Hugh was involved in sailing in many ways. As a young adult, he was an elite, avid Laser sailor in the mid-1980s. He enjoyed crewing, most often as tactician or spinnaker trimmer, on other boats including Flying Dutchmen, J/24s, Lightnings, and J/30s. And, in typical Hugh fashion, he not only raced, he gave back - serving as a Vice President in the North American Laser Class and on the International Laser Class World Council.
An auto accident in the 1993 nearly cost him is life. He lost his left leg (above the knee) and later his right leg (below the knee). As a double amputee, he turned his energy to Paralympic sailing. He helped to establish the U.S. Disabled Sailing Program and from 1997 to 2000 he campaigned as crew on a Sonar; his team finished second at the U.S. Trials for the Paralympic Games in Sydney. He continued campaigning in Sonars as skipper until 2005.
He went on to serve on the Technical Committee for the IFDS for over a decade and as Chairman of US Sailing's Sailors with Special Needs Committee.
In October of 2008, Hugh received the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy by the Council for Sailors with Disabilities for his outstanding contribution to sailors with disabilities and to the sport of disabled sailing.
He also gave back as judge and race officer. He was a US Sailing Senior Judge for over 30 years, and became an ISAF International Judge in 2006. And when not judging or sailing, he could usually be found on either a race committee boat or his own boat, Allegro.
Born in England, he moved to the United States as a young adult and became a US citizen. He was an active member at Severn Sailing Association and Davis Island Yacht Club. Hugh was known for a great sense of humor, wry wit, open mind and avid intellect. A whole generation of judges and race officers in Annapolis, Maryland point to Hugh as a key mentor, teacher, and role model.
He will be remembered and missed.