Glen S. Foster
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Sailing

Glen S. Foster '52
New York, NY
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Glen S. Foster ’52 took a Bronze medal for Tempest Class sailing in the 1972 summer Olympics at Kiel, West Germany, confirming for the record what many who had followed his career knew all along – that the native New Yorker is one of the world’s finest small-boat sailors. That year Foster earned a place on the Olympic team following a record-breaking performance in the summer of 1971, when he won the national and world championships in the Tempest Class (two-man) and then came in first in a pre-Olympic regatta at Kiel. Racing actively since he was eight, Foster spent his summers at Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, where he won eight class championships and competed against Teddy and Bobby Kennedy among others. Ironically, after spending his boyhood in small boats, the first race of any great importance he won was the McMillan Cup at Annapolis in 1950, when he was a sophomore at Brown, a race for big boats. For the past 25 years the Andover graduate has played a major role in developing United States single-handed sailing. In 1960 he was the recipient of the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Award for “distinguished contributions to sailing,” being only the fifth person to receive the award. And in 1969, Glen Foster was elected to the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame at the U.S. Naval Academy. Dave Philips, sportswriter for the Providence Journal, describes Foster as a “conservative” sailor, one who doesn’t believe in making fancy-dan starts or taking unnecessary chances. “Glen just gets in his boat and makes it go like hell,” he says. “On the water he’s one of the best at making quick adjustments to shifts in the wind and tide. But one of the secrets to his success is the thoroughness with which he checks out his boat before it even hits the water. The man leaves nothing to chance.” Glen Foster is currently a partner with the New York brokerage firm of Foster and Co.