It is with great sadness that ISAF reports the passing away of Klaus HARTE on 4 October 2004. Klaus was an International Judge since 1996.
There follows some words from Siegfried UECKER (GER), a friend and fellow International Judge:
"I first met Klaus at the end of 1958 as a fellow sailor and later on we became close friends. He started his sailing career when he was a teenager at the Odin Sailing Club in Berlin. He raced with his own boat in the Pirate-Class. Later on he moved to the Finn Dinghy. He was not only a successful sailor, but he also played a leading role in coaching young sailors.
In those early years he soon developed the characteristics which earned him so much respect and admiration throughout his whole life. He was fair, understanding and above all he always took time for everybody.
In his successful period as a racing sailor we met often each other on panels at the German Championships. As one of the first IJs, he quickly recognized the importance of protest hearings and did everything in his power to achieve the highest standard possible. He formed an essential link between judges and sailors. He was the fatherly figure everyone turned to for advice, in particular the sailors of the 470 class. Klaus was always there to lend a helping hand. His diplomacy and sense of humour will be sadly missed. Klaus also worked for many years as an expert for the German Sailing Federation.
With the Match Race came a new challange - one which Klaus met with enthusiasm as he accompanied and umpired Conners and other Match Race specialists
I am deeply grateful for all the help and support I received from Klaus as I found my way and started umpiring Match Races. Whenever Klaus led our team as Chief Umpire, we knew that we could count on his support and we admired the way he dealt with the sailing greats.
Klaus played a decisive role in the development of the Berlin Match-Race. Thanks to him, the 13th Berlin Match Race (one of the oldest in the world) will take place once again this November.
Dear Klaus, we know that on your last long cruise, you will find and navigate the proper course to your final harbour and resting place.
In deep affection and with gratitude for being able to take part in your life, your memory will always be with us."
ISAF extends our sincere sympathy and sincere condolence to Klaus' family and friends.