Dick was the finest mentor and friend one could hope to have. I learned some of life's most important and hardest lessons from him and he will be missed wherever the wind blows. His vessels will carry his spirit forever.
During the 80s and early 90s I was a fanatical worshiper of Newick. His boats are graceful to look at and to sail. I did a 10 day cruise of the (SoCal) Channel Islands on a Val one time that included some of the best sailing of my life. As a young man, I dreamed of someday owning a Native 38. I actually came very close to pulling the trigger on Rusty Pelican in 1985.
Long will live the influence of Dick Newick on the Multihull World.
I met Dick while studying at the Landing School and became his apprentice. I then worked for Dick and he was probably the most exceptional boss I ever had. In his early 70's it was like he was a teenager. We designed and built a 16' trimaran with a crabclaw rig in his garage and then went out to do sea trials in 30 knots off Kittery Point. He gave me a 40' Proa that he designed and spent two weeks to help me get it ready for one of my first offshore adventures. Fair winds and following seas Mr. Newick.
I feel lucky to have known him and sailed on his boats. What I will always hold dear is how beautiful they are. He imagined and created something new that had never been before, but unlike the first cars or bridges or most of man's engineered creations, from the very beginning Dick's boats were beautiful, and expressed this new way of offering the ocean lightness and grace perfectly.
An extraordinary achievement from an extraordinary man to whom all who sail owe thanks. Fair winds, Dick.