When I was a young hopeless but hopeful sailor, I was always trying to learn from the greatest, so once with Sir David Howlett we went to Poole to get to know Rodney Pattisson, a legendary three Olympic Medal winner in the Flying Dutchman class. The FD was just out of the Games but he still kept his legendary Superdocious* in his garage and the Morgan …outside.
We went into his house, he looked at me suspiciousely and when I asked him to see his medals …he said no, but after a second he threw at me his silver medal… He said: “You are italian, you might steel my gold medals”. So I had his silver medal in my hands, maybe signs of things to come… Then we went racing in a trimarn, me and sid, himself and his 90 years old father. His father was mooving around on the small tri like a rocket. We got out but kicked as you would expect from such a champion, he went away full of energy. The man had innovated sailing and lived for sailing and only through sailing all his life long.
Genial Rodney Pattisson, thanks for the honour.
*The original name of his FD was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…
Born: August 5th 1943, Campbeltown, Scotland, UK (age 73)
Itchenor Sailing Club
Mexico City/Acapulco 1968 Gold Flying Dutchman
Munich/Kiel 1972 Gold Flying Dutchman
Montreal/Kingston Silver Flying Dutchman
World Champion: Flying Ducthman (3)