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Reginald MAYNARD (HKG)

It is with great sadness that ISAF reports the passing away of Reginald MAYNARD on 18 July 2005 aged 77 years old. Born on 22 June 1928, Reg MAYNARD was involved in sailing for his whole life and was an ISAF International Judge for over 20 years.
Reg grew up in the Welsh seaport of Porthmadog where his love of sailing first developed. After the Second World War he joined the United Africa Company where he was to serve for almost the next 30 years. During his time working in the colonies, wherever Reg was sailing flourished. He formed a new yacht club in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and was an important part of the development of both the Freetown Yacht Club in Sierra Leone and the Lagos Yacht Club in Nigeria. He went on to represent Nigeria in first of the four World Championships he sailed at.

Moving to Japan, Reg instructed sailing at Nishinomiya University and assisted in the formation of the Nippon Ocean Racing Club. In 1965 he arrived in Hong Kong where he was made Sailing Secretary of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC). In the ensuing years he became Vice Commodore and Commodore. He then became President of the Hong Kong 505 Association where he was instrumental in organizing Hong Kong's first World Championship in 1973.

As part of his time at the RHKYC, Reg led a Hong Kong team to the Munich 1972 Olympic Games and followed this with a stream of success in offshore racing in Hong Kong.

By 1976 Reg was a founding member of the Hong Kong Yachting Association and went on to form the Hong Hong Kong Sail Training Association, which continues to attract local people to sailing to the present day.

In 1984 Reg was appointed an ISAF International Judge and in this role attended regattas across Asia and Europe including the President's Cup in the Phillipines, the China Sea Race and the Asean Optimist Championship. In 1987 he represented Hong Kong on the International Jury for the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup in Freemantle, Australia.

Despite his time spent abroad, Reg almost always made a yearly trip back to Wales and was a member of the Madoc Yacht Club since it was founded in 1971. Throughout his life he was always keen to encourage and develop sailing whereever he was and will be fondly remember in many different nations.

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

ISAF (source: AHOY!)
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