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Hamble River racer Patrick Pym passes away

by Steph Merry 19 Jan 13:59 PST

Patrick Pym: 6th September 1936 - 4th December 2019

Patrick's funeral took place on 30th December 2019 and was attended by an eclectic mix of people from the world of sailing, from international and Olympic sailors to those who had regularly competed with or against him in HRSC Wednesday evening races.

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.

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: www.hrsc.org.uk/article/patrick-pym-obituary-

Heartfelt condolences go to Patrick's family from HRSC members and many others.

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