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Two Person Keelboat (Tempest), Open

Date29 August – 8 September 1972
LocationAußenförde, Kiel-Schilksee (Kurs B)
Participants42 from 21 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best six of seven scores to count for final placement.

The Tempest is a two-person keelboat that was only on the Olympic Program in 1972 and 1976. It was designed in 1965 by Ian Proctor as a boat to be used in trials for a new Olympic keelboat class, and it won those trials convincingly. The Tempest was unusual for this era in that it has a trapeze, which is a wire attached to the top of the mast, to which a crew member can hook onto, and brace against the outside of the hull to help keep the boat flat. Prior to 1972, only the Flying Dutchman class at the Olympics had used a trapeze.

Racing on the Bravo course, the Ukrainian Soviet crew of Valentyn Mankin and Vitaliy Dyrdyra won the gold medal by coming from behind in the final race to best the British crew of Alan Warren and David Hunt. Mankin was one of the greatest Olympic sailors ever. He had won the gold medal in the Finn Class in 1968, and added a silver medal in Tempest in 1976 and gold in Star Class in 1980, winning four Olympic medals in four sailing appearances. This made him only the second Olympic sailor, with Denmark’s Paul Elvstrøm, to win Olympic medals at four consecutive Olympics, although all of Elvstrøm’s were gold. Their mark would only be broken in 2012 when Britain’s Ben Ainslie and Brazilian Robert Scheidt won sailing medals at their fifth consecutive Olympics.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
1Soviet UnionURS28.142.1Gold
Valentin MankinVitaly Dyrdyra
2Great BritainGBR34.448.4Silver
Alan WarrenDavid Hunt
3United StatesUSA47.777.7Bronze
Glen FosterPeter Dean
Ingvar HanssonJohn Albrechtson
Ben StaartjesCees Kurpershoek
Aksel GresvigPeder Lunde, Jr.
Mario BuckupPeter Ficker
David WilkinsSean Whitaker
Marcel TroupelYves Devillers
Erich MoritzHubert Raudaschl
11West GermanyFRG88.0113.0
Heinz LaprellWolf Stadler
Roman RutkowskiTomasz Holc
Peter FreyUrs Kohler
Francesco SibelloGiampiero Dotti
Larry ScottTed Hains
16Puerto RicoPUR114.0144.0
Garry HoytHovey Freeman
Klaus Føge JensenMogens Larsen
18Hong KongHKG125.0152.0
Gilbert Lennox-KingKenneth Tomlins
Gordon IngateRob Thornton
20United States Virgin IslandsISV131.0157.0
John Foster, Sr.John Hamber
Paitoon ChulatuppaBirabongse, Prince Bhanubandh