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Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date12 – 21 October 1964
StatusOlympic
LocationEnoshima, Sagami-wan (Finn Course)
Participants34 from 17 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The gold medal went to the Bahamian boat Gem, with Durward Knowles at the helm. This was Knowles fifth Olympic appearance, consecutively since 1948, and his second Olympic medal, after a bronze in Star in 1956. His first Olympic appearance came representing Great Britain in 1948, as the Bahamas did not yet have a National Olympic Committee. He would later compete in eight Olympics, his last in 1988, when he was 70-years-old.

The event was very close, as the American team of Dick Stearns and Lynn Williams would have won the gold medal if they had finished six seconds faster in the last race, in which they finished second, or if Knowles was 35-seconds slower. The helmsman of the Swedish boat Humbug V, which won the bronze medal, was Pelle Petterson. Petterson would win a silver medal in the Star Class in 1972, and in 1977 and 1980, he skippered the Swedish America’s Cup challengers. His daughter also married Paul Cayard, an American sailor who competed at the 2004 Olympics and participated in multiple America’s Cup challenges.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1GemBAH5,664Gold
Durward KnowlesCecil Cooke
2GliderUSA5,585Silver
Dick StearnsLindsay Williams
3Humbug VSWE5,527Bronze
Pelle PettersonHolger Sundström
4Squid IIIFIN5,402
Peter TallbergHenrik Tallberg
5TaifunURS4,305
Timir PineginFyodor Shutkov
6Bellatrix XIIIGER4,175
Bruno SpliethKarsten Meyer
7GlistenCAN3,565
Dave MillerWilliam West
8FanecaPOR3,330
Duarte Manuel BelloFernando Bello
9Ali-Baba IXSUI2,360
Hans BrynerUrs-Ulrich Bucher
10MarykeAUS2,256
Martin VisserTim Owens
11Clementine VBRA2,221
Harry AdlerLuiz Ramos
12RampageARG1,518
Roberto SieburgerArnoldo Pekelharing
13MitaIIJPN1,494
Masayuki IshiiTakafumi Okubo
14Nausikaa 4MEX1,424
Carlos BraniffAndrés Gerard
15Umberta VITA1,423
Luigi CroceLuigi Saidelli
16Espuma del MarVEN1,356
Daniel CamejoJuan Feld
17GyoshuIICAM202
An DandaraKim Tal