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    Posted: 24 May 2012 at 20:02
Those who knew him will be saddened to hear that Richard Alladyce died a few days ago after along battle with cancer. He was a top plank Hornet crew  notably crewing for Jim "Oggi" Hollingsworth in 1031 El Diablo prior to Planker Jim taking over. He acquired his nickname of "Ditcher " at a championships in Holland (Muiden 67 I think) by driving his sports car straight off a bend into the dyke, notably taking the sign with him on the front of the car "Danger sharp bend , Deep water" We all pulled it out , had a few more beers and sailed the next day! Richard epitomised the hard partying Hornet sailor but he was highly competent sailor and extremely fit.
He will be missed. I will send a card both personally and on behalf of the class.
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I am really saddened by the news of his death. 

It was Richard's "of the end of the plank" antics that got me interested in sailing and in sailing Hornets in particular. I still have a picture of him crewing for Michael Whitecross in 1072 Poiseden at the 1965 (I think) worlds in Poland. They came second behind 1055 - Pair of Wot (I think the crew were Mike Derry and Bill Barnes).

My love for using a plank continues to this day and since seeing Richard in action I have owned 1 Hornet, 1 Minisail (with seat), 1 Toy and 3 International Canoes. Which proves my point.

So farewell to the man who started it all for me, as far as sailing is concerned. 

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I have just discovered the news about Richard. Sue and I are both very saddened to hear of his death, He was a great crew and very good company on a one to one basis and in crowds. We shared his Mother's Imp in the journey to Poland (in 1966, actually), through East Germany, in the depths of the Cold War - jackboots, machine guns, and sentry towers at control points, ... We were mobbed at various points on the route by Polish children who were always chorusing beeteeliees, beeteelies,  . When we got on the course for the practice we discovered why - Yellow Submarine was tannoyed all over the area. The Imp had to be pushed on and off the ferry on the way back -cracked cylinder block.
The crew who beat us, aargh!, were the peripatetic Bob Fisher and RCYC helmsman Terry Wade. Sadly, this was all pre mobiles so I have no photos of an of our exploits!
Best wished to any Horneteers
Mike Whitecross
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