Former racing sailor loses battle with cancer

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Bob Dickson, 87, former sailing master of the 72-foot ketch Ticonderoga, died Sunday of throat cancer, SailingScuttlebutt.com reported.

“Bob Dickson was really good at racing sailboats and enjoying himself afterwards. Good times in Tahiti, the days of Susie No-Pants, Acapulco, Jamaica, San Francisco, Goteborg. The sailor with the most Transpacs, 25 under his belt (16 to Honolulu, nine to Tahiti,), with one win overall on the Lapworth 46 Nalu II in 1959,” writes SailingScuttlebutt editor Stuart Newcomb.

“In the book ‘Ticonderoga, Tales of an Enchanted Yacht’ by Jack Somer is a picture of Bob at the helm with the caption, ‘Bob Dickson — a helmsman for the history books,’ in reference to Bob’s gifted efforts in the 1965 Honolulu race. He said it was his most memorable race, taking first to finish honors by just five minutes over runner-up Stormvogel.”

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