It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Brian Southcott, on the morning of Wednesday, 19th December, in the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher. He was 85. Brian’s death, after a very short but serious illness, came as a complete shock. Our sincere condolences go to his family.
Brian was Tamesis’ longest standing member and was a stalwart of the Tamesis Bridge group. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He had been to the Club recently and was able to deliver his address at John Harris’s funeral despite his illness.
He was a very successful, intuitive sailor with an uncanny ability to read the shifts. In his time at the Club he sailed National 12s, Merlin Rocket ‘Restless’ and latterly a Laser. He started the Laser upriver race – a serious jolly up to Thames Ditton where Brian had a hand in cooking the bbq with help from the family. The bbq was followed by a race back to the Club. It was easily the most popular event of the Laser year.
On the management side, he was Treasurer from 62 to 87. He was a Trustee until his death.
His other life achievements were considerable, some of which are below.
He won the Sir Ralph Gore Cup at 19 years old. This trophy is the most prestigious in the National Firefly Class
He won the William Burton Trophy (National 12’ Class)
He won the Merlin championship three times
He was Treasurer of the IYRU (renamed ISAF, and now called World Sailing).
He was a Council Member of the RYA and progressed to being Chairman in the 80s
The funeral will be held at Mortlake Crematorium on Friday 1st February at 12 noon and afterwards at Tamesis.