Kevin Wilson – 80-year member and Honorary Life Member

Yesterday our most recent Honorary Life Member Kevin Wilson was presented with his HLM Medallion as well as his 80-year membership pin. In attendance were close family, Commodore Niesje Hees, Vice Commodore Peter Demura, Past Commodore Ron Davies and long-term club member David Dyring (Porge). It was a lovely celebration with Ron introducing proceedings, and Niesje letting everyone know about the overwhelming support by club members for the awarding of this honour. Kevin exercised his right of reply with some entertaining stories and memorable moments from his time at RBYC, including the 100th anniversary of the Club and the 1979 Etchells Worlds. Kevin reminded us that so much is about the characters we meet while enjoying our sailing. Kevin thanked his family and the club, and in particular Past Commodore Ron Davies for his role in making it all happen.

Kevin is the sole surviving member of the 1952 Australian Olympic team having sailed in the International Star Class with the late Bart Harvey. Jock Sturrock represented Australia in the same Olympics in the Dragon Class. In addition to sailing in various boats over decades at the club Kevin was a very strong supporter of the cadet dinghies and was manager of a Stonehaven Cup team for three Stonehaven Cups which won each time. Kevin later built the 50ft power boat “Windara” with the late George Maxted and Michael Read, which he sailed to Hobart for a later Stonehaven series. In 1979 Windara was the series Committee boat for the very successful World E22 championships, the first world championships the club had held. Apart from all this, several members have described Kevin as the most genuine person you could ever meet with not an enemy in the world. Kevin’s name now joins the other Honorary Life members on the Honour Board at the entrance to the clubhouse.