Early this week I received the tragic news that Rees Martin had died over the weekend of a stroke. He was just into his 81st year.
Rees Martin was instrumental with David Elliott in helping to start what was the Metre Regatta in 2008. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Metre Rule a memorable square course was set on the Olympic course off Ryde Sands, with racing started by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.
Since those early days the regatta has matured into Cowes Classics Week, recognised as the largest and best of its kind in Great Britain.
Rees was active in all the roles he took up within our community as Secretary to BISMA, founder and Trustee of the British National Yachting Archive, Trustee of the Lyme Regis Boatbuilding Academy and the Association of Yachting Historians.
His enthusiasm, knowledge and support will be sadly missed.
David N Gower
Chairman Cowes Classics Week
Mobile: 07836 602 875
We are grateful to Jonty Sherwill of http://hambleclassics.co.uk who has supplied the lovely photo of Rees, which was taken by Vicki Weston.