James Bishop, Sr.
IOD FLEET: Long Island Sound
ACTIVE PERIOD: 1967 – 1991
IOD ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS: Jim Bishop, Sr., built one of the first fiberglass prototype IODs (there were 3 initial prototypes). He also initiated an order for four additional boats for LIS in 1987 to reinvigorate class, of which he purchased two (and owned three for many years). Jim competed in many world championships and won the King Henry VII trophy in Bermuda.
NOTABLE SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS: As J/44 class president, Jim was a major factor in class-instituted sail purchases plans similar to the IOD Class. He served as commodore of the Storm Trysail Club and won several awards from the YRA of LIS. Jim was the New York Yacht Club J/44 class champion for several years.
Jim Bishop, Sr. was instrumental in maintaining the strength of the IOD Class at a juncture when the introduction of fiberglass hulls were making older boats uncompetitive. He contributed countless hours and dollars to the class, plus he introduced IOD sailing to his son, Jim, Jr., who became a regular Long Island Sound fleet champion, worlds competitor, and IOD World Class president.