It is with great sadness that ISAF announces that Marinus Blickman (NED) passed away on Friday 18 October 2013, aged 55, after a brave fight against cancer.
A long-time member of Royal Yacht Club 'Hollandia' in Medemblik, Marinus started his international career as a race officer at the SPA/Delta Lloyd Regatta in 1988, where for many years he was responsible for running the Finn/470 course. He became an IRO in 1995, and an ISAF Race Management instructor in 1995. Over the years he ran dozen of European and World Championships for 'Hollandia', and taught countless seminars and clinics in Finland, Qatar, Portugal, India, Australia, and many other countries.
Always interested in trying new things, Marinus became one of the first IROs ever to run a Medal Race in 2005. For the 2009 Delta Lloyd Regatta he was asked to stay ashore and be the PRO for the entire regatta. His commitment to consistent and high-level race management made him decide to take on this extra responsibility from that year onward, even though he preferred to be on the water with his race committee.
Marinus' proudest career moments were the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Regattas, where he served on the ISAF Race Management team. Being committed to improving the standard of race management in the Netherlands, he also devoted much time and effort as a member, and later as chairman, of the KNWV race management committee from 2000 to 2008.
Marinus' easy-going manner and pleasant style made him popular both as an instructor and as a race officer. Sailing owes him greatly for his ability and effort to enthuse and educate countless young people in all aspects of race management.
ISAF expresses its sincere condolences to Marinus' wife Carla and their children Annelotte, Robine and Xander and his many friends in the sailing world.