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ISAF (Source: UK Laser Class Association)

It is with great sadness that ISAF reports the passing away of Andrew COCKAYNE (GBR) over the past weekend. He was officiating at the Laser Qualifiers at Hartlepool, Great Britain, when he was taken ill.
However, Andrew helped a young sailor into his jury boat, before collapsing and being taken ashore.

Appointed as an ISAF International Judge in 2002, Andrew had officiated at a wide range of events including World Championships for the 505 and Topper, Europeans Championships for the J/22 and Star Juniors, and Athens Eurolymp Week to name a few.

Born in 1945, Andrew started sailing at the age of ten, and went onto sail at regional and national level in Enterprise and GP 14 dinghies through to his twenties. Over the years, Andrew continued to sail at club level and supported his sons as they competed at national and international Laser events.

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

Message from Ken FALCON (UK Laser Class Association Chairman), Dot BEADSWORTH (UK Laser Class Association Secretary) and the Members of the UK Laser Association.

'We are all very sad to announce the death of Andrew COKAYNE, the UK Laser Class Association Treasurer, and International Judge. He died doing what he loved, working as a jury member at the Tees & Hartlepool Qualifier. He had a heart attack whilst on the water in a rib, and was rushed from the race area to the local hospital, but died soon after arriving.

Many of you will know him, he was a kind, caring man, who loved his sailing and more recently his canal boating. He enjoyed his involvement with the Laser Class, particularly attending our events doing jury work. He joined the Laser Class in 1991 as 4.7 representative (yes there were a few 4.7's in those days), but after a very short time moved onto Radial representative as his children were growing. He was our first representative for youth on the class, as his children Bret and Clive were racing actively in the class. When his children came out of youth, there was a vacancy for a treasurer in 1995, which he was persuaded to take on and has performed this duty ever since and also helped the class with any rule issues. He became a judge and was very pleased when he got his International Judge status, and said he was looking forward to his retirement and having more time to do more jury work internationally, and spend time on his canal boat with his wife.

We shall greatly miss his company, humour and support and send our condolences and sympathy to his wife Glynis, who was with him this weekend, and also to his children Bret, Clive and Viki.'

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