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Don learned to sail at age seven and continues to this day, in his 80s. His successful career in Stars, Lasers, and Snipes included winning the Star North American Championships in 1966 and placing third behind Paul Elvstrom and Lowell North in the Star Worlds in 1967.
But most who know him would agree that his greatest accomplishment has been his contribution to our sport through his tireless devotion to youth sailing, advocacy and in promoting competitive sailing at all levels, starting with his founding Performance Sailcraft Corp to build Laser class boats on the West Coast. Through this vehicle and others he influenced countless youths, a large number of whom went on to accomplish much in our sport, including several world champions and Olympians. He is a friend to countless sportsmen throughout the world and there is not a harbor or yacht club where he does not have friends and acquaintances. I learned firsthand, as his crew, how a fierce competitive spirit can be reconciled with uncompromising sportsmanship. Our sport is far better off as a result of Don’s devotion, passion and dedication to sailing and to his fellow sailors.
Accomplishments and Awards
• 1966 Earned a Silver Star, 1st, Star North American Championship
• 1967 3rd, Star World Championship (Behind Paul Elvstrom and Lowell North)
• Inventing and promoting the San Francisco Laser Heavy Weather Slalom
• Founded the St. Francis Laser Junior Program
• Founded the St Francis Yacht Club (Now San Diego Yacht Club) Masters Regatta
• Founded the Sir Francis Chichister Circumnavigation of Alameda Island

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