THEIR BOAT­ING LIFE

The cou­ple loves all things marine, have a home with a dock on the In­tra­coastal and en­joy sail­ing im­mensely.

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By CHRIS­TINE DAVIS

Palm Beach­ers are sure to know Jeanne and David Rosow — David served three twoyear terms as Town Coun­cil pres­i­dent be­gin­ning in 2008.

At­tracted to Palm Beach’s warm weather and at­mos­phere, the Rosows came to Palm Beach in the late 1990s and built a home on the is­land by 2000.

“We owned a ski re­sort in Ver­mont, Strat­ton Moun­tain, so go­ing away in the win­ter was im­pos­si­ble, ex­cept when we did the SORC,” David Rosow said of the South­ern Ocean Rac­ing Cir­cuit. “I par­tic­i­pated in that a cou­ple of times, and Jeanne would join me in Nas­sau when I con­cluded rac­ing.

“We re­al­ized how nice it was to be warm in the win­ter. We trav­eled up and down the coast of Florida, look­ing for where we wanted to be. We had friends in Palm Beach and we loved the beauty of the is­land, so we de­cided to live here.”

Palm Beach­ers also prob­a­bly know that the Rosows love all things marine. Their home has a dock on the In­tra­coastal. Show­cased within their home is a col­lec­tion of marine art, in­clud­ing Tim Thomp­son’s Amer­i­cas Cup Win­ning Mo­ments paint­ings, Fredric Cozzens’ lith­o­graphs and half hulls of winners and losers of Amer­i­cas Cup’s re­gat­tas. So, in some re­spects, the Rosows en­joy sail­ing in­side and out.

They are look­ing to sell their cur­rent sail­boat: a Watch Hill 15 called Jeanne.

David Rosow re­cently talked about be­ing “boat fa­nat­ics.”

How did you and Jeanne get into boat­ing?

I grew up in Min­nesota, the home of 10,000 lakes, and I used to go out in sin­gle-en­gine boats for fish­ing. When ... I went into the Navy, I turned down an at­trac­tive shore po­si­tion, and went to sea on an air­craft car­rier. I loved ev­ery minute of it.

Be­fore Jeanne and I mar­ried, she had spent sum­mers at Martha’s Vine­yard, and she was a ter­rific sailor. She sailed (a) Sun­fish and we have hun­dreds of ar­ti­cles about her win­ning ev­ery­thing in sight with her Sail­fish.

What boats have you owned?

After we had our chil­dren, David and Christo­pher, we bought a Dyer Dhow sail­boat at a school con­sign­ment sale.

When we bought this thing, we had no way to put it in the wa­ter, but our sons played with it on the lawn and thought it was cool. We lived in Fair­field (in Con­necti­cut).

Pre-1980, they had a school­mate whose fa­ther would take them on the wa­ter in Long Is­land Sound, and in 1980, the boys im­plored us to buy a boat. We were on a long flight, and the boys brought pa­per, scis­sors and Scotch Tape and they made note­books of their fa­vorite boats. They wanted to trail it and spend nights on it. It was very cute. ... We de­cided to buy and talked to a yacht bro­ker, and we bought a 40-foot Fr­ers; Ger­man Fr­ers was a world­class yacht de­signer. Within a short pe­riod of time, we re­al­ized that we loved cruis­ing and rac­ing — and this boat was not ad­e­quate for us to do that. So we sold it and bought a Swan 441.

We had lots of fun with that.

We got into IOR sail­ing (In­ter­na­tional Off­shore Rule, by which all rac­ing sail­boats boats were mea­sured), and we built a 50-foot Fr­ers race boat with some ac­com­mo­da­tions, and we raced that ev­ery­where. Then we up­graded to an­other 50-foot race boat built by an Ital­ian de­signer. By that time, there were prob­a­bly 20 boats fol­low­ing the same 50-foot class and we formed an as­so­ci­a­tion. We raced ev­ery­where: Ja­pan, the Great Lakes, the East Coast, Cal­i­for­nia. Rac­ing had be­come se­ri­ous, with a crew of 14, in­clud­ing Jeanne, our two boys and me.

And then we built a Farr 50. Bruce Farr was the hottest race-boat de­signer at that time and we raced it ev­ery­where.

Can you talk about your ex­pe­ri­ence with the Amer­ica’s Cup in 1992?

In 1991, Jeanne and I were asked to help our friend, Bill Koch, win the Amer­ica’s Cup. I went to San Diego from Con­necti­cut and stayed there un­til the bit­ter end in 1992 and we suc­cess­fully de­fended the Amer­i­cas Cup.

I was in charge of ev­ery­thing but the boat dur­ing that cam­paign, and Jean­nie was in charge of ev­ery­thing with re­spect with peo­ple is­sues, be­cause we had 250 young men and women on the team away from their homes in San Diego.

San Diego was Den­nis Con­ner’s home turf, and we were in­ter­lop­ers to the San Diego peo­ple be­cause Con­ner was the de­fender, and we had a lot of angst among the young men and women, and Jeanne did any­thing that needed at­ten­tion.

While we were there, we needed a place to live. We didn’t find any­thing suit­able, so we bought an 85-foot Jongert mo­tor yacht. We went out on it ev­ery day and lived on it.

After the Amer­i­cas Cup, what boats did you own?

We came home and sold our 50-footer be­cause by that time it was out­classed. Also, with all that we did in San Diego, we re­al­ized we liked get­ting on a boat, turn­ing a key and go­ing off, so we bought a 38-foot East­bay. We mo­tored all around New Eng­land in that but that be­came too small, and the folks at East­bay de­signed a 49-footer for us. We bought hull #1.

We kept that boat for years. We sold that when East­bay came out with a 50-footer. We bought hull #1. But our boys were mar­ried with in­fants, and we re­al­ized we still couldn’t get our chil­dren to go out with us, so it sat at the dock a lot. When we sold that, Jeanne and I looked at each other, and thought, how about a lit­tle day­sailer?

The day­sailer is your cur­rent boat, can you talk about it?

When we were look­ing at day­sail­ers, we didn’t want a plas­tic boat; we wanted one with per­son­al­ity and beau­ti­ful lines. As we looked at op­tions, this boat jumped off the page, a replica of a Her­reshoff boat built by Alec Brain­erd’s Ar­ti­san Boat­works.

Nathanael Her­reshoff de­signed and built beau­ti­ful boats, in­clud­ing ones that won the Amer­i­cas Cups.

After Alec brought a boat down to us to test, we thought it was fab­u­lous and we had him build a Watch Hill 15 for us.

We’ve had a lot of fun with that. We bring it back and forth from Florida to Con­necti­cut, and our chil­dren and our grand­chil­dren have en­joyed go­ing out on it. Then a year ago, I had a knee re­place­ment, and even though I have great flex­i­bil- ity, it be­came more dif­fi­cult to get un­der­neath the boom to get to the other side to tack. ... We’ve talked to Alec, and it’s now back up at its birth­place in Rock­land, Maine, for sale with him. Do you still sail? Our sons have sail­boats, so on Wed­nes­day nights, we’ll go to races on Long Is­land Sound at our club. Once in a while, we’ll go out and sail with them. At the end, we walk off, sit down and re­lax. They do the clean­ing and re­pairs. It’s the best of all worlds.

We just love the wa­ter. We live on the wa­ter here and on the har­bor in South­port, Conn. We could never move to Jack­son Hole or Aspen. There’s no salt­wa­ter.

What is your dream boat?

It would be a Perini Navi, which is a sail­boat built in Italy. We ac­tu­ally went to the yard many years ago, and took one out for a test

Cour­tesy of Ar­ti­san Boat­works

The Rosows sail­ing Jeanne, their lat­est boat. They have owned sev­eral boats and their sons are also avid sailors.

Me­lanie Bell / Daily News

Jeanne and David Rosow

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