Yachting in History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1661-10-01 Yachting begins in England; King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York racing from Greenwich to Gravesend

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1741-06-15 Capt Bering leaves Petropavlovsk, sailing to America
  • 1844-07-30 1st US yacht club - NY Yacht Club organized by John Cox Stevens and 8 friends aboard the Gimcrack
  • 1845-07-16 NY Yacht Club holds its 1st regatta
  • 1851-08-12 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1851-08-22 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
  • 1853-09-24 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
  • 1866-12-11 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1894-02-03 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
  • 1962-09-15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1969-04-22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • 1983-09-26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • 1987-02-03 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • 1989-02-12 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • 1989-04-07 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • 1999-10-31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848-03-18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • 1848-12-12 William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)
  • 1850-05-10 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1878-12-25 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1892-01-13 Paul Smart, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1894-05-11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgium, yachting (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1898-01-03 Johannes Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1905-09-28 William Northam, Austria, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1906-01-29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptise LeBrun, France, finn yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1917-11-02 Durward Knowles, England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968-Bahamas)
  • 1918-05-25 Peder Lunde, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • 1926-08-17 Haakon Barfod, Norway, yachting (Olympic-gold-1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1927-06-12 Timir Pinegin, Moscow, Russia, sailor (Olympic gold 1960), (d. 2013)
  • 1929-11-17 Edgar White, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1929-11-17 Sumner White, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1929-12-02 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1930-01-26 Harry "Buddy" Melges Jr, Wisc, sailor (Oly-gold/bronze-1964, 72)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933-10-31 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)

  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London, UK
  • 1938-08-19 Valentin Mankin, USSR, finn class yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1939-03-17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1942-02-09 Peder Lunde Jr, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1943-08-04 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • 1943-08-26 Ulf Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1943-09-16 Dennis W Conner, yachting pro (4-time America's Cup-winning skipper)
  • 1944-06-02 Poul Jensen, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1945-03-15 Jorgen Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1945-07-03 Iain MacDonald-Smith, England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1946-02-17 Valdemar Bandolowski, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1946-04-17 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1947-01-13 Peter Sundelin, Sweden, yachtsmen (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1952-04-02 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1953-04-07 Everard Endt, US, yachting (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1954-05-21 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955-04-25 Joanne Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955-11-02 Mark Reynolds, star sailor (Olymp-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956-03-03 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympics bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1956-05-08 Jeff Madrigali, Walnut Creek California, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1956-12-21 Kevin Burnham, Hollis NY, 470 sailor (Olympics-8th-1992, 96)
  • 1958-05-09 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1958-10-18 Hal Haenel, star sailor (Olympics-8th-1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1959-03-17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959-11-21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1960-03-27 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1960-07-06 Caroll-Ann Alie, sailor (Olympics-14-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1960-12-30 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1961-10-18 Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1961-10-31 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-01-05 Donald John Cowie, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-11-14 Morgan Reeser, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1964-02-06 Matt Hayes, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1964-09-15 Andrew Landenberger, Australian tornado sailor (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1964-11-19 Jeni Lidgett, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1964-11-27 David Giles, Australian star sailor (Olympics-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1965-01-04 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, star sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-04-27 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1965-11-25 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympics-6th-1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Anne Kendall, mistral sailor (Oly-g/s-92, 96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-11 Charles Ogletree, Greenville NC, tornado sailor (Olympics-8th-1996)
  • 1967-10-11 John Lovell, Baton Rouge LA, tornado sailor (Olympics-8th-1996)
  • 1968-01-15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-02-02 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-03-02 Penny "Stamper" Davis, Carlisle England, Canadian 470 sailor (Oly-96)
  • 1968-11-20 Richard Clarke, Yachter Finn (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-11 J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser sailor (Olymp-21st-1996)
  • 1969-04-25 Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 sailor (Oly-15th-1996)
  • 1969-06-04 Tine Moberg-Parker, Canada Europe class sailor (Oly-96), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1969-06-30 Kristina Farrar Stookey, Martha Vineyard MA, 470 sailor (Oly-4th-96)
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics-23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-05-27 Michael Blackburn, Australian laser sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-06-03 Lanee Butler, mistral sailboat sailor (Olymp-11th-1996), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1970-07-04 Louise Van Voorhis, 470 sailor (Olympics-4th-1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970-08-04 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-04-08 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-05-13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-06-04 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-07-29 Jayne Fenner, Four Marks England, US sailing (Olympic-92)
  • 1971-09-04 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, sailboard sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Oly-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-08-03 Alain Bolduc, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973-02-08 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-08-05 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-01-17 Sharon Marie Ferris, NZ, sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-08-29 Brad Boston, soling sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1975-06-30 Natasha Sturgess, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1976-12-17 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Oly gld 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 1977-07-20 Shany Kedmy, Israel, Women's 470 sailor (Oly-14th-1996)
  • 1981-08-26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman

Deaths in Sport

  • 2001-12-06 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • 2010-11-16 Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (b. 1913)
  • 2013-05-09 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014-03-29 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80

  • 2015-06-05 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77