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Chris Corlett

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I just heard that Chris passed away last Friday of natural, albeit totally unexpected causes.

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wow. very sad to hear. fair winds to a man who always seemed to be able to show us where to go and how to have fun doing it

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Does anyone have more information? Dying of natural causes while in your fifties is kind of a scary thought! Still, Chris was always a great sailor and we were lucky to count him as a friend for a lot of years. In fact, he is responsible for connecting us with our successful vessel, the Sydney 36 named Fins. We will miss you, Chris!

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RIP my friend. May you always have the wind at your back. You will be missed.

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Does anyone have more information? Dying of natural causes while in your fifties is kind of a scary thought! Still, Chris was always a great sailor and we were lucky to count him as a friend for a lot of years. In fact, he is responsible for connecting us with our successful vessel, the Sydney 36 named Fins. We will miss you, Chris!

This was a shock to me. I know that his dad passed away young also.maybe. It was a hereditary heart problem.

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Chris was at JK3 yacht sales for about a year.

 

Sad news. I corresponded with Chris about common issues in brokerage while he was with JK3. He was forthright and very knowledgeable about sailboats.

Sail on Chris.

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Chris was a good friend, knew him for over 30 years. One of the best sailors I know and I will really miss him

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Chris,

 

You were the best of shipmates. Generous, fair, mindful of the boat and crew, competitive. You left us laughing. We sailed many miles together on SCARLET O'HAHA. SORC, Clipper Cup, Admiral's Cup. You were the go to guy. Thanks for the good memories Chris. We'll miss you.

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Very sad. Too young. Fair winds Chris.

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Very sad indeed- many laughs over the years, deepest condolences to his 3 adult kids and family. "Animal Farm" and all associated tales- thanks for the memories, Chris.

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I saw Chris recently in Alan Weaver's office. In 10 minutes we probably touched on 10 topics (all sailing), from NIGHTENGALE to the offshore equipment debate and masthead antennas. Chris: "What happens if the mast falls down - it's a dumb rule . . . "

 

Seems he could get on any boat - I mean ANY boat - and beat you.

 

 

He'll be missed.

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Jim: how did you know Chris? We knew from Encinal Yacht Club, from our time living in Alameda.

 

He was involved with J Boats back when I was buying my J/35. Then, years later I ended up doing the refit on the same J/35 next door to his office in Nelson's Boatyard. We weren't all that close, but we knew who each other were. We had a good time catching up talking about the "old days" and Don Trask who was a mover and shaker way back when we met.

 

-jim lee

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Fair winds Chris. Enjoyed our conversational lunch beginning as barstool neighbors at Croll's talking about boats parting as friends. I still have your card- "Hey I know who you are!" was my response when I read it.

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There is an obituary online now: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ins...d=161280825#fb

 

It notes that there will be a service at Encinal YC Friday Nov 30 at 1:00pm.

 

It's been a great honor to sail quite a lot with Chris over the last few years. What a great experience, cumulating with this past summer's Pacific Cup. He was excited to do another Hawaii race, particularly with his son Jesse. I sure do miss him. We were just getting ready to dive into the Berkeley midwinters in Dec. damn. Great guy and good friend.

 

 

David B

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If anyone has an Owner's Manual for the Santana 35 built by WD Schock, the illustration of the backstay rigging (I believe) is a drawing of Chris driving Front Page News.

 

If anyone has that, I would greatly appreciate it if they could scan it or take a picture of it and send it to me. I seem to have misplaced, lost or thrown out that material from my hoarder's lair.

 

Thanks in advance!

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If anyone has an Owner's Manual for the Santana 35 built by WD Schock, the illustration of the backstay rigging (I believe) is a drawing of Chris driving Front Page News.

 

If anyone has that, I would greatly appreciate it if they could scan it or take a picture of it and send it to me. I seem to have misplaced, lost or thrown out that material from my hoarder's lair.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

I'll ask Doug S. if he has it. I suspect that he does.

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Fairwinds C.H.R.I.S.T.O.P.H.E.R M.A.Y.N.A.R.D (our little inside joke)

No one and I mean no one could a spin a doughnut like Chris.

He was extremely kind to me during a very difficult time in my life, and I will treasure his friendship forever.

See you all at Encinal at 1PM on Friday.

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I approached him for information on my boat (Jim's pic above) and he couldn't have been more classy, engaging, accommodating, or a gentleman in any respect. Condolences to his friends and family. Obviously too young. It's part of a theme this year/season where alot of young people I know are passing before their time.

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The Bay Area has had a bad couple of years with too early loss of great sailor citizens. When I started racing in the mid 80s I envied the guy a little younger than me on the really cool boat that blew past me. He seemed to have some magic on a boat. I thought of him as a fierce competitor. Years passed and I finally had the occasion to meet and befriend Chris. At first my competitive instincts made me think he would be a jerk. Was I wrong! Chris turned out to be one of the great guys in sailing, fun, always interesting, helpful to a fault and cheerful - nothing like the gritty cut throat competitor I imaged. Chris, I miss you. Sail on ....

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Sailing with Chris was always a fun and educational experience. Across the water, he pushed hard but played fair. I recall being a young kid and watching Chris get ready to take the then new S-35 Front Page news out on a major race. I was in awe at the level of preparation...opened by eyes to what it means to understand all the details.

 

A loss for family, friends and the sailing community.

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Any anarchists at Encinal YC tomorrow - please come find me. I will buy you a drink in CC's memory.

 

I'll probably be the only bloke in a blue jacket - but an RORC tie will identify.

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EYC was packed with many friends and competitors as well as all his family. a testimony to a great guy. For those who were asking earlier, he had a heat attack in his sleep.

 

Fairwinds my friend

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EYC was packed with many friends and competitors as well as all his family. a testimony to a great guy. For those who were asking earlier, he had a heat attack in his sleep.

 

Fairwinds my friend

it was a gathering of people that showed you what kind of guy Chris was. .Chris you are leaving big shoes to fill. You will be missed.

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Yes, the Encinal gathering was good, in spite of the circumstances. The comment from one of the speakers' that 'Chris would have been pleased he packed the room' was appropriate.

At this point, I'm imagining that Chris has signed on as watch captain with Gardner McKay, as they race to Tahiti...

 

 

 

For those of you too young to 'get' the obscure reference to the best sailing movie ever: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063117/

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