IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: The only IOD three-peat World Champion and an Edward VII Gold Cup Winner.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: The second highest placing Olympian in Bermuda’s history [along with Lee White], sailor Peter Bromby has placed as high as 4th in the Olympics, and has been ranked as high as #3 in world rankings. 4 Olympic appearances; Star Championship; 2009 Bacardi Cup [Miami], 2004 Kieler Woche [Germany], 2004 Spa Regatta [Netherlands], 2003 Rolex Miami [Miami], 2002 Bacardi Bermuda National MRC [Bermuda], 2001 Colorcraft Gold Cup Qualifier [Bermuda], 2001 Bacardi Cup [Miami], 1998 Gosling Black Seal Cup [Bermuda], 1997 Gosling Black Seal Cup [Bermuda], 1997 Bermuda Gold Cup Qualifier [Bermuda], 1995 Miami Olympic Class Regatta [Miami], 1994 Bermuda National Champs [Bermuda]
ACTIVE PERIOD: 1940s – 70s
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: Multiple MHD Championships. Designer of the aluminum spar for IOD's. Used his IOD all one winter to test sail concepts at a smaller scale for 12 Metre sails for the upcoming America’s Cup.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: America's Cup winning skipper, 1974, Mallory Cup (1956), Marblehead-Halifax Race (1961,1971), Newport-Bermuda Race (1968) and SORC (1974). Hood Sails & Hood Yacht designs. By the 1970s their company, Hood Sailmakers, was serving sailors worldwide. Its sails were used by every America’s Cup winner from 1958 to 1977. During the 1962 America’s Cup defender trials, Hood, who was captain of a boat he designed, Nefertiti, helped a rival captain, Bus Mosbacher, make adjustments in his sails. Mosbacher’s boat, Weatherly, won the competition between them and went on to successfully defend the cup against the Australians.
“Oh, I wanted to win, but against the best possible boat,” Hood said afterward. “And I’d rather have lost to Bus than to the Aussies.”
When asked in 2012 what his favorite boat was, he paused 4 seconds and said "the IOD".
Arthur Knapp Jr
IOD FLEET: Long Island Sound
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: Authored "Sail Your Boat Right", so much of which is about sailing an IOD: Corny Shields’ right hand man in developing and promoting the IOD Class. Won the first IOD trophy in a tie breaker over Shields in the spring of 1937. Regularly at the top of the standings in the Long Island Sound Fleet #1.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: Arthur brought his love of sailing to Princeton where he founded the Princeton Sailing Team in 1928. Notably also he served as tactician aboard the J-Boat "Ranger"; Sears Cup; Star Class World Champion in 1930; Shields National Champion; Helmsman for America’s Cup 12M, "Weatherly"; United States Yacht Racing Union award for his outstanding contribution to North American sailing. When Mosbacher was invited to helm Weatherly in the next challenge, one of the weight-saving steps was to remove Arthur’s pipe rack from the cockpit.
His presence during the "Golden Age" of yachting was so prevalent - from Star's to J class to frost-biting to IOD's and 12 Meter yachts that there are only a handful that would compare in his achievements and contributions to the sport. From 1946 to 1966, he won the annual Larchmont Yacht Club's frostbite series 14 times. When one reads "Sail Your Boat Right," Arthur is offering IOD sailors a manual on sailing an IOD and sharing with other competitors outside the class some of the basics and finer points.
Emil (Bus) Mosbacher
IOD FLEET: Long Island Sound
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS:
Always in the hunt, Bus raised the level of competition in the class. He won eight consecutive season championships in the International Class in the 1950's before the Class held a World Championship.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: As a junior sailor, Mosbacher overcame anti-Semitism at the established Yacht Clubs on Long Island Sound with brilliance on the water. He was a 2 time America's Cup Defender. Champion Star boat sailor. Appeared on the covers of Time and Sports Illustrated. Chief of Protocol for President Nixon. Mosbacher was the chairman of the first Operation Sail, which brought a procession of tall ships to New York Harbor in 1976.
Bus is a legend and brings honor and glory to the IOD Class.
IOD FLEET: Long Island Sound
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: Founder of the IOD class and the Shields Class. Also, created the Interclub Dinghy used for Frostbiting.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: Frequent Champion in IOD, Shields Classes. 6 Meter Champion. Americas Cup Sailor in the 12M Columbia. Both Corny and his son separately were winners of the Mallory Cup.
What Babe Ruth was to baseball of that era, Corny Shields was to small sailboat racing – the man to beat. He established control of sail purchases within the fleet to ensure that races were won by the skill of the skipper and drew, not because one person had deeper pockets than another. The Silver Fox of Long Island Sound was also a great sportsman. Time magazine said, “Probably nobody has won more sailboat races than Corny Shields.”
ACTIVE PERIOD: 80s – 2000s
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: Chief Technical Officer of IOD Class and overseer of Nantucket new boat builds by CW Hood. Known "hands-down" as the best sailor in the Nantucket fleet. Was part of original Nantucket Fleet founders and Sierra Syndicate partner. Dick served as NIODFA president in 2004.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: Champion in the Shields Nationals twice, and the IOD North Americans. Participated in 15 Newport Bermuda races.
As Chief Technical Officer for the Class, Dick was able to deliver their boats to the original syndicates in a timely fashion through trying times. As an accomplished sailor and 15 time Newport Bermuda participant, Dick had every sailor’s respect.
Charlie Van Voorhis
IOD FLEET: Fishers Island
ACTIVE PERIOD: 90s - Present
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: 4 Time IOD World Champion. Executive Vice President; Chair, Technical Committee. In his continuous goal of making the IOD a truly one-design class, he has led a rules modification to bring the IOD in line with the structure of other classes’ rules in World Sailing. In Fishers Island, he led the experiment of laser-scanning the hulls to determine where variations existed from boats of one era to another.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: 2 Time 8 Meter World Champion. US Sailing Team Member. 2008 Olympic Trials (Finn).
Clearly a sailing champion but also an outstanding example of someone who is giving back to sailing through his efforts as the Technical Chair for the Class; his leadership at Fishers Island; and his continued interest in Class development. Today Charlie sails Jester, an original 1937 boat once sailed by Arthur Knapp under the name Bumble Bee. Charlie and Jim Thompson Jr. completely rebuilt her installing modern sail trim controls in the year 2000.
ACTIVE PERIOD: 40s – 2010
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR CONTRIBUTIONS: The Bermuda fleet, at one point had only four wooden boats remaining. When a new set of molds was being made, in typical Jordy fashion, he ordered a second set for Bermuda and hired two boat builders from Maine to get the rebuilding of the class started in fibreglass. Eventually with help from other members of the class, he took over the rebuilding project which led to the completion of 12 new boats. Jordy worked tirelessly at his profession as an architect by day, then as a boat builder at Dockyard from 10 pm to 5 am, returning home for a few hours sleep before heading off to work. He served as World Class President from 2007-2010.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: Jordy competed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and was a team manager for Bermuda at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jordy was also one of the founding fathers of the World Match Racing Association, also the founder of the Bermuda Sailing Association, and past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. By introducing the Onion Patch Series, Walker revitalized the Newport to Bermuda Race. “As Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club he brushed aside all of the age-old traditions of the ‘men only’ club and invited women and people of all backgrounds to join."
Jordy was one of a few "pillars" of the World Class. Cited in the dedication of the 75th Anniversary Book, ‘without Jordy there is little doubt that there would not be an International One Design Class in Bermuda today, and some of us would argue, around the world’. Very few have done as much to help the class - and sailing in general - as Jordy Walker. His reach was GLOBAL and legendary.