In 1969, world caliber yachtsman David Miller put together a sailing crew consisting of himself and two other BC athletes, Paul Cote and John Ekels, in anticipation of the 1972 Olympics. This union produced Canada’s first Olympic sailing medal since 1932.
In the three years leading up to the Olympics, the sailing crew entered many top-level competitions, including Oyster Bay, New York, where it took fifth place out of 58 entries, and the European sailing championships in Denmark where they placed fifth out of 63 competitors.
The crew won the right to represent Canada by winning eight out of eight races at the 1972 Olympic trials in Halifax.
At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the crew won bronze, coming in third behind the United States and Sweden.
Earlier, skipper David Miller also captured two North American championships (1960 and 1973) and a world championship (1960). He also skippered the crew that placed seventh at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and was part of the fourth-place crew that competed at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Team Members:
Paul Cote (crew), John Ekels (crew), David Miller (skipper).