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Three Person Keelboat (Dragon), Open

Date29 August – 8 September 1972
LocationAußenförde, Kiel-Schilksee (Kurs A)
Participants70 from 23 countries
FormatPoints awarded for placement in each race. Best five of six scores to count for final placement.

The Dragon class is a one-design three-person keelboat that made its Olympic début at the 1948 Olympics, but was dropped from the Olympic Program after 1972. The Dragon was superseded in 1976 by the Soling, which became the three-person keelboat class for several Olympics.

Racing on the Alpha course, the Dragon event was delayed for several days for various reasons and eventually, only six races could be competed. There was no wind on 5 September, the Games were suspended on 6 September because of the Israeli Massacre back in München, and heavy fog prevented racing on 7 September, causing the sixth, and what would be, final race to be pushed back to 8 September. The outcome would almost certainly not have been different as Australian skipper John Cuneo won the first three races, and then finished third in race five and fourth in race six to comfortably win the gold medal. One of his crew members was Tom Anderson, the identical twin brother of John Anderson, who was winning a gold medal in the Star Class on the Bravo course, at the same time Tom was winning gold in this event.

The 15th-place Spanish boat was skippered by HRH [Juan Carlos, Crown Prince de Borbón], the future King of Spain.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCNet PointsTP
John CuneoJohn ShawTom Anderson
2East GermanyGDR41.759.7Silver
Karl-Heinz ThunKonrad WeichertPaul Borowski
3United StatesUSA47.765.7Bronze
Charles HorterDon CohanJohn Marshall
4West GermanyFRG47.773.7
Franz HeilmeierKonrad GlasRichard Kuchler
5New ZealandNZL51.072.0
Fraser BeerNoel EverettRon Watson
Jörgen SundelinPeter SundelinUlf Sundelin
Frank Høj JensenGunner DahlgaardPoul Richard Høj Jensen
Antero SotamaaGöran SchaumannKurt Nyman
Allan LeibelFrank HallNeil Gunn
Franz EislHarald FerebergerKarl Stangl
Jan-Erik AarbergSven Gerner-MathisenTeddy Sommerschield
12Great BritainGBR78.7103.7
Alistair CurreyIan HannaySimon Tait
Penny SimmonsJames AmosRichard Belvin
14Soviet UnionURS84.7108.7
Boris KhabarovNikolay GromovVladimir Yakovlev
Gonzalo, Duque FernándezFélix GancedoJuan Carlos, Príncipe Herdeiro de Borbón
Harry ByrneRobin HennessyTreen MorrisJoe McMenamin
Ioannis GiapalakisIoannis KiousisPanagiotis Michail
François GirardPatrick RieupeyroutRené Sence
19The BahamasBAH96.0125.0
Christopher McKinneyDavid KellyGodfrey Kelly
Aleksander BielaczycLech PoklewskiTadeusz Piotrowski
Fernando Lima BelloFrancisco QuinaMário Quina
John BurrowesMichael Anthony NunesMichael Keith Nunes
César SebökJorge Alberto SalasPedro Sisti