It is with great sadness that ISAF has been advised that Retired International Judge and Umpire, Joseph E. "Mike" Tapert, of Detroit USA passed away at the age of 88 on 13 April, 2010.
Mike served on the International Race Committee for the America's Cup Challenger Selection Series 1977, 1980 and 1983 in Newport, RI and as Umpire for the 1992 and 1995 International Selection Series for the America's Cup (Louis Vuitton Cup) in San Diego.
He was also Judge at many events worldwide, including the Congressional Cup, Key West Race Week, Block Island Race Week, Soling Worlds, The Kenwood Cup and the Admiral's Cup.
Mike was never afraid to enter into a discussion and express his opinion. He will be sorely missed on the Detroit waterfront as he was the "go to" guy.