Bahamian sailor Sir Durward Knowles, Died at 100


Sir Durward Randolph Knowles was born on 2 November 1917 and died on 24 February 2018.

He was a sailor and Olympic champion from the Bahamas.

Knowles was the winner of the gold medal in the Star class at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, together with Cecil Cooke.

Knowles was also the winner of the bronze medal in the same class at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

Knowles had previously competed for the United Kingdom in the 1948 Olympics finishing in 4th place in the Star class together with Sloane Elmo Farrington.

While representing the Bahamas, he also won gold in the 1959 Pan American Games star class (with Farrington).

During 1996, Knowles was knighted.

In the year 1997, Knowles was given The Bahamas’ Order of Merit.

During 2014, the second Legend-class patrol boat of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was commissioned as HMBS Durward Knowles.

After Sándor Tarics died in May 2016, Knowles became the oldest living Olympic champion.

Knowles turned 100 in November 2017 and died on 24 February 2018.

Knowles was the stepbrother of Percy Knowles.

Knowles passed away at 100 years old.