No doubt about it… Paul Elvstrøm is still the greatest of all times. He invented the self bailer, the tiller extension, designed boats and sails. He lived for sailing, he won the Olympics in the Firefly first and then three times in the Finn. When my boatyard was in the UK we received a fax from him, he wanted a Finn for himself and his 1954 sparring partner Bogie Schwartz. What a honour, at 70 Paul wanted to sail Finn again. He built a special ramp with one electric winch, so he could launch and retrieve his Finn and go sailing.
I remember the Kiel Week that he won in the Tornado with his beatiful daughter Trine at the bow, at times helming from the wire. His big smile after the regatta, as he had cut his hand he was bleeding, I went to him and shook his hand to congratulate, he saw I was full of his blood. He laughed and said, “you might get some good infos through my blood and learn to sail”, what great man and what a legendary sailor, sailmaker and boatbuilder.
Born: 25 February 1928, Copenaghen, Denmark (now 88)
Paul Elvstrøm Olympic Medals
1948 London/Torquay Gold Firefly
1952 Helsinki Gold Finn
1956 Melbourne Gold Finn
1960 Rome/Naples Gold Finn
Finn (2), Snipe, 505 (2), Flying Dutchman, 5.5, Star (2), Soling (2), Half Ton (2)