It is with great sadness that the RYA has learned of the passing of David Bond, the hitherto last surviving British gold medallist from the 1948 London Olympic Games.

Mr Bond, who lived in Falmouth, passed away peacefully at home on 23 March, shortly before his 91st birthday.  

He 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.

(image credit Mike Roberts)