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BCA Founding Member David Lucas (1943 - 2014)

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 7, 2014
Updated: April 5, 2014
I am sorry to report the death of one of BCA's founding members, David Lucas, who drowned last month in rough conditions while swimming at the ocean beach off the small town of Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia.

David and his first wife, Teresa, were very active in BCA at it's inception (1978) and they designed the burgee we use to this day. Teresa tragically died of ciguatera poisoning while cruising offshore in New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and her grave there is marked with a plaque bearing the BCA logo.

News of David's death was forwarded to me by BCA member David Johnston who wrote that he was "a very respected and accomplished seaman throughout his life and he made his living on and associated with the sea for the over 45 years that I knew him."

"Between the ages of 65 and 70 David embarked as a crew member on an Australian yacht for voyages to the Antipodes and other Islands 1000 kms south of Australia and New Zealand then across the Southern Ocean to explore the waters in Southern Chile and around Cape Horn. This voyage continued up the East Coast of South America and when David last stayed with us for a few days in Vancouver two years ago he was returning to Australia from a voyage around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Not only did David Lucas rub shoulders with many bluewater sailors during his years in BC, but according to John Vallentine, his friends also included such luminaries as Bernard Moitessier, the Smeetons and the Hiscocks, to name but a few:

A BCA founding member to be proud of indeed!

David is survived by his second wife, Jeanette, and other family in England.

Tags:  BCA Burgee  David Lucas  Teresa Lucas 

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