I got an email from Ben Souquet this morning, Ben and I used to work together, telling me that my friend Bill Stevens died yesterday. You may have forgotten but Bill was the man behind the Flying Tiger 10 Meter project.
Bill had been a submariner and started sailing when he got out of the Navy. I can't begin to list the things he did in sailboats or the famous people he sailed with. He raced on STORMVOGEL! He raced with Rod Stevens. Bill was friends with Sterling Hayden. Bill was a salty old dog and in the end cancer had taken one of his eyes and he looked damn good with a black patch over that eye socket. He liked to cook. He liked to fish. He was a kick in the pants to travel with. We had some fun times in China. He liked to tell his sailing stories.
When I saw the subject line on Ben's email "Bill Stevens" I knew immediately that he was gone. It was time.
I am lucky that I got the chance to know Bill.