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Norwegians win 6-metre gold at Le Havre

Norwegians win 6-metre gold at Le Havre

11/07/1924

The regatta at the Olympics Games in Paris in 1924 were held at Le Havre, and will not go down as one of the greatest in the history of the competition. Four years after 14 classes competed at the Antwerp Games, only three classes were in competition on the choppy waters of the English Channel.

 

Wildly varying weather conditions off the Normandy coast also made life difficult with blustery days alternating with dead calm making it tough for the crews to find any kind of rhythm.

The competition was organised into elimination rounds and semi-finals and it was clear from the outset of the 6-metre class that the Norwegian crew were going to take some beating.

Despite the choppy, unappealing competition waters the boats still managed to cut an elegant swathe through the water, their graceful sails and wooden hulls making for compelling viewing.

In the opening race the Norwegians finished behind their Danish and Dutch rivals, and this trio of crews were to dominate the competition.

Skippered by Anders Lundgren, the Norwegian boat Elizabeth V would not be beaten again, winning the second and third elimination races to ensure their place in the three-boat final.

They continued their domination in the semi-finals, winning all three races to complete an imperious performance in at times quite awful conditions.

Lundgren’s team-mates were Christopher Dahl and Eugen Lund, who was the first of four generations of the Lund family to compete at the Olympic sailing regatta.

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