It is with great regret the Trustees of BOPSAT report the loss of our Chairman, Stuart Pedersen, following a boating incident off the Northland coast on Monday 14th October 2019. Stuart was sailing his yacht Essence back from Fiji when they got into difficulty in heavy seas 20nm from Cape Brett. Three other crew members including Stuart’s wife Pamela survived
BOPSAT acknowledge the outstanding work of the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter in the rescue mission.
Stuart has been the driving force behind the trust for a number of years. In addition to the day to day operation, Stuart and Pamela provided significant funding to the BOPSAT Endowment Fund to secure an income stream for the trust into the future.
Stuart had a great love for the sport of sailing and a great desire to allow others, especially children, to also experience the joy of sailing, irrespective of ability or means.
He will be sorely missed by BOPSAT and the community at large.
18 October 2019