With great sadness ISAF reports that Japan Sailing Federation (JSAF) Honorary President Hiromasa Akita has passed away in Tokyo, Japan aged 91.
Hiromasa first started to enjoy his sailing life from his university's club activities. He was the first President of JSAF after the combination of the former Japan Yachting Association (JYA) and former Nippon Ocean Racing Club (NORC) in 1999.
Before the creation of JSAF, Hiromasa had served the YJA as a member of the executive board for 49 years, Vice-President for 13 years and President (including Acting-President) for 15 years and was being Vice-President of NORC for 38 years.
He contributed to the success of many sailing events in Japan and Internationally. He was Jury Assistant for the Tokyo Olympic Games Sailing Competition in 1964, and President of the Asian Yachting Federation during the Hiroshima Asian Games in 1994. He also worked at the ISAF Youth Worlds when the championship was hosted by Japan in 1997 and as promoter and organizer of the Trans-Pacific Singlehanded Race and the Melbourne Osaka Race.
Hiromasa devoted all his energy to develop and spread the sailing sport and culture in Japan and was also a council member of the Japan Olympic Committee and the Japan Sports Federation.
Hiromasa passed away on Tuesday 18 January 2011. ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to his family and friends.