The classes were determined under the Thames Tonnage Rules with the 10-20 and Over 20 Ton classes competing on the coast. In fact the big boats just had one race to determine their medal while the smaller classes on the Seine at Meulan had two separate races with medal winners in each.
This is one reason for the inconsistent results because some sources have aggregated the two races in the modern style as an overall series score.
Keeping It In The Family
Count Hermann de Pourtales of Switzerland, winner in the 1-2 Ton class, was the oldest sailor at 53. Sailing alongside him was his wife, Helene de Pourtales who, at 33, was the oldest woman in any of the 1900 Olympic sports. Helene became the first female Olympic medallist when Lerina (pictured right) crossed the line in a corrected time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 32 seconds in Race 1 of the 1-2 Ton Class.
The wife and husband sailing duo were also joined by their nephew Bernard and they added a silver medal to their collection in Race 2 after they finished behind the German boat Aschenbradel.
"In common with other sports at the 1900 Games the yachting results are varied, incomplete and contradictory," concluded Ian Buchanan, president of the International Association of Olympic Historians who, with Swede Tore Widlund, ploughed through contemporary accounts in French, German and British periodicals.
"The picture that was in front is really impressive, the many amateur photographers who furnish the bank hasten to take pictures and while the public is in love with this panorama that we will not see for long in Meulan," 1900 Olympic Report.
The 10-20 and Over 20 Ton classes had just one race to determine their medal whilst those racing on Seine had two, with medals (pictured right) determined in each. This is one reason for the inconsistent results because some sources have aggregated the two races in the modern style as an overall series score. For the full results table check out the Paris 1900 Olympic section on the brand new ISAF London 2012 Olympic Sailing website.
St. Louis, USA was to host the 1904 Olympic Games, beating off Chicago with 14 of 21 IOC votes. But unfortunately, this was the second games where sailing was not present, but it was to be the last with sailing present in every games to date.