It is with great sadness that ISAF reports the passing away last week of an excellent sailor and true sportsman, Richard (Dick) JOHNSON (ISV) aged 82. Dick's contribution to Caribbean sailing and his quest to grow the respect for small countries the world over was a lifetime's work.
Dick was involved with the International Sailing Federation for almost thirty years and first joined an ISAF Committee, the International Regulations Committee, in 1979. In 1981 he became an International Judge, a position he held until he retired in 1998. During his time as an ISAF Commiteee member, Dick sat on the International Regulations Committee (1979-1982), the Boardsailing Committee (1983-1986), the Class Policy and Organisation Committee (1987-1990), the Centerboard Boat Committee (1991-1994), the Special Events Committee (1995-1997), the Events Committee (1998-1999), the ISAF Council (1995-1999) and the Review Board (2000-present).
The US Virgin Islands benefited greatly from his work. He was the President of the Virgin Islands America's Cup Challenge and his work including serving as Commodore of the Virgin Islands Sailing Association and as a delegate to the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee.
Dick was still racing his J-36 Blue Bayou and cruising his trawler Yonder. He will be remembered by sailors from Antigua to Beaufort NC for his blustery voice, gentle manner and sailing prowess.
ISAF extends their sincere condolences to Dick's wife Louise, and his stepson's Peter and John HOLMBERG.