Australia’s first Olympic sailing medals were won at Melbourne 1956 with John Scott, with Rolly Tasker, finishing second in the Sharpies, and Jock Sturrock, with Dev Mytton and Doug Buxton, winning a bronze medal in the 5.5 Metre class. By the final race of the seven-race series Tasker and Scott had finished no worse than second. They sailed Falcon IV across the finish line in first place but were subsequently disqualified for a mid-race infringement. After the final points for each crew were calculated from the six best finishes, Australia and New Zealand were tied on 6086 points. On a count-back, New Zealand was awarded the gold medal because it had won three races to Australia's two.