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Joerg Bruder, (16 November 1937 - 11 July 1973) was a Brazilian sailor and geology professor at the University of São Paulo. Born in São Paulo, he became the first three-time Finn Gold Cup champion. Bruder died in 1973 in Orly, Paris, on Varig Flight 820 to Paris, when travelling to the Finn Gold Cup.
Known for a successful sailing career, he participated in the Olympics and was a two-time winner at the Pan-Am games. Bruder had trained for the Olympics for several years. He also developed wooden masts with lighter weight and special curves, later developing alluminium masts, which were used by many Finn sailors around the world.
Joerg Bruder sailed in the Star class at the Olympics, after the decision that Finn boats and spars would be supplied by the organizationwhich?. Bruder invited Jan Aten to sail with his crew on the Star boat "Buho Blanco" (BL 5217), a wooden boat purchased in Mexico. They won the 7th District & Brazilian Star Championship qualifiers in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. In July, they were 1972 Kiel Week champions, sailing against a 60 other boats.
In the 1972 Olympics, sailed in Kiel, the great Brazilian Finn sailor Joerg Bruder competed in the Star Class. On the way out of the harbor, Bruder and his crew Jan Aten snagged a shroud on a piling and brought the rig down on their heads. They brought the boat back to the dock, brought down a spare mast, stepped it, rigged it and sailed out to win that day's race.
— Dick Enersen, Restepping a Mast During a Regatta, Publication