Drake, Jim

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Drake, Jim Gender: M
James Robert Drake
born on 8 January 1929 at 23:45 (= 11:45 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°35' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 29°57 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 13°46'

Jim Drake (Illustration from US Patent 3,487,800, issued to inventors Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer on 6 January 1970)


American aeronautics engineer credited as the inventor of windsurfing. Patent disputes uncovered earlier designs by Peter Chilvers and Newman Darby such that Drake accepted that he was the third inventor of the concept. However, he was the engineer who perfected the concepts of board and rig layout and the universal joint which is core to the sport.

Drake died on 19 June 2012 from complications of lung disease at his home in Pfafftown, North Carolina at age 83.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace (Aeronautics)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Inventor of windsurfing)