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
  • 1848-06-06 New York Yacht Club holds its first annual regatta; won by the schooner Carnelia
  • 1851-08-22 100 Guineas Cup is raced around Isle of Wight; US schooner 'America' beats British cutter 'Aurora' by 24 minutes; first competition for the America's Cup yachting trophy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1853-09-24 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)

Business Magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt
Business Magnate
Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 1866-12-11 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1870-08-08 New York Yacht Club’s first defence of America’s Cup; 'Magic' (US) defeats 'Cambria' (England) and 16 fellow defenders from NY Harbour to Sandy Hook Light Vessel on the Atlantic and return (38 miles)
  • 1871-10-23 Replacement yacht Sappho (US) beats Livonia (UK) by 25:27 in race 5 to win 3rd America's Cup off Newport, RI 4-1; original defender Columbia damaged so misses races 4 & 5
  • 1887-09-30 8th America's Cup: New York Yacht Club’s cutter Volunteer beats Scottish challenger Thistle by 11:48.75 seconds on corrected time to win series, 2-0 off Newport, RI
  • 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
  • 1920-11-01 American fishing schooner 'Esperanto' defeats Canadian yacht 'Delawana' in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races off Halifax, Nova Scotia

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 skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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  • 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 yachtsman 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 Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class at the Rome Olympics; his 4th straight Olympic gold medal in the category
  • 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)
  • 1964-09-20 20th America's Cup yachting: Eric Ridder skippered Constellation beats English challenger Sovereign for a 4-0 American series sweep off Newport, RI
  • 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
  • 2021-03-17 America's Cup, Auckland: Emirates Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli by 46s in race 10 for a 7-3 series victory and retain the cup

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 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1927-06-12 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1928-02-25 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • 1928-06-16 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), born in Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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)
  • 1937-06-28 Georgios Zaimis, Greek sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1960), born in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938-08-19 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (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
  • 1939-01-15 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1939-03-17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 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 sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), born in Hollis, New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1958-05-09 Esko Rechardt, Finnish 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), born in Melbourne Australia
  • 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 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, Canadian sailor 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, American 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, Canadian 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)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1909-11-14 Joshua Slocum, Canadian-American seaman and adventurer, departs from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, sailing south for the winter, and is lost at sea, at 65
  • 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

  • 2014-06-01 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), dies at 75
  • 2015-06-05 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2016-12-07 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • 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 [1]
  • 2019-06-02 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • 2020-05-01 Georgios Zaimis, Greek sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1960), dies at 82
  • 2020-06-02 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91