US Sailing Mourns the Passing of National Judge, Club Race Officer Paul Kresge

US Sailing marks with sorrow the loss of Paul Kresge (Dillon, Colo.) on June 13, 2020. Kresge drowned after a sudden fierce storm caused his Star boat to broach and he was swept into the water after the Dillon Yacht Club’s Peak 1 Regatta. 

A National Judge and a Club Race Officer, Paul lent his expertise to many events, often judging as far away as Wisconsin. He was a past commodore of the Dillon Yacht Club and a leader in the regional Star Class association and the Sailing Association of Inter-Mountain Lakes (SAIL), the regional sailing association serving Colorado and nearby states.

Paul was also instrumental in connecting racing sailors, race officials and US Sailing when that connection needed strengthening. A respected mentor to many sailors and officials, he was a fierce competitor as well as a race official with a gift for pulling teams together.

“Paul understood the vagaries of the area and the local wind – he knew what Colorado could throw at sailors,” and he was recognized as a PRO who ran safe and enjoyable regattas. “He was a mentor and a friend,” said Curtis Rist, Commodore of SAIL.

For more information, please see the article in Scuttlebutt and a tribute to Paul in the Summit Daily.