| Event type

5.5 metres, Open

Date12 – 21 October 1964
LocationEnoshima, Sagami-wan (5.5 m and Dragon Course)
Participants46 from 15 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The American boat Bingo took the lead by winning the second and third races, but Australia’s Barrenjoey won three races overall, and won the gold medal easily over Sweden’s Rush VII, skippered by Lars Thörn, the gold medalist in the event in 1956. The Americans, skippered by Don McNamara, would have won but were disqualified in the final race, and did not improve their point standings. Norway finished eighth, led by helmsman Crown Prince Harald.

The Barrenjoey helmsman was Bill Northam, who had a most unusual story. A highly successful businessman, he was chairman of the Australian sections of both Johnson & Johnson and Slazenger, and did not take up sailing until 1951, when he was 46-years-old. He only decided to try for the Olympics in 1963 and made the team, despite some Australian sailing authorities’ concerns about him competing in the Olympics as a 59-year-old.

Bill NorthamDick SargeantPeter O'Donnell
2Rush VIISWE5,254Silver
Lars ThörnArne KarlssonSture Stork
Don McNamaraFrank ScullyJoe Batchelder
Agostino StraulinoBruno PetronioMassimo Minervini
Fritz KopperschmidtEckart WagnerHerbert ReichUwe Mares
6Chaje IIFIN3,039
Johan GullichsenJuhani SalovaaraPeter Fazer
7State VICAN2,955
Sandy MacDonaldBernie SkinnerDoug Woodward
8Fram IIINOR2,860
Crown Prince HaraldEirik JohannessenStein Føyen
9John BBAH2,713
Bobby SymonetteRoy RamsayPercy Knowles
10Alain IVSUI2,474
Paul RameletJean GraulRoger Rouge
11Yeoman XIIGBR2,443
Robin AisherAdrian JardineEric Denham
12Web IIIDEN2,095
William BerntsenCarl Christian LassenPer Holm
Konstantin AleksandrovKonstantin MelgunovValentin Zamotaykin
Fujiya MatsumotoMasao YoshidaTakeshi Hagiwara
Víctor de la LamaIker BelausteguigoitíaLuis Aguilar