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2 January 2013, 12:11 pm
Obituary: Lynn Watters
Lynn Watters at the 1990 IYRU Gala Dinner
Lynn Watters at the 1990 IYRU Gala Dinner


It is with great sadness that ISAF reports that Lynn Watters died on Christmas day at the age of 96.
Lynn made significant contributions to the sport we all love and his legacy continues through to this day. Lynn became a member of the IYRU (ISAF) Racing Rules Committee in 1971 and became Chairman in 1979. During his 11 years as Chairman, he was succeeded by former ISAF President Goran Petersson in 1991, Lynn shaped the way we all race today.

He created the International Judging system which is now universally used for all major regattas. As an International Judge himself he officiated at almost every major regatta world wide at one time or another. The list is far too long but some standouts are the Americas Cup and the Olympics.

Lynn sailed in two Olympics, 1960 and 1964 in the Dragon class. He was universally known as one of the great tacticians in our sport.

He gave much to the sport and the sport gave back to him. He called a number of Royalty his friends, he was one of a select group of 400 invited guests (including the Queen Mother) who attended King Olaf's 80th birthday.
Alex Watters
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