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RIP Richard Newick


Photo: Halsted Morris.

Last night, Richard C. Newick, one of the great multihull pioneers, passed away. The father of so many brilliant designs, but to a proa obsessed mind, he stands apart because of CHEERS, the “giant slaying” proa of the 1968 OSTAR.

Dick often talked about how in a previous life he must have been a Polynesian outrigger canoe designer, and perhaps that is the best explanation for his gifts. We can only imagine what sort of vessels he will be working on in the next, and no doubt there will be little resting.

Here in Port Townsend, there was a powerful wind storm last night, 40 mph winds with gusts even higher, and then… suddenly, it stopped, like a light switch, flat calm. Never seen anything like it. There will be many eulogies of Richard Newick spoken by men, but there are few men who’s passing is saluted by the very elements with which he worked.

Please share your memories and condolences here.

Posted: 30/Aug/2013


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John Date said:

So sad, the passing of giants. People we never know personally, but who affect our lives in so many, great ways. My condolences to family and friends. Dick will be missed by all, and remembered forever.

Posted: 31 Aug 2013 - 10:18
Andre Cocquyt said:

Our condolences to family and friends. We had great admiration for Dick, first for the elegant gullwing designs, and later for designing our trimaran Fleetwing (ex Kriter VII) in such a way that she rode out the “perfect Storm” without ever putting us in great danger. Fair Winds Dick!

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 - 9:52
Jim said:

I met Dick at a boat show many years ago-sitting on top of Moxie selling orange Moxie T-shirts. I still have mine and will now wear it only for special sailing occasions.

Posted: 03 Sep 2013 - 10:49