Comparing Ted to Lowell is an interesting one. Ted was an artist and Lowell more of a scientist. Art worked for a while, but science won, more or less by the end of the 70's. Ted sold Hood Sails in 1982. I helped create Ted's autobiography "Ted Hood Through Hand and Eye ", written by Michael Levitt. Michael had written about Lowell earlier and so was in a good position to compare the two, so it was interesting to hear from him on that.
In working on the book, what stood out for me was the year 1959, when Ted won the NYYC Cruise with his first Robin, at a time when events like that made it to the top of sports news pages. Ted skippered, designed, built, made the sails for and built the mast for that first Robin. Pretty amazing. I guess winning the 1974 Americas Cup is most often mentioned, but to me 1959 was the amazing year. America's Cup wise, he repeated that feat in 1962 ('64) with Nefertiti and in 1977 with Independence; no victory in those years, but incredible anyhow.
He was not just a sailmaker and great sailor; he did all kinds of stuff from real estate development to marine hardware.
Finally, not sure there is anyone else in the business who so many worked for, then went out and became successful on their own, from Jim Mullen to Robbie Doyle.
Feels like a big hole is out there. I will miss him and the world will miss him too.
(Ted's oldest son)