Baker, John H - Sailing, 1981

Baker gained fame as a sailboat racing champion when he won the Y-Flyer National Championship in 1964, unseating his former protégé, Ted Turner. Prior to this time, he had won numerous Yacht Club championships and South-Atlantic Racing Association titles before switching from a Lightning Sailboat to the more streamlined Y-Flyer in 1958, offering him more fleet competition in the area.
Also interested in ocean racing, Baker won the Miami-to-Nassau race in 1966 against a record fleet of 74 boats in the fastest time ever for the 184-mile course. Ten years later in 1976, Baker won the International Y-Flyer Championships at the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in Montreal.

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