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It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Brian Thake has passed away, a few days short of his 87th birthday. He had been ill for some time, and unable to sail for the past few years. However, his great enthusiasm for getting afloat stayed with him throughout much of his life. Brian joined the Flying Fifteen fleet in 1988, having previously raced a 505 and Fireball. Sidewinder (number 2936) was followed by 3210, Raving Mad which was the (appropriate) name that Brian retained on each of his subsequent boats, 3464, 3627, 3849 and 3966. He sailed for many years at Northampton SC, who voted him as President for his work at the Club with Sailability and the junior sailors. In the late 90s Brian moved to Grafham Water SC, and continued to sail Fifteens, still travelling to open meetings and relishing the competition.
Brian became more frail in the past few years, but retained his renowned sense of humour, and his very distinctive laugh familiar to all who knew him. Daphne and he had been married for over 60 years, but when she died in 2012 Brian's health began to deteriorate. He moved to Reading, so that his son's family could support him, but he was always a Leicester lad, so that will be his final resting place. Details of Brians funeral will be announced soon.