Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Bill Cheek, sailing judge and race officer, passes away at age 86

by Katie Nicoll on 25 Jul 2012
Bill Cheek, doing what he loved best at the Bayview NOOD regatta - Bill Cheek, sailing judge and race officer, passes away at age 86 Colin Jacobs

William 'Bill' Anthony Cheek, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2012 at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice.

Bill, in his 86th year, as the wind went out of his sails. Beloved husband of Helena Cheek (Koziol) for 63 years. Loving father of Christine (Lloyd) Maclam , Gerri (David) Staples and John (Rose) Cheek. Devoted grandpa to grandsons John, Andrew, Corey and Ryan, and great-grandpa to Savannah, Austin and Everly. Brother of Jennifer Cheek of Bristol, England.

Throughout his 12 year struggle with cancer, he lived with optimism, determination and a positive attitude, living each day to the fullest. He had a wonderful sense of humour, made those around him feel comfortable with conversation and his stories and was especially proud of his hobby of building ships in bottles.

He was Past Commodore of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Past President of OSA and CYA, and an International Race Officer serving as a race officer and consultant for the Olympic Games in Korea (1988) and in Atlanta (1996). He received a great deal of pleasure running sailing events at the RHYC as well as judging at International Regattas. Bill took pride in his involvement as an officer with the Sea Cadets and the Naval Reserve at HMCS STAR.

After Bill retired from Stelco, Superintendent at Canadian Drawn Steel, he spent many years serving as a CESO volunteer. Sincere appreciation and thank you to the staff of the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Ward C3 at the Juravinski Hospital, Dr. S. Hotte, Dr. P. Craigie, and the staff of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice for their caring and compassion. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

Online condolences can be made at www.canadiancremation.com
Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82NaiadMackay Boats

Related Articles

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta
Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in St. Thomas International Regatta. Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. Set for March 24 to 26, this three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the second Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighbouring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John.
Posted on 23 Mar
Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success
With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings.
Posted on 23 Mar
RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta
For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013.
Posted on 23 Mar
A Q&A with Charles Pessler, the regatta director of the legendary STIR
I corresponded with Charles Pessler, STIR’s regatta director, to learn about the event’s recent changes and evolutions. I recently corresponded via email with Charles “Chuck” Pessler, who is serving as the regatta director of the legendary STIR, to learn more about the changes and evolutions that have taken place at the event since my 2010 trip to racing paradise.
Posted on 22 Mar
One great challenge for Transatlantic Race 2019
Greatest challenge has confirmed the start date for its next edition; and this time every competitor will depart Newport A virtual gate off Lizard Point will enable teams to challenge the course record for this historic passage, but the official finish will take place off the Royal Yacht Squadron's waterfront castle in Cowes, England.
Posted on 22 Mar
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted on 22 Mar
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted on 22 Mar
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted on 22 Mar
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar