Monday, January 07, 2013

Lynn Watters, who passed on Christmas Day 2012, age 96, was a tireless volunteer who served the sport of sailing for many decades. 
A skilled sailor, he campaigned in the Lightning Class before competing in the Dragon Class in the 1960 Rome(5th) and 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.(11th) 
His administrative and organisation skills were to the fore at an early stage as a founder member of the St Lawrence Valley Yacht Racing Association. 
He sat on and chaired the CYA Rules committees for a number of years.  He was a member of the CYA Appeals Committee for thirty years, and an Emeritus member for twelve years.  He  began to serve at the IYRU(now ISAF) as part of the Canadian contingent when Montreal was awarded the 1976 Olympic Games.  Lynn represented Canada as a member and Chairman of the IYRU’s Racing Rules Committee from 1971 to 1991 and served on the International Jury at many Olympic Regattas.

In recognition of his efforts, Lynn was declared a CYA Councillor of Honour.  ISAF also gave him their highest award, the ISAF Gold Medal in 1990.

Ralph Roberts of New Zealand paid this tribute:
“It is daunting to me to think of the huge number of National or International Judges around the world who have benefited from Lynn's quiet advice. His authoritative way of getting the rules message to us, in Lynn's words "It's in the book".  Remember to read the exact words; don't quess.” 

Bruce Kirby, in his tribute, said:
“But his most important time on the world stage was as chairman of the IYRU Rules Committee, and we are all still sailing under the influence of Lynn Watters when we hit the starting line.”

May he rest in peace.