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A tribute to Bart

by David ’Freddie’ Carr 10 May 2013 22:08 BST 10 May 2013

From the day he coached me in my Laser when I was 13 at Hayling Island Sailing Club he was a legend, to 36 hours ago when we walked to work talking about Arsenal and Spurs he was a legend.

When ever I was having a bad time in life he was the guy who would talk me back up because he understands.

He was TRULY a great, great man of the sport. No bullshit. No politics. An amazing man, and a hero to me and many of my generation.

He was the man that would take us to the pub with Origin and have rums when we lost a race rather than a meeting room!

He was the man smiling over the handles when he had called in an amazing wind shift. I will never forget his grin when he nailed another shift to win us a race.

He was my coach that took us to the pub in the RYA Youth Squad when we were told not to drink because we were too young!

He was without doubt the golden star in a golden generation of British sailors.

You will forever be with us all Bart. Every day we sail, you will be with us.