don gone

don gone

There’s been an outpouring of support from the NE Anarchists over the loss of Don ‘Donzo’ Wilkinson in the Fisher’s Island "Round The Island" race on Long Island Sound last weekend. You can read plenty of it in the thread here and contribute your own memory of Don, but Donzo’s son Ben can better explain what happened, and what the community can do to best remember Don.

My dad passed away on Saturday September 4th, while sailing in a regatta on Long Island Sound – more specifically, Fishers Island Sound.

For years my dad sailed 50 footers around the world and he loved telling me about it and all the stories from him and his old friends. He owned an Eveyln 25.5 but for years he’s sailed on a Farr 30 called One More Time with success in events such as Key West and Block Island Race Weeks.  On Saturday, he was trimming main on the F30 in 30 knots of wind (a standard KW day). When we went for a gybe, the main didn’t come. My dad gave the main a tug and it came.  His head was about an inch too high, and the boom hit him in the top of the head.  It happened fast, and he passed away doing something he truly loved.

We’re holding a memorial service at the Mystic Baptist Church  at 10 o’clock on Saturday, September 11th, with a reception to follow at the Ram Island Yacht Club. I’m inviting all of dad’s old friends to join us in a celebration of life. If you do attend, flip flops and hawaiian shirts are preferred – that’s what he would wear.  Blue blazers are OK too.  We will all miss my dad and if anybody that knew him could join us for one last goodbye to my dad, it would mean alot. My dad loved everybody (I think) and he was one of the best sailors I knew.  Thank you everybody for all your support now and the support to my dad over the years he was a great sailor, friend and dad.

-Ben Wilkinson

Please check this site for more info and directions to the memorial service site, and to find out how to donate in Donzo’s name.