Paul Elvström

Yacht racing's guiding light

Francois Richard

If there's a patron saint of yacht racing, it's probably Elvstrom (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.

Elvstrom has 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."