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14 September 2006, 10:01 am
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Cy GILLETTE (USA)

It is with great sadness ISAF reports that Cy GILLETTE, an ISAF International Judge for 15 years who had a long time involvement with the America's Cup and a successful racing sailor until his last days, has died at the age of 92.
Cy had been involved in yacht racing for most of his 92 years, first as a junior and intercollegiate sailor in his home state of Michigan, and then as the mentor of the sport in Hawaii since the end of World War II. He was an ISAF International Judge from 1982 to 1997.

Cy was among those involved in umpiring from its inception in the late 1980s. He umpired at both the 1987 Maxi Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island where umpiring match racing was first used on an experimental basis, and at the 1988 Congressional Cup at Long Beach, California, USA when umpiring was initiated on the match racing circuit. One of the few senior judges at the time who supported umpiring, Cy was a strong advocate for its first ever use in the America's Cup at San Diego, USA in 1992. Indeed, he chaired the Jury and was Chief Umpire for the 1992 Defender selection series. For the 1987 and 1995 Cups Cy served as Dennis CONNER's (USA) senior rules advisor.

Following the 1995 Cup, Cy was awarded the Nathaniel G Herreshoff Trophy, US SAILING's most prestigious award, for his many years of exemplary service to sport.

A true gentleman and corinthian, and a major contributor to our sport over his long life, Cy will be dearly missed and long remembered.

ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and condolences to Cy's family and friends.

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