Directed by Gary Jobson

Ted Turner was already an America's Cup champion when he entered the 1979 Fastnet race. What unfolded was a life-or-death struggle. Watch Video Film page »

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Ted Turner's Greatest Race

Film Summary

When Ted Turner entered his yacht Tenacious in the famed Fastnet Race in 1979, he did not need to prove himself. He had already started a television network, purchased the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, and won the 1977 America's Cup.

But a freakish storm turned the Celtic Sea into a terrifying washing machine that tossed the 303 entrants about and killed 15 sailors.

In this 30 For 30 short for ESPN Films, Turner and many of his crew members relive that harrowing -- and ultimately victorious -- voyage amid riveting footage and photographs. Never was a boat so aptly named.

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Gary Jobson

Gary Jobson is a sailor, television commentator and author based in Annapolis, Maryland. The president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and a vice president of the International Sailing Federation, Jobson has authored 19 sailing books and is editor at large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.

Jobson covered the 34th America's Cup for NBC and won an ACE award for the 1987 America's Cup on ESPN. He has won Emmy awards for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea, and for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS. His newest book is "Chasing Roosters: A Century of Sailing on Barnegat Bay." In 2013 Jobson was presented a Telly Award for "Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson."

Jobson was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011 and the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2003 by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. In 1999 Jobson won the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, U.S. Sailing's most prestigious award.

Gary and his wife, Janice, have three grown daughters, Kristi, Ashleigh and Brooke and two grandsons, Declan and Franklin.


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