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Re: R.I.P. Dick Newick
Dick Newick has always sounded like one of those folks who add to the sport of sailing simply by his being. I was a huge fan of his work when I was mucking about with Trimmarans back in the 1970's and early 1980's. His Tremolino design was an inspiration for a small Tri that I designed so it could be constructed in a friend's rental unit living room.
But whether you like Tri's or Proa's or neither, most of Dick Newick's boats were a joy simply to look at. Dick had an eye for creating organic yet purposeful designs. There was a fluidity of line, structurally honest, and a creativity to his work that always caught my imagination and seemed about right.
I don't recall ever speaking with Dick, but people who knew him always described his personality in glowing terms. My sense of the man is clearly second hand and yet I have always had an impression of a man with a sense of humor, and generousity of spirit, who genuinely enjoyed life, being perceived as a rebel and innovator, loved sailing, and designing and building his boats.
In what is at best a very superficial way to size up a person, I have always encapsulated my impression of Dick Newick in a sign which reportedly hung outside his shop which read, "Beware of Proa Constructor".
Fair sailing and a quick and peaceful passage Mr. Newick,
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