The sailing world has lost a great man this week. US Sailing is deeply saddened by the passing of dedicated volunteer Walter Chamberlain.
Walter was a dedicated volunteer for more than 25 years. His service to US Sailing dates back to the 1980’s when he became the first Parliamentarian to the Board of Directors. In the 1990’s, he served as an Area Representative for the Yacht Racing Association Council and later chaired the Council. Walter was the first chairman of US Sailing's House of Delegates, and recently served three years on its Board of Directors. He was also a race officer and certified judge. Walter is survived by his wife Malin and sons, Gilly and Kippy.
US Sailing President Tom Hubbell had this to say about Walter's contributions to the sport:
"I met Walter 23 years ago at a US Sailing meeting. He served as an officer and leader in many positions within the organization. He cared deeply for the mission of US Sailing and could be counted on to speak eloquently about his view of the best pathways to advance sailing."
More about Walter Chamberlain
From: Bay St. Louis, MS
Education: LSUNO (now University of New Orleans), BS College of Business, emphasis in finance.
Professional Experience: bank trust officer, oil company benefits administrator, advertising sales for small sailing magazine, yacht broker, banjoist & leader of traditional New Orleans jazz band, USNR – Vietnam veteran.
- One-Design: Sunfish, Flying Scot, Fish Class.
- Offshore: Gulfport (MS) to Pensacola Race numerous times. Events: Sears se, GYA Jr. Lipton, GYA Lipton, GYA Fish Class Championship, GYA Masters Championship.
Administration: BWYC Past Commodore, GYA Past Commodore, Former US Sailing Secretary, three-time member of the US Sailing Board of Directors, US Sailing band, chair of the US Sailing House of Delegates, Senior Judge, Senior Race Officer.
Awards: US Sailing C.R.E.W. Award 2007, GYA Service Award 2007.