Jack Cropp was one of the early big figures in New Zealand yachting. He and Peter Mander were New Zealand’s first Olympic yachting representatives and they turned that debut appearance, at Melbourne in 1956, into a memorable occasion by winning the gold medal in the Sharpie class. 

At the Olympics, the New Zealanders, sailing Jest, recorded placings of 2-1-5-4-1-1-2, but even with those results their gold medal triumph could not have been closer. Australians Roly Tasker and Malcolm Scott looked to have shaded them for the gold after the final race, and the New Zealanders went off to celebrate their silver.

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