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Remembering Nick Scandone 1966 – 2009



Remembering Nick
1966 – 2009

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2004 NACC / IC Chicago
l/r Dave Trude, Nick Scandone, Bruce Millar (smiles from everyone)





2004 NACC / IC Chicago
l/r Dave Trude, Nick Scandone, Bruce Millar (smiles from everyone)
2005 NACC / IC Chicago
l-r Rick Doerr, Nick Scandone, Paul Tingley
2006 Pretrials in Newport, RI
Starting at the leeward pin
2006 Pretrials in Newport, RI
And then punching out into the lead
2006 Pretrials in Newport, RI
Heading downwind on the oppsite jibe
2006 Pretrials in Newport, RI
And pulling up on the fleet
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick(3rd wheelchair from the left) and the Gang
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Howdy Partner
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Hmmm what is this line for?
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick, CAN 96 and Me(USA139)
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Sail on Nick
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick rounding the Weather mark
T2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
The confusion of the rounding
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick crossing CAN 39
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
And tacking into a Perfect Leebow
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
And taking the rounding (great sequence)
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Rounding the leeward mark Nick leads GBR75, Helena Lucas
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
The fight continues
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick holds her off
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Nick leading to the finish
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
Mid line start and going fast
2007 2.4mR class Midwinters
A Boy and his Toy
2008 Paralympics
Surfing to Victory
2008 Paralympics
We are the Champions, Nick Scandone and Maureen Mckinnon-Tucker


I first met Nick at the 2004 North American Challenge Cup / Independence Cup held in Chicago. I remember a fierce competitor who protested Bruce Millar for getting outside assistance (an extra bilge bump) that none of the others received. Not realizing at the time the severity of Nick’s affliction, it was nice to find a fellow So Cal sailor doing the Disabled Sailing circuit. I thought I was alone.  Continuing to sail against Nick right up to the 2007 Miami OCR, helped improve my knowledge of the sport and the 2.4mR. Nick moved into the SKUD18 and immediately dominated. Nick was leagues ahead of US Disabled Sailing in his ability and knowledge of the sport and improved us all.

While I was not close with Nick and Mary Kate, keeping my distance as I know the stress that the Paralympic Campaign put on Nick along with the ALS, we held a common bond of dealing with the afflictions of  life in a manner that most able bodied do not (staying busy and active (as possible)). Friday night January 1st, I received an email from Dan and Maureen (Nick’s crew) that Nick was on a respirator. On Saturday Jan 2nd, me and my son were working on my 2.4mR trailer all day and I found my self thinking about Nick the whole day. I decided to get in touch with Nick the next week as I figured he had had enough time to relax after the rigors of the Paralympics. You can imagine, after reading the news in the SA Forums, I was without words. Choked up and reflecting on the fragility of life I looked at my son and thought that life truly is too short..

With only a few photos to share, I hope they do justice. Nick is USA 114 in all the photos in the slide show…….It starts from the 2004 NACC/IC and ends with the 2008 Paralympics. Add your memories of Nick here

Adios Amigo
Dawg.