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Vale Dave McKeogh

  • Jan 18 / 2015
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Vale Dave McKeogh

WSC Commodore 2000-2004

Sadly, former Commodore Dave McKeogh passed away on 27 November 2014 after fighting a long term illness over many years. It is understood that Dave joined the club sometime in the 1980s following the disbanding of the Werribee Yacht Club, where he had been Acting Commodore.

In his early professional years Dave served as a Navigation Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. For many years he excelled in lecturing in this complex subject, and ended up building a training business around his navigations skills and knowledge. After some short time as a Committee member at WSC, Dave conducted a series of navigation courses weekly on a regular basis and later organised radio operator courses. This was a forerunner for all radio operators to be qualified in this field. Dave was then co-opted by Yachting Victoria to organise courses for Power Boat Drivers and Rescue Boat endorsements. Many WSC members took advantage of his expertise in this area. It was always a sight to behold when he demonstrated the firing of emergency flares during these training sessions.

Dave competed in many ocean racing events, mainly as a navigator. This included the Sydney-Hobart and the Melbourne to Hobart races where he gained success in these blue water events sailing on ‘Fiji Express’. He sailed for many seasons at WSC in his Castle 550 yacht ‘White Knight’. Despite all his years of competitive sailing, he was a very gentle competitor and seemed to enjoy sailing just by being out on the water. Dave was a dedicated member and a thorough gentleman and he will be sadly missed.

Bill Pride

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