Past Skippers That Have Left Us
Anyone having knowledge of these or other skippers that have Passed Away would you please contact Roy Guay so that the information may be posted here in memory of them.
- Passed away the week of 10 May 2010 in Rhode Island at the age of 70 after one year of fighting cancer.
- Bob raced in the 1989 and 1991 Bermuda One-Two in his J35 Julie.
- Bob dreamed of racing in the short handed race around the world. He built two Open 40 boats in Russia with that goal in mind. Bob ran out of money and sailed his boat back to the US with only one dagger board while his Russian counterpart Yazkov found funding and successfully raced his Open 40 Wind of Change in the 2000-2001 Vendee Globe Solo Around the World Race. Ever since Bob had been trying to get his boat in racing shape. He had planned on doing the 2009 Bermuda One-Two but the cancer diagnosis changed his plans.
|Sam Ausmus III:
- Passed away on 30 October 2021 at the age of 72 in Houston, Texas.
- Sam raced in 2007 on his Open 6.5 mini. It was quite amazing since Sam was a big guy and didn't look like he could fit in it.
- Sam also had started making minis for a while in Texas.
- Passed away on March 17, 2014 at the age of 71.
- Did the return leg with Bertie Reed in 1983.
- Steve was involved with running the race in the early years.
- Steve founded the Caribbean 1500 rally.
- From Steve's obit by John Snyder Apr 25, 2014:
Black started sailing in his mid-30s in regattas hosted by the Grand Haven Sailing Club in Michigan. He had a love for single-handed sailing and made three single-handed trans-Atlantic voyages.
He set a multi-hull record in the Legend Cup with a time of 15 days aboard his Newick 40-foot trimaran. Black’s third single-handed trans-Atlantic voyage was in 1992 in the Europe I, where he sailed his 40-foot IOR racer, Caribbean.
After leaving a career in publishing, he served for three years as executive director of the U.S. Sailing Association in Newport, R.I.
Black’s greatest contribution to sailing has been the Caribbean 1500 cruising rally, which first set sail in 1990, with a fleet of 50 cruising boats sailing from Newport, R.I., and Norfolk, Va., to Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands.
- Passed away 2006
- Raced in the first 7 Bermuda One-Twos
- His boat was a Southern Cross 31 called Liberty
- Founder of the Bermuda One-Two in 1977
- A west coast (USA) designer of cruising yachts. After leaving the Navy in the early 1970's, Cartwright became a dedicated solo long distance sailer, entering a number of single handed races as well as being credited with originating the Bermuda 1-2 ocean race. Most of his designs, such as the CARTWRIGHT 42, catered to the long-distance, shorthanded sailor. Some were built of fiberglass, but none were produced in great numbers and they remain somewhat of a rarity in the used sailboat market. From SailboatData.com.
|Mark A. Chramiec
- Passed away 28 January 2011 at the age of 81.
- Mark participated in five Bermuda One-Twos (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1995) in his Freedom 33 Folly.
- Mark's wife Lesley Addlem said that Mark loved every one of those races. He must have as he sailed a Freedom 33 which were not know for speed.
- Passed away of cancer in 2000
- In 1997 Carter won both the single and double handed legs of Class IV of the Bermuda One-Two with his 32' Westsail Kamancha.lki0o,i
Peter J. Dunning Sr.:
Above from Jeff Spranger.
Peter's obituary from the Newport Daily News:
- Passed away of massive heart attack 5 January 2011
- Rusty has done the past two Bermuda One-Twos, 2007 & 2009, in his modified Cal 2-30 Williwaw. In his first race in 2007 he tied for elapsed first place in Class 4 with Peter McCrea in the Single handed leg. He was second on elapsed time in 2009 in Class 4. Rusty was never able to do the doublehanded return leg due to work commitments. He was a valuable person in Bermuda with his black bag of tools. He helped many skippers repairing things. Rusty attended most Skippers' Forums/Parties, coming down from Maine, and was planning on racing this year 2011. Rusty also had a desire to retire and take Williwaw around the world which unfortunately he was not able to do.
- BLUE HILL - J. Russell Duym "Rusty," 63, died unexpectedly Jan. 5, 2011. He was born Sept. 8, 1947, in Presque Isle, son of Donald R. Duym and the late Margaret B. Duym. Rusty attended George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, and graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a degree in business administration in 1970. He also served in the U.S. Army as a boat captain from 1971 to 1973. He worked his entire career in some aspect of marine occupations - from manager of Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club, boat builder and manager of Blue Hill Yacht Sales, commercial fisherman, marine mechanics instructor at The Boat School of Eastport, and at the time of his death, a marine electrician for Billing's Diesel and Marine, Stonington. Rusty will be remembered for his many accomplishments and abilities in competitive and recreational sailing. His sailing accomplishments span from Maine Sears Cup state champion, collegiate sailing, and local yacht races to class winner of the single-handed Newport to Bermuda race aboard his sailboat, Williwaw, in 2007. Rusty was well known as a practical and experienced mariner with a quiet, competitive drive. Winning a race was a matter of how well he challenged himself regardless of his standing at the end. Rusty also enjoyed Latin dancing and playing music with Flash in the Pans steel drum band of Blue Hill. He served with Blue Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, and was harbormaster for several years. He was known for his willingness to help anyone he came in contact with and his special way with animals. Rusty is survived by his father, Donald of Blue Hill; brothers, Howard and Viola Brown of Southwest Harbor, and Thomas and wife, Amy, of Lamoine; several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Jordan Fernald Funeral Home, 141 South St., Blue Hill. A memorial casting of Rusty's ashes upon his beloved Blue Hill Bay will be scheduled for early summer.
- Passed away October 2003.
- Al raced in the following Bermuda One-Twos: 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1991.
- In '79 he sailed an O'Day Outlaw named Pantera, which is still in Bermuda, reportedly owned by a member of the St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club.
- In '81 he sailed his converted Etchell's 22 El Torero (decked over and a bean bag for a bed) and took first in class in the singlehanded leg.
- In '83 he sailed a Fast Forty, and lost the rudder somewhere on the way down but continued to the finish using a bucket for steerage. He won the Mayor's Trophy for Seamanship.
- In '85 he once again sailed the Etchell's and did it in 5 days, 14 hours, and 25 minutes, but probably did not place as I don't see any acknowledgement around.
- In '87 he sailed a Nelson Marek '35 (formerly named City of Slidell) named Torero and again placed first in class.
- In '91 he again sailed Torero winning first place in Class III.
- Passed away on 25 December 2016 at 81.
- Stu raced in 9 Bermuda One-Two races: 1983 thru 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005.
- The following was in his obituary:
Dr. Stuart MacKenzie Heywood died late on December 25. He led a full, active, and adventurous life. He was educated at the University of Massachusetts, Syracuse University, and MIT, and was a naval aviator before obtaining his Ph.D. Primarily a science researcher, he published over 200 papers and books, was mentor to 22 Ph.D. students, and was teacher, scholar, and department head. He was an avid offshore solo sailor, winning three solo Bermuda races, and sailing from Canada to South America. He leaves his daughter Leigh, son Todd, and best friend Christy.
- Passed away at the end of July 2016 at 63 after a brief illness. He was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick on 30 August 1952.
- Derek raced in the 1995 Bermuda One-Two
- Derek was a Nova Scotia sailor who gained international recognition for competing alone in around-the-world sailing events. Derek, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, was the 126th person to complete an around-the-world sailing race on his own. He was the first Canadian to do so twice - once in 2002-2003 in the Around Alone (finishing 1st in his fleet) and again in 2010-2011 again took the podium in the VELUX 5 Oceans Single Handed Race around the World).
|William George 'Bill' Homewood
- Passed away 7 November 2010
- Bill raced in the first Bermuda One-Two in 1977.
- Bill set a record in 1984 for a westbound Atlantic crossing during the Observer Transatlantic Singlehanded Race.
- Bill's obituary from The Baltimore Sun 13 November 2010
|John "Jack" Hunt
- Passed away 29 July, 2013 at the age of 77.
- John participated in two Bermuda One-Two races; 1977 and 1979. The Crystal Catfish Trophy which is given out by the St. George's Dinghy & Sports Club to the skipper that faces a challenging situation during the single handed leg was created in memory of John's Crystal Catfish which was lost on a reef off of Bermuda.
- The following is his obituary in the Tampa Bay times Aug. 4, 2013.
Hunt, John "Jack" 77, of Apollo Beach, died July 29, 2013, at Manatee Memorial Hospital of complications following surgery. Jack was born in Baltimore, MD, on December 9, 1935, to the late James C. Hunt and Helen (Dunn) Hunt. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue; daughter, Patty; son Tim and wife Christine. Jack attended Little Flower Elementary School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute; Princeton University, B.S.E., where he lettered in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. He later attended Harvard University and earned an Ed.M. and Ed.D. He served in the US Marine Corps as a naval aviator. Jack was Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Greece, NY, from 1967 - 1969. He served as Superintendent of Schools in Hightstown, NJ, from 1969 - 1979; Superintendent of Schools in Paradise Valley, AZ, from 1979 - 1982; and Superintendent of Schools in Jefferson County, AL, from 1982 - 1985. Jack's passion had always been sailing and he fulfilled his dream by sailing in the OSTAR Race twice, a single-handed race from Plymouth, England to Newport, RI. After his sailing adventures, Jack began his teaching career in the university setting both at USF Tampa Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He enjoyed college teaching and retired as Associate Professor Emeritus from Florida Atlantic in 2004.
|Barton "Bart" Cirtos Janney
- Passed away 13 January 2019 at 70 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
- Bart raced in his Alberg 35 "Seascape" in 2001 and 2005.
- Passed away 15 May 2018
- By my records he was 63 for last year's Bermuda One-Two race where he did the return leg with Noel Sterrett. Bjorn has done 5 B12 races on his own boats plus two returns with Noel Sterrett and one with Michael Millard. Bjorn has been on our Offshore Committee for almost as long as I have been the chairman helping out with safety standards and doing many safety checks for the races. He will be missed. The following was just posted on Scuttlebutt: https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/05/17/eight-bells-bjorn-johnson/
- Passed away 18 April 2017
- Judith raced in the 1979 & 1981 Bermuda One-Two races.
- Judith was in the 1980 OSTAR on Perfect Serta Sleeper. After doublehanding across to the start, she was dismasted half way across on the SH return during the race. She did the 1981 B1-2 Race SH on Freedom Song, 33' Freedom, and the DH return with Paul Petronello.
- Passed away 18 September, 2014 at the age of 69 suddenly the result of a massive heart attack.
- Warren participated in one Bermuda One-Two race in 1993 in his Hunter's Child (return crew was Steve Pettengill) as a trial run for Steve Pettengill's run in the BOC 1994-1995 race finishing in second place.
- Warren was the founder of Hunter Marine Corp.
- There are various obituaries on the web but here is one on Trade Only Today.
|Thursday's Gone: Warren Luhrs | Cruising World
- Passed away 6 March 2019 at age 80.
- Raced Poco in the very first Bermuda One-Two, 1977 and was 6th out of 26 boats.
- Also completed the OSTAR and Round Britain races.
- Passed away on Thursday 26 May 2022 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
- Successfully race in the 2019 Bermuda One-Two. Mary, his wife, did the return leg with him. At the time they had been living on their boat for a while. Mary had an attack of kidney stones just before the start of the race however Doug just made the start to Bermuda.
- Doug and Mary were dedicated supporters of Haiti and the Haitian people, escaping the MN winters for warmer temperatures and service work in the building of schools and medical centers. They became a part of the incredibly friendly and joyful life there.
Passed away in 2019.
Successfully raced in two Bermuda One-Twos; 1999 and 2003 in his Tripp 37 Morning Light.
From his obit in the New York Times:
Gerhard was born in Romania during World War II. Forced to flee from the Nazis, he lived with his family in ten different European countries before arriving in the United States in 1951. In addition to fluency in French, German, Italian, and Romanian, he brought with him an Old-World sense of courtliness and aesthetics.
After attending Horace Mann, he received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he made Law Review. He practiced law for many years, specializing in domestic and international corporate transactions, including startups, intellectual property, corporate finance, and insurance. He also undertook pro bono work and was especially proud to have achieved asylum status, after two years, for a teenage boy from Guatemala.
BLOCK ISLAND – Clifford Owen Mitchell, age 69, of Center Rd., died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at the South County Hospital. He was the husband of Judith (Metz) Frazier Mitchell and the late Linda (McCullouch) Mitchell.
Born May 9, 1942, in Newport, RI, he was the son of the late Earl L. Mitchell and Ruth M. (Steadman) Norlin. He was raised on Block Island and graduated in 1961 from the Block Island School. He enlisted in the US Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.
An avid and accomplished sailor, Clifford held a Captain's license and was a member and former Commodore of the Newport Yacht Club. He was the founder of the Owen L. Mitchell and Earl L. Mitchell annual Newport to Block Island regattas, which he ran for the past 30 years.
He was a volunteer with Block Island Maritime Institute and a member of the Block Island American Legion Post 36.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his brother, Frank E. Norlin of Middletown; his sisters, Nancy E. and William Sullivan of Portsmouth, and Susan and Raymond Abraham of Middletown; and his cousin, Lloyd V. Ripa and his wife Barbara of Middletown.
Clifford was the Bermuda One-Two Event Chairman for the 2001 race.
Some video of Cliff.
- Passed away: Lost at sea in 1994 while on leg 3 of the BOC approaching Cape Horn in his 40' Panic Major called MITAK. Harry was 70 years young.
- Raced in 1993
|Brian Andrew Oatley
- Brian, 52, passed away 5 December 2013 with his family present from an aggressive version of ALS
- Brian was the Bermuda One-Two Event Coordinator for the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club since 2009 and performed duties as Dock Master and Commodore several times volunteering at the St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club for the past 20 years.
- Many skippers have thanked him for towing them into St. George's Harbour with his power boat at all hours of the day/night due to a dead motor.
- Passed away 14 October 2010. George was 70 years old.
- George wasn't a skipper however George ran the Bermuda One-Two several years in the 80s and has helped the race ever since. George has also been involved in the BOC in the early years. George also helped out the foreign skippers when they arrived from sailing from Europe and ended up in Newport, RI.
- The following is from the Newport Daily News October 16-17, 2010. George was born July 9, 1940. George was educated in the Newport Public Schools, graduating from Rogers High School in 1959. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era. Upon returning from his service he worked as a photographer for the Newport Daily News and as an Operating Room Technician and Ambulance Driver for the Newport Hospital. He then joined the Naval Base Fire Department and was stationed at Quonset Point and the Newport Naval Base where he was a member of the International Association of Firefighters. Upon his retirement, after 26 years in the Fire Department, George was an Elementary School Aide in the Newport Public Schools.
George was an avid sailor for most of his life. He was a life member of the Newport Yacht Club. He also was active in short-handed race administration. He chaired the Bermuda One-Two for ten years, was a member of the Race Committee for the BOC/Around Alone Race, and more recently was active in helping members of the Jester Race as they crossed the Atlantic. George was also a Past Commodore of the Goat Island Yacht Club and a member of the R.I. State Yachting Committee.
He was also an avid golfer and a member of the Wanumetonomy Golf Club.
George was a member of the Board of Directors of the Seamen's Church Institute and could often be seen in the wintertime distributing "Soup to the Docks" to the fishing boats at local piers.
- Passed away December 2006
- Raced in 1983, Steve Black was his return crew
- Bertie's boat was 60' named Stabilo Boss
- Lived in South Africa
- Passed away 12/22/2009 at the age of 92 after suffering a heart attack
- Last lived in Brighton, UK (on the Sussex coast)
- There is more information about Mike on the Jester website and TimesOnLine
|Geoffrey (Jeff) Hart Spranger:
- Passed away unexpectedly in Newport, RI on Thursday 2 August 2018, 85 years old
- Jeff ran the Offshore Races at the Newport Yacht Club from 1993 (when the Bermuda One-Two was moved to the Newport Yacht Club from the Goat Island YC) through 1999 which includes the Bermuda One-Two, Offshore 160 and New England Solo/Twin races.
- Since then Jeff has been on the Offshore committee at the Newport Yacht Club supporting these races and was instrumental in providing the unique trophies especially for the Bermuda One-Two.
- There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 4PM to 6PM at Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, Newport, RI. Burial will be private.
From Jeff's obituary:
|Francis Stokes (obituary):
- Passed away 3 August 2008 in Thomaston, ME 82 years old
- Participated in at least the first 3 Bermuda One-Twos (1977, 1979, 1981)
- Participated in the first BOC Challenge Solo World Race and finished 2nd in Class 2
- Participated in the OSTAR transatlantic solo races in 1976, 1980 and 1988
- Recently lived in Thomaston, Maine
- Francis wrote a book called "The Mooneshine Logs" in which two chapters were devoted to the Bermuda One-Two
- Francis is prominently featured in Phil Weld's Documentary "American Challenge"
- Francis sold his boat a Valiant 40 Moonshine to another Bermuda One-Two alumnus, Scott Khuner, who also raced it in the Bermuda One-Two and still cruises in it with his wife Kitty
From Canadian Sailing Forum Oct/Nov 1977
- Brad passed away 12 November 2019 at 54.
- Brad participated in 5 Bermuda One-Two races: 1995 through 2001 and 2009.
- The following is from Ed Sisk.
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Brad Tripp’s final voyage. Brad was diagnosed 4 years ago with Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. He passed away on Tuesday evening while holding the hand of his beloved wife Susan M. Tripp. Brad is survived by his wife Susan and his three sons, Bradford (19), William (17) and Conner (13) all of whom were raised on the water and taught to sail by their loving father.
Brad participated in many of the events supported by the Newport Yacht Club, including five Bermuda 1-2 races beginning in 1995, along with many New England Solo/Twin and Offshore 160 events. He campaigned a succession of boats under the well-known name of Mala. Brad was known for his meticulous yacht preparations before going to sea. He was a highly respected competitor on the water and one of the greatest and most gracious men I’ve ever come to know, on land. His legacy and the hearts he touched will forever be part of the Bermuda 1-2 fabric. God speed Bradford D. Tripp and thank you for our many years of friendship.