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5.5 metres, Open

Date26 November – 5 December 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationPort Phillip Bay (5.5 metre and Dragon Course)
Participants33 from 10 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

Racing over a 14 nautical mile (26 km) course, this was a dominating victory for Sweden’s Lars Thörn aboard Rush V. They won three races, finished second in two, and could have skipped the last race and won the gold medal. They could have actually skipped the final two races and still won silver. Thörn later won a silver medal in this class at the 1964 Olympics.

The British boat, Vision, came from behind by placing third in the final race and moved up to second place ahead of Australia’s Buraddoo. The Buraddoo’s helmsman Jock Sturrock, later made Australia’s first America’s Cup challenge, in 1962 aboard Gretel, losing 4-1 to the American yacht, Weatherly, although Sturrock’s victory in the second race was the first by a challenger since 1934.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Rush VSWE5,527Gold
Lars ThörnHjalmar KarlssonSture Stork
2VisionGBR4,050Silver
Robert PerryDavid BowkerJohn DillonNeil Kennedy-Cochrane-Patrick
3BuraddooAUS4,022Bronze
Jock SturrockDevereaux MyttonDoug Buxton
4Rush IVUSA3,971
Andy SchoettleJohn BryantRobert StinsonVictor Sheronas
5VikingNOR3,807
Peder Lunde, Sr.Halfdan Ditlev-SimonsenOdd Harsheim
6Gilliatt VFRA1,779
Albert CadotDominique PerroudJean-Jacques Herbulot
7Twins VIIIITA1,677
Massimo ObertiAntonio CarattinoAntonio CosentinoCarlo Spirito
8DruzhbaURS1,598
Konstantin AleksandrovKonstantin MelgunovLev Alekseyev
9Yeoman VRSA1,575
Noel HorsfieldDenis HegartyGeoff Myburgh
10TillyGER1,047
Hans LubinusAdolf SteinLudwig Bielenberg