Peter Barrett (sailor)

Peter Barrett Jones ( born February 20, 1935 in Madison, Wisconsin, † December 17, 2000 ) was an American professor of finance and business law and Olympic sailing.


Peter Barrett grew up in an athletic family in Madison. His father ran and coached the football team of the East High School. His mother was in the mid -1930s first tennis champion city of Madison, both in the individual as in the mixed doubles. The House of Barret was close to the Lake Mendota, an exquisite water waters. After school Peter Barrett attended Cornell University and then the Law School of the University of Wisconsin. After graduating in Civil Engineering, he taught for a short time in this subject, before he went to North Sails by Pewaukee, the world's largest sailmaker. From 1973 to 1985 he was vice president of the company, who had founded his friend Lowell North, with which he had won in 1968 the gold medal in 1957 in San Diego. In 1985 he went back to university and taught until 1997 as a professor finance and business law at the UW- Whitewater, a part of the University of Wisconsin System. Barrett died in 2000 in his hometown of Madison.

Sporting achievements and honors

International Barrett was known primarily for his sporting prowess as a sailor. He was a member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club ( ABYC ) in Long Beach ( California ), and participated in three Summer Olympics. At the games in 1960 in the Gulf of Naples, he finished in eleventh place in the Finn - Dinghy. In the same boat class, he won the silver medal at the Games in 1964 in the Tokyo Bay. At the games in 1968, he raced in the sailing waters of Acapulco in the Star class and was with his sailing partner Lowell North Olympic champion. The Olympic glory in 1970 the title was joined at the World Sailing Championships in the 470 dinghy. In the Star World Championships 1967 he won second place in 1966, he was North American champion in the Finn - Dinghy and 1963 in the same class winner of the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

On 22 June 2007, the UW- Whitewater Barrett took on in the Madison Sports Hall of Fame. Already in 2004 the University of the Peter J. Barrett Sailing Alliance had launched combines the global activities of the UW- Whitewater and the Delevan Lake Sailing School in sailing. In memory of the athletes the United States Sailing Association ( USSA ) also awards annually the Peter J. Barrett Sportsmanship Trophy to the U.S. champion in single-handed sailing.