BRISTOL, R.I. (December 1, 2018) – Richard Allsopp, a pioneer in powerboating and sailing education, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the age of 84. He will be greatly missed by the entire boating community.
In 2009, Allsopp received the Timothea Larr Award for his lifelong commitment to quality sailing education. Prior to becoming a US Sailing Instructor Trainer and member of the National Faculty, Allsopp spent 32 years as a Naval Officer and aviator with the U.S. Navy.
Allsopp was a educational contributor and provided leadership for US Powerboating, a national leader in on-the-water powerboat training and education. He was also the founder of “Dick Allsopp’s World Famous Powerboat Challenge, a fun educational competition often hosted by US Sailing at the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS). NSPS 2019 will be held in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. from January 31 through February 2.
“Dick Allsopp was a Navy Pilot and Ship Captain, Patriot, selfless volunteer, accomplished sailor and powerboater, and beloved member of the training committee,” said Rich Jepsen, Vice President of US Sailing. “His gruff voice disguised a tender heart with tons of compassion for others. As a thoughtful leader, he saw strengths in us that we didn’t see in ourselves. He was always there for members of the Training Committee with direct advice or enthusiastic encouragement. As a long time Navy man he revered the chain of command. That caused him to get on board with plans he disagreed with and execute on them to the best of his ability. He also was indefatigable. He never once, even in failing health, said ‘no’ to a request for his wisdom or sweat. We won’t see someone like him again.”
Funeral Home Services for Richard are being provided by Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home of Orange Park, Fla. on Thursday, December 6. Obituary