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Gordon

Bowers

Gordy

1941

Gordon Bowers, a 2008  inductee into the Inland Lake Yachting Association Hall of Fame, is a champion in many different classes, from E Scows to Finns to DNs.  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?” Below are some highlights from his sailing career:

Sailing:
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:
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:
Bowers Sails, 1965-95
Inland Sails, 1996-01
Quantum Sails, 2001

Accolades:
ILYA Hall of Fame

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