Foster - "Sailor of the Week"
September 4, 2007
"Bert" Foster, 70, is the oldest member
of the US Disabled Sailing Team. Last month, he
became the oldest sailor to have won the U.S.
Independence Cup/North American Challenge Cup
aboard his Sonar "Captain Hook" at Chicago
Yacht Club. Bert is a sweet-water sailor from
Wayzata, MN who lost the use of one arm in 1967.
For 48 years, Bert helmed a Sonar called
"Sesame Street" with his good friend Ernie
Brody. While Bert and Ernie were a competitive
combination on Lake Minnetonka and beyond, Bert
has more recently become a true force in disabled
sailing competitions. "I fell in love with
Paralympics sailing and all the people involved."
And he's now taking it quite seriously: he's shooting
for a spot on the U.S. Paralympics Team.
This week Bert will be competing
in the IFDS World Championship in Rochester,
NY, with support from his shore team Ernie and
fiancée Camilla. After that, it's on to
Newport , RI for the Paralympics Trials in early
October. But for Bert and his team, it's not just
all about the Paralympics competition. "We
also want to focus on bringing adaptive sailing
to our local communities and clubs when we get
back home. We will spend a lot of our efforts
in getting adaptive sailors out racing on Lake