Living , Modern




1941 -

Gordon Bowers, a 2008 Inland Lake Yachting Association Hall of Fame inductee, is a champion in many different classes, from E Scows to the Finn to DN iceboats. His experience in such a wide variety of boats has enabled him to successfully coach at all levels, including as Head Coach for the US Olympic Team, the PanAm Games, and the Goodwill Games. Asked in 2019 to estimate how many young sailors he has coached, Bowers said, “Hundreds. Maybe thousands?”

Sailing Accomplishments:
Champion, Finn North American 1969
Champion, US Single-handed, 1968, 1969
US Olympic Team Tuning Partner 1976
US Sailing Team 1968-1970, 1978-1980
Champion, DN Iceboat Northwest 1973
Champion, A Scow ILYA 1993
Champion, C Scow National 1985, 1986
Champion, E Scow National 1977, 1978
Champion, MC Scow ILYA 1992
World Champion, 5.5 Meter 1967
Sailing Coach: Contributions
US Olympic Team Head Coach, 1986-88
US Goodwill Games Head Coach, 1986
US Pan American Games Head Coach, 1987
US Pre-Olympic Head Coach, 1987
University of Minnesota Head Coach, 1997-2000
Women’s Rolex World Championship, J-24 1996-2000
Lake Minnetonka Sailing School Head Coach, 2006-present
Sail Making: Technical
Bowers Sails, 1965-95
Inland Sails, 1996-01
Quantum Sails, 2001
ILYA Hall of Fame
Gordy Bowers 80th Newsletter – LMSS

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