John Gerald Driscoll III was a seventh-generation Californian, a longtime resident of San Diego and a member of San Diego Yacht Club.
Driscoll and his brother, Harlan, opened a boatyard in 1947 on Shelter Island. The business, under Gerry Driscoll’s leadership, eventually underwent multiple expansions to become Driscoll Boat Works -- and became a major presence in the Southern California marine industry.
Driscoll held an impressive competitive sailing record, including race victories in 1944 Star Worlds; 1959, 1960 and 1971 Lipton Cups; and 1965 and 1966 Congressional Cup. He was involved with six America’s Cup campaigns as competitor, general manager and San Diego YC liaison, spanning a 20-year period.
He was also instrumental in modernizing the junior program at San Diego YC and founded one of San Diego’s top annual sailing events with the yacht club. He was inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions in 1977.
Driscoll is survived by his sons John, Chuck, Tom, Michael and Joseph; daughters Cathy Driscoll and Mary Carol Madison; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all San Diego residents.
A full story on Gerry Driscoll’s life will appear in the upcoming April 1 issue of The Log Newspaper.