Judi Figgures MBE

We were saddened to learn of the death of Judi Figgures, former club member and a co-founder of Grafham Water Sailability. Judi passed away peacefully at her home in Huntingdon on Tuesday 28th November. Judy was a great support to the Project and supported Peter when he was acting as the Regional Organiser for RYA Sailability. She helped in advising the Woolverstone Project in its early days. Johnty Dickinson remembers her support:

“This is very sad news as Judy will be a very great loss to the disability sailing world not only in East Anglia, but also across the UK particularly to so many Challenger Sailors.

I first met Judy when we held our very first open disability sailing meeting in the first year of the formation of the Project. She brought down a team of Challengers from Grafham and demonstrated to us not only her sailing skills, but her gift of leadership. Through her own disability she had that innate ability to exude confidence to our own new sailors to the Project that day.

Joannie and I got to know her well over the years, as did many Project sailors – it was always a delight to be with her and her presence will be sorely missed.”