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Feb 6, 2007, 6:21 PM

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How do you define famous sailing couples? My thought was that they had both achieved a high level of success in the sport (still subjective, but so are plenty of the sailing rules). Could be on-the-water or off, could be in the past or in the present (but not in the future). They need to be married. They can be deceased. Enough with the rules.

Name names, and your reason why they should be on the list. I will start:

Jim and Julia Brady: Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (1990) and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (1992). At the 1992 Olympics, Jim teamed with skipper Kevin Mahaney and Doug Kern in the Soling to earn a Silver medal and Julia earned a Bronze medal in the Europe.

John and Deneen Demourkas: At 2007 Acura Key West, John skippering the Farr 40 and Deneen skippering the Mumm 30. Neither won their class, but pretty impressive to have two big efforts flowing out of the same household.

Jay and Pease Glaser: Both have long resumes, but the short version is that they both have Olympic medals (Jay in the Tornado; Pease in the 470) together dominated the Tornado class for years, and are the beef and brains behind Glaser Sails.

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Feb 7, 2007, 6:28 PM

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Jay Kehoe and Amy Gross Kehoe are at Stanford, coaching and teaching. Amy is volunteering at a very high level at US SAILING (Board of Directors) and is one of a pair who manages the US SAILING National Sailing Programs Symposium


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Feb 7, 2007, 6:34 PM

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Sally Lindsay Honey and Stan Honey should certainly be added to the list. I believe that Sally was the first two-time winner of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award (having won with Ted Hood in on year and and Ted Turner in another), and has distinguished herself in the 505 class, Cal 40s, fuly-crewed or doublehanded, in the Transpac and the West Marine Pacific Cup, etc. Stan obviously has quite a CV as well, most recently having navigated the winning boat in the VOR, but also having sailed any number of sleds to Hawaii first-to-finish as well has holding numerous World Sailing Council speed records on PlayStation. And like many sailing couples, they are about as nice as people get.
Chuck Hawley
Surprise, Alerion Express 38 Yawl


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Feb 7, 2007, 6:41 PM

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Great names so far... keep 'em coming.


Rick Van Mell
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Feb 7, 2007, 7:55 PM

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I think Gloria used to sail with Buddy Melges!

Once upon a time (though long since divorced) Judy Nye, daughter of Star Champion Harry Nye, married and sailed with a guy named Ted Turner - they even had children together.

Rick Van Mell





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Feb 8, 2007, 12:14 AM

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Add Olympians:
- Pamela and Craig Healy...she in the 470 (Bronze) and he in the Soling

Special Mention Olympian family:
- Hartwell Jordan and his mom Barbara...he in the Soling and she in swimming 48 years earlier

Other sailing at the highest levels:
- Liz Baylis and Todd Hedin...Rolex Yachtswoman and husband setting Pacific Cup records
- Melinda and Bill Erkelens...managing many successful ventures together





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Feb 8, 2007, 3:51 AM

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How about Lisa and Neal Macdonald (Volvo Ocean Race).
They've set fairly high standards for a sailing couple.


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Feb 8, 2007, 6:36 AM

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Hi how about Mike "Moose" and Emma Sanderson for a pair of offshore yotters?


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Feb 8, 2007, 10:32 AM

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Peter and JJ Isler, he is a Rolex Yachtsman of the year and veteran America's Cup navigator. JJ is a two time Olympic Medalist, America's Cup Campaigner and two time Rolex Yachtswoman of the year. They may be the only America's Cup couple.





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Feb 8, 2007, 2:50 PM

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Until another couple wins a Starboat Worlds together, Skip and Mary Etchells have a good claim to the top of this list.




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Feb 8, 2007, 6:44 PM

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How about Geordie and Heather Schaffer,Puck and Daniel MacQuiness,A couple of maxi and a cup guys and there lovely wife's


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Feb 8, 2007, 6:55 PM

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Add Tom and Ann Allen of Buffalo, New York. Tom is a multiple World (4X) and North American (8X) Champion in the Lightning. Ann may well hold the record for most participations in the Pan American Games by any woman athlete in any sport. And she sailed to the record!





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Feb 8, 2007, 8:31 PM

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Comrades,

Don't forget Boris Badenov & Natasha Fatale, famous Soviet 470 team that beat out Moose & Squirrel for Olympic Gold medal.
G. E. Kriese
www.OceanRacing.com


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Feb 9, 2007, 1:34 AM

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The Hiscocks, the Kochs, the Schenks and various other circumnavigators who contributed via books or seminars to the world of sailing.


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Feb 9, 2007, 1:57 AM

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Katie Pettibone (AREVA) + David "Ratty" Blanchfield (BMW Oracle Racing) - Multiple America's CUps, Multiple round the worlds, and in Katie's spare time she became a lawyer

Carol and Carl Buchan - Two really good sailors in a legendary family

Rob and Meg Gaillard-Myles - two excellent and strong sailors - America's Cups and Olympics


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Feb 9, 2007, 5:22 AM

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Go couples!

Ben and Kim Cesare
Steve and Melissa Shepstone
Peter and JJ Isler
Bob and Fran Monro


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Feb 9, 2007, 7:29 AM

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Dottie and Ron Rostorfer: Their first regatta together was the Timme Angsten in 1963, and then for years were racing together in the Thistle Class, where they were District Champs, Regional Runners-Up, and 9th in the Nationals. When motherhood hit Dottie, Ron stayed with the Thistle class – earning a 2nd and 4th in the Nationals - but soon found that sailing wasn’t as much fun without his sweetie. Currently, Ron and Dottie are active on the Race Committee for Key West and Miami Race Weeks, the Etchells Jaguar winter series on Biscayne Bay, the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, plus Ron is Race Chair of Coconut Grove Sailing Club with about 18 regattas per year to run.


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Feb 9, 2007, 7:31 AM

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Nick and Janet Jerwood, who won the World Flying Fifteen champs in Auckland in 2006.


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Feb 9, 2007, 7:44 AM

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Kim and Tim Woodhouse - She is the powerhouse behind the Farr 40 class, loved for her generous spirit, while he is Hood Sailmakers. Both share their passion for the sport with sailors around the world, opening their home to all each summer in Newport.


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Feb 9, 2007, 9:01 AM

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SmileJody Swanson, Rolex Yachts Woman of the year and David Starck, many time champion in the Lightning Class have achieved numerous victories and competed at an international level for over 25 years.


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Feb 9, 2007, 10:17 AM

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Jody Swanson and David Stark. Jody is a past Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year who has won virtually everything in the Lightning Class including the North Americans and her husband David Starck has been runner up in 2 NAs plus consistently top 5 in everything he sails. He is also a very active volunteer including Chairing the 100 plus boat Lightning North Americans.


Tom and Anne Allen (Smither) who together have won something like 7 North American and 4 Worlds Lightning Championships plus building Championship Boats and being in the sailing business for almost 50. years. They have also raised a whole family of sailors with Tom Jr. building boats, son and daughter Jim and Jane sailing in Michigan and Daughter Brenda married to Jim Crane another Lightning North American Champion who also has a 2nd in the Worlds as well.





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Feb 9, 2007, 10:50 AM

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Some of my favorite Sailing Couples:
Carisa Harris-Adamson and Nick Adamson
Jane Kirk O'Connor and Mike O'Connor
Mark Medelblatt & Lenka Smidova (ok, not married, yet!)

Hmmm... behind every great sailing woman is a great sailing man who understands her addiction to the habit? (or vice versa?)


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Feb 9, 2007, 11:12 AM

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Ed and Merredith Adams were a pretty wicked duo in the Snipe class until she blew up her back (I think). And then there is Tina and Trevor Baylis, who were second in the 2006 I-14 Worlds.

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Feb 9, 2007, 1:20 PM

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Has anyone mentioned the Buchans yet? If not, I'm surprised. Do we need the resume.


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Feb 9, 2007, 3:38 PM

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* From Don Zimmer: You definitely have to include Steve & Doris Colgate among those famous sailing couples, for their contribution to sailing via the Offshore Sailing School. It is amazing the number of people that now can call themselves sailors as a result of the programs the Colgates have offered over some 40 + years. I am also sure there are some other famous sailing couples that owe their success to the Colgates, having graduated a sailing course in basic sailing, cruising, or racing. I tip my hat to the Colgates, and must tell them that they have made sailing a better sport, which is now enjoyed by so many more people.


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Feb 9, 2007, 4:30 PM

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Don't forget about Peter annd JJ Isler. Pretty good couple of sailors. And Mike and Delia Ingham.


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Feb 25, 2007, 12:02 PM

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What about Lin & Larry Pardy? Authors, circumnavigators on beautifully built wooden cutters under 30 ft LOD which they built themselvbes; Serafin and Talisin. Both without engines! I would rank the Pardeys as one of the most remarkable sailing couples in the past 35 years.


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Feb 25, 2007, 2:51 PM

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Paul and Trine Elvström, father and daughter.


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Feb 26, 2007, 7:59 AM

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They're not married, but what about Anna Tunnicliffe and Brad Funk, US Radial and Laser #1 ranked, respectively.


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Feb 26, 2007, 3:05 PM

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Tim and Pauline Carr cruised and raced their engineless, 100 year old Falmouth Cutter CURLEW for many years, including 14 years at South Georgia Island. ~ sleddog


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