| Event type

6 metres, Open

Date20 – 28 July 1952
LocationHarmaja, Helsinki
Participants56 from 11 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The 6-metre class had first been held at the 1908 Olympics, and was on every Olympic yachting program from 1908-52, but it was discontinued after the Helsinki Olympics, as the trend was to smaller Olympic boats. The event was raced on a 13.1 nautical mile (24.2 km) course, the same as for all the larger boats in Helsinki.

American Herman Whiton and Llanoria had won this event in 1948, and he returned to defend his gold medal, although with a different crew, this one including his wife, Emelyn. After six races, Llanoria was far behind the Norwegian boat Elisabeth X, but the Americans won the final race and Norway finished only fifth, to bring Whiton the title. The third-placed Finnish boat, Ralia, had also placed third in 1948, but was then raced by Sweden and was called Ali Baba.

Emelyn WhitonEric RidderEverard EndtHerman WhitonJohn MorganJulian Roosevelt
2Elisabeth XNOR4,648Silver
Carl MortensenErik HeibergFinn FernerJohan Martin FernerTor Arneberg
Adolf KontoErnst WesterlundPaul SjöbergRagnar JanssonRolf Turkka
4May Be VIISWE3,773
Lars LundströmKarl-Robert AmelnMartin HindorffSven SalénTorsten Lord
Enrique Sieburger HadlerHoracio MontiHércules MoriniRufino Rodríguez de la TorreWerner von Foerster
6Ylliam VIIISUI3,020
André FirmenichCharles SternFrançois ChapotLouis NoverrazMarcel Stern
7Trickson VICAN3,013
Don TytlerKen BradfieldBill GooderhamBill CopelandBilly Macintosh
Andrea FerrariAntonio CosentinoEnrico PoggiGiusto SpignoPietro Reggio
Frank MurdochFranklin WoodroffeKenneth PrestonMartin SharpRobert Steele
Andreas HowaldtGötz von MirbachHans KadelbachPaul-Heinrich LangeWolfgang Elsner
11Soviet UnionURS864
Boris LobashkovFyodor ShutkovKirill KozhevnikovNikolay MatveyevNikolay Yermakov