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Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date3 – 12 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationTorbay, Torquay (Star and Swallow Course)
Participants38 from 17 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The Star was raced on a 10 nautical mile (18.5 km) course, slightly more inshore than the course used by the Stars and Swallows. Paul and Hilary Smart, a father-son team, won the second and fourth race, and had a huge lead after five races. They could actually have skipped the final two races and won the gold medal by almost 500 points, but they raced, although they were disqualified in the sixth race, and placed only sixth in the seventh outing. The second-placed team, the Cuban crew of Carlos de Cárdenas Culmell and Carlos de Cárdenas Plá, were also a father and son. They were only in fifth place after six races, but finished second in the final race to move up to silver. The fifth-place Italian boat, Legionario, was helmed by Agostino Straulino, who won eight consecutive European Championships in the Sar from 1949-56, and returned in 1952 to win Olympic gold and in 1956 to add an Olympic silver.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1HilariusUSA5,828Gold
Hilary SmartPaul Smart
2Kurush IICUB4,949Silver
Carlos de Cárdenas CulmellCarlos de Cárdenas Plá
3StaritaNED4,731Bronze
Bob MaasEddy Stutterheim
4Gem IIGBR4,372
Durward KnowlesSloane Farrington
5LegionarioITA4,370
Agostino StraulinoNico Rode
6EspardatePOR4,292
Joaquim FiúzaJúlio Gourinho
7MoorinaAUS3,828
Jock SturrockLen Fenton
8ArielCAN2,635
Bill GooderhamGerry Fairhead
9GalernaESP2,564
José María AlonsoJosé Luis AllendeEduardo Aznar 1
10Nephos IGRE2,532
Georgios KalambokidisKharalambos PotamianosNikolaos VlangalisKhristoforos Karolou
11Aloha IIFRA2,515
Yves LorionJean Peytel
12Lucky StarFIN2,058
René NymanChristian Ilmoni
13Donar IIIAUT1,661
Georg ObermüllerHorst ObermüllerHans Schachinger
14Buscape IIBRA1,644
João José BraconyCarlos Bittencourt
15Ali-Baba IISUI1,610
Hans BrynerKurt Bryner
16ActurusARG1,550
Jorge PiacentiniÁngel Carrasco
17Lotta IVSWE888
Bengt MelinYngve Engkvist