|Date||20 – 28 July 1952|
|Location||Helsingfors Segelsällskap, Liuskasaari, Helsinki|
|Participants||28 from 28 countries|
|Format||Points awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.|
The Finn is a catboat, or cat-rigged sailboat, which means that it has its mast well forward on the boat with a single sail. The Finn made its Olympic début in 1952 as the one-person dinghy class, but it became the standard and has remained the boat used for one-person dinghy at the Olympics since, at least for mixed and men’s classes. It was designed in 1949 by Swedish canoe designer Rickard Sarby, a competitor at the 1948-56 Olympics.
Paul Elvstrøm of Denmark had won the one-person dinghy at the 1948 Olympics, although the class in 1948 was the Firefly. Elvstrøm defended his gold medal by winning three of the first four races, and taking such a large lead that he could have skipped the final three races and won the gold medal. Elvstrøm would go on to win the gold in the one-person dinghy four times consecutively, from 1948-60. Britain’s Charles Currey easily won the silver medal over the class designer, Sarby, who barely held on over the 1948 bronze medalist, Dutch sailor Koos de Jong.
|4||Koos de Jong||NED||5,033|
|10||Ramón Balcells Rodón||ESP||3,644|
|11||Jacques Baptiste Lebrun||FRA||3,616|
|24||Jorge de Cárdenas||CUB||1,470|
|25||Carlos Miguel Benn||ARG||1,104|