Peter Mander and Jack Cropp
Inducted in 1990
The first time New Zealand sent yachtsmen to an Olympic Games they came home with a gold medal.
Sporting Category:
  • Yachting
Peter Mander and Jack Cropp competed in the 12-metre Sharpie class in Melbourne in 1956 in a boat built by Mander, Jest.

The New Zealanders won three of the seven races and their closest rivals, the Australians, won two and Mander and Cropp won the gold medal on a countback.

They thought they’d won the silver when they were second in the final race, but the Australian skipper, Roly Tasker, had been disqualified and the two rival countries ended with an equal number of points. It was the greater number of wins for Mander and Cropp that made the difference.

It was fitting that Mander skippered the winning boat because he had been instrumental in forming the New Zealand Yachting Federation, a pre-requisite to being accepted in the Olympics.

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