I am very sad to report that Gordon Winterton, our president, died on the morning of December 17th. Our thoughts and sympathy go to his family, especially Rosie and Jonathan.
I first remember him from the 1950ís when I was introduced to the Broads. I was in awe of him then, but quickly came to realise that he was a true friend. He was always helpful, good humoured and sometimes funny, but never malevolent. Until lately, when ill health started to take its toll, he was an almost permanent fixture on his beloved Force Four during club cruises. Many of us will have memories of his bluff charm when dealing with schoolboys and his robust humour in tricky situations. He had a great influence on many of us either directly or indirectly through his staunch membership and support of both our club and the Green Wyvern Yachting Club. We will miss him.
The funeral was at Norwich Crematorium on the 27th December. Over 80 people attended the service, which consisted of addresses by Jonathan Winterton, Mark Wells and Robin Jackson, followed by the singing of the Green Wyvern song, written by Gordon. Most people then adjourned to the Maid's Head for a champagne reception and an opportunity to catch up with some people not seen for many years.