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This Article Last Updated: Mar 14th, 2011 - 23:06:38
John Gerald Driscoll III, Gerry, passed away Saturday evening (March 12th) in his sleep at his apartment in La Jolla, CA. He was 87 years old.
|Gerry Driscoll. Photo by Paul Mello. |
His sailing career highlights include winning the Star Class World Championship in 1944 and winning the Congressional Cup match racing championship in 1965 and 1966 with an 18-0 record those years. Gerry’s involvement with the America’s Cup began as tactician for New York Yacht
Club Commodore Robert McCullough on the twelve meter Vim12-US-15, which was the trial horse to Columbia 12-US-16 in the 1964 America's Cup trials. He then went on to sail the twelve meter Columbia in 1967 in the America's Cup trials and was skipper of the twelve meter Intrepid 12-US-22 in the 1974 trials.
Gerry was instrumental in the organization and fund raising for Rod Davis and the twelve meter Eagle 12-US-60 syndicate in 1987, and in 1992 he was San Diego Yacht Club's liaison to the challengers for the 1992 America's Cup.
The Driscoll name is prominent in the San Diego marine industry. Gerry founded the family’s first boat yard in 1947, and now there are multiple repair and maintenance facilities, marinas, and brokerage services throughout San Diego and Mission Bay.
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