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Remembering “Robin” Gales

Remembering “Robin” Gales
May 18
16:37 2017


Robert “Robin” Gales passed-away suddenly of a heart attack in February of this year in his home in Truckee, California at the age of 72.  Those who knew Robin and sailed with him over the years remember him as a competitive Snipe sailor who was always sailing whenever he could.  Robin sailed with Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, and was active in local and national sailing.  He also enjoyed sailing in France and Portugal, and was honored to be a part of Bermuda Race Week .  However, his favorite venue was the Southern Circuit in Clearwater, Miami and Nassau, of which he was a regular participant for many years.

Having grown up in San Diego, where is father was commodore and a founder of Mission Bay Yacht Club, sailing was in his blood.  Over the years he sailed sabots, windsurfers, lasers and, of course, Snipes.  In 1993, a new business venture took him away from San Diego when he purchased an RV Park in Truckee, California near Lake Tahoe.  Even though he was a sailor out of water, he managed to spend several summers sailing lasers on Lake Tahoe and helping to build a fleet of lasers that still sail weekly in the summers at Tahoe.

Robin strongly supported the Snipe Fleet and kept up with current events in the sailing world.  He also supported Junior Sailing at Mission Bay, where he and his family have made contributions over the years.  Sailing was in his soul, and he never stopped thinking about getting back into a boat.  His son, Robby Gales, is now taking up the Gales helm to continue laser sailing at Lake Tahoe, and eventually getting back into the sailing at Mission Bay.  A Celebration of Life was held at the Yacht Club and many of his old friends and sailing buddies were in attendance.  It was apparent that Robin was a highly respected sailor, friend, and mentor for several young sailors at the Club.

Robin will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Paula Ganley-Gales


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