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But sailing was still a fledging sport. Compared with 13 boats from five nations which competed in 1908, the 1912 regatta mustered 21 boats from five countries with France's victory in the 6-metre class by Amedee Thube the only non-Scandinavian or Baltic region winner. Nationality was an issue. Finland had to compete under the Russian flag but took silver in the 10-metre class and bronze in the 8- and 12-metre classes.
Racing took place at Nynashamm, some 60km south of Stockholm. Noteworthy winner of the 12-metre class was Norwegian Johan Anker with Magda IX. He was a partner in the Anker and Jensen yard, builders and designers. In 1927, Anker produced a 29ft 6in three-person keelboat, the Dragon, for a competition organised by Sweden's Royal Gothenburg YC. It was intended to be cheaper alternative to the 6-metre and gained Olympic selection in 1948. As a gesture of goodwill after World War II the Norwegian Anker family waived the royalties on British built Dragons. American Ralph David won both the sprint events in the Athletics competition, only to return to the Games in 1948 as a reserve on the US sailing team.