As a trader, Don Wilson's success has been made in developing the strategies and tactics necessary to understand and outmaneuver others in the highly competitive financial markets. So, it's no wonder Wilson has also found success in his life-long passion for competitive sailing, where these concepts are also in constant use, especially so in match race sailing. This most aggressive form of the sport resembles gladiatorial combat, where two teams in command of equally matched boats face off against each other in a head-to-head struggle to win at all costs ... because in this game, there is no second place.
A young lady walked into the Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station one day in the early 1980s, recently after the man had suffered a massive stroke. She was astounded at how people were reacting and the concern about the recovery of this man she had heard so much about. The respect and love that was exhibited by his competitors was overwhelming. She was taken aback by the esteem that his peers held him in—this man embraced his sport and was well respected by all his peers. It was only after learning of his amazing accomplishments and contributions to the sport of sailing that she finally understood why.
John was born into a family which had extensive experience with the waters of Lake Michigan. His father, Harvey, had been a commercial fisherman for many years on the lake before changing his life to become a real estate broker in Muskegon. Harvey, winner of many events himself, owned a series of boats named Romahajo on which John crewed until Harvey passed away. It was then that John began skippering his own boats. John was recognized early in his life that he knew what he was doing on a sailboat. Wally Stenhouse, owner of Aura, had John crew with him during Wally’s campaign to win the World Ocean Racing Championship and Chuck Kirsch, owner of Scaramouche, had John aboard when Chuck won the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit, these adventures occurring in the 60’s.
Malcolm was born in 1888 and passed away in 1976, however his presence is still felt here at Ephraim Yacht Club. His efforts, training and influence on sailors is well known to the current membership of EYC. A bit of history: He was a founding member of Ephraim Yacht Club in 1906 along with his father and two brothers. He became Secretary and Fleet Captain in 1910 and was Commodore of the club the first time in 1936.