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Three Person Keelboat (Dragon), Open

Date3 – 12 August 1948
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 The Dragon was superseded in 1976 by the Soling, which became the three-person keelboat class for several Olympics.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.

Thor ThorvaldsenHakon BarfodSigve Lie
Folke BohlinGösta BrodinHugo Johnson
William BerntsenKlaus BaessOle Berntsen
4Ceres IIGBR3,943
Eric StrainGeorge BrownJack Wallace
Pino CanessaBruno BianchiLuigi De Manincor
Rainer PackalénAatos HirvisaloNiilo Orama
Roberto SieburgerJorge Alberto del RíoJorge Alberto Salas
Kees JonkerBiem Dudok van HeelWim van Duyl
João Félix CapuchoAntónio de HerédiaHenrique SallatyCarlos Lourenço
Marcel de KervilerPhilippe ChancerelJean Frain de la Gaulayrie
Henry Duys, Jr.Julian RooseveltRichard Jessup
Albert HuybrechtsRoger AnciauxCharles DelfosseGeorges Hellebuyck, Jr.Jacques LauwerysJacques Lippens