In Harbour

This section is dedicated to the memory of the members who contributed to the Association's work with their knowledge and generosity of spirit.

In memoriam Peter Shanks (1943-2023)
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peter Shanks, beloved husband to Judith Shanks.He was a keen historian and yachtsman from Cowes and will be sorely missed.
Details of the funeral, once known, can be obtained by contacting Henrietta Smyth by e-mail: journal@yachtinghistorians.org

George Andreadis We were much saddened to learn of the death in June of George Andreadis, at the age of 81. Former Vice President of World Sailing, and President of the Hellenic Sailing Federation and the Yacht Club of Greece, George had been a member of the AYH since 2016. Read more here.

Tim Bass It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Tim Bass, a founding member of the Association, on 31st January, 2023. Our deepest sympathy goes to his widow, Jane. A full Obituary will be posted here as soon as possible.

Brian Corbett It is with great sorrow that we have to record the sudden death of our good friend and colleague, Brian Corbett, on 29th June, 2022. Brian had been a member of the AYH since 2014 and was a stalwart member of our Committee supporting, in particular, the membership list and promoting interest in yachting history worldwide. Read more here.

James Wharram who died on 14th December, 2021 at the age of 93, was a trailblazer, a fighter with great determination and vision. From a young age he followed his passions that made him into a pioneer of catamaran sailing and a world-renowned designer of unique double-canoe catamarans. Read his full obituary here.

Euan Ross 1952-2021 Read his full obituary here.

Rees Martin Earlier this year we received the very sad news that our Vice Chairman Rees Martin had died suddenly at home in London, on 20th February. He was a founder member of the AYH and worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to promote the aims of the Association and expand its influence around the world. He will be greatly missed by us all. Read more here.

Ray Bulman 31st May 1930 - 1st January 2020. We were sad to learn that Ray Bulman, journalist, historian, writer, race-boat driver and raconteur - and enthusiast for all things powerboat - died at home in Cowes on New Year's Day at the age of 89.
Ray wrote for Motorboat & Yachting for 50 years, and was described by them as their longest serving contributor and legendary powerboat racing reporter. There was standing room only from 40 minutes beforehand at his funeral at the Isle of Wight crematorium and a wonderful party afterwards at the Island Sailing Club.
In memory of Ray's life and work, we include via the link below his autobiographical article written for Motorboat & Yachting in May 2017, as reproduced in the Classic Offshore Powerboat Club's Newsletter 68 (January 2020).
Read more here.

John Edward Basley member since 2005.
Read his full obituary here.

John Power member since 2011.
Read his full obituary here.

Louie Howland sadly passed away on 21st June 2019. A celebrated editor and antiquarian bookseller in Boston, USA who dedicated his life to books, as he admitted himself. He established the antiquarian bookseller Howland & Co. selling rare and out-of-print editions. Most recently he published biography of the naval architect and designer W. Starling Burgess. Dr William Collier of GL Watson pays him tribute. Read the full text here.

Luigi Lang We regret to learn that, on 13th April 2019, Dr. Luigi Lang passed away. His invaluable contribution to classic yacht design and racing is remembered by his long-standing friend and colleague John Lammerts van Bueren. Please read the full text here.

Jeremy Lines, who died on 13th November 2018, was one of the earliest members and stalwarts of the AYH. He was apprenticed to Fred Parker at the Dorset Yacht Co. but spent most of his working life with Camper & Nicholsons, where he ended up as Technical Director and voluntary archivist. An exceptional designer and brilliant seaman, his charm and generosity as well as his many skills are movingly recalled by some of his friends in their personal tributes.

Jack Dalmeny , who died on 15th November 2018 aged 85, was, with Maldwin Drummond, a founder of the AYH in 2004 and, with Jennifer, was the guiding hand for our early meetings, at the Royal Albert Yacht Club and at H.M.S. President on the Thames. His book on those members of the Royal Naval Yacht Club who held the Victoria Cross showed his determined interest in the byways of sailing history, as was his current work tracking down unrecorded club trophies. Read more here.

Honorary Members:
Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, KCB; Rear Admiral Roy Clare, CBE; Clare Francis, MBE; Rosemary Joy; Lt. Cdr. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD, RNR; John Rousmaniere; Mikkel Thommessen

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