March 16, 2017

Ficker Was Quicker: 1927 - 2017

Bill Ficker, LA Times photoIt is with great sadness that the International Twelve Metre Class mourns the passing of America's Cup winning 12mR sailor, William Peter "Bill" Ficker.

Inducted into the 1993 Class of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, he was best known in 12mR and America's Cup circles for expertly helming Intrepid to victory over Gretel II in 1970 Cup finals. He was also 1958's Star Class World Champion and recently inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Ficker, born in 1927, was 89 years old.

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