Very sorry to hear about Bob.I bought Absolute Madness from him many years ago. A lovely man and when I crewed Tony Rix at Whitstable, we saw a masterclass in close spinnaker reaching. All love to Geri and the family.
A sad day. Used to sail at least twice a year with him as a cadet at WYC to learn all I could, as he was at the time, one of the club's top helms and keen to pass the knowledge on. Seemed to work for me. Spent many a time chatting to him about Merlin developments and the path forward. Some we tried and worked, some we have not to date. The Merlins certainly are a richer class for the time people like Bob invested in pushing forward the development and competitiveness of the class when their time was had competitively sailing the Merlin. Love to Geri and the family