In 1967 I spent the best summer of my life in Newport, R.I., covering the America’s Cup for Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. of Australia newspaper group and contributing a few pieces to Soundings. The first Soundings editor had departed for fame and glory at Life magazine, and in the fall Jack Turner offered me the job of editor and sole editorial employee.
My first desk at Soundings was a few cubicles down from publisher Jack Turner’s. I didn’t know much about him when I started my job in the mid-1980s, and he didn’t seem that involved in day-to-day operations. So it took some time to fully appreciate what I had become part of.
I signed aboard in 1977, long before Soundings was a full- featured, award-winning magazine, long before it would pay for subject-matter experts. It was a monthly newspaper covering boat races and boating issues.
Photos by Robert L. Drake
Stepping into the living room and seeing the view down the length of the Riviera Canal’s side channel, Mike Jolly knew he had found the house he was seeking. He bought it immediately.
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