It saddens me today to advise the passing of Jim Jackson. It truly is an end of an era at Mornington Yacht Club.
Jim’s passion for the sport and club was second to none and we all have benefited greatly from his skill set and his patience in helping us to become better sailors.
Jim was a tenacious competitor on the water but everyone’s friend at the end of the day. I remember the tremendous tussles we used to endure in my late father’s Farr 1104 “Ragtime” and Jim’s Peterson 39 “Kiknos” during the eighties.
He was noted for his incredible seamanship and knowledge of the sport. His presence at the club was always enjoyed and very much to be remembered controlling the slipway winch and up in the tower.
Jim was a regular attendee at the club, all General Members Meetings and an Honorary Life Member of the Club.
Over many years and by my best recollection his boats included being a mainstay in the “C” class sailing his Corsair and followed by a Dragon. He had the first Etchell at MYC and a converted Soling “Shortshot” seen here in the picture. We think the picture also shows a young Bolts.
His legacy has definitely been passed on through his son Chris who shares their mutual passion and encouragement for junior sailing and development.
Only last week I was sailing against his granddaughter Sophie whom truly has Jim’s sailing skills. And we have young James coming through the ranks to continue another Jackson legacy.
All our thoughts are with Shirley and the Jackson family at this difficult time.
May Jimmy continue to always tack into the Easterly change.
Mornington Yacht Club