Friday, December 28, 2012

Lynn Alexander Watters, two time Canadian Olympian, former International Judge and Canadian Judge Emeritus passed away in Kingston, ON on December 25th 2012. He will be greatly missed by the Sailing Community.
 
 
EIGHT BELLS - LYNN WATTERS
It is with great sadness I tell the sailing world that my dad, Lynn 
Watters
, died on Christmas day at the age of 96. He made significant 
contributions to the sport we all love. 

During his tenure as head of the IYRU (ISAF) Rules Committee he 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 worldwide at one time 
or another. The list is far too long but some standouts are the America's 
Cup and the Olympics. Dad sailed in two Olympics, 1960 and 1964 in the 
Dragon class. He was universally known as one of the great tacticians in 
our sport. 

Dad 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. He gave much to the sport and the sport gave back to him.
-- 
Alex Watters 

 

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