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Obituary of Patrick Pym sent from Stephanie Merry HRSC
« on: January 24, 2020, 11:54:00 AM »
Patrick Pym sadly died on 4th December. Since he started his successful sailing career in National 12’s, designing and building the first of the wide breed of 12s that are seen today, you may wish to inform your members and / or post the short obituary below on the National 12 website. The full obituary may be found on the HRSC Website.
Best regards,
Stephanie Merry
Patrick Pym: 6th September 1936 - 4th December 2019
 
Patrick’s funeral took place on 30th December 2019. He was a long time National 12 competitor with half a dozen boats to his name, starting his career in Sidmouth back in about ’58 and then culminating in the 1965 ‘Lucky Number’ in which he won both the Burton Cup and the overall week at Thorpe Bay. That boat was particularly notable as the first of the wide breed of 12’s that we see today – a joint design and build effort together with Martin Jones.
Patrick was a long standing member of Hamble River Sailing Club and one of the six HRSC members selected for the 1972 Great Britain Olympic sailing team, competing in the Finn single-handed class.
The funeral was attended by an eclectic mix of people from the world of sailing: from ex-international Olympic sailors to those who had regularly competed with or against him in HRSC Wednesday evening races. Hugh Welbourn, who describes Patrick as “the one that welcomed an awestruck young (National) 12 sailor to the Club”, has written a full obituary, describing Patrick’s multi-faceted life, which focused throughout on boats and sailing.
Heartfelt condolences go to Patrick’s family from HRSC members.


 

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