It is with a sad heart that I announce the passing of Captain Brian Edmonds.
Born in 1945 he had been around boats for most of his life and owned his first craft at the age of 22. He completed his first Atlantic crossing at 27. He had been a delivery skipper for almost 40 years delivering craft to the Mediterranean, N/S Atlantic, America, Caribbean, Canary Islands, and Baltic and in the Indian Ocean.
In recent years he also worked for sailing schools and on charter yachts in the UK and Spain. Also at this time he was a bosun maintaining yachts, motor vessels and dive boats which entailed anything from diesel engines to sails, rigging, grp repairs, electrics, and communications systems. Over the last 30 years he was also known on the racing circuit and participated in channel handicap series, local racing as well as international racing in the capacity of crew, mate and captain.
His sailing experience was wide ranging from 6 metres up to 34 metres, Catamarans, sloops, ketches and motor vessels. His passages as a delivery Captain have been from a few miles to thousands of miles from Canaries to the West Indies many times. Also returning from North America /Caribbean back to Europe. His longest passage was from Dover to Durban South Africa passing through the Mediterranean, Suez, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean.
He was a true professional and will be sadly missed