Front Rudder

Mark Reid

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Mark Reid joined the Bay & Delta Yachtsman family in the Summer of 2012 to cover the America’s Cup events in his increasingly popular monthly column Front Rudder. Having followed or written about the America’s Cup since 1980 Mark brings with him an exciting, narrative and educational perspective to each article written.

Mark relocated from Minnesota back to the SF Bay Area while his son Mitch was attending college at UC Berkeley. A distinguished author, Mark has put the finishing touches on his first book on the America’s Cup titled “Riblets, Plastic and a Frontrudder” regarding the 1986/87 Golden Gate Challenge and is currently working on his second America’s Cup book covering the “Multihull” era, with a 3rd one in the works about the history of the event and its days in court.

Mark enjoys going to the Indy 500 every year, spending time on Mackinac Island and hiking along Lake Superior Shore Trail. His interests included sailing, camping, downhill skiing, running, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and all Illinois Fighting Illini Sports.

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Front Rudder articles

  • Front Rudder – by Mark Reid
    Save The Best For Next Year! The 56th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series has been put on hold until next year. It is only the second time that it has been canceled...
  • Front Rudder – by Mark Reid
    Hollywood Goes Sailing… Again! So far, the 2020 sailing season has been a wash. Certainly, washed up. I have little need to remind anyone as to why. We all know. The quicker we can...
  • Front Rudder – by Mark Reid
    A Way Forward This year will be one for the books for sure. We’re still not there yet and we have a long way to go. This summer though, there was a way forward....
  • Front Rudder – by Mark Reid
    Who, Why, What And When! Wow! Going into Fourth of July weekend, what started as a series of story updates on the current state of the wide, wide world of sailing and yachting, of...
  • Front Rudder – by Mark Reid
    America’s Cup, American History As we approach the 4th of July holiday this year, it is important to remember all that we are grateful for. First and foremost, how fortunate we are to live...