Smith may be the English language’s most common surname, but in the keelboat phonebook there’s only one Jud. Olympian Carol Cronin takes tea with a sailing legend

I first met Jud Smith in 2002, early on in my Olympic Yngling career. I was a nobody and already committed to another sailmaker, but this white-haired gentleman spent half an hour explaining how to sight my spreaders for symmetry (sometimes in very un-gentlemanly language).

He could have been off schmoozing with other teams (his customers); instead, eyes twinkling as we talked tuning technicalities, he was helping me to improve.

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