Well-known sailor, boatyard owner remembered

Posted on 02 April 2011
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Gerry Driscoll, a world-famous competitive sailor and California marine industry icon, died March 12 at his home. He was 86.

John Gerald Driscoll III was a seventh-generation Californian, a longtime resident of San Diego and a member of the San Diego Yacht Club, The Log newspaper reported.

Driscoll and his brother, Harlan, opened a boatyard in 1947 on Shelter Island. The business, under Gerry Driscoll's leadership, eventually underwent multiple expansions to become the Driscoll Boat Works.

Driscoll held a number of competitive sailing records, including race victories in the Star Class world championship in 1944; the 1959, 1960 and 1971 Lipton Cups; and the 1965 and 1966 Congressional Cup. He was involved with six America's Cup campaigns as a competitor, general manager and San Diego Yacht Club liaison spanning a 20-year period.

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