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RIP Graeme “Frizzle” Freeman

Graeme Freeman, known in the sailing world as “Frizzle”, has died in Hobart after battling pancreatic cancer. He was one of Australia’s most respected offshore sailors, boat maintenance professional and yacht-building project manager through local and overseas campaigns including three American Cup campaigns and the Admiral’s Cup international teams racing championships.

This article by Bob Ross first appeared on www.mysailing.com.au:
He was a gruff sailing companion who demanded the best from his crew while being an equally convivial social companion ashore. Frizzle launched his offshore career on Des Cooper’s 36ft S&S One Tonner Maria in a memorable 1970 Sydney-Hobart race, when a southerly gale lasting 50 hours with winds to 60 knots hit the fleet.

Maria was knocked down to 30 degrees beyond horizontal and broke the boom. Skipper Cooper, on the helm, was saved by his lifeline from going overboard but cut his head open badly. There were two doctors on board and they stitched the wound.

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July 13th, 2017

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