French National Monotype 1924

French National Monotype 1924
Current Specifications
Monotype national (dinghy).svg
Crew 1
Type centerboard 42 kg (93 lb)
Rig houari or (Gunter) rig
LOA 5 m (16 ft)
Beam 2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Draft 0.31 m (1 ft 0 in), 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in)
Hull weight 408 kg (900 lb)
Main & Jib area 20.17 m2 (217.1 sq ft)
Mainsail area 15.77 m2 (169.7 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 4.4 m2 (47 sq ft)
Spinnaker area Yes, of unknown size
Year 1921
Designer Gaston Grenier
Infobox last updated: 15-APR-2010
Former Olympic Class

For the 1924 Olympic Monotype sailing a National Dinghy Class from France was used. Some documents refer to this class as the Meulan and in France as Monotype national. It might originate (or vice versa) as the Scheldejol a Class originated in Antwerp, Belgium and also used in The Netherlands but is a little different at certain measurements. At least more sail area, including a spinnaker and a 10 cm more beam.

MeulanOlympic Race.jpg
Model of the Scheldejol: Collection Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam

Olympic history

The competitors at the 1924 Olympics held their regattas at two places:

  • One, in the English Channel, of the coast of Le Havre for the 3 persons 6 Metre and the 5 persons 8 Metre and
  • Two, at the river Seine near Meulan near Paris for the single handed monotype centerboard.

The Olympic International Congress made on December 7, 1921 the decision that the host country would make the choice for the Monotype class. L'Union des sociétés nautiques française (USNF), chooses the French national Monotype of the naval architect Gaston Grenier, especially designed with the Olympic Games of 1924 in mind. A class which emphasizes the qualities of the sailor, whose sailrobe would include a spinnaker, and was adapted to the expected light air conditions.

For the Olympic races 16 Meulans where made available for the 17 sailors. So a rotation scheme had to be used. Ten of the yachts where identical, but the others were little different[1]. It might be worth investigating if these six boats were Scheldejollen and that they were used to accommodate the unexpectedly high number of competitors. The Dutch Wikipedia stated that the Scheldejol was used at the Olympics.

Olympic results

Rank Country Sailor
1  Belgium (BEL) HUYBRECHTS, Léon
2  Norway (NOR) ROBERT, Henrik
3  Finland (FIN) DITTMAR, Hans Erik
4  Spain (ESP) AMAT CANSINO, Santiago
5  Netherlands (NED) HIN, Johannes Joseph Antonius
6  Sweden (SWE) HAMMAR, Clarence
7  Great Britain (GBR) FOWLER, Gordon
9  South Africa (RSA) ELLIS-BROWN, R
10  Argentina (ARG) BILHAS, B.
11  Canada (CAN) ROBERTSON, Norman
12  Denmark (DEN) HÖY PEDERSEN, Aage
13  France (FRA) MICHELET, André
14  Monaco (MON) BARRAL, Emile
15  Poland (POL) BRYZEMEJSTER, Edward
16  Switzerland (SUI) MAILLART, Ella
17  Czechoslovakia (TCH) BÜRGERMEISTER, Eduard


  1. ^ Canada's Olympic Sailing Legacy, a fundraiser book by Hugh Drake and Paul Henderson. It includes some remarks of Norman Robertson the Canadian competitor at the 1924 Olympics and an article from The Yachting World & Marine Motor Journal by John W. Ward dated July 19, 1924.

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