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