Eight Bells – Gordie Geick

It’s a sad day when we have to report that avid Sunfisher Gordie Geick passed away on May 2 at his Collingsville, CT, home at age 89. Gordie (19775) was among the founding fathers of the Connecticut based Bolton Lake Sailing Club and raced extensively in northeast, national, and international regattas over a period of some fifty years. Gordie was a student of the Sunfish and loved the social camaraderie of the Sunfish regatta circuit. He acclaimed many times that his Sunfish experience had added immeasurably to his quality and enjoyment of his life.

History-wise, Gordie will always be remembered as the father of the Sunfish racing sail. While serving as chairman of the ISCA Advisory Council/Rules Committee, Gordie worked diligently with North/Fogh, Alcort and Pearson Yachts to design, develop, and test our racing sail. His correspondence reading file measures over 1″ for just the years 1987-89.

Gordie now joins Larry Cochran, father of the racing daggerboard, in the heavens above to forever watch down on us all as we continue to enjoy Sunfish activities worldwide.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Elaine, Gordie’s wife who is as much a part of our Sunfish “family” as Gordie, and to all Gordie’s friends and family who shared in his joy of sailing and love for the Sunfish Class.

Fair winds and following seas to Gordie who will remain forever in our hearts.

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