It is with deep regret that ISAF reports the tragic passing away of Rowland Smith
Sadly, on Wednesday 13 June, Rowland, suffered a heart attack whilst endeavouring to free his yacht's anchor from the seabed.
Rowland and his wife, Kris, have been cruising the world for many years, and were in Tonga, Pacific Islands at the time.
Rowland has been a long term supporter of sailing and specifically the International Tornado Class. He has been involved with the Tornado Class for thirty years, having begun sailing the class in 1970. He served as team leader for the US Tornado Team in the 1970's, was the US Tornado Association President in the 1980's, and International Tornado Association President in the 1990's.
An International Measurer for the Tornado Class since 1992, Rowland was the ITA Chief Measurer, and was the Class Chief Measurer at the past three Olympics, 1992, 1996 and 2000, with Kris supporting as a volunteer in all aspects of the measurement.
He was still active in the class, with his most recent projects being the class measurement handbook, and developing the forms needed for an internet-based class measurement system. Since 1993, he was also very involved with the development of the Tornado with a spinnaker.
Whilst not on any ISAF Committees, Rowland has attended the ISAF Annual Meetings over the past thirty years as an observer on behalf of the International Tornado Association.
He will be deeply missed and we extend our deepest sympathy to Rowland's wife, Kris, and his daughters.