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Boating NZ - - From The Editor - Lawrence Schäf­fler Ed­i­tor

By the time you read this the Rio Olympics will have been done and dusted and, be­cause the magazine had to be at the print­ers be­fore any of the medal races in the sailing events had taken place, we haven’t been able to carry any re­sults. I’m not su­per­sti­tious by na­ture, but – with­out want­ing to tempt Fate, I hope our sailors have re­turned with a few pieces of shiny metal clink­ing on their chests. Please do the de­cent thing, Mrs Fate, and let our Ki­wis fly. Back in New Zealand, things are mov­ing into top gear with prepa­ra­tions for Auck­land’s On the Wa­ter Boat Show at the end of the month. Again, with­out wish­ing to tempt Fate, we have hope­fully suf­fered the last of a mis­er­ably wet win­ter. The Show is now owed some de­cent weather by Mrs Fate. As you will learn from the Preview within these pages, this is shap­ing up to be a bumper Show. Be there. We re­ceived some sad news just as this is­sue was be­ing rushed out the door: Frank Simp­son – one of the coun­try’s boat­build­ing leg­ends and the cre­ator of the iconic FI-GLASS Boats – has passed away. He was 83. Says son Griff: “His feats within the in­dus­try are some­thing of leg­end, but to his fam­ily he was a hum­ble man and in his own way cared very much for those who were close to him. He could be gen­er­ous to a fault and was al­ways happy to share a glass of wine and a story. Our lives have been all the richer for know­ing him.”

Happy Boat­ing.

Frank with grand­son Jack, who will hope­fully be­come the third gen­er­a­tion of Simp­sons at the FI-GLASS helm.

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