Tom Whidden to be featured speaker at skippers’ meeting

Tom Whidden (Photo by Daniel Forster)

Tom Whidden, America’s Cup tactician, author and President/CEO of North Marine Group, will be the featured speaker at this year’s skippers’ meeting for the 77th running of the Vineyard Race presented by Thomson Reuters.

“Each year the Stamford Yacht Club tries to have someone join us for the skippers’ meeting who can provide racers with a good overview of the current sailing scene and insights that will help them on the race course,” said Commodore Chris Hynes. “We’re very privileged to have someone of Tom’s stature join us.”

This year’s skippers’ meeting will take place at 2000 on September 1 at Stamford Yacht Club. All skippers and navigators are welcome to join.

Whidden has been with North Sails since 1986 and has been President/CEO of North Sails group since 1996. Under Whidden’s leadership North now has 63 major lofts and 56 service, sales, and satellite lofts in 29 countries Whidden’s leadership in the design and manufacturing of technologically advanced sails at North Sails is significant. Since Whidden became president, every America’s Cup winner since 1992 and every Volvo Ocean Race winner since 1993 has raced with North sails.

Whidden has sailed with Dennis Conner in a total of eight America’s Cup campaigns, beginning in 1979 as Conner’s trial horse skipper. He has raced as tactician in five America’s Cup series races and has won the America’s Cup three times (1980, 1987 and 1988.) Along with Conner, Whidden was given a key to New York City from Mayor Ed Koch in 1987 after bringing the America’s Cup back to the United States from Australia.

Whidden was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2004. Outside of the America’s Cup arena, Whidden has won the Newport-Bermuda Race (Class A) five times and has won his class at Miami SORC five times and twice overall. He is the publisher and co-author of two books: The Art & Science of Sails and Championship Tactics. In 2005, he was featured in an article titled CEO Sailing on Forbes.com.

Tom and his wife Betsy live in Essex, Connecticut.

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