The U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame (USNSHF) recently announced its 2018 inductees. Among them is former member, George Coumantaros.
From George’s obituary as posted in The National Herald (excerpted):
George’s devoted interest in sailing began in the mid-1950s, He became a dedicated promotor of the sport, believing passionately that it should retain its “amateur status”. He was always closely involved in the design of his yachts, all of which he skippered himself, as well as in every aspect of his racing teams. He competed in many ocean races among which was the famous Fastnet Race of 1979 as well as 26 Newport/Bermuda Races. Competing over 52 years, he was first to finish in the Bermuda Race five times, until in 1996, he realized his life-long dream and finished first overall, finally winning the Newport Bermuda Trophy.
For over three decades of yacht racing, he was known for the outstanding quality of his racing programme. Hundreds of young men and women are members of the Boomerang alumni and have gone on to participate in America’s Cup and Around-the-World events. He donated his last yacht, Boomerang, to the US Merchant Marine Academy, at King’s Point, NY for use as a training platform for midshipmen.
He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club of Greenwich and internationally, the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the Isle of Wight, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo and the Yacht Club of Greece as well as the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau, Bahamas.
George passed away October 2016. He was survived by his wife of 63 years Sophie, six children including IHYC members John and Elena Coumantaros and 14 grand and great-grandchildren.
For a full transcript of the USNSHF citation, please visit here.