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jglad
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Jul 17, 2008, 11:21 AM

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Mark,

We go back some 25 years and in that time whenever we cross paths (which has been too infrequent) I see the same upbeat, positive and humble individual I first met. Your victories in life and on and off the water have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all of us who know you. Keep up the fight buddy! You're in my thoughts. My love to Lori.

John Gladstone


bavery
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Jul 17, 2008, 11:22 AM

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To the strongest and hardest working guy aboard Holua Transpac 07, If anyone can beat the monster, you can.

Brad Avery


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Jul 17, 2008, 12:03 PM

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Mark,
I hope all the best for you. Sorry to hear you're going through a rough time.
Don Anderson


Brian Thompson
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Jul 17, 2008, 3:53 PM

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Hi Mark
To me you are the Renaissance man of sailing, there is nothing you cannot do on a boat, from building the sails to the electronics. But it's because most of all you love to sail; solo, doublehanded or with a crew, racing or cruising it does'nt matter - that you can outsmart all the rest of us with speed and seamanship. Even on a bicycle I remember you use the wind better than anyone. So I am sure you can outsmart this current challenge. Best wishes and positive thoughts to you and Lori.
Brian





mackie
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Jul 17, 2008, 4:18 PM

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From Sydney:
Mark, I remember you, and learned from you, in the Masters at St Francis when you sailed with us on J/105 Kookaburra and then later in the 2000 Sydney Hobart. My thoughts are with you for a strong recovery.
Craig


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Jul 17, 2008, 8:13 PM

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Mark,
I have always admired you as a Navigator's Navigator.
I can't tell you how much I have learned while studying your moves online during this race or that.
I would be happy with half your talent.
We all fight with you.
Keep the faith.
Cheers,
Robbie Wallace


saildoogie
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Jul 17, 2008, 9:56 PM

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Hey Rudi,
Best of Luck and fight on for this next part. I have learned much about character after sailing with you.
You are in our thoughts and wish you the best. Looking forward to sailing with you again.
Take Care,
Doogie


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Jul 17, 2008, 9:59 PM

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Sadly folks, Mark passed on today. Please light a candle for him and his family!





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Jul 18, 2008, 11:45 AM

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I guess we are all stumped at the loss of such a great sailor and all around great person. Thought I would put this out there.....


A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says she is gone.

Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as when I last saw her. Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment, when someone at my side says she is gone, there are others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout - There she comes!

Life is a horizon and death is just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up O Lord, that we may see further.



Stan Honey
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Jul 18, 2008, 1:28 PM

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I had the honor of competing with Mark in many events, and the pleasure of "re-sailing" those events in detailed discussions with Mark afterwards.

I'll miss Mark, in particular his friendship, intelligence, openness, and willingness to help. I owe a great debt to Mark for sharing his insight and knowledge. The world will be a less interesting and more dreary place without Mark in it.

Stan Honey


KatiePettibone
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Jul 19, 2008, 4:38 PM

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Mark - you have been a friend, a mentor, and an amazing competitor. We all love you and Lori and Zayle. God Bless you.

Katie Pettibone


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Jul 20, 2008, 6:57 PM

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Rudi, you were simply the best and the sailing word will miss you awfully. You have been a great friend and mentor to me over the years and I will especially miss your distinctive voice and great wisdom, amongst all your other fine attributes. Lori and Zayle please accept my deepest sympathy, it was just great getting to know you both in Southampton back in 2001. You will always be in my prayers. Rudi we will meet again. God Bless


The Publisher
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Jul 22, 2008, 7:27 AM

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SCUTTLEBUTT 2643 - Tuesday, July 22, 2008:

* From Angus Phillips: For the record, in my 30-plus years of covering
sailing I've not met a kinder, gentler, more helpful yachtsman than Mark
Rudiger. He was a great sailor and an even better person.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Angus Phillips is an internationally respected
journalist and columnist for the Washington Post -- his by-line has
appeared proudly in this newsletter since we began publication in 1997.

* From John Jourdane: The sailing world just lost one of it's best. Mark
Rudiger was very special. After sailing thousands of miles together
across the Pacific, the Atlantic and up and down the West Coast, I knew
that Mark was "the best;" not only one of the best navigators in the
world, but a friend to all sailors, a gentleman, a wonderful husband and
father. He was one of the really good guys in the sailing world, and we
will all miss him.

* From Andrea Falcon, Italy: I am very sad to read that Mark Rudiger
passed away. I really liked him during the 1997-98 Volvo Ocean Race that
he won together with Paul Cayard on Ef Language. It was great to see
them arriving at every port; they had both moustaches, beard and they
were always smiling. It always took a while to understand who was who.
When you looked at Mark Rudiger, you could say: "He is really enjoying
what he is doing, he is having fun". And he was taking great decisions
during that race.


The Publisher
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Jul 22, 2008, 7:23 PM

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SCUTTLEBUTT 2644 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008:

* From Vicky Low: Yacht racing occasionally has a great individual who
is able to communicate what comes as second nature to an audience
outside of the world of sailing. Rudi was such a person and I was
fortunate to work with him on Team EF in the 97/98 Whitbread. As one of
the campaign's Press Officers we were blessed with a great orator and
writer, who never once flinched from helping us to communicate our
complicated sport, whether in the depths of the Southern Ocean, or once
ashore patiently explaining the upcoming leg. Thank you Rudi, for your
help, guidance and good humour.

* From Bill Menninger: I had the pleasure of sailing with Mark Rudiger
for a couple of seasons with the Santa Cruz 70 Silver Bullet. Mark was
inspiring. He devoted a few days before the race to gather weather data
and he integrated weather grids to the course before most knew what this
even meant. I remember him telling stories of racing catamarans
singlehanded across the Atlantic wearing a motorcycle helmet to lessen
the constant pelting of the spray. Dodging buoys in the fog at 23 knots.

I remember the kind and gentle manner he had with everyone, and the
sense of urgency he had about making a good decision. One Mexorc race we
went through an unexpected squall and Mark was the first to help with a
sail change to the #4 jib. He put his mates first and I know he did the
same with Lori. I think they had met around that time frame. He was so
excited to have someone in his life he could share his love of sailing.
The best to the Rudiger family! And fond memories of a sailing genius, a
sailing role model and a great guy!


The Publisher
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Jan 16, 2012, 1:00 PM

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Scuttlebutt 2642: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/..._Detail.asp?key=3963


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