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EIGHT BELLS: Richard E. “Pogo” Evans
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Oct 7, 2011, 9:21 AM

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Richard E. “Pogo” Evans

Richard E. “Pogo” Evans passed away at age 60 on Thursday, October 6th, in Miami, FL after a prolonged illness. A long time resident of Fort Lauderdale, Pogo was born in Macon, GA. He grew up working in his father’s boat-building and cabinet shop where he developed the skills that would serve him throughout his life. He served for four years in Viet Nam with the United States Air Force and then embarked upon a career of boatbuilding and ocean racing that spanned the next twenty years. In between stints with legendary boat builders Palmer Johnson and Derecktor, Pogo served as the paid professional aboard Pat Haggerty’s racing yacht “Bay Bea” for several years, including the 1977 Admiral’s Cup in England as part of the US team. He also skippered Bevin Koeppel’s “Congere” before becoming part of the regular crew aboard Bill Whitehouse’s maxi-ocean racer “Mistress Quickly” for campaigns all over the world.

Pogo’s other passion was motor cycle racing and, at the conclusion of his sailing career, he became a sought-after restorer of vintage and classic machines. An accomplished machinist, Pogo’s work in recreating lost or unobtainable parts for rare and unique motorcycles was legendary. A lifelong friendship with German motor cycle builder Friedel Münch developed into Pogo becoming the USA’s foremost expert on Münch’s hand-built machines. Pogo was also a talented tuner and race-bike mechanic who supported campaigns at the premier tracks across the country, building both contemporary and vintage machines that were always competitive.

A larger-than-life figure with strong opinions, Pogo was nonetheless a staunch supporter of the “little guy” and a loyal friend to all those who knew him. As a talented and self-taught engineer, Pogo exhibited an inquisitive and determined approach to everything that interested him, never leaving a question unanswered. Well-read and articulate, he could converse knowledgably with royalty or the man in the street and was always a thought-provoking dinner companion. He is survived by two sisters, Sara Vine and Jacqueline Jacobs, extended family and a legion of friends in all parts of the world. He will truly be missed by all those fortunate enough to make his acquaintance.

Arrangements are pending and a memorial service will be scheduled for later in the year.


James Brewer
Derecktor of Florida
954-920-5756 x188 (o)
914-414-1323 (c)

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Oct 10, 2011, 10:02 AM

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So sorry to hear about Pogo, he was a great sailor and a lot of us learned a lot from him. He will be sorely missed.

On another note Bay Bea by 1977 was Coggnizant and did the Admiral's cup but not on the team if I remember correctly. It was Scaramouch an S&S sistership in the 50' class, Imp and Williwaw (the 1st one) as two tonners. I could be wrong but that is how I recall it.

D. Randy West ,St. Barth

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