Turner, Ted - Sailing, 1980
Ted Turner gained fame in the world of sports through his ownership of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks, his cable television “Super Station”, and his exploits as a yachtsman.
Turner learned to sail as a youngster at the Savannah Yacht and Country Club. He won several prestigious racing events, including the Congressional Cup, the Southern Ocean Racing title, the U.S. 5.5-Meter title, the Scandinavian Gold Cup, and the storm-riddled Fastnet Race.
In 1977, Tuner skippered the yacht Courageous to victory in the prestigious America’s Cup Races. He was named Yachtsman of the Year for the third time by the New York Yacht Club on the strength of those wins and captured the New York Club honor for an unprecedented fourth time in 1979.