Theun Hoogmoed 12.06.1936 – 03.02.2010

February 11, 2010

The one person who has done most for Winsome and her crew, Theun Hoogmoed, died last week after a comparatively short stay in the AMC hospital.

Already in 2007 Theun stayed for a longer time in the AMC hospital. The doctors feared for his life, but after a blood transfusion he quickly recovered and was sent home, though without anyone knowing what caused his illness.

In 2008 Theun followed Winsome to Australia to bring her in an optimal condition. That he very well succeeded was proven by the fact that Winsome won her Class in the Sydney-Hobart Race 2008.

In 2009 Theun agreed to replace at the very last moment Andy Cassell who had an accident just two days before the start of the Cowes Week. Theun flew to Southampton, helmed Winsome and we achieved a 4th place which was a very good score, considering we did not sail together for more than three years since he stopped helming Winsome just before he reached 70 years of age.

It is impossible to say what Winsome and her crew thank to Theun. It is impossible to describe what kind of genius Theun has been as a sailor, helmsman and craftsman.

At the same time we have lost a very good friend and companion.

God bless him.

Post by Harry Heijst | February 11, 2010 |