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27 November 2012, 08:58 am
Obituary: Arthur Wullschleger
Arthur 'Tuna' Wullschleger
Arthur 'Tuna' Wullschleger


Arthur Wullschleger (USA) passed away on 24 November after a short illness. He was renowned as an ocean racer, race official and mentor.
"Tuna" earned his nickname during the fateful Fastnet Race in 1979, when he ordered his crew to take down the spinnaker. The crew called him "Tuna, Chicken of the Sea". But, they won the race, and Tuna's order may well have saved their lives. Tuna used the nickname with pride for the rest of his life.

Tuna managed several successful America's Cup syndicates, and helped countless others - as a sponsor and volunteer.

Tuna was first appointed as an International Judge in 1982, and remained active as a judge and umpire until his passing. His IJ status was renewed at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dublin in early November.

Behind the gruff exterior was a heart of gold. Many of ISAF's top race officials can trace their development to advice and mentoring given by Tuna.

There are few people in the World who have contributed more to the sport. The sailing community has lost a legend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tuna's family.
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