TED HOOD

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Titolo del collegamentoTED HOOD (1927 - 2014) Ted Hood, oltre ad essere il fondatore di Hood Sailmakers, fino a poco fa il più grande produttore di vele al mondo e skipper di successo, è stato il fondatore di Little Harbour Yachts e innovativo yacht designer. http://www.tedhood.com/

Ted Hood - Biographical Profile

1990's - Ted in front of the Little Harbor facility in Portsmouth, RI Frederick E. (Ted) Hood, who throughout the 1960's through the mid 80's was known as the world's largest sailmaker, is today so well known as a boat and systems designer and a boatbuilder as well as a superb seaman and racing skipper. Matching a natural sailing ability (he grew up racing in Marblehead, Mass.) with his talent for design, Hood built and skippered a successful series of keel and centerboard racing boats under the rubric of Robin.

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1930's - Ted at the wheel. Ted captured first in the Newport-Bermuda Rae in 1968; he sailed another victory in the 1971 Marblehead-Halifax Race, (10 years after his 1961 Halifax win); and Robin Too II took the 1974 SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Circuit). That was one of Hood's biggest years in racing. As skipper of the new Sparkman & Stephens designed aluminum-hulled Courageous he won the America's Cup sailing away from Australia's Southern Cross, 4-0. Three years later he campaigned Independence, the second 12-Meter he designed (the first was the 1960's Nefertiti"), against Courageous, which he had redesigned, but was runner up to Courageous and Ted Turner in the defender trials.


1950's - Ted and his father, the "Professor" Hood was the first sailmaker to weave his own Dacron cloth. He is also credited with early designs for grooved headstays, jib roller furling, as well as the Stoway mast and the Stoboom. More than 6,000 of his Little Harbor yachts, from 35 to 75 feet, are sailing today. But perhaps the most famous of his vessels is the 60 foot "American Promise", in which Dodge Morgan set a solo circumnavigation record of 150 days in 1985-86; it was the last Hood boat to be built in Marblehead before Hood's design and building facilities moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

In 1987 Ted move to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and from the old World War II navy fuel depot built the largest yacht yard, yacht design and building operation in Rhode Island. Ted was involved in running a large boat yard and service facility, a design office, a brokerage office, and a boat building facility in Portsmouth. He put most of his efforts into the design of WhisperJets, state of the art jet boats from 30' to 60'.


1970's - Ted at the sewing machine. Today most of his efforts are in designing and building yachts worldwide, while making plans to develop Rhode Island's newest, largest marina.

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