Dear Members and friends in Sailing,
It is with a very heavy heart that I want to let you know of the recent loss of three RSYS sailors.
Jan Williams, long-time first mate on Genovefa, passed away after an incredibly brave struggle with cancer. Ruth McCance, my Yngling crew for the last seven years and also a passionate mountain climber, has been lost to an avalanche in the Indian Himalayas. Sarah Goddard-Jones, of Wine-Dark Sea, and until recently Cruising Division Chair, suffered a fatal scuba diving accident over the weekend.
All three were passionate Tuesday Twilight participants, Ruth and Sarah also raced on Saturdays. Each demonstrated exemplary attributes of seamanship, camaraderie and generosity of spirit towards others. Their loss will be keenly felt by our Ladies’ sailing community, our Cruising Division and our Ynglings fleet in particular, by their numerous friends throughout our Club and also our staff.
On behalf of us all, I offer my heartfelt condolences to their partners and families.
Captain Karyn Gojnich