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17 October 2012, 10:15 am
Obituary: Captain Nigel Hacking
Captain Nigel Hacking
Captain Nigel Hacking


It is with great sadness that ISAF reports the death of Captain Nigel Hacking (GBR).
Nigel Hacking was the Secretary General of ISAF (then IYRU) between 1965 and 1986, serving under Presidents Sir Peter Scott and Beppe Croce and the first person to hold the position as a full-time role.

An active sailor, he owned a 4ton Bermudan Sloop called 'Seal' and an Enterprise Dinghy called 'Shortcuts'. He was a great champion of youth sailing and the development of the sport and played a major part in the administrative modernisation of the IYRU.

Captain Hacking had enormous experience of Olympic Regattas and formulated "Hacking's Law" - "that the sailing conditions on the field of play during the Olympic Regatta will never be the same as they were in the years leading up to that Regatta." A sentiment that many have echoed over the years but which, in 1984 at the Los Angeles where he played an active organizational role, did not play out with every race delivered on schedule!

Born in 1927, he joined the Royal Yachting Association as Assistant Secretary in 1958 before becoming Secretary in 1967. When the RYA and IYRU split offices, he became the full-time secretary of the IYRU.

ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to Captain Hacking's family.
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