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Tom Babel

Tom Babel is a professional sailor with over forty years of sailboat racing, sailmaking, and coaching experience. He grew up sailing in Traverse City, MI where he still lives.

Tom has had a well-rounded and successful sailing career. He started in the sailmaking business in 1973, and has been racing and teaching ever since.  His numerous victories and accomplishments include Chicago-Mackinaw races, Port Huron-Mackinac races, M.O.R.C., S2 7.9 North American Champion and J-24 Worlds (5th).  Tom’s expertise covers the spectrum, from big boat racing on down to Lasers. Now the owner of Tom Babel Sailing Services, he acts as tactician, coaches, and consults throughout the United States.


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