Brian Southcott

Brian Southcott (GBR) who was IYRU/ISAF Treasurer for 14 years died on 19th December.

Brian Southcott was appointed International Yacht Racing Union Treasurer at the IYRU General Assembly in November 1990. Brian succeeded Ian Butler as the second treasurer of IYRU, a post introduced in 1977.

As a member of the IYRU/ISAF Executive Committee he attended their meetings until retiring as Treasurer in November 2004 where he was subsequently awarded the Gold Long Service Medal. Subsequently he continued his membership of the World Youth Sailing Trust for a further 12 years.

Brian was a chartered accountant and Member of the London Stock Exchange.

Brian died at the age of 86 after a short illness, he was the longest standing member of Tamesis Club on the River Thames at Teddington.

In the 1950s and early 1960s (when there were fewer dinghy class national championships) he won the prestigious Ralph Gore Trophy in the 1952 Firefly Class Championship. In the Merlin/Rocket Class he won the National Championships in 1959, 1961 and 1963. Subsequently he raced Lasers for many decades. He was a member of many RYA Committees and RYA Council from 1961 onwards.

World Sailing extends its condolences and sympathy to Brian’s wife Joan and family.

The funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium on 1 February at 12 noon and it will be followed by a celebration of Brian’s life at Tamesis Club, Teddington.

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