On a Tuesday night in early summer of 1999 I met Ted when he walked up the steps and introduced himself to me on the sailing porch at the Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT. He asked me if there was an Ideal 18 available for that evening's Master Series.
In that brief exchange his inimitable modesty provided me with but a glimpse into his prominent PYC background and his connection with the club's Ideal 18 program. I remember being immediately drawn to his comfortable, calm and confident demeanor.
As the club's sailing manager for 6 summers, I enjoyed watching him race and win his share of Tuesday evening races against the club's wise, wizened and weathered seniors. As I "ran" those weekly races, I not only had the pleasure of witnessing his sailing talents and racing tactics, but also his kindly character and sportsmanship. On the racecourse, he always seemed more interested in the day's sail than its race results. He had a way of steering his course and attitude away from the competitive fray.
Years later when I visited him, his wife and their labradors in Sarasota, Florida, we treated each other with mutual respect as well as to lunch that day. His congenial nature always endeared me to him
To me, Ted was the antithesis of a "crusty, old salt". He exuded a genuine joyful energy on and off the water; he truly embodied his passions. And on my watch his love for boat, canine, family and friend sailed across the finish line first.
Sailing Wisdom - an Ideal 18 - how fitting!
Edward Austin Jennings II,
September 3, 1929
August 18, 2016
Beloved husband of Sally Parrott Jennings and longtime resident of Southport, passed away peacefully on August 18th surrounded by his family. Ted, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was born on September 3, 1929 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Arthur and Katherine Maude Jennings.
Ted attended Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, Class of 1948, and continued his study in Economics at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, graduating in 1952. Ted is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in the Korean War until his honorable discharged in 1960.
Ted worked in commercial paper sales as V.P. of Paper Sales, and later was the owner of Southport Papers for most of his career. After his retirement from the paper industry, he opened a small frame and antique shop in Southport center, Southport Picture Perfect.
A lifelong member of Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, Ted was an adventurer and avid competitive sailor. During his time of membership, he established many sailing programs including Frostbiting, Soling, Thistle and Ideal 18. He was a co-founder of Community Sailing of Fairfield and a member of the Siesta Key Sailing Club of Florida.
Along with his wife Sally, Ted founded South Gate Labradors. Together they bred, showed and judged in the national and international dog show circuit. He also served as President of the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern Connecticut for 10 years.
Ted's memory will be embraced by his devoted wife Sally, his loving children, Edward A. Jennings Jr, Burr B. Jennings, Sally (Lee) Jennings, Christopher R. Jennings, Jennifer E. Jennings, their spouses and his eight cherished grandchildren. He will also be remembered by his sister, Ann Jennings Jones , many nieces and nephews, as well as his dear friends and former colleagues. Ted is predeceased by his sister Katherine Jennings Ward.