We Say Goodbye to a Sailing Icon, Philip Walwyn

Condolences from the Ministry of Tourism

BASSETERRE (4TH August, 2015): The Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority join the Minister of Tourism the Honourable Lindsay F.P. Grant in offering our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of Philip Walwyn, 68, who was a revered member of the St. Kitts sailing community.

Philip Walwyn died while crossing the Atlantic in Kate, a 12m (40ft) yacht, which he built himself to a 1908 design. The alarm was raised on Monday when the empty boat was spotted off the coast at Coverack, which is a coastal village and fishing port in Cornwall, England. Mr. Walwyn was found in the water and taken to nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mr. Walwyn was in the midst of his 17th transatlantic sail, and is well known as a sailing legend. He was a past Commodore of the St. Kitts Yacht Club. He also made an invaluable contribution to the Tourism Industry when he was the owner of Rawlin’s Plantation, of which he managed as a hotel before he sold the property in 1989. We all give thanks to Mr. Walwyn, and our prayers go out to his widow, Kate Spencer, our very own treasured artist.

The blessed memory of this sailing icon, Philip Walwyn, will stay forever in our hearts in the Tourism Industry.

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