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One Person Dinghy (Finn), Open

Date20 – 28 July 1952
LocationHelsingfors Segelsällskap, Liuskasaari, Helsinki
Participants28 from 28 countries
FormatPoints 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.

1Paul ElvstrømDEN8,209Gold
2Charles CurreyGBR5,449Silver
3Rickard SarbySWE5,051Bronze
4Koos de JongNED5,033
5Wolfgang ErndlAUT4,273
6Morits SkaugenNOR4,073
7Adelchi PelaschierITA4,068
8Paul McLaughlinCAN4,033
9Alfredo BerchtBRA3,711
10Ramón Balcells RodónESP3,644
11Jacques Baptiste LebrunFRA3,616
12Pyotr GorelikovURS3,600
13Willy PieperSUI3,541
14Kenneth AlburyBAH3,209
15Werner KrogmannGER3,149
16Hellmut StauchRSA3,130
17Mário QuinaPOR2,787
18Christian NielsenBEL2,753
19Gunnar KällströmFIN2,587
20Eugenio LauzURU2,397
21Alf DelanyIRL2,308
22Peter AttrillAUS2,013
23Karlo BaumanYUG1,709
24Jorge de CárdenasCUB1,470
25Carlos Miguel BennARG1,104
26Antonios ModinosGRE921
27Keijiro KaitokuJPN825
28Edward MelaikaUSA806