StingWrest In Peace
Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to sail with Scot Nixon and Mike Wolfs aboard an Etchells called “Stingwray.” I was filling in for owner Robert Wray, and I got to meet him that night when he arrived in Annapolis after a day of making multimillion dollar deals. He was exactly what I hope to be one day: A lightning quick wit and irreverent attitude combined with respectfulness where due and scorn where not, Robert was someone you could trust; someone you could follow. He has clearly touched a lot of sailors’ hearts, as illustrated by this note we got from Scott Nixon.
The sailing community lost one of the good ones this past weekend. Robert Wray passed away this past Friday night of a heart attack while on vacation in British Columbia, Canada. Robert lived in Washington DC, where he was managing partner of Robert Wray PLCC, a specialist firm that focuses on international finance and privatization. Robert sailed out of the Annapolis Yacht Club where he was a member of the Etchells fleet and actively raced his ‘StingWray” on the Etchells circuit starting in 2004. He regularly raced “StingWray” in all the major Etchells championships and the annual Jaguar Cup in Florida over the past six years. He will always be remembered for his great smile and sense of humor on and off the water. He was one of the nicest and most generous guys in our sport, and will greatly be missed by his family, friends, co-workers and crew members.
Some of Robert’s greatest racing accomplishments in his racing career were a 10th place finish at the 2008 Etchells World Championships last summer in Chicago sailing against 86 boats. His last regatta was the Annapolis NOOD where he took second place in his home waters off the Chesapeake Bay. His long time sailing crew of Silver Medalist Mike Wolfs & Scott Nixon will miss him dearly and always be reminded of his contagious smile and great attitude. Robert had a zest for life and loved being a part of the sailing community and its people.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers, and feel free to visit his website to post a message or just browse the pictures.