Lowell North

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Lowell North
Personal information
Full nameLowell Orton North
Nickname(s)"The Pope"
NationalityUnited States
Born(1929-12-02)December 2, 1929
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJune 2, 2019(2019-06-02) (aged 89)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Sailing career
Class(es)Dragon, Star

Lowell Orton North (December 2, 1929 – June 2, 2019) was an American sailor and Olympic Gold Medalist.[1] He competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he received a gold medal in the Star class with the boat North Star, together with Peter Barrett.[2]


North was born in Springfield, Missouri on December 2, 1929. He was the son of Williard North.[3]

1945 won the Star World Championship, when he crewed for Malin Burnham on a boat for which he made sails.[4] During the next 30 years he won another four Star Worlds.

In 1957, he founded North Sails in San Diego, a world wide company producing sailing equipment. [5]

He received a bronze medal in the Dragon class at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[6]

North participated in 1977 America's Cup defender series where he skippered the 12 metre yacht Enterprise.[7]

North retired in 1984. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

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  1. ^ Wilson, Bernie. "Pioneering sailmaker Lowell North dies at 89". Washington Post. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico – Sailing" Archived 2008-09-29 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 18, 2008)
  3. ^ "Star Class - History" (PDF). starclass.org. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "North, Lowell - 2011 Hall of Fame". www.nshof.org. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.na.northsails.com/AboutUs/HistoryofNorthSails/tabid/1951/Default.aspx
  6. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Sailing" Archived 2007-02-21 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 18, 2008)
  7. ^ "Lowell North Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

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