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5.5 metres, Open

Date29 August – 7 September 1960
StatusOlympic
LocationGolfo di Napoli (Campo Rosso)
Participants57 from 19 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

As did the Dragons, the 5.5 metre boats raced on the Rosso course. The American Minotaur, with George O’Day at the helm, opened up such a large lead that it did not need to start the final race to win the gold medal, but it did, and also won that race. O’Day had won the US Olympic Trials racing on Wistful but that boat was damaged in a collision with a cruiser, so O’Day purchased Minotaur just before leaving for Roma. He was a boat designer who designed 32 different classes of boats, and he was also an assistant helmsman on victorious America’s Cup yachts in 1962 and 1967.

In 15th place the Finnish yacht was helmed by Peter Tallberg, who competed in five Olympics, and became a member of the IOC in July 1976. He also served as President of the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU) from 1986-94, before it was renamed the International Sailing Federation.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1MinotaurUSA6,900Gold
George O'DayJim HuntDave Smith
2Web IIDEN5,678Silver
William BerntsenSteen ChristensenSøren Hancke
3Ballerina IVSUI5,122Bronze
Henri CopponexPierre GirardManfred Metzger
4ArdillaARG4,402
Roberto SieburgerCarlos SieburgerEnrique Sieburger, Jr.
5LashaSWE4,277
Bengt SjöstenClaes TuritzGöran Witting
6Yeoman VIIGBR3,807
Robin AisherGeorge NicholsonJohn Ruggles
7StrutenNOR3,765
Finn FernerOdd HarsheimKnut Wang
8John BBAH3,024
Bobby SymonetteBasil KellyRoy Ramsay
9BroniaGER3,022
Herbert SchollHans Baars-LindnerKarl-August Stolze
10BuraddooAUS2,959
Jock SturrockDavid BinghamErnest Wagstaff
11Voloira IIITA2,524
Pietro ReggioMarco NovaroFranco Zucchi
12BermudesBER2,297
Bert DarrellNorman JonesWalter Jones
13Posillipo IIIESP2,045
Eusebio BertrandJorge MartíJuan Antonio Ragué
14ViktoriyaURS1,984
Viktor GorlovKonstantin MelgunovPavel Parshin
15Inga-Lill XXXXIIIFIN1,765
Peter TallbergFredrik EklöfPeik Gästrin
16Ciocca IIIPOR1,667
Duarte Manuel BelloFernando BelloJúlio Gourinho
17SurpriseAUT1,664
Gotfrid KöchertGerhard HuskaErich Moritz
18Snowten IIIFRA1,638
Jacques Baptiste LebrunPierre BuretLouis Chauvot
19SagaIICAN1,332
Melville GouldJerome ConwayBarclay Livingstone