Hap Fauth: A Sport For Life
Hap Fauth fell in love with sailboat racing at the tender age of seven on the waters of Great South Bay off Long Island. Now aged 71 and the head of a successful business empire, Fauth remains as captivated by the sport as he ever was.
These days however he races on considerably bigger boats than the diminutive Beetle Cats and Penguins he cut his teeth on at the Babylon Yacht Club. This September he and his 19-strong crew aboard the Maxi 72 Bella Mente pulled off their second consecutive world championship victory in Porto Cervo, Italy.
Fauth still steers his own boat but now employs a thoroughbred line-up of pro-sailors of the likes of tactician Terry Hutchinson and crew boss Mike Sanderson to help him perform at the top level in regattas across the Unites States and Europe.
A renowned captain of industry and an iconic figure on the yacht racing world stage, Fauth is well known for his geniality and approachability. Not too surprising given that ‘Hap’ is an abbreviation of ‘Happy’ - his mother’s pet name for her son as a small child.
Fauth says he remembers his early competitive sailing days fondly.
“I grew on the Great South Bay, Long Island – that’s the body of water between Long Island and Fire Island - and I raced there from the time I was seven. My father was a very good golfer but he stopped playing and spearheaded a group at the Babylon Yacht Club to build 35 Blue Jays....READ THE FULL ARTICLE