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"The American"

1956 -

From Sailing World Magazine, April 25, 2002:

John Joseph Bertrand ascended to fame as the first sailor to twice win the Laser Worlds (’76, ’77) and the NA Championships (’75, ’77). The San Francisco sailor went on to win the Finn Gold Cup in ’78, and an Olympic silver medal in 1984. He’s been involved in three America’s Cup campaigns: Courageous ’83, A2 in ’87, and Stars and Stripes in ’92, as tactician and strategist. He was also a key organizer of the 1D35 and 1D48 classes.

● 1977 1st, Laser World Championship
● 1976 1st, Laser World Championship
● 1975 1st Laser North American Championship
● 1977 1st, Laser North American Championship
● 1978 1st, Finn Gold Cup
● 1979 2nd, Finn Gold Cup
● 1980 2nd, Finn Gold Cup
● 1984 Silver Medal, 1984 Olympic Games

America’s Cup Programs – tactician and strategist
Courageous (1983)
A2 (1987)
Stars and Stripes (1992)

Additional information:
● Key organizer of 1D35 programs
● President of 1D48 Class
Zephyrus IV – Zephyrus IV is a Reichel/Pugh 75′ ULDB turbo sled that set two major course records in 2000, taking line honors in both the Cape Town to Rio Race and the Middle Sea Race
● 86’ Zephyrus V – Project Director and Helmsman
● Five-time World Champion in five classes

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