We sadly report that someone who we think was probably our oldest member, Bill Hursthouse, passed away on 19 April.
William Weldon Oliver Hursthouse was aged 102 years and nine months.
He was a keen Flying Fifteen sailor. The class came to RAYC in the late 1980s. Bill was Fleet Captain for the class when they were racing out of Tamaki Yacht Club but they had to launch in Okahu Bay.
It was Bill who suggested the Fifteens joined our Club and move their yachts to The Landing.
For the 8th race of the 1967 Cowes Week Bill Hursthouse was lucky enough to sail the Duke of Edinburgh’s Cowslip. We have been told that the rules of the time stipulated that if another skipper took someone else’s boat they should pay them 30 shillings. There is a mystery about whether this was actually paid but they did communicate when Bill was 100 years old in July 2014.
Fair winds Bill. Keep sailing.