Farewell, Ted Hood

Veronica Brown

Iconic sailmaker will be missed by all who knew him

The entire North Sails family would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Hood family after learning of Ted Hood's passing over the weekend. Ted was a pioneer in the sailmaking industry and will be missed by all who knew him.

Ted Hood
"When I was a kid, the first time I ever sailed on a 12 Meter was with Ted onboard Nefertiti in 1962 when I was 15 years old," said North Technology Group Chairman Tom Whidden. "I was in awe of him. He was so smart and quiet and he was constantly tinkering with the sails. I looked up to him and in many ways, he inspired me to become a sailmaker. Everybody at North Sails thought the world of Ted. He helped shape our industry as the predecessor of modern day sailmaking," Whidden said.

Ted got his start in the Marblehead, MA area in the mid-1950s and was the first sailmaker to make his own sailcloth to enhance the strength and durability of his sails. In the 1970s, Hood Sailmakers became one of the largest sailmakers in the world with service and production lofts worldwide. Ted was an accomplished sailor who won the America's Cup in 1974 and many other races including the Newport-Bermuda Race, SORC and Marblehead-Halifax Race.

"We wish life could go on for everyone, especially someone as smart and innovative as Ted Hood but unfortunately it doesn't. I feel lucky to have known Ted and am thankful for his considerable contribution to sailmaking," Whidden concluded.

"Ted Hood was a mentor to all of us in the sailmaking industry," said North Sails president Ken Read. "He gave Dan Neri and I our first break with making big boat sails for his Little Harbor line of sailboats. We were just trying to make ends meet and he helped us both from a business and knowledge standpoint more than he ever could have known. His death is a huge loss to the sailmaking and marine industry and he will remain an icon to those who had the opportunity to know and work with him," Read concluded.

For more information, visit: www.TedHood.com