An ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Dr An­gus Campbell

The Arran Banner - - News -

The is­land re­cently suf­fered the sad loss of Dr Donald An­gus Campbell, made all the more poignant by him only re­tir­ing last December.

He came to the is­land in 1981 as a part­ner in one of the is­land med­i­cal prac­tices. As he had sailed since child­hood, in­clud­ing on Ar­ran as a holiday maker, he rapidly joined the lo­cal RNLI lifeboat as hon­orary med­i­cal ad­vi­sor and crew, even­tu­ally be­com­ing se­nior helms­man.

Within months he had also joined Ar­ran Ju­nior Sail­ing Club, teach­ing chil­dren from 11 to 18 years to sail, and Ar­ran Yacht Club, rac­ing dinghies and yachts. In the early ’90s he took over re­spon­si­bil­ity as chief in­struc­tor for the Ar­ran Ju­nior Sail­ing Club run­ning weekly ses­sions, fundrais­ing and sum­mer camps.

Dur­ing his time with the club he must have been in­volved in in­tro­duc­ing and teach­ing more than 1,200 chil­dren to the sport of sail­ing. As a yacht club mem- ber he was com­modore sev­eral times and his name adorns all its tro­phies sev­eral times over in­clud­ing the Club Cham­pi­onship.

He com­peted over the years in his beloved GP14 dinghy on the main­land in Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and in yachts with suc­cess at the Scot­tish Se­ries and West High­land week .

An­gus, as he was known, was a stal­wart of wa­ter­sport on the is­land gain­ing recog­ni­tion for Ar­ran Ju­nior Sail­ing Club and Ar­ran Yacht Club as RYA teach­ing es­tab­lish­ments as well as or­gan­is­ing na­tional class re­gat­tas at the club.

In 2015 he even set up The Ar­ran Coastal Row­ing Club and or­gan­ised the build­ing of two St Ayles skiffs which are in con­stant use and com­pete suc­cess­fully all over Scot­land.

Shortly be­fore he died, he was in­formed that he had been put for­ward and was one of four coaches shortlisted for this year’s North Ayr­shire Com­mu­nity Coach Award, for his work with Ar­ran Ju­nior Sail­ing Club.

An­gus will be sorely missed by all his as­so­ci­ated clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions for his en­thu­si­asm and wise coun­sel.

He was a doer and though chair­man and a deputy launch­ing author­ity of the lifeboat, by choice, he would have been out there man­ning the boat.

At this time our thoughts are with Yolly and the fam­ily as An­gus moves on to where the wind al­ways blows from be­hind.

Ge­off Nor­ris

Dr An­gus Campbell.

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