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labatt 03-28-2008 04:38 PM

Robert Gainer has passed away
I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up here yet. Robert Gainer, Tartan34C on this board, passed away a few days ago. More info can be found here: Gainer

I met Robert briefly at the Sailnet get together at the Annapolis Boat Show this year and gave him a ride back to his hotel. What a unique individual with some wonderful viewpoints and great experiences to share.

Anyway, I thought I'd let everyone know.


Freesail99 03-28-2008 04:48 PM

I also met Robert briefly, found him to be a gentlemen. His post on sailnet will be missed.

Faster 03-28-2008 04:49 PM

That is very sad... He was always a gentleman and very generous sharing his obviously wide and long experience.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Giulietta 03-28-2008 04:51 PM

Damn...I was going to meet him this year...

My condolences to the family
Descansa em Paz amigo....

sailortjk1 03-28-2008 05:00 PM

That is terrible news.
I remember asking Robert in a thread about building a dinghy, and he responded with sincerity and in detail.
Looks like he last posted her on 2/12 and last visited 2/16 which would have been just before he passed away.
The Sailnet community has lost one of its own.
This is a very sad day.

TrueBlue 03-28-2008 05:05 PM

Very sad news indeed. I considered him as a gentleman and a scholar with very few rivals. He will be missed by me, and I'm sure everyone else here, for the depth of his boat-building and seamanship knowledge.

Rest in Peace Robert.

JohnRPollard 03-28-2008 05:24 PM

Sad news. Robert was a vast archive of knowledge and experience in seemingly all things sailing related. I borrowed the text below from this website (, which I think shows his classy, understated style:

The website, devoted to SeaSprite sailboats, says:

"In 1974, Robert Gainer, then 21 years of age, sailed a 22' Sea Sprite from Wickford, Rhode Island to Falmouth, England in 60 days. Robert made his voyage solo and without the benefit of self steering gear."

In response to which Robert apparently submitted the following comment:

"Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 18:22:10 -0400:

"I thought that your page on the Sea Sprite was very nice. I grew up in East Greenwich R.I. and knew of the Sea Sprite built by American Boat Building Co. at Norton shipyard in Greenwich bay. I think that a strip planked plug was built in East Greenwich and the first mold was made from that. After the mold was made the plug was finished off as a boat and was sailed for many years. Sailstar got the molds from American Boat Building Co. My first Sea Sprite was built by Sailstar. Then Wickford Shipyard picked up the boat. C.E. Ryder got the molds from Wickford Shipyard. When my second Sea Sprite was built, for my first trans Atlantic trip the molds were sent to Ryder from Wickford Shipyard. All of the fiberglass work was done by Clark Ryder. Then the hull and deck were sent back to Wickford for the woodworking. I built the mast and rigging myself at Rig Right in East Greenwich. After my trip Clark Ryder made new molds and started making the Sea Sprites.

All the best;

Robert Gainer"

Robert, I wish you "all the best". You'll be missed here on SailNet.

camaraderie 03-28-2008 05:30 PM

Yes indeed...."all the best" ...was Robert's tag line and it symbolized his genuine desire to help others and wish them only good fortune.
A full life and a kind and gentle man. RIP Robert.

Cruisingdad 03-28-2008 05:33 PM

I had not heard Chris, thank you for posting. I really, really liked him. I emailed him several times. What a great sailor and gentleman. He will be missed.

- CD

PorFin 03-28-2008 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by JohnRPollard (Post 291010)
Robert, I wish you "all the best". You'll be missed here on SailNet.

JRP -- Well said, and "hear, hear!"

I've always been amazed by Roberts knowledge, and humbled by his giving and gentle nature. He will indeed be missed.

I hope that Robert's friends and family are aware of the tremendous respect many of us held for him, and that they can take comfort in knowing that he has positively impacted the lives of a great many people. We will indeed be all the poorer without his contributions.

Fair winds and following seas, Robert.

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