|Date||4 – 12 August 1936|
|Location||Kieler Förde, Kiel (Außenförde)|
|Participants||60 from 10 countries|
|Format||10 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 Bianchi • Domenico Mordini • Enrico Poggi • Giovanni Leone Reggio • Luigi De Manincor • Luigi Mino Poggi|
|Hans Struksnæs • Jacob Tullin Thams • John Ditlev-Simonsen • Lauritz Schmidt • Nordahl Wallem • Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen|
|Alfried von Bohlen und Halbach • Eduard Mohr • Felix Scheder-Bieschin • Fritz Bischoff • Hans Howaldt • Otto Wachs|
|Bo Westerberg • Detlow von Braun • Marcus Wallenberg • Per Gedda • Tore Holm • Wilhelm Moberg|
|Gunnar Grönblom • Hilding Silander • Olof Wallin • Oscar Sumelius • Sven Grönblom • Walter Kjellberg|
|Beryl Preston • Francis Preston • John Eddy • Joseph Compton • Kenneth Preston • Robert Steele|
|Guillermo Peralta • Hipólito Gil • Luis Aguirre • Mario Ortiz • Rafael Iglesias • Rufino Rodríguez de la Torre|
|Carl Berntsen • Hans Tholstrup • Niels Schibbye • Niels Wal Hansen • Otto Gunnar Danielsen • Vagn Kastrup|
|Charles Gaulthier • Ernest Granier • Henri Bachet • Rémi Schelcher • Pierre Arbaut • Pierre Gauderman|
|Antonia Churchill • Frederick Shick • Karl Dorsey • Owen Churchill • Bob Sutton • William Keane|