Oct 19, 2008, 10:20 AM
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From Chris Dickson:
Re: [The Publisher] EIGHT BELLS: Mike Campbell
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Mike Campbell sadly passed away this week, and for many Californians, a similar number of Kiwis and many, many others around the World, he will be very much missed. What a sad loss of such a wonderful man.
I first met Mike 28 years ago, at Long Beach Yacht Club, and like all my family and thousands of others, we have enjoyed his friendship ever since. I was an aspiring young Kiwi sailor, representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at my first ever foray into the International Match Racing scene, attending the Congressional Cup. With a keen Kiwi crew, loads of enthusiasm, and an equal shortage of money, we spent the first night in a borrowed RV. Hearing of our crowded accommodations, one of the club members immediately came and unreservedly offered his spare room and car to my team. Yes it was a young Mike Campbell.
Well, the “spare room” turned out to be the lounge of his small house, and the car was actually his only car, but from that first moment it was clear that Mike was a very sharing and giving man. At that time, Mike was renting the house, leasing his car, and ecstatically happy to make payroll at work where he leased two trucks and had three employees!
Well, clearly over the years times changed and the little business grew, as did the house, cars, boats, planes, and friends, but one thing that never changed was Mike’s character and friendship. Everything he had, he shared and everyone he knew was included. Whether it was those early years when Mike might have been down to his last dollar, or in latter years when clearly he wasn’t, he shared everything, Mike was Mike. He has been the same generous man over all of those 28 years.
Mike has been a wonderful friend to us all, and has included us in his racing, cruising, and life. He has raced TransPacs, Mexican races, Big Boat Series, and every race in between. He has cruised North America from Maine to Vancouver. He has been to races all over the world and quietly sponsored regattas, individuals, and organizations, always without fanfare. Most of his philanthropy was never known to anyone but the recipient; that was how Mike liked it to be.
Mike, on behalf of all your sailing mates; Thank you and God bless. You were hugely loved and appreciated and although you will be missed by all of us, you will remain close to our hearts. From all your sailing friends, my family, and from me.
Chris Dickson MBE.