Ted’s many victories on the water were highlighted by the Mallory Cup (1956), the Marblehead-Halifax Race (1961,1971), Newport-Bermuda Race (1968), and the SORC (1974). Also in 1974, as skipper of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed Courageous, he won the America's Cup sailing away from Australia's Southern Cross, 4-0.
Three years later, he campaigned Independence, the second 12-meter he designed, against Courageous, which he had redesigned, but was ultimately runner-up in the defender trials.
By the early 1980s, Ted had turned his attention away from sail making to boat building and design. He created a line of sailboats under the "Little Harbor" name, and constructed many yachts under that name from 38 feet to 78 feet, personally involved with design and construction details. In addition, various builders worldwide built over 1,500 yachts of his design, including the 133-foot Anakena.
In 1986, Ted moved his businesses to Portsmouth, R.I., transforming an old World War II Navy fuel depot into one of the largest yacht service, design, brokerage, and building operations on the East Coast. His subsequent purchase of the Black Watch line of yachts launched the enterprising Ted into the world of powerboats, pioneering today’s “express yacht” look with his Little Harbor powerboat series.
After selling his business in 1999, Ted continued to work on new yacht designs, including both power and sail catamarans and expedition yachts. In 2006, Ted wrote his autobiography “Ted Hood, Through Hand and Eye,” with Michael Levitt.
Ted was a member of the Corinthian, Eastern and Boston Yacht Clubs in Marblehead, the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, Storm Trysail Club and Blue Water Sailing Club. He was named Yachtsman of the Year in 1974, was elected to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
According to his children, he was marking up drawings right into his last days. All who knew him were inspired by his innovative mind, entrepreneurial spirit and creative passion.
ARRANGEMENTS: Burial will be private. A celebration of Ted’s life will be held in Newport later this summer.
In expressing your sympathies, Ted would have wanted to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island on behalf of his most beloved wife, Susan.
Information and condolences are available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com.