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Three Bells For Geoff Perry #208664
04/16/10 10:48 AM
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Recieved this sad news today from my Dad:

I heard today that Geoff Perry had died last weekend. He had had an operation for cancer of the esophagus about a year ago and had bounced back, but had to cut short a vacation in Florida and go home to Boston.

I first met Geoff in 1967 at a yacht club in Montreal, where he sailed a B-class Shark cat. Geoff and another Shark sailor, Hank Carter, had designed and built a new B class cat to enter into the 1967 IYRU trial, which was to select an official international B class. The competition was won hands down by the Tornado, entered by Reg White's Sailcraft.
Geoff being a smart salesman said 'If you can't beat them, join them'. So he signed up there and then with Reg as the distributor for Canada, bought the prototype Tornado and set up Sailcraft of Canada. By the early '70's Geoff was selling so many Tornado's that Reg suggested that Geoff start building them in Canada for the North American market. It was then that Geoff asked me to set up and run the manufacturing operation.

Geoff and his wife Hilary were one of the top teams in the Canadian Tornado fleet for many years and both contributed greatly to building the class.

Geoff was 75 or 76 and his passing is a very sad loss.

Geoff Dobbs"




Mike Dobbs
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Re: Three Bells For Geoff Perry [Re: Tornado] #208674
04/16/10 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Tornado
Recieved this sad news today from my Dad:

I heard today that Geoff Perry had died last weekend.


Fair winds Geoff.

I met Geoff at Miami Yacht Club in 1972. He and Reg signed my friend Russ Gregory and myself as SCOC dealers for Tornado. One time I drove to Montreal and brought back 4 boats on one trailer, which included an interesting border crossing. Geoff was a great sailor and gracious ambassador during the early T years.


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Re: Three Bells For Geoff Perry [Re: Mugrace72] #208675
04/16/10 11:33 AM
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