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Tim Wood 1930 - 2024

Started by HRO, 16 May 2024, 08:47

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It is with sadness to advise of the recent passing of Tim Wood, one of the stalwarts of the National Twelve class from the very late 1940s.  During the years since, Tim owned and sailed six National Twelves: Wyche & Coppock Gnome, Ian Proctor Marks 4a and 9, Phil Morrison China Doll, and two Michael Jackson Cheshire Cats before continuing in later years as an associate member of the Association.

Tim's home club was first Beeston SC and then Nottingham SC, both on the river Trent, where Tim thrived on the techniques of river sailing.  1950 saw Tim at his first open meeting continuing as these events expanded in the '60s and '70s with the Midland Area Armada Trophy series of open meetings.  Tim sailed at his first Burton Week in 1951 and continued attending Burton Week as family commitments allowed. 

Besides committee and officer positions at both sailing clubs, Tim served on the main committee of the National Twelve Owners' Association and was hon secretary and later chairman of the Midland Area.

Tim's funeral will be on Tuesday 21st May 2024 at 10.00 am,
The Vale Crematorium, Evesham Road, Fladbury, Pershore WR10 2QR
and afterwards
at The Old Chestnut Tree Inn, Pershore.
Members of The Nottingham Sailing Club were made aware of Tim's passing by the following, acknowledging his years of sailing and service at NSC:
Tim Wood 24th July 1930 – 4th May 2024
It is with sadness that 2024 sees the passing of Tim Wood, long standing and supportive member of the Club.  Tim joined in 1966 with his National Twelve, a dinghy class he had first sailed in the late '40s when sparse home leave breaks from National Service allowed, and which he continued to sail for a further forty plus years.
Tim was a river sailor to the heart.  By the early '40s Tim's parents had introduced Tim and brother Pat to sailing and the vagaries of the Trent, then without the Holme Sluice we know today. Their gaffed-rigged Broads styled dayboat Grebe was moored at Chapman's boatyard adjacent to Trent Bridge later, with the 1948 founding of Beeston SC, Grebe and the family moved their sailing to the Beeston Reach and BSC.
As with river clubs of these years the National Twelve was one of the active fleets, at BSC and NSC likewise, Tim with others in the class would enjoy competitive racing.  Sea sailing too at the national championships, when family commitment allowed, and on the Midland area circuit of open meetings.  Tim being one of the early pioneers of boat towing behind a motorbike, Jean pillion and children sidecar, undaunted by the then rough farmyard track and canal bridge approach to Trent Valley SC for their meeting.
The enjoyment of sailing never left Tim and his ability to master both current and light airs, particularly in a westerly at NSC, didn't diminish as he in time moved to a Laser and in later years a Comet.  The Laser, intended as a boat for his younger son, had soon taken favour for Thursday evening and Saturday racing, the National Twelve for Sunday.
Tim, a trustee of the Club from 1991, served as a committee member through the years 1972 to 1988, including terms as rear commodore and commodore, the latter 1985-86.  In the early '90s and with retirement Tim became part of the 'Wednesday Club', then but a fledgling group of likewise members, refencing the dinghy park being one of their early and major tasks.  In those years no riverside bench or similar timbered surface lacked woodwork attention, nor weather proofing treatment for long.
For Tim, the move from Nottingham and NSC was not borne easily, and he had retained membership as he and Jean settled in Malvern and nearer to their children.  A chance to sail in daughter Tricia's Comet soon followed, this on the Avon, Tim otherwise benefitting from a race box view of Severn SC's sailing.  It became a reminder of so many happy years at NSC where in later times he had viewed from our own race box, or that same riverside bench, with Tim's understanding and knowledgeable eye quietly following his joy of racing on the river Trent.
Our thoughts are with Jean at this sad time of Tim's passing and of their children Tricia, Duncan and Richard.
Michael Brookman
May 2024

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