Honoring Meade Gougeon: The Epoxy King

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Meade Gougeon, one of the 3 Gougeon brothers who “invented” epoxy with the help of Dow Chemicals, died last week at age 78. Meade was a ravenous sailor who continued to push the limits of what was possible with boat building and with sailboat racing.

In April of this year, at age 78, Gougeon finished first in his class at the annual endurance sailing race, the Everglades Challenge. Gougeon raced and won Class 3-Sailing Canoes in his self built boat, Elderly Care. (below) He placed fifth among the singlehanded racers and was 13th to finish overall. At age 78, he was also the oldest challenger to finish the race. Continue reading