I know many of us will find this hard to comprehend as Bill was sailing right to the end of the season – and with John Linnell had cleaned up the Double Handed Series, something that John reminded him of in the last week when he took him his trophy to cheer him up. Bill was always a very sociable and amiable character as well as an excellent if unconventional sailor (with his feet in the air pushing the boom out on light days!) and his constant but amusing banter when you got within a few boat lengths. He was also a fantastic club member, often seen with his welding gear whether repairing gates/fencing or helping John with the “weed cutter challenge”!, or just getting stuck in on countless working parties.
We will truly miss his familiar and genuine greeting to the ladies of “Hello me duck” or something similar – but mainly his love for life, twinkle in the eye and hints of boyish naughtiness!
God Bless you Bill"
Bill & John Double Handed Series 2016 winners
being presented with their winners shields by Nigel