Sailing Icon Ted Hood Dies


Ted Hood, the legendary sail maker and boat designer, died Friday, June 28 at the age of 86.

For two decades, Hood, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, was a dominant force in sailing. With his innovative sail making and boat designing, plus his successful racing career, he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.

According to an article on, Hood, who continued to design and innovate daily from his Ted Hood Yacht Designs office out of the Little Harbor complex in Portsmouth, was a successful racing skipper and the founder of Little Harbor Yachts. His children say he was marking up drawings right into his last days.

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