JOHN SANGMEISTER’S SAILING CREDENTIALS are impressive. He was part of the Dennis Conner effort that won the America’s Cup in 1987, and in 2013 he skippered the 72-foot trimaran that won the annual Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. But such feats are just a few of the many strings he’s added to a
very busy bow over the years.
It’s probably fair to say that he’s one of the few successful skippers who boast an entry at
the online movie database IMDb, which provides biographies of actors and directors. That
foray into filmmaking came about unexpectedly in 1992 with the movie Wind.
“I saw this guy researching sailboat racing in a bookstore, so I asked if he needed help,”
EAT, SAIL, ACT – A MOVIE-WORTHY CAREER
Movies, seafood, and sailing have defined this skipper’s life
says Sangmeister. That led to his recruitment
as an actor, stuntman, and technical advisor for the Francis Ford Coppola-produced
movie about the America’s Cup, which
starred Mathew Modine and Jennifer Grey.
“I was kind of destined to be a boater,” he
says, despite growing up in New York City.
“My first boat was a Pacemaker on Oyster
Bay on Long Island.” When Sangmeister
was 10 years old, the family relocated to
Los Angeles, perfect for a boy who loved the
ocean. By the time he was 19, he was racing
on John Kilroy’s Kialoa IV and asking to be
BOATER SHARING A LOVE FOR THE WATER BY ZUZANA PROCHAZKA
John on his winning
boat, and with his wife
celebrating the 2013
Transpac finish (right).