Gilbert Gray – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Warren Easton HS/Southern Yacht Club/1932 Olympics
Gilbert Gray won the 1932 Olympic Star Class championship and flew the Southern Yacht Club pennant in 28 Lipton Cup regattas, winning a record 12 times. He also won the Sugar Bowl’s Race of Champions five times.
In the seven-race Olympic series at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Gray, with Andrew Libano crewing aboard Jupiter, tallied five first-place finishes, one second and one third to become the first team from the United States to win a sailing Gold Medal.
The first records of Gray in yacht racing corporation come from 1927 when he crewed on an International Star Class boat that won the Bacardi Cup in the Midwinter Star Series in Havana, Cuba. In 1928, the same team won the International Star Class Championship in Balboa, Calif. That victory gave the Southern Yacht Club the privilege to host the 1929 Championship. With Gray as skipper for that event, the team took second place.
A member of the Southern Yacht from 1919 until his death on July 27, 1981, Gray served as the Southern Yacht Club’s fleet measurer for 11 years (1968-78)
Born June 1, 1902 in Ruston, La., Gray graduated from Warren Easton High School, where he was an outstanding athlete. He was a draftsman in the shipbuilding industry and designed military craft for Higgins Industries during World War II. He was elected to the Sports Hall of Fame of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.