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Friday, September 20, 2013

Dick Carter. 1928-

I could not believe today. I went with my daughter to the crowd gathering at the New York Yacht Club to celebrate the many accomplishments of Ted hood, the sailmaker, entrepreneur and yacht designer.
One is dead the other, Richard E. Carter is resurrected.
Lets back track, it had been announced a while ago that Dick had passed away a few years ago. The rumor had been around, pursued in this blog, sailing web sites and by many people that this had been the case.
What was not my surprise, as I strolled the ground under the tent to see across the serving table a familiar face that I had not seen in 40 years, Dick my boss at Carter Offshore. I look on, in shock. But, the change with age was not drastic and the mannerism was there, and when I called" Dick" he turned around and with a big smile we shook hands. Yves-Marie!
Man oh man, was I happy to see him in good health, alive and well and living on Cape Cod. His announced departure much too premature.
Amazing that in this days and age, news like who is dead cannot be squelched with the first appearance of such erroneous announcement. It was a sad day and a wonderful day when two men like Frederick Hood and Richard E. Carter, friend and competitor with great influence on the sport crossed my path in such a strange way.
The Tower. Carter Offshore office.
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Carter boat design.