Peter Mander and Jack Cropp win Gold in 1956

Peter Mander and Jack Cropp started a fine tradition when they won the Sharpie class gold medal at the3 1956 Melbourne Olympics. They were the pioneers of what has become a magnificent New Zealand yachting tradition. At the Olympics, the New Zealanders, sailing Jest, recorded placings of 2-1-5-4-1-1-2, but even with those results their gold medal triumph could not have been closer. Australians Roly Tasker and Malcolm Scott looked to have shaded them for the gold after the final race, and the New Zealanders went off to celebrate their silver.

Then came word that the French had protested the Australians for obstruction and a few hours later the protest jury upheld the protest. When the points were recalculated after the Australian team was disqualified from the last race, the New Zealanders and Australians finished with the same number of points. Cropp and Mander won the gold because they had scored more first place finishes.

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