The last surviving British gold medallist from the 1948 Games...

David Bond, the hitherto last surviving British gold medallist from the

1948 London Olympic Games, has died.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) described his passing as a ‘great sadness’.

Mr Bond, who lived in Falmouth, passed away peacefully at home at the end of March, shortly before his 91st birthday.


claimed Olympic gold in the Swallow class at Torquay with helm Stewart

Morris on the last occasion the Olympic Games were staged in Great

Britain, winning by a tight margin in the last race at the so-called

post-war ‘Austerity Games’.

Mr Bond and Mr Morris never sailed

together again after their 1948 triumph, but their feats were relived

during the 2012 Olympic celebrations, during which time Mr Bond met with

Britain’s modern-day sailing hero Ben Ainslie at their mutual hometown

of Falmouth during the RYA’s Sail for Gold exhibition, which celebrated

Britain’s rich Olympic sailing heritage.

The RYA would like to convey its deepest sympathies to Mr Bond’s family and friends.

(Picture: David Bond, 90, last surviving gold medallist from the 1948 London Games with Olympian Ben Ainslie. Credit: Mike Roberts)