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It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Bill Herrschaft. A decades-long friend, I raced against Billy in Sabots way back in the day, and we were friends from then on. Everybody who knew Billy liked him. Such a freaking nice guy and one hell of a good sailor.

When I got hired by Sobstad, Bill was there too and I know we both felt what a great opportunity that was. Sobstad was chock full of great people - Ed and Keith Lorence, Bill Peterson, Mark Baxter, Boo Hanratty, Don Moran, etc. and Billy was most certainly one of them. Always quick with a smile and a quip, he was just very cool.

Always sailing out of Marina Del Rey, Bill went on to do good things with North Sails, and have a stellar racing career as well. He will be missed by so many. He was loved and truly valued for the man that he was.

RIP, Billy. It was an honor to be your friend.  -ed.

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Absolutely crushed to see this. Bill was a fantastic sailor and an even better human being. We sailed together on several programs and it was Bill's calm demeanor and breadth of knowledge that made him such a great competitor. Warm winds and following seas my brother Bill.  

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Very sorry to hear this. I've known Bill since we were very young (approx 1980), growing up sailing first with his brother Tom who would look after Pendragon (3/4t) who was also an excellent sailor and then later on with Bill. He loved being outdoors and committed a significant large part of his life being on the water and helping others sail better.

One thing about Bill, he loved sailing but he also really loved biking, on his days off you were guaranteed to see him on his bike.

My condolences to Sue and to his extended family. RIP Bill, Sail on!

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So sad, Bill was a true gentleman and I am grateful to have been friends with him.  I hope he is sailing down waves on Holua in 25 right now.  Condolences to all of his friends and family.  RIP Bill.

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Like the Ed I met Bill in the 70's racing sabots. I always had good conversations and certainly a few laughs with him. Loved sailing with him and certainly Loved sailing against him. I am Sure he will be missed by a lot of our peers in Socal. I guess a lot of us are now getting to that point where we are getting fucking old! Does anybody know what got him?

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RIP.  I remember him from Santana 20 days, I think he was working for Dave Ullman at that time?  At the '78 Nationals on SF Bay, I managed to get around the first windward mark ahead of him, and Diane Beeston got a picture of it, I'm in first, he's in third.  Didn't last long of course. 

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Sail on William.  I had the pleasure to work alongside him for several years.  Bill filled in on Scooter several times.  If I recall correctly, he had a perfect score the nights that he filled in!  He will be missed!
 

@spectator Bill would assemble his bikes, and ride them around the loft floor on the weekends!  He did several Solvang Centuries, 100 miler through the hills of the Santa Ynez valley.  
 

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On 9/14/2021 at 2:04 PM, spectator said:

 

One thing about Bill, he loved sailing but he also really loved biking, on his days off you were guaranteed to see him on his bike.

 

This.  I would often cross paths with Bill on PCH on the weekends.  Going to miss that.  Nice avatar tribute BTW.

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Loved him dearly, always happy to see you, had the uncanny ability to always know some tidbit about what you were doing. 
huge loss for me personally, and for the sailing community. 
never forget his infectious laugh. 

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