In memoriam Bob Fisher
Published 11:52 on 27 Jan 2021
Bob Fisher, world champion yachtsman, journalist, correspondent and author - referred to by Sir Ben Ainslie as "Mr America's Cup" - has died at the age of 85.
Hailing from Brightlingsea on the Essex coast, Mr Fisher began his sailing career racing dinghies, winning seven national and world titles in the national Hornet and Fireball classes. He went on to international fame when he won the Little America's Cup in 1967 with Peter Schneidau in a C-class catamaran, Lady Helmsman.
Affectionately known as "Fish", he wrote thirty books on sailing, and reported on major yachting events around the world for the BBC and The Guardian, amongst others. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who sailed with Mr Fisher for the 1989 Round Britain Race, commented, "Bob Fisher brought to yachting journalism not just a command of the language, but a very deep knowledge of the sport,". Mr Fisher also acted as an advisor for 1980s BBC drama Howards Way, resulting in the design and construction of a new yacht for the series, which went on to be made commercially.
The America's Cup Twitter account wrote in tribute: "Sailing and the America's Cup has lost a true gentleman of the sport...an encyclopaedia of sailing knowledge and history, Bob Fisher and his writing will last for generations to come. The entire America's Cup community's thoughts are with Dee and the family. Rest in Peace Bob."
His family asks for donations in Bob Fisher's memory to be made to The Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation - a charity which enables schoolchildren from areas of acute social and economic disadvantage to forge unforgettable experiences of sailing, enterprise and achievement.