Richard Taylor - 1943-2020
It is with great sadness that we have learnt the death of Richard Taylor, Club member and mainstay of the Training team.
Richard joined the Club in early 1993 and for more than 20 years delivered what we now call the long “Yachtmaster” shore-based course. He served twice as Rear Commodore Training and, more recently, delivered the RYA Diesel Course, devised the Braided Rope course and one half of the Boat Electrics course. Richard also wrote a 132-page Yachtmaster document, still widely used, to assist students and continually updated this; last version 2019.
He was also an accomplished and experienced sailor, a member of the Ocean Cruising Club, gained after skippering a member’s yacht on a challenging Atlantic crossing, and crewing for at least two past commodores over many years both in both Northern European and Mediterranean waters. His practical skills in engineering and electronics, not to mention navigation, were invaluable onboard – as was his relaxed persona in times of crisis.
Richard had trained as an electronic design engineer and worked for BT until his retirement, having joined in the days when it was Post Office Telephones. As a younger man, he had been a keen diver and had qualified as a diving instructor. Later in life, he acquired a boat and, with his then partner, made passage across the Bay of Biscay.
He contributed to various aspects of Club life – one of his less well-known contributions having been the conscientious cataloguing of the Club’s trophies – and was a regular at Tuesday evening gatherings. He also generously helped to deliver external events which spread the good name of the Club.
In company, he enjoyed his red wine while, in his more reflective moments, he appreciated classical music and literature.
We shall miss him.