He was long the backbone of the San Francisco IOD Fleet, together with his lovely companion and racing enthusiast Nanna Lea Fox. The local yachting community benefited considerably during his incumbency as Commodore of the St. Francis YC. He also served as the local IOD Fleet Chairman.
Tom’s more permanent contributions were in ensuring that the mechanics and politics of racing worked for the benefit of the local and world IOD Fleets, the other local wood boat fleets, and racing in general. Until the last several years steadily at the helm of No. 91, Tom provided inspiration to his fellow sailors, young people entering the IOD world, Fleet leaders, and those seeking his considered judgment on maritime matters. A wonderful friend, he will be sorely missed in San Francisco and on the international scene.
Tribute by Clay Jackson longtime friend and member of the SF IOD Fleet
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