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A Class fleet looses one of the great Kiwis

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Sadly on the weekend, Murray Philpott died in a gliding accident. He was a very respected and likeable member of the International A Class fleet and one of the best Kiwis.

 

Below is a piece written by Bags which is circulation on the International A Class Facebook page.

 

Following the tragic death of Murray Philpott, his very good friend and IACA Technical head, Graeme Harbour, writes this piece for him.

 

The International A Class Association is deeply saddened by the death of New Zealand A Class sailor Murray Philpott in a tragic gliding accident on the 6th February.

 

Murray was an active long time A Class sailor for over 25 years and a regular competitor at World, European, New Zealand and Australian Championships. He was a fierce competitor who excelled in heavier weather and five top ten results at World Championships and ten National titles in New Zealand over his A Class sailing career pay testament to his ability.

 

He was an innovator and always looking for improvements. His latest boat in which Murray played a big part in design and construction attracted a lot of attention at the Punta Ala Worlds.

 

Murray was known, respected and admired by sailors from all parts of the world. His deep knowledge of the sport was guidance to all levels of sailors, from club racers to Olympic sailors and Americas Cup contenders.

 

He gave his knowledge happily and openly to all that sought his council.

 

As an active long time IACA and Technical Committee member Murray was instrumental in framing the guidelines we operate under today and could always be relied on to offer sound advise on the many issues faced by the class.

 

A devoted husband to one of the worlds best trolley dollies Christine and loving father to son Daniel and his two beautiful daughters Gabriel & Georgia.

 

In recent years one of Murrays greatest pleasures was racing Daniel in the A Class fleet, he was secretly becoming more and more concerned that Daniel was increasingly at the finish before him.

 

Murray, you will be sadly missed by all and you can take comfort in knowing that the whole A Class fraternity is here to care and look after your family.

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Murray is now featured as the first image on the International Class Site. He's sailing his new LR6 in Tuscany. Murray worked with Richard Roake in NZ to design the boat and had it built in Michigan, USA. He flew to Houston, Texas to trial it before bringing it to Italy for the recent worlds. You can see some of the details that went into it here: http://lindahlcompositedesign.weebly.com/lr-6.html. I imagine it was a labor of love.

 

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I first met Murray at the 2002 A-Class WC at Martha's Vineyard and I was on the A-Class technical committee with him. Always a BIG smile on his face, always helpful to all sailors. We can all only hope to have some of his spirit. I spent time with Murray and his wife this past summer as we trained in Houston for the Punta Ala WC. I will miss seeing him and hearing from him.

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I was proud to have been the builder of Murray's last A, the LR6. He was very much involved in it and I came to really appreciate his input. We had some issues with the boat but were going to press on with some changes and fixes. Everyone I have talked to has said he was one of the finest guys ever in the A class. I will miss him as I'm sure the whole A class community will. Best to the family.

John Lindahl

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