Australian sailing legend David Forbes OAM (1934-2022) handed away in Sydney on May 22, 2022.
“We have dropped a single of the most passionate and creative yachtsmen ever born in Australia,” explained Australian Sailing President Daniel Belcher. “David was a mate to many, and his decline will be felt ideal throughout the state. He achieved so a lot on the h2o in his competitive career, off the water as a designer and later on in the organization earth.”
Forbes will be remembered by numerous for his Olympic gold medal get the Star Class at Munich 1972 along with crew John Anderson OAM. It was just Australia’s next Olympic sailing gold medal, right after the Barranjoey’s victory at Tokyo 8 years earlier.
But there was so substantially a lot more to his profession, 1 which spanned above 20 a long time and bundled a 5.5m Earth Championship in 1970, a Sydney to Hobart race in 1974, and ten Australian championships in the Star (seven instances), 5.5m, Soling, and Etchells courses.
He represented Australia at 3 Olympic Game titles – 1968 Mexico Town, 1972 Munich, and 1976 Montreal, and was a member of two America’s Cup troubles. He was a section of the ‘Gretel II’ crew in the 1970 America’s Cup and was aid helmsman in the 1977 America’s Cup.
John Bertrand AO was a of Forbes, obtaining met in 1969 as a section of Sir Frank Packer’s Gretel II America’s Cup obstacle.
“He was the most obviously gifted sailor I at any time satisfied,” stated lifestyle-extended good friend John Bertrand AO at the passing of his fantastic mate. “David’s profession both equally in sport and enterprise is 1 of celebration. He was an Olympic gold medalist in 1972 when there was no coaching and really confined aid, he took on the world’s greatest and bought the work done.”
“His company occupation was remarkable, developing the gentle consume corporation Shelley Ecks, which made quite a few modern-day in-property systems and was inevitably marketed to Coca Cola. Ideal up right up until the end his thoughts was as sharp as a whip, he was completely tuned into environmental technologies, such as photo voltaic power and even nanotechnologies.
In yachting company, David was the bridge to bringing the North Sails model to Australia, originally under the management of Rob Antil and then was instrumental in signing up for Grant Simmer and Michael Coxon collectively to acquire about North Sails Australia when Rob retired.
Forbes was regarded as Australian Sailing’s Yachtsman of the 12 months in 1972-73, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Corridor of Fame in 1988, in 2000 he received the Australian Athletics Medal, he was awarded a Medal of the Purchase of Australia (OAM) on Australia Working day 2015 for his company to Yachting and in 2018 he was inducted into the Australian Sailing Corridor of Fame.