Nautical researcher and sailing aficionado W. Richard Boehmer, of West Bridgewater, Mass., died Nov. 17 following a lengthy illness. He was 68.
Boehmer was a prolific author who published a book and more than 100 articles for both the popular press and technical journals in the United States, Canada, England and South Africa, many of which were translated into other languages. He also was a nautical researcher and internationally sought after expert on sailing speed and performance, founding the Sail Performance Center.
He served as a consultant to ocean racers and boat designers, and as the sailing record keeper for the Guinness Book of World Records. He also worked as an oceanographer with the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources, a scientist at EG&G and an instructor of graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art.
Boehmer was an avid collector, genealogist and sailor. He also enjoyed sports cars, roller coasters, math, computers, music and anything to do with the ocean — swimming, scuba diving and shelling.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Buckett) Boehmer; his daughter, Amanda Boehmer, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and a brother, Steven Boehmer of Ohio.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.