Tullin ThamsJohn Ditlev-SimonsenLauritz SchmidtNordahl WallemOlaf Ditlev-Simonsen
3Germania IIGER53Bronze
Alfried von Bohlen und HalbachEduard MohrFelix Scheder-BieschinFritz BischoffHans HowaldtOtto Wachs
Bo WesterbergDetlow von BraunMarcus WallenbergPer GeddaTore HolmWilhelm Moberg
Gunnar GrönblomHilding SilanderOlof WallinOscar SumeliusSven GrönblomWalter Kjellberg
Beryl PrestonFrancis PrestonJohn EddyJoseph ComptonKenneth PrestonRobert Steele
7Matrero IIARG25
Guillermo PeraltaHipólito GilLuis AguirreMario OrtizRafael IglesiasRufino Rodríguez de la Torre
Carl BerntsenHans TholstrupNiels SchibbyeNiels Wal HansenOtto Gunnar DanielsenVagn Kastrup
Charles GaulthierErnest GarnierHenri BachetRémi SchelcherPierre ArbautPierre Gaudermen
Antonia ChurchillFrederick ShickKarl DorseyOwen ChurchillBob SuttonWilliam Keane