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Boating education pioneer Dick Allsopp dies

Richard Allsopp, who has been recognized for his contributions to powerboating and sailing education, died November 29 at the age of 84.

In 2009, Allsopp received the Timothea Larr Award for his lifelong commitment to sailing education. Prior to becoming a U.S. Sailing Instructor Trainer and member of the National Faculty, Allsopp spent 32 years as a naval officer and aviator.

He was also the founder of Dick Allsopp’s World Famous Powerboat Challenge, an educational competition hosted by U.S. Sailing at the National Sailing Programs Symposium. Next year’s NSPS will be held in Allsopp’s hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., January 31 through February 2

Allsopp, right, at an event in 2016

Allsopp, right, at an event in 2016

“Dick Allsopp was a Navy Pilot and Ship Captain, Pilot, selfless volunteer, accomplished sailor and powerboater and beloved member of the training committee,” Richard Jepsen, vice president of US Sailing, said in a statement. “His gruff voice disguised a tender heart with tons of compassion for others. As a thoughtful leader, he saw strengths in us that we didn’t see in ourselves. He was always there for members of the training committee with direct advice or enthusiastic encouragement. As a long time Navy man, he revered the chain of command. That caused him to get on board with plans he disagreed with and execute on them to the best of his ability. He also was indefatigable. He never once, even in failing health, said ‘no’ to a request for his wisdom or sweat. We won’t see someone like him again.”

Funeral services for Allsopp are being provided by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Orange Park, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Click here for the full obituary.

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