Bob Bavier, one of the greatest, passed away in Charleston on Thursday, Feb 22.
Bob was born March 10, 1918, graduated from Williams College in 1940, was CO of the DE USS Gantner in WWII, obtaining the rank of Lt. Commander. He became President & Publisher of Yachting Magazine; wrote 7 books on Yacht Racing; successfully defended the America's Cup in 1964 as helmsman of Constellation and was named Yachtsman of the Year; served as President of the NAYRU; was an Internationl Judge at the Olympic Games; inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1993 and awarded the Herrreshoff Trophy for "Outstanding Contribution to the sport of Sailing".
For 25 years Bob represented the USA in the IYRU. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, Carolina YC, Noroton YC and the Cruising Club of America. But, most of all, he was a true gentleman; considerate, enthusiastic, interested and full of the spirit of life.
A memorial service is being held on Friday, March 9th in Noroton/Darien Connecticut.