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
  • 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
  • 1900-05-25 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • 1901-10-04 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series
  • 1903-09-03 American yacht Reliance (largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built) defends America's Cup for the NYYC beating UK challenger Shamrock III off the New Jersey shore for a 3-0 series win

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924-02-04 Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway wins ski jumping gold at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; in 1936 he earns a silver medal in sailing at Berlin Summer Games
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Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
  • 1937-08-09 Ranger (US) easily beats Endeavour II (England) in race 4 to wrap up the 17th America's Cup yachting series, 4-0; it's the final competition for 21 years
  • 1953-08-12 Ann Davison arrives in Miami in her 23 foot boat Felicity Ann, becoming the 1st woman to sail solo across the Atlantic
  • 1956-12-05 Danish sailer Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; his 2nd straight Finn gold and 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in sailing
  • 1960-09-07 Future Constantine II, last King of Greece, wins Dragon class sailing gold medal at the Rome Olympics

  • 1962-09-15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • 1965-06-01 Robert Manry begins his 78 day voyage to sail a 13.5-foot yacht "Tinkerbelle" across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 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
  • 1984-08-08 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 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.
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • 2005-02-07 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds
  • 2010-05-15 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world
  • 2016-08-18 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848-03-18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • 1848-12-12 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1850-05-10 Thomas Lipton, Scottish yachtsman (5-time America's Cup challenger) and tea merchant (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1931)
  • 1878-12-25 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise) and aviation pioneer, born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1884-07-06 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), born in Oakdale, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1892-01-13 Paul Smart, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1894-05-11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1899-01-03 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), born in Harlem, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1900-05-28 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), born in Bulford, Wiltshire (d. 1993)
  • 1905-09-28 William Northam, Austrian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1906-01-29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), born in Haugesund, Norway (d. 1958)
  • 1907-08-13 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1909-05-31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1910-09-20 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1917-11-02 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2018)
  • 1918-05-25 Peder Lunde Sr., Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952), born in Nordstrand, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1922-04-01 Emil 'Bus' Mosbacher, American yachtsman (America's Cup 1962 [Weatherly], 1967 [Intrepid]), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1926-08-17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • 1927-06-12 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1929-11-17 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1929-11-17 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1929-12-02 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1930-01-26 Buddy Melges, American sailor (Olympic gold 1972) and America's Cup skipper (America3), born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • 1931-07-24 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, born in Nantes, France (d. 1998)

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

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

  • 1936-03-19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon and yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1938-08-19 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian sailer (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1938-09-08 Kenichi Horie, Japanese adventurer and solo yachtsman, born in Osaka
  • 1939-03-17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1939-07-15 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018)
  • 1942-02-09 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1943-08-04 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • 1943-08-26 Ulf Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944-06-02 Poul Jensen, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1945-03-15 Jorgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1945-07-03 Iain MacDonald-Smith, English yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968), born in Oxford
  • 1946-02-17 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1946-04-17 Clare Francis, British yachtswoman and novelist (Come Hell or High Water), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey
  • 1947-01-13 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1948-10-01 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman and winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1953-04-07 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1954-05-21 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955-04-25 Joanne Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955-11-02 Mark Reynolds, American yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1992, 2000), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956-03-03 Jim Barton, American sailor (1996 Olympic bronze in Soling class), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1956-05-08 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1956-12-21 Kevin Burnham, American 470 sailor (Olympic 8th 1992, 96), born in Hollis, New York City
  • 1958-05-09 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1958-10-18 Hal Haenel, star sailor (Olympic 8th 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1959-11-21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1960-03-27 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney
  • 1960-07-06 Caroll-Ann Alie, Canadian 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 (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1961-10-31 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-01-05 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-03-01 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1962-11-14 Morgan Reeser, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1964-09-15 Andrew Landenberger, Australian tornado sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1964-11-19 Jeni Lidgett, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964-11-27 David Giles, Australian star sailor (Olympics-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1965-01-04 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1965-04-27 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1965-11-25 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-11 Charles Ogletree, American tornado sailor (Olympic 8th 1996), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1968-01-15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968-02-02 Paul McKenzie, Australian Finn class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968-11-20 Richard Clarke, Yachter Finn (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-11 J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser sailor (Olymp-21st-1996)
  • 1969-04-25 Nir Shental, Israeli Men's 470 sailor (Olympic 15th-1996), born in Jaffa, Israel
  • 1969-06-04 Tine Moberg-Parker, Canada Europe class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1969-06-30 Kristina Farrar Stookey, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Martha Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-05-27 Michael Blackburn, Australian laser sailor (Olympic bronze 2000), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970-06-03 Lanee Butler, mistral sailboat sailor (Olymp-11th-1996), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1970-07-04 Louise Van Voorhis, American 470 sailor (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1970-08-04 Owen McMahon, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-04-08 Marc Peers, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-05-13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-06-04 Roy Janse, tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971-07-29 Jayne Fenner, Four Marks England, US sailing (Olympic-92)
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-08-03 Alain Bolduc, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973-02-08 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-08-05 Brendan Todd, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-01-17 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Scarborough, Canada
  • 1975-06-30 Natasha Sturgess, Australian mistral sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-12-17 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 1981-08-26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • 1991-01-01 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931-10-02 Thomas Lipton, Scottish yachtsman (5-time America's Cup challenger) and tea merchant (Lipton Tea), dies at 81
  • 1957-06-29 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), dies at 58
  • 1958-03-18 Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
  • 1967-07-30 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, dies at 59
  • 1970-07-04 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • 1988-05-01 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • 1988-10-24 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • 1993-09-26 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), dies at 93
  • 1996-01-14 Jacques-Baptiste LeBrun, French finn yachtsman (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 85
  • 1997-08-13 Emil 'Bus' Mosbacher, American yachtsman (America's Cup 1962 [Weatherly], 1967 [Intrepid]), dies at 75
  • 1998-06-12 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • 2001-12-05 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman and 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)
  • 2013-01-31 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85
  • 2013-05-09 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

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 and yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • 2018-02-24 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100
  • 2018-07-31 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2019-06-02 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89