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Changes: Fun by Roger Vaughan

I was mate on Gleam, an old 12-Metre, for 14 weeks the summer following my sophomore year in college. That was 1957. We raced against Vim, Harold Vanderbilt’s old 12 (1939) that was making a resurgence with a hot crew, planning to enter the America’s Cup defense trials the following summer. They beat us regularly. We also raced against Niña, the lovely schooner designed by Starling Burgess that was the love of my life at the time. She also beat us regularly. Niña was lost at sea a few years ago. Gone without a trace. It was like hearing a treasured old girlfriend had perished. I went to college with Ted Turner, who was a year behind me. We were both on the sailing team at Brown. Turner was loud and brash. He craved attention and drank too much. But we got along. Ted was an amazing sailor. A man lives the way he sails. If you want to know about Ted Turner, study the way he sailed back then. He was fearless. He set goals that seemed impossible, and he often failed colossally at first, as in 1964, when he chartered a 40-footer to race in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, having never sailed a boat of that size. It was

Gleam a disaster. The pumps malfunctioned during a storm, and they nearly sank. They ran aground, they had a fire on board, they got lost, food and water ran out, and so did the crew. But the following year ~ and this is pure Turner ~ he chartered another 40-footer and won the SORC, an extraordinary accomplishment that eluded many great sailors. A few years later, I picked up The New York Times and read a little item on the sports page indicating that Ted Turner had been selected to skipper a 12-Metre by the name of Mariner in the America’s Cup Defense trials. I called him with newspaper still in hand. Why? 67

March 2017 ttimes web magazine  
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