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This 1984 Olympic Yachting Retrospective is primarily based on the "Final Report - Yachting", that was prepared as a collaborative effort of Yachting Commissioner Ted Hinshaw and key members of his staff in the days and weeks following the end of the Games. The report fills a four inch ring binder with over 70 pages of text and 27 appendices with more than twice that many pages. On the final page of the report, Commissioner Hinshaw expressed his final thoughts:

"As the Games were coming to a conclusion, many of us were told by IYRU officials, team officials and competitors alike, that we had staged one of - if not the - finest Olympic Regattas ever!

If that is so, how did it happen? Well this final report tells part of the story. So do the manuals and operating plans cited in the bibliography. But, the most important thing - and the most difficult to put into words - is the people - volunteers and paid staff alike. All those energetic, dedicated, knowledgeable, hard-working, smiling people. Planning and "table tops" and "what ifs" and "comexes" all helped. So did the legacy of the 1932 Games. So did the weather - no "Hacking's Law" in 1984!  But, when all is said and done, it still comes down to the people.

Thanks people. You were great!
Click here to see the key people

And then there were the memories :-)