Courageous---Ted Turner and the Americas Cup

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  1. Doug Lord
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Thanks for posting the link to the video Doug :cool:

    The following is not exactly on topic as it's not about the America's Cup or Courageous, but posted here as related historical Ted Turner sailing info . . . .

    Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing (amazon link)

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    ‘‘ In August 1979, 303 yachts began the 600-mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back.
    It began in fine weather, then suddenly became a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, sixty-knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury. For twenty hours, 2,500 men and women were smashed by forty-foot breaking waves, while rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them. By the time the race was over, fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship, five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race. John Rousmaniere was there, and he tells the tragic story of the greatest disaster in the history of yachting as only one who has sailed through the teeth of a killer storm can. ’’

    The corrected-time (handicap) winner of that race was Ted Turner as owner and skipper of his yacht Tenacious.
    The winner on elapsed time was the yacht Condor of Bermuda skippered by Peter Blake.



    ‘‘ When Ted Turner entered his yacht Tenacious in the famed Fastnet Race in 1979, he did not need to prove himself. He had already started a television network, purchased the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, and won the 1977 America's Cup. But a freakish storm turned the Celtic Sea into a terrifying washing machine that tossed the 303 entrants about and killed 15 sailors. In this 30 For 30 short for ESPN Films, Turner and many of his crew members relive that harrowing -- and ultimately victorious -- voyage amid riveting footage and photographs. Never was a boat so aptly named. ’’
     
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  3. Doug Lord
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    Angelique, thanks for the Fastnet info and especially for the ESPN video!!
     
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