Carl Van Duyne ’64
Demonstrated Outstanding Integrity as an Olympian The epitome of honorable behavior, Carl Van Duyne answered the question, “What do you do when nobody is looking?” A sailor since age six, Carl won yacht racing championships, was a member of Pingry’s sailing team (a club), and was captain of Princeton’s sailing team. He became an expert with the Finn class of boats---single-handed, high-performance boats---winning the National Intercollegiate Single-Handed Championship at Princeton and two silver medals in the Pan American Games. Carl also became the North American Finn Champion. His big test came during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico when he was favored to win gold. As he sailed in the first race without anyone else in sight, his boat’s sail touched the flag of a race marker buoy. There was no compensating penalty, and only Carl knew he had touched the marker, but he disqualified himself and dropped out of the race---a remarkable act of integrity. Ultimately, he ranked 11th out of 48 countries. Soon afterward, the Van Duyne Rule allowed sailors to re-round a marker they had touched. The Carl Van Duyne Sportsmanship Memorial was unveiled at the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame (2000), Carl is a member of the Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame, and trophies are given in his memory by the U.S. Naval Academy (where he taught economics and coached sailing), U.S. Olympic Committee, and other organizations. He was also a commissioned Naval officer, junior member of the Council of Economic Advisors at The White House, and an economics professor and sailing advisor at Williams College.