With this weekends Mick Hole One Design & Sports Boat Winter Regatta we would like to thank Simon Grosser for puting some words together about Mick.
Mick was the epitome of RPAYC club spirit, until he sadly passed away too soon at the age of 48, on May 19th 2011.
Mick was a feisty character, but known for the biggest of smiles and a happy outlook on life. He bravely fought a tough battle right to the end, without complaint
Growing up on Pittwater, Mick was a keen surfer, and windsurfer before getting into sailing like so many other local kids through the “Kalori” sailing programme at Pittwater High School, and the efforts of teachers and RPAYC members Wal Wardle, Alan Jones and Stan Walters. He raced the Yachting World Diamond “Kalori” with good mate (and former RPAYC member) Grant Crowle, and then campaigned with Grant and Cameron Miles in “the Sting” at the 1984 Soling Olympic trials in Adelaide.
Mick met “the love of his life” Kerrie Shimeld at RPAYC in 1988, sailing in Bruce Dowse' aptly named “Hot Tub” and with Gavin Ward on “Abracadabra”.
Mick continued racing in Etchells as a long time crew member with Commodore John Berry on “Risky Business”, and then with Bruce Wookie and Mark Richards narrowly missing a podium finish at the Melbourne Nationals in “Steam Packet” in 1998
Together Mick and Kerry formed a formidable team on and off the water, and with Mali and Henri joining the crew, the young “Shim-Holes” raced and cruised their Sydney 36 “King Tide”, always punching above their weight (with Mick letting his competitors know all about it, with that grin !)
Possibly the worst King Neptune ever at the RPAYC Christmas Party for several years, he thought he was gorgeous and was the life of the party.
Mick was a loyal member of Bob Oatley’s “Another Duchess” crew, long before red shirts became so popular..........these days, everyone's got one!! Mick sailed in the crew of Wild Oats 10, in the winning RPAYC Admirals Cup team in 2003.
A real highlight of Mick’s sailing career and club life was the 2008 Laser Master Worlds, sailed off Terrigal.
An intrepid group of RPAYC members built a very close bond, training through the winter in the leadup to the Worlds, always competitive but always in good spirit
Typical of Mick, he was in it for the fun and the comraderie, and no matter where he was placed in the fleet (often upside down !) remained as competitive as ever, and always came up smiling.
If you look in the trophy cabinet, you’ll find the “Golden Snorkel” award, which only a few specially talented members have had the priviledge of winning, initially awarded to Mick Hole
Words by Simon Grosser
We sail this weekend in honour of a very special bloke, whose memory is a reminder to all present and future members of what RPAYC is really all about.
The world would be a much better place with a few more Micks !