| Event type

Two Person Keelboat (Star), Open

Date14 – 21 October 1968
LocationClub de Yates Acapulco, Bahía de Acapulco
Participants40 from 20 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

This event turned out to be a dominating victory for the American boat crewed by Lowell North and Peter Barrett. They had three race wins, one second, and two third places. They could have skipped the seventh race and won the gold medal, but sailed anyway and won the race. North had won a silver medal at the 1964 Olympics in the Dragon class. He later started North Sails, which became the best known sail manufacturer in the world. Barrett had also medalled at the 1964 Olympics, winning silver in the Finn Class.

Dane Paul Elvstrøm had won four gold medals in the one-person dinghy event from 1948-60 but skipped the 1964 Olympics. He competed in this class, trying to win his fifth gold medal, but just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish. Silver medalist Peder Lunde, Jr., from the remarkable Norwegian Lunde sailing family, had won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Flying Dutchman. Another entrant in this class was Finland’s Peter Tallberg, who raced with his brother, Henrik. Peter became an IOC Member in 1976 and was President of the International Yacht Racing Union from 1986-94.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1United StatesUSA14.432.4Gold
Lowell NorthPeter Barrett
Peder Lunde, Jr.Per Olav Wiken
Franco CavalloCamillo Gargano
Paul ElvstrømPoul Mik-Meyer
5The BahamasBAH63.489.4
Durward KnowlesPercy Knowles
David ForbesRichard Williamson
Erik Preben-SchmidtAxel Preben-Schmidt
Edwin BernetRolf Amrein
John AlbrechtsonUlf Norrman
10Great BritainGBR87.0109.0
Stuart JardineJames Ramus
Peter TallbergHenrik Tallberg
12West GermanyFRG96.0122.0
Eckart WagnerFritz Kopperschmidt
Kálmán TolnaiLászló Farkas
14East GermanyGDR106.7129.7
Hartmann BogumilUdo Springsklee
Bruce KirbyOswald Blouin
16Soviet UnionURS117.0143.0
Timir PineginFyodor Shutkov
Mário QuinaJosé Manuel Quina
Juan Manuel AlonsoJuan Manuel Alonso-Allende
Andrés Gerard ContrerasMarcos Gerard
Roberto SieburgerJorge Vago