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Passing of Eastern Member Frederick E. "Ted" Hood
Posted On: June 29, 2013

We regret to inform you that the Eastern Yacht Club and the Town of Marblehead has lost a favorite son with the passing of Frederick E. "Ted" Hood.  From humble beginnings in a makeshift weaving facility in an old building behind Maddie's Sail Loft, Ted and his father Stedman, "the professor", revolutionized the manufacture of sailcloth, growing his Marblehead sailmaking business into a global powerhouse. Later, Hood Yacht Systems innovated spar and hardware designs, such as the "C-Stay" which eliminated jib hanks in headsails.  Ted's innovative yacht designs not only were race winners, but were wonderful cruising boats as well, being stable, heavy, and sea kindly. Ted was an unflappable masterful helmsman, with an uncanny sense of boat speed know-how, and where to be on the race course. The record of his accomplishments put him in the company of sailing greats, a "hall of famer" before there was one. But one of the most important things about Ted is that so much of his racing success was achieved with his friends and family. Brad Noyes, Charlie Pingree, Joe Parker, Jack Blodgett, and other Eastern members raced regularly with Ted, on New York Yacht Club cruises, the SORC, and numerous competitions in Europe. Who in Marblehead can forget Ted's 1962 Americas Cup campaign with "Nefertiti", manned largely by local amateur crew members, which came so close.  Or his 1977 campaign with "Independence" and "Courageous", managed from his Little Harbor facility here in Marblehead. And sailmakers Robbie Doyle, Norm Cressy, and others all got their start with Hood Sailmakers. Ted never forgot his Marblehead roots. A few years ago, in an unannounced visit, he presented the Eastern, Boston, and Corinthian Yacht Clubs with fully rigged models of "Nefertiti" and "Courageous", which are proudly displayed in our living room. Ted's passing marks the end of an extraordinary career, which saw this local hero become a dominant factor in the sport he so loved.