THE QUIET MAN

TED AND TEDDY
TED AND TEDDY
MARBLEHEAD COLD AND RICK HOOD
MARBLEHEAD COLD AND RICK HOOD
STILL COLD
STILL COLD
TED HOOD ON INDEPENDENCE
TED HOOD ON INDEPENDENCE
LOOKING FROM OFF THE BOAT
LOOKING FROM OFF THE BOAT
COURAGEOUS 1974
COURAGEOUS 1974

Ted Hood passed away this summer. I was traveling and did not have access to me archive of photographs. For me he will always be the quiet man; after nearly a year of sailing on the same boat we only ever exchanged a handful of words. He was a clever man that mostly saw the whole picture and must have have exceptional three dimensional vision. He could make a boat go fast, however, I believe match racing did not fit his personality.

wire sheets

When I started sailing rope sheets and guys were normal. The rope was not very sophisticated, it stretched quite a lot. As the boats became more evolved wire sheets and guys became normal. It was 7×19 galvanized, because it was more flexible. It rusted quickly and broke down just as fast. Your hands were constantly torn by the meathooks.

In the photo at the right, we are sailing Independence off Marblehead in March. It is cold. Ted Hood would just keep sailing in a straight line; often we would not return until after dark. For amusement, we would spray the wire on the drum just before casting off. It would flame, from the friction of the wire slipping on the drum in the tack.