McIntosh, John M. - Sailing, 1984

McIntosh was one of the prime forces in the growth and development of sailing in the Coastal Empire. An accomplished sailor, McIntosh has won more than 500 trophies in sailing regattas and has sailed in more than 2,000 competitive races in numerous vessel classes. McIntosh qualified for the Lightning Class World Championships five times, once finished 13th in the world class event. He also won three Southeastern Lightning Circuit championships and eleven lightning titles in the South Atlantic championships. But McIntosh is equally known for the guidance he gave promising youngsters. He helped organize the first Youth Sailing Program in the area. Among his students were Roy Gordon, Lee Thomson, Bunky Helfrich, and Ted Turner – all of whom had successful sailing careers of their own. McIntosh also helped found the Deep South Regatta, hosted annually by the Savannah Yacht Club. The event is one of the largest sailing events on the East Coast and draws entries from all of the United States and Canada.

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