A legend passes - Philip Walwyn, builder, owner, Captain and sailor of KATE

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I'm really surprised at the lack of replies to this thread.
One of our community is taken from us in unusual circumstances and definitely before their time and only RP has anything to say.
My condolences to you Rummy and Philips friends and family.
Indeed sad news.

Maybe it's the wrong forum for the subject? but even so, Let's show some respect people.
 

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I'm really surprised at the lack of replies to this thread.
One of our community is taken from us in unusual circumstances and definitely before their time and only RP has anything to say.
My condolences to you Rummy and Philips friends and family.
Indeed sad news.

Maybe it's the wrong forum for the subject? but even so, Let's show some respect people.

Well, I certainly didn't know the chap but it's an impressive record of Atlantic crossings compared to my "one" and I can only hope that I have the health and the chance to make such a crossing at his age. Seems like a pretty amazing guy to me.
 
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I'm really surprised at the lack of replies to this thread.
One of our community is taken from us in unusual circumstances and definitely before their time and only RP has anything to say.
My condolences to you Rummy and Philips friends and family.
Indeed sad news.

Maybe it's the wrong forum for the subject? but even so, Let's show some respect people.

Something of a stunned silence, often these things are met with questions or accusations of sloppiness, but this guy clearly knew what he was doing far beyond almost anyone afloat.

There must be literally a handful of people in the world with that level of experience on a boat anything like that.
 

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On a vaguely related note, why is KATE always spelled with capitals throughout, at least on these forums? It's not done for CHEEKI RAFIKI or GIPSY MOTH.
 

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I'm really surprised at the lack of replies to this thread.

Most of us have never met the chap, or even heard of him, so it's not really reasonable to expect more than some passing and muted sympathy for him and for those who did know him. Let's not go all Lady Di.
 

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While I agree ' let's not all go Lady Di / Cilla ' - sad to say I never met Philip Walywn and only vaguely heard of him - I must say I'll much more happily raise a glass to a chap who sounds like someone I'd love to be a patch of !

Fair Winds & Following Seas.
 

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I'm really surprised at the lack of replies to this thread.
One of our community is taken from us in unusual circumstances and definitely before their time and only RP has anything to say.
My condolences to you Rummy and Philips friends and family.
Indeed sad news.

Maybe it's the wrong forum for the subject? but even so, Let's show some respect people.

Some replies here:
http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?437389-MOB-off-Coverack/page2

I got home and switched on VHF to hear he had just been picked up. Where the yacht was found would suggest he had just been through the flood tide overfalls at Black head.
 

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Most of us have never met the chap, or even heard of him, so it's not really reasonable to expect more than some passing and muted sympathy for him and for those who did know him. Let's not go all Lady Di.

He was not one to seek the limelight himself. He let his achievements do that for him.

He was very well respected in the yachting world.
Everywhere I have been amazed at the number and the extent of people that knew and respected him.

I am somewhat surprised that you have not heard of him, despite my numerous postings on this forum, and
especially given his numerous transatlantic crossings, many in the Route du Rhum, building 40ft a canting keel yacht 'St Kitts, St Kitts' fitted with an unstayed carbonfibre aero-rig, sailing it across the atlantic and entered the 2-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race (he sold it for £1.00 in UK) http://www.pplmedia.com/online/detailguest1.lasso?sid=42F9480C0f4f91E7ABMHQv1C0B5F&mediaId=22207,
his Round Britain racing, his being the British champion in 6 metre yachts, being European champion in 6 metre yachts, building KATE a 1906 Alfred Milne, First Rule America's Cup gaff rigged yacht to name a few accolades.

Nevertheless lets give credit where credit is due . . . and deserved.

For those of you that are or may be interested, I am led to understand that he had 95%+ finish writing his autobiography. I for one will be reading it.
 
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He was not one to seek the limelight himself. He let his achievements do that for him.

He was very well respected in the yachting world.
Everywhere I have been amazed at the number and the extent of people that knew and respected him.

I am somewhat surprised that you have not heard of him, despite my numerous postings on this forum, and
especially given his numerous transatlantic crossings, many in the Route du Rhum, building 40ft a canting keel yacht 'St Kitts, St Kitts' fitted with an unstayed carbonfibre aero-rig, sailing it across the atlantic and entered the 2-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race (he sold it for £1.00 in UK) http://www.pplmedia.com/online/detailguest1.lasso?sid=42F9480C0f4f91E7ABMHQv1C0B5F&mediaId=22207,
his Round Britain racing, his being the British champion in 6 metre yachts, being European champion in 6 metre yachts, building KATE a 1906 Alfred Milne, First Rule America's Cup gaff rigged yacht to name a few accolades.

Nevertheless lets give credit where credit is due . . . and deserved.

For those of you that are or may be interested, I am led to understand that he had 95%+ finish writing his autobiography. I for one will be reading it.

Well thanks for that; he sounds like a hell of a chap. But I understand where JumbleDuck is coming from. I had never heard of him. The fact that the OP has put something of a start of a reminder seems to acknowledge that not everyone round here knew of him. And you have put something of his achievements up as well, because we didn't all know.
I have respect for a man who can command such respect and loyalty but please, don't infer that those of outside the yachting inner circles are being anything like disrespectful by not blowing trumpets for him. This is a public forum remember not a private members club.
 

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Well thanks for that; he sounds like a hell of a chap. But I understand where JumbleDuck is coming from. I had never heard of him. The fact that the OP has put something of a start of a reminder seems to acknowledge that not everyone round here knew of him. And you have put something of his achievements up as well, because we didn't all know.
I have respect for a man who can command such respect and loyalty but please, don't infer that those of outside the yachting inner circles are being anything like disrespectful by not blowing trumpets for him. This is a public forum remember not a private members club.

Yes, he was as you say 'one hell of a chap'. :encouragement:

As to a public forum and not a private members club, and whether in or outside yachting circles, reports were posted by

THE BBC http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...ng-champion-yachtsman-found-off-Cornwall.html
THE TIMES http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4517210.ece
DAILY TELEGRAPH http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...ng-champion-yachtsman-found-off-Cornwall.html
HARROGATE ADVERTISER http://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.u...ied-on-final-transatlantic-crossing-1-7393742
THE INDEPENDENT http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...ing-17th-voyage-across-atlantic-10438486.html
DAILY MAIL http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tic-yachtsman-68-dies-mile-Cornish-coast.html
YACHTING WORLD http://www.yachtingworld.com/news/v...-falling-overboard-off-lizard-peninsula-66448
PRACTICAL BOAT OWNER http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/tributes-paid-to-yachtsman-who-died-after-falling-overboard-22968
SAILING WEEK http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/philip-walwyn-gone-but-not-forgotten/
WINNFM RADIO http://www.winnfm.com/index.php?opt...lip-walwyn&catid=54:press-releases&Itemid=302

Given the coverage above (there may be more) on such a wide range of media, I would suggest that one could say that he is very well known and deserves the accolades raised, including the odd trumpet being blown. :cool:

As is it for me personally, I have lost a good friend and an amazing sailing mentor and buddy. :(
 
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Yes, he was as you say 'one hell of a chap'. :encouragement:

As to a public forum and not a private members club, and whether in or outside yachting circles, reports were posted by

THE BBC http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...ng-champion-yachtsman-found-off-Cornwall.html
THE TIMES http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4517210.ece
DAILY TELEGRAPH http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...ng-champion-yachtsman-found-off-Cornwall.html
HARROGATE ADVERTISER http://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.u...ied-on-final-transatlantic-crossing-1-7393742
THE INDEPENDENT http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...ing-17th-voyage-across-atlantic-10438486.html
DAILY MAIL http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tic-yachtsman-68-dies-mile-Cornish-coast.html
YACHTING WORLD http://www.yachtingworld.com/news/v...-falling-overboard-off-lizard-peninsula-66448
PRACTICAL BOAT OWNER http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/tributes-paid-to-yachtsman-who-died-after-falling-overboard-22968
SAILING WEEK http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/philip-walwyn-gone-but-not-forgotten/
WINNFM RADIO http://www.winnfm.com/index.php?opt...lip-walwyn&catid=54:press-releases&Itemid=302

Given the coverage above (there may be more) on such a wide range of media, I would suggest that one could say that he is very well known and deserves the accolades raised, including the odd trumpet being blown. :cool:

As is it for me personally, I have lost a good friend and an amazing sailing mentor and buddy. :(

That is the first time in this thread you mention him as a personal friend. In respect of that fact I'll overlook the fact that you missed the point of my post and allow you the last word.
 

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That is the first time in this thread you mention him as a personal friend.

Rum_Pirate has posted regularly about Kate (or KATE), so I guessed he had a connection. I deeply sympathise with his loss - his pal sounds as if he was quite a chap - and I'll point out that it was not he who griped about lack of reaction.
 

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That is the first time in this thread you mention him as a personal friend. In respect of that fact I'll overlook the fact that you missed the point of my post and allow you the last word.

Not sure of the tone of your posts and that it could appear that you are not to be widely read, e.g. the various forum sections on that site.

I would not want to say that my friendship was one of his achievements, but as to mentioning him as a friend, may wish to read the OP on this : 04-08-15, 08:02 http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthrea...r-owner-Captain-and-sailor-of-KATE&highlight=
 

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He was not one to seek the limelight himself. He let his achievements do that for him.

He was very well respected in the yachting world.
Everywhere I have been amazed at the number and the extent of people that knew and respected him.

I am somewhat surprised that you have not heard of him, despite my numerous postings on this forum, and
especially given his numerous transatlantic crossings, many in the Route du Rhum, building 40ft a canting keel yacht 'St Kitts, St Kitts' fitted with an unstayed carbonfibre aero-rig, sailing it across the atlantic and entered the 2-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race (he sold it for £1.00 in UK) http://www.pplmedia.com/online/detailguest1.lasso?sid=42F9480C0f4f91E7ABMHQv1C0B5F&mediaId=22207,
his Round Britain racing, his being the British champion in 6 metre yachts, being European champion in 6 metre yachts, building KATE a 1906 Alfred Milne, First Rule America's Cup gaff rigged yacht to name a few accolades.

Nevertheless lets give credit where credit is due . . . and deserved.

For those of you that are or may be interested, I am led to understand that he had 95%+ finish writing his autobiography. I for one will be reading it.

Rum_pirate,

I'd like to read that autobiography too when it comes out, please keep us apprised; though I sadly didn't meet him I'm sure it will be a good read !

Andy
 
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