As we enjoy the fall weather and enter into the frenzy of boat prep and everything else we need to to do to get ready for the coming season let’s take a moment to remember Stu Nelson. Stu passed away last night at 88 in Laconia, NH.
Don Kretchmer and Charlie Silfvenius were good friends of his and shared some sentiments and memories of the man:
He was one of the most energetic and knowledgeable of our skippers. His knowledge of the history of our group will be missed and I hope I remember half of what he told me over the years. Some of my best days iceboating were spent with Stu….the days that were gifts that keep on giving.
He was a constant presence in this community since well before my time. I must say that some of the finest times I have had on the ice have been with Stu. He had an ability to set up a nearly perfect boat and sail it as much by feel as by sight. I can only hope to remember half of what he relayed to me over the years.
Some of you may not know that Stu was the softwater sailing coach at MIT for many years and has a regatta/trophy named after him…it is still a big deal and was raced just 2 weeks ago.
He was known by many and was definitely one of the “Old Men” of the sport. Over the last couple weeks, when I visited, he shared many stories and had fond memories of sailing both hard and soft water. Always young at heart as was shown when he picked up windsurfing as he neared 60 years of age. Always courteous and helpful, he will be surely missed in the lakes region and other areas he sailed in.
There will be a service in the coming weeks- will share details when we have them.
Fair winds and black ice Stu- We’ll be thinking of you this season!
Thanks to Don and Charlie for the thoughts-