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the descendants

the descendants

Every single modern high performance dinghy in the world owes its basic parameters to Kiwi-born Frank Bethwaite, who passed on last week at age 92, as does pretty much every asymmetric-equiped sportboat, and arguably even the high-performance planing yachts that dominate the pointy end of the sport.  His contribution to so many areas of our sport has been immeasurable, and to top it off he, was an incredibly humble and generous man. A meteorological pathfinder, groundbreaking sailing author, airline and air force pilot, as well as the father of two Olympian and multiple world champions, “Legend” doesn’t even begin to describe him. Our thoughts go out Frank’s substantial family and a huge group of friends and admirers,  and to the Kiwi and Aussie community that has lost a true giant in the history of performance sailing.

A more complete (if slightly outdated) bio of Frank is here,and share your thoughts in the thread.