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was starting to look like a contender. But it was no thanks to Loomis, who continually badgered Turner with threats and discipline, often during unexpected late-hour visits to his room. The steadying influence in the mix was Courageous’ evenhanded tactician, Gary Jobson, who not only calmed Turner down on the boat, but ashore as well. Jobson cut to the chase, focusing on how to win the right to defend, and ultimately win the Cup, over all else. Turner could understand that. But it went hilariously bad at the Spouting Rock Beach Association one evening. Better known as Bailey’s Beach, the private club founded in the 1890s is a vestige of old-school Newport Society. Turner ended up there because of a secretarial mistake, an invitation that should have been regretted. By the time the mistake was discovered, it was too late for Ted and his wife,

ploited the always popular “them versus us” scenario. Turner’s fight that summer began in-house. His syndicate boss was the late Lee Loomis, an imposing man with hair clipped MarineCorps short and a drill sergeant’s demeanor to match. Loomis was born to the purple, one of “them.” Loomis’ father, Alfred Lee, who had attained prominence in law, banking, and science (he worked on the precise measurement of time, the development of radar, and invented LORAN), gave his son a 12-Metre for graduation from Harvard Law School. Lee Loomis epitomized the eastern-establishment, rulingclass Yankee. He spoke with some yearning of sailing 12-Metres in the 1930s, when half the crew were paid professionals in uniforms who kept their mouths shut. He was comfortable in chauffeured limousines, at private clubs, and on Long island estates behind iron gates. Upstart, new-money Southerners like Turner were not Lee Loomis’ favorite people. As syndicate boss, Loomis was being counted on by his fellow New York Yacht Club members to keep Turner under control, if not under wraps. Going into the July trials, Turner was actually behaving quite well, paying attention to the racing and trying to keep a low profile. Much to everyone’s surprise, Courageous

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