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05-31-2008 08:56 PM
wind_magic Being new to sailing I was struck by how patient Mr. Gainer was with new people like myself. I found him to be inspirational in that he seemed to be a very humble man, not at all boastful, and yet he had done all of these amazing things. His posts were informative, always well thought out, like he had been there and done that a thousand times before and was just giving you the short version of what had taken him a lifetime to master. His posts very often ended threads, there would be a lot of bickering back and forth and then WHAM, Mr. Gainer's post would quietly come in and settle the matter and you could sense that everyone was kind of nodding their head in agreement with whatever his conclusions were. One thing I never did see was anyone really argue with him. It reminds me of what they used to say about the basketball player Michael Jordon - the players on television were talking about how they had an "in game" where they all gave each other a hard time. They'd make a basket and kind of point at the other player and say "on you!" and laugh, and give each other a hard time, etc, talk trash on each other and generally try to one up each other. And then the reporter asked what Michael Jordon did when he dunked on somebody, or someone made a shot on him, and the other players all kind of looked at each other and said rather seriously ... well, nobody really talks trash on Michael Jordon, and they all nodded in agreement. As a newcomer that was my impression of Mr. Gainer, that he was a sailor's sailor, and that his opinion was much respected by people who had been around a while and knew who was who. I would also like to say that Mr. Gainer helped me in a number of posts to understand that the consensus wasn't always right. He encouraged me to take a chance and to try to get out on the water on a boat when there were some other people around preaching caution, and I will remember that about him. I never got to meet him. He was obviously a man of excellence who achieved amazing things through his own individual merit, and one of those people who had seen some higher order in things and was able to bring a natural understanding to everything he touched, a true artist. Condolences to his family for their loss. Fair winds.
05-31-2008 07:41 PM
T34C chuckles- I'm afraid you may have confused Robert and myself. He was "Tartan34C" as opposed to my "T34C". Beyond his excellent taste in boats, I'm afraid the similarities end there.I am happy to sail in his shadow and aspire to become a fraction of the mariner Robert was.
05-31-2008 04:47 PM
chucklesR Thanks for bumping this, somehow I missed it too. I, like Alex, was looking forward to meeting him in Portugal. I wondered why he canceled the trip and somehow suspect it was related.

He will be sorely missed.
05-31-2008 12:13 PM
SEMIJim This just came to my attention. I am saddened to hear of it. I recall taking particular note of "Tartan34C"s posts when I first came to Sailnet. Certainly Robert will be sorely missed by all who knew him and the Sailnet community.

Fair winds, Robert. Perhaps we'll meet on the other side, some day.

Jim
04-02-2008 08:48 AM
Joesaila I'm sorry I didn't know him. Your post and the references to his own post have allowed me to learn a little about him. The one about going through the hurricane shows a man who could have excelled as an author too, that was great writing! Did he write any books? I'm glad his post can still be read.
04-02-2008 07:57 AM
Rockter I was always giving him a hard time about the Tartan brand.
Sail on Garnier.
04-02-2008 07:47 AM
Bermuda30 Will miss having such an experienced hand around. All the best, Robert.
04-02-2008 02:54 AM
pigslo I noticed no recent posts and wondered where he might be. I always read his posts and many times thought how lucky we were to have such experience available. His measured responses were always appreciated and will be missed by me,
pigslo
04-01-2008 08:21 PM
CalebD The link to his obit in the first post says it all as do the many replies to this memorial thread. I too was hoping to stop in on him in Beacon alas. His posts here (and on other forums) showed a well mannered, quiet intelligence that few possess. On a different forum where the occasional flaming occurred he never rose to the bait any swab directed at him. He was too classy for that.
His contributions will be missed by all.
04-01-2008 05:33 PM
Idiens How sad, goodbye Tartan...
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