Living , Modern




Garry Hoyt is a champion sailor, author, and innovator whose goal has always been to make sailing “simpler”.


  • Hoyt Jib Boom
  • Hoyt Offset Rig
  • Hoyt Spinnaker Boom
  • Hoyt Gun Mount
  • Single Line Reefing

Awards and Honors:

  • Sail Magazine’s 40th Anniversary—Sail’s Top 40 Sailors Who Made A Difference, February, 2010
    • On Garry Hoyt:
      • “From his Freedom 40 cat-ketch to the Hoyt Jib Boom to the latest Hoyt Offset Rig, sailing’s greatest innovator, Garry has never been afraid to challenge the status quo.” 
  • 1999 Sail Magazine’s Freeman K. Pittman Award for Innovation (for Hoyt Jib Boom)
  • 2001 Sail Magazine’s Industry Award of Leadership
  • 2008 Barnegat Bay Sailing Hall of Fame

Notable Milestones in Garry’s Career:

  • 1976 Founded Freedom Yachts-sailboat with free standing spars
    • Designed Freedom 21,25,28,29,32,33,39,40, 44
    • (Freedom 44 was twice winner of the Bermuda One-Two)
  • 1994 Alerion Express – Managed Sales and Marketing (over 400 boats built)
    • Hoyt Jib Boom installed on AE20, AE28, AE33, AE38
  • 2002 Designed the Escape Dinghy 9’ and 12’
  • Holder (John G. Hoyt) of over 10 Patents (some listed below)
  • See website: www.garryhoyt.comHJB- Hoyt Jib Boom
    • HOR-Hoyt Offset Rig
    • HSB-Hoyt Spinnaker Boom
    • HGM-Hoyt Gun Mount
    • SLR-Single Line Reefing


  • 1st, 1949 U.S. Snipe Nationals at Lake Chautauqua
  • 1st, 1959 Jet 14 Nationals at Toms River, NJ
  • 1st, 1960’s – Gold Medal in Caribbean Games
  • 3rd, 1964 Snipe World Championship in Canary Islands
  • 1st, 1970 Sunfish World Champion (2020, 50-year anniversary)
  • 2006 Opera House Cup Overall Winner – OWL – 26’ Alerion
  • 3 Olympic Games: represented Puerto Rico in the Finn Class: 1968 (Mexico), 1972 (Germany), 1976 (Canada)
  • Garry won many trophies sailing a Freedom in the BVI Regatta, Rolex Regatta, and Antiqua Race Week during the 1970’s-1980’s.

Written Works:

  • Go for the Gold. Quadrangle Books, 1971.
  • Go for the Green. iUniverse, 2009.
  • Isla Verde: Adventure, Romance, & Political Intrigue in Puerto Rico. CreateSpace, 2010.
  • Ready About. International Marine Publishing Company, 1986.
  • Rediscovering America: Courses to Steer. Garry Hoyt, 2012.
  • Sailing World Magazine (1990 – 1993) monthly column “The Need for Speed” by Garry Hoyt

Pertinent Articles:

  • Yacht Racing and Cruising. January 1986, “An Interview with Garry Hoyt” by Nat Philbrick
  • American Sailor. October 1987, “A New Look for Sailboat Racing” by Garry Hoyt
  • July 1988, “Reinventing the Sailboat” by Richard Conniff
  • Boat Journal #77. March 1991, “Garry Hoyt: Innovations in Sail” by Steve Henkel
  • Soundings Trade Only. December 1992, “This Is Not Sail vs. Power, It’s Power vs. the Ecology” by Garry Hoyt



Paraphrased from Garry Hoyt’s website,

“Garry Hoyt’s quest for making sailing simpler has never wavered.  Hoyt has a 37-year record of introducing sailing innovations, and he has no intention of stopping.  Garry received SAIL Magazine’s Industry Award for Leadership in 2001.  The award was presented by Charles Mason, SAIL’s Executive Editor, who said, “Driven by his enthusiasm for sailing and his insatiable desire to make sailing simpler, Garry has created numerous innovative sailing products that all of us can enjoy.”

In an earlier career, Hoyt was a high-ranking executive with Young & Rubicam, a major advertising firm.  His skill and experience in the field of marketing and copy writing have all contributed to success in designing new ideas for sailing and is what put Freedom Yachts and Alerion Express on the map.

In 1976 he founded Freedom Yachts with the Freedom 40, a Cat Ketch that successfully demonstrated the validity of free-standing spars for large ocean going yachts.  A number of other Free-Standing Spar yachts followed, including the F-21, F-25, F-29, F-32, F-33 and F-44.  Both the F-32 and F-44 were winners of the Bermuda One-Two Regatta.

As an author, Hoyt has written many articles for the major sailing magazines–along with 2 books, “Go for The Gold” and “Ready About.”  As an interesting sidelight, Hoyt’s title use of the phrase “Go For The Gold” in 1971 was the first published use of that now popular phrase in the context of a quest for the Olympic Gold Medal.

After selling Freedom Yachts in 1985, Hoyt collaborated with Harken to produce the “Waterbug” and the “Mallard,” two small, sea going, pedal powered boats.  One of these boats-the “Mallard” was pedaled-single handed-across the English Channel and back-in the same day!

In 1994 Garry and Donna began their involvement with Alerion Express, at the invitation of Everett Pearson-then President of TPI.  From very modest sales, the AE 28 was steadily built to its present stature of over 400 sold.  Hoyt was instrumental in refining this Carl Schumacher design, adding a bulb keel, the Hoyt Jib Boom, the “S” Drive engine and significantly simplifying the single-handed ease.  By his committed, personal salesmanship, Garry in effect created the whole new category of “elegant day sailers,” which has now attracted 8 other brands.  In 2005 Hoyt again showed the way forward by introducing the Alerion Express 38, featuring a carbon rig with no backstay, which enabled a more efficient, fully roached mainsail.  Hoyt was a member of the design team that produced the new AE 33, which employs the above refinements, all of which have been validated by racecourse results.

Hoyt is the holder of 10 Patents, proving his commitment to innovation.  Prominent among these was Single Line Reefing-invented by Hoyt in 1983 and now widely used as the simplest and safest system.  The Hoyt Gun Mount brought new ease and efficiency to the spinnaker.  Perhaps the most successful invention of them all is the Hoyt Jib Boom, now in use on over 2000 boats.  This idea was also successfully employed for mainsails on the Escape line of roto-molded dinghies designed by Hoyt and is currently utilized on several other small boat designs.”


  • Filter Nominees

  • Reset

Preserving America’s Sailing Legacy

Engaging Sailing’s Next Generation

Stay Connected to the National Sailing Hall of Fame