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Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 5.53.13 AMKiwi A-Cat sailor and past Olympian Murray Philpott died in a glider crash in central Otago, NZ yesterday.  SA’er ‘TornadoALIVE’ posted this obit from IACA Technical head Graeme Harbour.

The International A Class Association is deeply saddened by the death of New Zealand A Class sailor Murray Philpott in a tragic gliding accident on the 6th February.

Murray was an active long time A Class sailor for over 25 years and a regular competitor at World, European, New Zealand and Australian Championships. He was a fierce competitor who excelled in heavier weather and five top ten results at World Championships and ten National titles in New Zealand over his A Class sailing career pay testament to his ability.

He was an innovator and always looking for improvements. His latest boat in which Murray played a big part in design and construction attracted a lot of attention at the Punta Ala Worlds.

Murray was known, respected and admired by sailors from all parts of the world. His deep knowledge of the sport was guidance to all levels of sailors, from club racers to Olympic sailors and Americas Cup contenders.  He gave his knowledge happily and openly to all that sought his council.

As an active long time IACA and Technical Committee member Murray was instrumental in framing the guidelines we operate under today and could always be relied on to offer sound advise on the many issues faced by the class.

A devoted husband to one of the worlds best trolley dollies, Christine, and loving father to son Daniel and his two beautiful daughters Gabriel & Georgia.

In recent years one of Murray’s greatest pleasures was racing Daniel in the A Class fleet, he was secretly becoming more and more concerned that Daniel was increasingly at the finish before him.

Murray, you will be sadly missed by all and you can take comfort in knowing that the whole A Class fraternity is here to care and look after your family.

 

February 9th, 2016

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