Colin Beashel

1959 –

Colin Beashel competed in the Star class sailing at every Olympic regatta from Los Angeles 1984 through to Athens 2004. His best result was a bronze medal, behind Brazil and Sweden, at Atlanta 1996. He finished seventh three times.

His crewmate in Los Angeles was Richard Coxon and at Seoul 1988, Greg Torpy. On the four other occasions, David Giles shared the boat with him. Coxon was selected to go to Moscow 1980 in the Stars, but the sailing contingent withdrew from the Australian team due to the proposed boycott.

Beashel and various crews won five world championships in four different classes. In 1983, he was the mainsheet trimmer when Australia II won the America’s Cup. That work was recognised in 1984 when he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) ‘in recognition of service to yachting, particularly as a crew member of Australia II’. He was Australian Yachtsman of the Year in 1985-86 and, with Giles, Male Sailor of the Year in 1998-99. At the opening ceremony at Athens 2004, he carried the Australian flag.

Olympic Results

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Race 1 9 pts; 9th 9 pts 9th
Race 2 16 pts; 8th 7 pts 7th
Race 3 34 pts; 12th (18 pts) OCS
Race 4 39 pts; 10th 5 pts 5th
Race 5 43 pts; 7th 4 pts 4th
Race 6 56 pts; 9th 13 pts 14th
Race 7 67 pts; 11th 11 pts 11th
Race 8 83 pts; 12th 16 pts 16th
Race 9 97 pts; 13th 14 pts 14th
Race 10 103 pts; 12th 6 pts 6th
Final Race TP: 116 pts; NP: 98 pts; 15th 13 pts 13th
Final Placing 15 / 17

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Race 1 8 pts; 8th 8 pts 8th
Race 2 16 pts; 8th 8 pts 8th
Race 3 22 pts; 8th 6 pts 6th
Race 4 23 pts; 2nd 1 pt 1st
Race 5 26 pts; 2nd 3 pts 3rd
Race 6 28 pts; 2nd 2 pts 2nd
Race 7 36 pts; 3rd 8 pts 8th
Race 8 45 pts; 3rd 9 pts 9th
Race 9 62 pts; 6th (17 pts) DSQ
Race 10 74 pts; 7th (12 pts) 12th
Race 11 TP: 80 pts; NP: 63; 7th 6 pts 6th
Final Placing 7 / 16

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Race 2 12 pts 1 pt 1
Race 4 14 pts 1 pt 1
Race 6 25 pts 3 pts 3
Race 8 34 pts 7 pts 7
Race 10 TP: 69 pts; NP: 32; 3 (26 pts) PMS
Race 1 11 pts (11 pts) 11
Race 3 13 pts 1 pt 1
Race 5 22 pts 8 pts 8
Race 7 27 pts 2 pts 2
Race 9 43 pts 9 pts 9  
Final Placing 3 / 25

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Race 1 18 pts 18 pts 12
Race 2 34 pts 16 pts 10
Race 3 45.7 pts 11.7 pts 6
Race 4 60.7 pts 15 pts 9
Race 5 70.7 pts 10 pts 5
Race 6 76.4 pts 5.7 pts 3
Race 7 TP: 89.4; NP: 71.4 pts; 7 13 pts 7
Final Placing 7 / 26

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Final 66.40pts (7th)
Final Placing 7 / 21

Los Angeles 1984 - Summer Olympic Games

Star - Men
Final 81.70pts (11th)
Final Placing 11 / 19