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One Person Dinghy (Finn), Open

Date26 November – 5 December 1956
LocationPort Phillip Bay (Finn Course)
Participants21 from 20 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The races were held on a 6 nautical mile (11 km) course in Port Phillip Bay. Paul Elvstrøm of Denmark had won the one-person dinghy at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, although in 1948 it was raced in the Firefly class. He won the opening race in Melbourne, but then struggled in the next two, only to come back and win the final four races for a gold medal three-peat. He would make it a four-peat at Roma in 1960, becoming the first Olympian to win the same individual event at four consecutive Olympics. Elvstrøm could have skipped the final race and won the gold medal in 1956. Belgium’s André Nelis won the silver medal, winning the second race, and finishing second three times. The designer of the Finn, Rickard Sarby, placed fifth, while the eighth-place finisher was Canadian Bruce Kirby, who designed the Laser, which would later become an Olympic class.

1Paul ElvstrømDEN7,509Gold
2André NelisBEL6,254Silver
3John MarvinUSA5,953Bronze
4Jürgen VoglerGER4,199
5Rickard SarbySWE3,990
6Eric BongersRSA3,912
7Adelchi PelaschierITA3,409
8Bruce KirbyCAN3,213
9Kenneth AlburyBAH3,182
10Colin RyrieAUS2,965
11Richard Creagh-OsborneGBR2,853
12Yury ShavrinURS2,664
13Didier PoissantFRA2,555
14Jack SnowdenSGP2,354
15Wolfgang ErndlAUT1,910
16Somers PayneIRL1,830
17Joaquim RoderbourgBRA1,519
18Esteban BerissoARG1,403
19Maung Maung Lwin MYA1,007
20Nesbit BentleyFIJ934
20John GillmoreFIJ934