RIP Peter Blunt
by Mike Walker
RIP Peter Blunt
It is with sadness that we have to report the death of our friend and fellow OK competitor Peter Blunt “AUS 637 Scoop”.
He passed away after a long illness on Saturday the 14th April 2018.
Peter was a latecomer to OK sailing, joining Mosman Amateur Sailing Club after watching these beautiful little boats sail out of Mosman Bay each Saturday, it suited him as he lived just up the road from the club.
He enjoyed his club racing and was always keen to go to interstate regattas so he and his wife Robin could catch up with friends. He also competed at the 39th OK World Championships in 2001 at Bastad, Sweden. Seventy nine boats competed at that event with eight boats being shipped from Australia.
Peter held various positions on the NSW OK association. He was president of the NSW Association when we made the bid to hold the 2006 World and Interdominion championships at Belmont NSW.
Back at Mosman Bay our numbers were in decline with only three or four competitors each Saturday, a decision was taken to allow our club to be incorporated into the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. Peter was one of the two members who arranged the take over on very favourable terms.
We were unable to attract any new sailors to Mosman and the class slowly died away.
As Peter wanted to continue to sail the OK's a decision was taken that we would drive to Wangi each Saturday for competition on the open water of Lake Macquarie. The one and a half hour driveeach way became tiring after a couple of seasons, and Peter retired from OK racing.
He continued to maintain a close interest in the class up until his death.
Peter is survived by his wife Robin, two daughters and a grand daughter.
He will be missed, he was a good man.