Sailing

Ted Turner Comments on Lake Michigan

A favorite story told at the Chicago Yacht Club concerns the humbling of Ted Turner by the Chicago-Mac. When he brought his Twelve Metre American Eagle to Chicago in 1970, Turner expected an easy ride and went so far as to characterize Lake Michigan as a “mill pond.” After two days of battering by a northerly gale, he contritely announced…

“I hereby publicly retract anything and everything I have ever said about inland sailing.”*

New York Times, July 23, 2001.