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the D man

Anyone who’s played around in the Caribbean racing scene for any time has come across “D” Randy West.  Quick with a multihull, quicker with a drink or a joke, we’re sad to see West go and we enjoyed our own time racing with and against West on various Gunboats.   SA’er “Rasputin” wrote a little eulogy below; hit up D’s Facebook Page for all the posts from wellwishers, and add your own.  And once again,  #fuckcancer. 
One of the Godfathers of the Caribbean multihull sailing and racing. and partying scenes D. Randy West has been lost to brain tumors from melanoma. I was still in bed early this morning and heard Skype ringing on my computer and it turned out to be a fellow Caribbean multi maniac in Aruba who had heard rumors of Randy passing. Must have been during the night and no real details yet but what I found on his Facebook page.
Randy owned PPALU, a 75′ Spronk catamaran and had skippered and raced a long line of Spronks since the 80’s including SHADOWFAX and SKYJACK. I was lucky enough to have raced with and against him in the Caribbean and New England and he will be greatly missed among his tribe. His enthusiasm and smile was infectious and there was always a party that was threatening to break out wherever he went.