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Monday, August 21, 2006

RIP Captain Nemo

Godspeed, Darold.

One of the most venerable racing skippers in the history of New Mexico sailing, Darold Rhodes, has just passed away.

Before he fell ill, he was known as an avid racing sailor, skipper of the bright-red J/24 Alter Ego, always one of the boats to beat, whether at Elephant Butte with the Rio Grande Sailing Club, or at Heron Lake with the New Mexico Sailing Club.

He also cultivated sailing talent among his crew. Tadpole sailed with him on many occasions, and he told me that Darold always had crew working on stretching their skills, having them work at crew positions that they weren’t accustomed to, so they would learn all the skills that would be needed at any crew position that might arise.

For the past few years, Darold has been battling multiple serious illnesses. Sunday morning, somebody – I don’t remember who – made a comment that I think sums up what we all believe: “Now he has a boat that really flies!”


Blogger Pat said...

Funeral Thursday in Rio Rancho. Rich might have a good prospective buyer for Alter Ego. Should we take Tad out of part of his schoolday (he'd miss part of Pre-Calculus and C.A.D. [will explain]) for it?

Mon Aug 21, 10:47:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darold was a class guy, on and off the water, In 2003, he gave our boat the best competition we've ever seen in New Mexico, off the water, I can only borrow from David Niven's book, "Bring on the Empty Horses".... The Pleasure of his company, for me this sums up Darold, he was just a pleasure to be around. I will miss him alot....Zorro

Wed Aug 23, 12:46:00 AM MDT  

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