TENACIOUS TED

ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22 2019 TED TURNER PRESENTED THE NEW YORK YACHT CLUB WITH A FULL RIGGED MODEL OF “TENACIOUS” THE 61 FOOT S&S DESIGN IN WHICH TED WON THE FAMOUS 1979 FASTNET RACE.

TED AT 80 YEARS OLD IS SUFFERING FROM LEWY BODY DEMENTIA. EACH OF THESE REUNIONS ARE SPECIAL AS WE ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER WITH THOSE WITH WHOM WE SHARED SPECIAL MOMENTS.

TENACIOUS MODEL
1979 FASTNET CREW
PETER CONRAD & JOHN MARSHALL REUNITED
FRANZ SCHNEIDER, TED TURNER, PETER BOWKER
TED TURNER & MARTY O’MERA WITH THE MODEL

HISTORY 40 YEARS AGO & 50 YEARS AGO

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the launching and first successful defense by the 12 meter “Intrepid”. It also marks the second successful defense by the 12 meter “Courageous”. Each boat successfully defended the America’s Cup twice. Only one other boat can lay claim to that fact. That was “Columbia” 1899 & 1901. She is no longer with us.

CONSTELLATION & INTREPID 1967

INTREPID 1967

INTREPID

COURAGEOUS

FORTY YEARS AGO/ FIFTY YEARS AGO

Forty years ago about this date we towed to Newport for the start of the selection trials to defend the America’s Cup.

We had had a small regatta in Marblehead over the Memorial day weekend in which “Courageous” was faster on every point of sail. Reggie Pierce looked up from the grinder handles and quipped: “It’s going to be a long summer”. Those words proved to be prophetic.

“Independence” was supposed to be the anointed defender. The rest is history.

“Intrepid” will celebrate 50 years.

INDEPENDENCE CREW 1977

COURAGEOUS CREW 1977

LOOKING BACK AT COURAGEOUS

COURAGEOUS ON OUR WEATHER HIP

TRIMMED IN HARD

BERNADETTE WINS THE AMERICA’S CUP AT THE DOG TRACK

AMERICA’S DEMITASSE 1977

MEASURING THE 12’S

WORKING WATERFRONT, NEWPORT, RI

The Newport of my youth was a working waterfront. fishing boats, commercial boats and yachts co-existing side by side in the same water and the same docks.

Today, the is not a shred of evidence of this life.

NEWPORT, THEN AND NOW

I ¬†am working on a book of photographs of the Newport Waterfront from the 60’s and 70’s. Today I walked the waterfront to the extent I could and took photographs from as close as I could to the spot where I had taken images all those years ago.

LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB, THEN
LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB, THEN

LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB TODAY
LOOKING TOWARDS NEWPORT YACHT CLUB TODAY

 

LOOKING NORTHEAST TODAY
LOOKING NORTHEAST TODAY

LOOKING FROM BANNISTER'S WHARF TODAY
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER’S WHARF TODAY

LOOKING FROM BANNISTER'S WHARF THEN
LOOKING FROM BANNISTER’S WHARF THEN

LOOKING NORTHEAST THEN
LOOKING NORTHEAST THEN