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It is with deep regret ISAF reports that Committee Member, naval architect and offshore sailor Jim HARTVIG ANDERSEN sadly passed away on 5 October 2005.
The following obitiuary was provided to ISAF by Dan IBSEN, Secretary General of the Danish Sailing Association:

'Jim lost the fight against cancer. The Sailing Community has lost a great sailor and friend, a person who contributed to the development of sailing for more than 30 years both in Denmark and internationally.

Jim learned to sail at the age of ten in a small wooden 'Junior Boat' at Taarbaek north of Copenhagen. Later Jim took up offshore racing and became a skilled, dedicated and passionate sailor. He competed in numerous offshore races throughout the world, amongst those four Ton Cups, three Admirals Cups, two Sardinia Cups, Newport-Bermuda Race, Round Gotland Race and several Skaw Races.

In 1951 Jim became member of Taarbaek Sailing Club and from 1972 also the Royal Danish Yacht Club. At the Royal Danish Yacht Club Jim served for ten years in the Offshore Racing Committee, six years as chairman and six years in the Club Council.

As an experienced sailor and naval architect Jim generously made his great experience available to the Danish Sailing Association. He was a member of the Technical Committee from 1972 to 1980 and the Offshore Racing Committee from 1977 to 1985. For a period he served as chairman of both committees. He never declined to assist in any technical matters related to the Danish Authorities.

Since 1978, Jim had contributed to the work of international sailing both at ISAF and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC).

In 1979 Jim became a member of the ISAF Measurement Committee where he served as Vice-Chairman until 1991. Right up to his passing he was a member of this committee, which is now the ISAF Equipment Control Committee. Further he had served in the ISAF International Measurers Sub-Committee. And for the last ten years he was especially involved with the work of ISAF Standard Class Rules, ISAF Equipment Rules, Measurement Control Systems and In-house Certification. Jim also assisted ISAF with the important work of ISO certification procedures in relation to the EU Directive of Recreational Crafts.

During the period of 1978 to 1989, Jim was involved in the ORC, where he worked in the ORC Measurement Committee, ORC Ratings Systems Committee and further he also served four years as the Scandinavian representative of the ORC Council.

As a young naval architect Jim was employed at Sparkman & Stephens in New York. Later he managed his own company Hytek Marine in Denmark dealing with development, engineering, project management, surveys, marketing, sales and operation for ships and boats up to 50 metres length. In 1989 Jim designed one of the most famous and winning one-off boats in Denmark, Buksesnedkeren - now Signal - which many times won Line Honours in Round Zealand and Round Funen Races. Jim himself raced several of his own boat designs, such as in 1979 the 3/4 Tonner Danish Pastry. On the commercial side he designed boats and ships for fishing, special work tasks, save and rescue as well as pilots.

Our condolences are conveyed to Jim HARTVIG ANDERSEN's family, friends and colleagues.

All honour to his memory.'

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

Dan Ibsen
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