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Three Person Keelboat (Dragon), Open

Date3 – 12 August 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationTorbay, Torquay (6-metre and Dragon Course)
Participants40 from 12 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The Dragon class is a one-design three-person keelboat that made its Olympic début at the 1948 Olympics, and remained on the Olympic Program through 1972. The Dragon was designed in 1929 by Johan Anker, a sailor at the 1908, 1912, and 1928 Olympics. The Dragon was superseded in 1976 by the Soling, which became the three-person keelboat class for several Olympics. The event was raced on a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, which was well offshore.

Norway’s Thor Thorvaldsen, aboard Pan, won the first and fourth races, and had a comfortable lead going into the final race. Pan was third in the seventh race, but it was enough to win the gold medal over Sweden’s Slaghoken, skippered by Folke Bohlin. Thorvaldsen was crewed by Hakon Barfod and Sigve Lie and Pan and the same crew would return in 1952 and defend their gold medals in Helsinki.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1PanNOR4,746Gold
Thor ThorvaldsenHakon BarfodSigve Lie
2SlaghokenSWE4,621Silver
Folke BohlinGösta BrodinHugo Johnson
3SnapDEN4,223Bronze
William BerntsenKlaus BaessOle Berntsen
4Ceres IIGBR3,943
Eric StrainGeorge BrownJack Wallace
5AusoniaITA3,366
Pino CanessaBruno BianchiLuigi De Manincor
6VinhaFIN3,057
Rainer PackalénAatos HirvisaloNiilo Orama
7PamperoARG2,843
Roberto SieburgerJorge Alberto del RíoJorge Alberto Salas
8JoyNED2,508
Kees JonkerBiem Dudok van HeelWim van Duyl
9ArgusPOR2,123
João Félix CapuchoAntónio de HerédiaHenrique SallatyCarlos Lourenço
10AllegroFRA1,8431
Marcel de KervilerPhilippe ChancerelJean Frain de la Gaulayrie
11RhythmUSA1,621
Henry Duys, Jr.Julian RooseveltRichard Jessup
12DolfijnBEL1,549
Albert HuybrechtsRoger AnciauxCharles DelfosseGeorges Hellebuyck, Jr.Jacques LauwerysJacques Lippens