Virtual Lecture: “Mike Vanderbilt: Radical” presented by John Rousmaniere

February 3, 2022 7:00 pm

You Can Call Him Mike: How a Vanderbilt Transformed Yachting

Its name suggests that yachting is as changeless as the sea itself . Yet every now and then our ancient pastime is transformed. One of its radicals was a multimillionaire member of a family that usually personifies the cautious establishment. Harold Vanderbilt won the Cup in 1930, 1934, and 1937 with boats, crews, strategies, and tactics all far different from those of traditional ultra-cautious owners and sailors. Having transformed the Cup, with equal boldness he modernized sailing’s racing rules. His example of innovation and daring survives today.

John Rousmaniere is an American writer and author of 30 historical, technical, and instructional books on sailing, yachting history, New York history, business history, and the histories of clubs, businesses, and other organizations.