It is with great sadness the International Hobie Class Association announces the passing of Thomas Poulsen on Wednesday 2 June, in Copenhagen.
Thomas had been sick with Leukaemia, in and out of the hospital, for over 1 year, and had gone through a bone marrow transplant recently.
Thomas was the former President and the longest serving president of the European Hobie Class Association, former President of the International Hobie Class Association and Life member of the International Hobie Class Association. He was also a member of the now abandoned ISAF Multihull Committee.
Thomas Poulsen devoted his life to the multihull class and in particular the Hobie Class and the youth sailing. He had a vision on how he saw youth sailing in multihulls. He helped established multihull youth training in his home club in Copenhagen. As the event coordinator for many Hobie worlds he introduced the first youth world championships to the Hobie class.
Thomas was more than a politician with a Hobie vision. He had a wonderful sense of humour that could break down his strongest critics. With his infectious smile and laugh he always won the debates.
Away from his sailing Thomas was devoted to his daughter Caroline . Thomas bought Caroline to many Hobie regattas. She played in the sand and watched the sailing as Thomas forever worked for the Hobie sailors.
Thomas last appeared at the 2005 Hobie 16 Worlds in South Africa. As usual he entertained all the sailors off the water with his stories. He encouraged the youth teams and gave them motivation.
All the Hobie sailors extend to Caroline our deepest sympathy as we also share in her loss. The Hobie world, multihull sailing and all sailors have lost a friend who dedicated his life to improving sailing.