If there's a patron saint of yacht racing, it's probably Elvström
(b. 1928). His 4 Olympic gold medals, 19 medals at world
championships-among these 15 gold medals in 8 different boat types-8
European Championship titles and numerous victories at international
events all over the world illustrate this sailmaker, author and
designer's unparalleled understanding of the sport.
shared his immense knowledge of the sport for well over 40 years with
his books, articles, and speeches. Simply by being honorable in all his
endeavors, he has shown sailors everywhere the importance of
sportsmanship. All sailors would be wise to remember his most famous
quote: "You haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost
the respect of your competitors."