A friend sent the following news to us last evening. Very sad news indeed.
This past weekend, on Saturday, the Bay City Yacht Club held its annual “Great Lakes Multihull Regatta.” This was a Gougeon Brothers sponsored event but Meade Gougeon was not able to participate this year because he recently became very sick.
The race committee moved Saturday’s start of the race from its usual point to the waterfront area at Meade Gougeon’s house, as a personal tribute to him. Meade was brought to the front windows of his home so he could see all the boats lined up and watch the start of the race.
The boats in this year’s race included Meade’s own famous trimaran ADAGIO and OLLIE, a trimaran designed by his brother Jan. One of Meade’s sons, and a son-in-law, were a part of ADDAGIO’s crew.
On Sunday afternoon (yesterday, August 27, 2017), at the award presentation, it was announced that Meade has just passed away earlier in the afternoon.
As my friend put it, “To us in Bay City, and to many others in the multihull movement, this marks an end of an era.”