Peter Mander and Jack Cropp started a fine tradition when they won the Sharpie class gold medal at the3 1956 Melbourne Olympics. They were the pioneers of what has become a magnificent New Zealand yachting tradition.
Mander and Cropp (Cropp was a year older) lived only a mile apart in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs and sailed together from a young age. In 1951 Mander was the skipper of a crew that won the prestigious Sanders Cup national javelin title. Cropp, also from Christchurch, was a member of his crew. They repeated the triumph in 1953.Read more