Remembering a student, a master and historian of yacht design, a devoted friend and humble colleague in Doug Peterson. It has been an honor to work alongside his genius. His life and revolutionary impact on the world of yacht design will continue to be an inspiration for our studio as we honor his legacy.
Doug Peterson, a freethinking yacht designer who turned the offshore racing world on its head in the 1970s with breakthrough boats, and later contributed to the designs of two America’s Cup winners, died on June 26 in San Diego. He was 71.
The cause was colon cancer, his daughter Laura Peterson said.
The yacht-racing world in the early 1970s was booming in North America after the establishment of a design rule that opened up competition to affordable new boats of different designs.
Peterson, a young, longhaired, bearded San Diegan, entered the yacht-design scene on the West Coast, fresh from an apprenticeship with the renowned yacht designer Wendell Calkins, who was known as Skip and whose ultralight ocean sailing yachts had won the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.