Robert Edward "Ted" Turner '60
Year Inducted: 1974
Robert Edward “Ted” Turner ’60 is the BobbyOrr of his profession, probably the top ocean racer in the world.In both 1970 and 1974, Turner won the Martini and Rossi Yachtsmanof the Year Award, the highest honor that anyone can bestow inracing and the equivalent of football’s Heisman Trophy. In1970, Turner won this award by beating out Bill Ficker, who hadjust successfully defended the America’s Cup. This year,Turner won the award in a cakewalk. Ted Turner has won just aboutevery major race in the world. There is one exception – thenew Around the World Race, scheduled for 1975, a 190-day race withtwo legs, each one 14,000 miles. Turner hasn’t won this onebecause he hasn’t entered it yet. Sometimes, Turner can wintwo major races at the same time. In 1970, while racing in theSouthern Circuit competition, he took two days off, flew toAustralia, won the coveted Gold Cup there, then flew back to theStates, picked up where he left off, and still managed to win theSouthern Circuit. Turner started when he was a boy, sailing in thePenguin, a racing dinghy that in gusty weather has no morestability than a soap dish. He soon became known as “TurnoverTurner, the Capsize Kid.” During his Brown years he wasundefeated as a collegiate dinghy sailor, was captain of thesailing team, Commodore of the Brown Yacht Club, and a member ofKappa Sigma fraternity. Turner won three national titles inclose-circuit sailing – Y-Flyer, Flying Dutchman, and5.5-meter – before he went to ocean racing in 1964. A gung-hosailor, Turner has earned the reputation of a man who drives self,crew and boat to the limit, a man who plays hard inside the rules.Ted Turner plays just as hard in the business world, where he ispresident of Turner Communications Corporation of Atlanta, anamalgam of billboard companies and radio and TVstations.