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Rick White - 1937-2017 #284880
01/11/17 07:32 AM
01/11/17 07:32 AM
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Detroit, MI
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From Mary's post on Facebook:
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Rick White, born April 4, 1937, passed away on January 11, 2017 at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Florida after a brief and unexpected battle with non-small-cell lung cancer.
He is best known in the multihull sailing world for his many racing championships, his books and his race-training seminars. But there is so much more.
As a pre-teen he was a champion swimmer doing the butterfly stroke. And as a teenager he started driving trucks at age 14. His father told him to just blend in with the traffic, no faster or slower than the rest.
In high school he was an all-state football player being recruited by numerous colleges. He picked North Carolina, but he broke his neck during the first year, ending that potential career.
After several years as a successful trucking company owner, he sold that and gave up the suits and ties to become a singer-songwriter-entertainer.
His greatest passion was motocross racing. And he even built a track that hosted many motocross championships.
Lived in Vail, Colorado for eight years, where he was an expert powder-hound skier besides being an entertainer. For one summer out there, he worked as a river raft guide on the Colorado River.
He was an airplane pilot (only crashed once) and for boats he had a 500-ton masters license. He worked for several years as a captain taking groups of people on week-long sailing tours of the Bahamas.
In recent years he has been spending his summers at Put-in-Bay, OH, and his winters in Key Largo, FL.
Rick is survived by his wife Mary Wells, his son David White of Key Largo, FL, his daughter Michelle Coyle of Barberton, OH, his brother William White of Plantation, FL.

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Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284882
01/11/17 08:16 AM
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Whoa. RIP, Rick. You will be missed.

Mike

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284883
01/11/17 08:30 AM
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Netherlands
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My condolences to Mary and family.

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: Genealex] #284884
01/11/17 08:38 AM
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Very sad.I never met Rick or Mary, but both were always so helpful and friendly on this forum. RIP Rick. My condolences to Mary and family.

Last edited by Dermot; 01/12/17 05:59 AM.

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Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284885
01/11/17 08:59 AM
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My condolences to Mary and family
He will have heavenly winds in his sails from now on.

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284888
01/11/17 09:49 AM
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Eight Bells, we have truly lost one of sailings greats.

Mary

Our deepest condolences from the Korz family.

Rick gave so much to the sport we love.

I will miss him but never forget him.

Hoisting a Nati-Light or 2 in his memory!

Last edited by Tom Korz; 01/11/17 09:50 AM.
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: Tom Korz] #284889
01/11/17 09:51 AM
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Naples, FL
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very sad. Quite a full life, though...


Jay

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284890
01/11/17 10:08 AM
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Holy S..., what a sad message and what a shocking loss.

Reading his lifestory fills me with admiration for this unique fellow.

We will miss him enormously on this forum. The last days I had already a sort of misgiving because nothing was done with these damned spamguys.

So my message to these mutants is : get the hell out of this forum.
You are making abuse of the death of the forum moderator.

Also my condolances to Mary and his children. A man as he will be will be missed by you on a cruel way.
Like it will hurt deeply this very special worldwide catsailor forum community. He created this unique group of catsailing addicts!

I'm very glad that Rick opened up this last year in this forum about his personal life.
He talked about his sorrows regarding the sickness of his wife. He also spoke very openly about his financial problems.
Longing his life was an issue for him. He told about that.


I have fear for the future of this forum without him.

Last edited by northsea junkie; 01/11/17 11:47 PM.

ronald
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hey boy, what did you do over there, alone far out at sea?..
"huh....., that's the only place where I'm happy, sir.
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: northsea junkie] #284892
01/11/17 10:25 AM
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RIP Rick... frown


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Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284893
01/11/17 11:40 AM
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Roanoke Island ,N.C.
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Fair winds and Following seas , Rick. You will be greatly missed. Your contribution to the beachcat community is immeasurable. Godspeed my friend.


"I said, now, I said ,pay attention boy!"

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea
Isak Dinesen
If a man is to be obsessed by something.... I suppose a boat is as good as anything... perhaps a bit better than most.
E. B. White
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284901
01/11/17 05:21 PM
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Very sad to hear, sounds like he lived an interesting life.
Condolences to the family.

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284903
01/11/17 06:41 PM
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NC
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Very sad news. I will always remember our conversations on the beach while waiting for the boats to come in during the Tybee 500. RIP frown

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284905
01/11/17 07:11 PM
01/11/17 07:11 PM
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West Palm, Florida
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Thoughts and prayers of comfort for all family and friends... many thanks for all you did to make some of my best sailing moments possible and memorable. Very grateful I was able to sail the Steeplechase the last 5 years and hear you tell the story. Of all the many things you've done in this busy life, sailing beachcats in the keys shall be a legacy you own. Go in peace.

Dick and Linda Macdonald
an olde 5.8, and
then a new F18.

Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284922
01/11/17 09:04 PM
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Kingston SE South Australia
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Very sad, this top bloke helped me establish junior sailing at my club, full of tips to help my sailing, I have a very dog eared copy of his book and the CDs, already miss him RIP Rick


Jeff Southall
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Nacra 5.8 1703 Animal Scanning Services
Nacra 5.8 1667 Ram Raider
Nacra 18 Square
Arrow 1576
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284934
01/12/17 01:29 AM
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In memoriam. Rick, you deserve the first place in the openforum list.


ronald
RAIDER-15 (homebuilt)

hey boy, what did you do over there, alone far out at sea?..
"huh....., that's the only place where I'm happy, sir.
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284948
01/12/17 05:18 AM
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Kingston SE South Australia
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RIP


Jeff Southall
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Nacra 5.8 1703 Animal Scanning Services
Nacra 5.8 1667 Ram Raider
Nacra 18 Square
Arrow 1576
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284966
01/12/17 12:29 PM
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As I sit here I can see my only sailing award, 5th place in Hobie 16B from the 1983 Indiana State Championship at Indianapolis. Rick and Mary were in their motorhome and we were camping in our tents. Rick was always willing to offer advice and we newbies were impressed with his knowledge of our sport.

He and Mary followed the Worrell 1000 in the motorhome and we couldn't wait for the bi-monthly edition of Multihulls Magazine for his report.

Many years later we reacquainted at the Charlotte Harbor Regatta.

He now is sailing with his good friend Stan Woodruff.

I will toast him this evening.

Three Cheers for another good guy!


Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: mbounds] #284969
01/12/17 02:22 PM
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Rick came to Israel several years ago to give us an unforgettable on the water seminar. A truely great teacher who influenced many of us. Just last week I was admonished by my crew to "RickWhite" the tack...
RIP


Opher
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Sdot Yam, ISRAEL
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: Opher] #285066
01/14/17 01:36 PM
01/14/17 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Opher
Rick came to Israel several years ago to give us an unforgettable on the water seminar. A truely great teacher who influenced many of us. Just last week I was admonished by my crew to "RickWhite" the tack...
RIP


Jeff Southall
Current boats
Nacra 5.8 1703 Animal Scanning Services
Nacra 5.8 1667 Ram Raider
Nacra 18 Square
Arrow 1576
Re: Rick White - 1937-2017 [Re: Opher] #285112
01/15/17 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Opher
Rick came to Israel several years ago to give us an unforgettable on the water seminar. A truely great teacher who influenced many of us. Just last week I was admonished by my crew to "RickWhite" the tack...
RIP


Jeff Southall
Current boats
Nacra 5.8 1703 Animal Scanning Services
Nacra 5.8 1667 Ram Raider
Nacra 18 Square
Arrow 1576
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